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4:40 PM ET, April 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Layoffs at Al Jazeera America  —  As it nears eight months on-air, Al Jazeera America is laying off a few dozen staff employees as well as freelance employees, TVNewser has learned.  —  In an email to staff we obtained, network President Kate O'Brian said the network has reached a …
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
IAC Said to Buy Back 10% of Dating App Tinder for $500 Million  —  Mobile-dating site Tinder Inc. is taking off so fast that it's now worth almost as much as its majority owner, Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp.  —  IAC recently bought another 10 percent of Tinder from venture capitalist …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Appeals court reverses hacker/troll “weev” conviction and sentence [Updated]  —  Appeals court skirts Computer Fraud And Abuse Act analysis.  —  A federal appeals court Friday reversed and vacated the conviction and sentence of hacker and Internet troll Andrew “weev” Auernheimer.
Press Association:
Metro editor Kenny Campbell to be replaced by NY Daily News' Ted Young  —  Young to take charge at UK national freesheet, returning to Associated Newspapers after previously editing Mail Online  —  The editor of Metro, Kenny Campbell, has left after 15 years with the newspaper.
Discussion: Guardian
“Metro” Editor Kenny Campbell Leaves Newspaper
Discussion: @richjm
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Ipso or the charter?  Press regulation refuseniks should avoid both  —  What, asked a BBC interviewer, will happen to press regulation now that Maria Miller has gone?  Answer: not much.  In fact, the arrival of the new culture and media secretary, Sajid Javid, will not make any difference at all.
Discussion: @charliebeckett
Abigail Edge /
The IMPRESS Project's plans for press regulation
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Michael Wolff's digital media bloopers  —  The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies  —  Having accurately predicted that Lachlan Murdoch would return to his dad's company, Michael Wolff, in his exhilaration, made this crack recently:  —  Good one.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Ezra Klein on Vox's Launch, Media Condescension, and Competing With Wikipedia … Travel Design Dates Weddings Real Estate Doctors NYC Tourist Guide Best Of New York Issue
Gordon Russell / The New Orleans Advocate:
Times-Picayune gives judge data on two online commenters  —  Judge reviewing facts after newspaper exhausts appeals  —  After apparently exhausting every avenue of appeal, The Times-Picayune on Thursday gave a federal magistrate “voluminous” information about two pseudonymous commenters …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Henry Waxman asks Tribune CEO to reconsider newspaper spinoff  —  U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman has sent a letter to Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori saying interviews with experts “raised serious concerns about the future of the Los Angeles Times” should the company go ahead with its plan to spin off its newspaper division.
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
CBS's Moonves Says Woman Would Be ‘Great’ as ‘Late Late’ Host  —  CBS (CBS) is considering hiring a woman for “The Late Late Show” as the TV network weighs a complete remodeling of its programming for night owls.  —  “12:30 is up in the air,” Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp. …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
AP will livestream Anja Niedringhaus' funeral  —  The Associated Press will livestream the funeral of photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus on Saturday.  The service will take place near Hoexter, Germany, where she was born. … Niedringhaus was shot and killed Friday, April 4 …
Judy Cantor-Navas / Billboard:
84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated  —  84% of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country.  Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Facebook report shows where and how often it blocked illegal content  —  Facebook's plan isn't a secret: Mark Zuckerberg wants to connect the world, be it through the website proper or a buzzy, expensive mobile messaging app.  Breaking down communication barriers also means some of the company's millions …
Discussion: Facebook, The Next Web and The Verge
Digital First Media:
Digital First Media Names David J. Butler Editor-in-Chief  —  David J. Butler has been named Editor-in-Chief for Digital First Media.  —  New York, NY (April 11, 2014) - Digital First Media today named David J. Butler the Company's Editor-in-Chief.  —  Mr. Butler, editor of the San Jose Mercury News …
Discussion: Poynter
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Why The Seattle Times lowered its paywall during the mudslide — but not completely  —  The mudslide near Oso, Wash., on March 22 and its aftermath commanded national attention, but one local news organization was in position to own the story.  —  That meant The Seattle Times had a decision to make …
Roy Trakin / Hollywood Reporter:
Neil Young's PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Raises $5.75 Million  —  With five days left in the initiative, the company is now the third most funded in site's history.  —  With five days left in their Kickstarter funding initiative, Neil Young and the PonoMusic team are now the third …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Native is the New Black: Fashion Editors are Producing Branded Content  —  Does It Cheapen Their Product?  —  The line between ad-sales and editorial at some fashion websites is getting about as thin as the sheer tops they're showing for spring.  Digital natives including Refinery29 …
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Adrien Henni / East-West Digital News:
Is Crimea part of Russia?  - Answers found on Facebook, Vkontakte, Yandex differ; Wikipedia changes its mind
Burma's newspapers run black front pages in protest at journalist arrests
Discussion: BBC
Ishbel Macleod / The Drum:
BBC celebrates 20 years online: take a look at the changes
Discussion: ATV Today
Wall Street Journal:
A Middling Outlook for the TV ‘Upfronts’
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
Telegraph's Jason Seiken at #Shift2014: Heavy on optimism, light on detail
Discussion: @raju
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Newspaper publishers use e-commerce technology on website photos
Discussion: Financial Times
 Earlier Picks: 
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
RIAA sues Megaupload over copyright infringement
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed Inks TV Tune-In Pacts with Bravo, IFC
Discussion: MediaPost and Wall Street Journal
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Police Arrest Streaming Site Admin, Several Domains Suspended
Discussion: Complete Music Update
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube, Once TV's Enemy, Tries to Show How It Drives Viewers to TV Shows
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
DreamWorks submitted a bid to Vevo's owners this week to buy part of the company
Discussion: Tubefilter
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN's Jeff Zucker: Larry King/Piers Morgan-Style Interview Shows ‘No Longer Viable’