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7:45 PM ET, April 3, 2013


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Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
A Leave of Presence  —  Thank you.  Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.  Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time.  Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show …
Mark Caro / Chicago Tribune:
Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert cuts workload after cancer recurrence  —  Roger Ebert announced late Tuesday night that he is stepping back from some duties as the Chicago Sun-Times' film critic after a recurrence of cancer.  —  Calling the move a “leave of presence,” Ebert wrote on his online journal …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Leno Blesses ‘Tonight Show’ Succession Plan  —  “The Tonight Show” will begin a new era in February when Jimmy Fallon succeeds Jay Leno as host of the most storied and successful program in late-night television.  —  NBC plans to announce on Wednesday its plan to install Mr. Fallon …
Emily Yahr / Washington Post:   It's official: Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno on ‘The Tonight Show’
Felix Salmon:
How paywalls are evolving  —  Last week, I hypothesized that the publishing industry was going to informally settle on a single management-consultancy company to ask for paywall advice from.  That consultancy, having seen everybody's internal figures, could then tell everybody else what “industry best practice” was.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:@ianchaffee
Michael Wolff / Guardian:   This tipping-point for paywalls does not fix newspapers' larger crisis
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With New Weather Channel Deal, Twitter Aims to Make It Rain for Brands  —  Forecast: Cloudy, with a chance of promoted tweets.  —  Aiming to attract more big-brand ad dollars, Twitter and the Weather Company have a new deal to create custom content around weather-related Twitter activity.
Discussion: AdExchanger and Mashable
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Twitter adds more ‘Cards’ for app and photo gallery embeds
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Are You A Teenager Who Reads News Online?  According to the Justice Department, You May Be a Criminal  —  During his first term, President Barack Obama declared October 2009 to be “National Information Literacy Awareness Month,” emphasizing that, for students, learning to navigate the online world …
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:   It's a Crime for 12-Year-Olds to Read The New York Times Online
Jamal Osman / The Daily Beast:
Fake Somali Pirates Scam Western Journalists  —  Time magazine, Danish filmmakers among the outlets apparently fooled by Kenyan actors pretending to be Somali pirates. … The story begins in the slums of Eastleigh, a sprawling suburb of Nairobi in Kenya and home to a huge Somali community.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Puts Web Show On Hold To Retool As Washington Post Staffs Up Video  —  Politico has quietly placed its thrice-weekly web show “Politico Live” on hold while retooling the format, perhaps to a weekly show featuring its marquee writers, according to newsroom sources.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Extra!  Print newspaper reports politicians' arrest before it happens  — Arrested: Independent Democrat Malcolm Smith, Republicans Dan Halloran, Jay Savino and Vince Tabone  —  In the predawn hours of this morning, as the yellow trucks carrying today's editions of the New York Post …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Four years in the making, Vdio finally opens up to Rdio subscribers in the US and UK  —  Vdio, the premium video service founded by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, emerged from private beta Tuesday night with an offering that looks more like Vudu or iTunes than Netflix.
Google to sell second-gen Nexus 7 tablet from July: sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon processor around July, two sources told Reuters, as the software giant pushes deeper into the cut-price mobile hardware market.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Times Internet Is Bringing Business Insider To India, Adding To Its Gawker Media Partnership  —  Today, Times Internet, the digital arm of Times of India, is announcing a strategic partnership with Business Insider, the online business news site founded by Henry Blodget, for the launch of Business Insider India.
Discussion: MediaNama and Poynter
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Netflix's ‘House of Cards’ Getting DVD, Blu-ray Release  —  “House of Cards” may be upending the way viewers watch television by releasing all of its episodes in one binge-friendly gulp, but Netflix's series will have a rather conventional afterlife.  —  The glossy, 13-episode political thriller …
Say Media:
Say Media Appoints Owen Thomas as Editor-in-Chief of ReadWrite  —  San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2013 - Say Media, pioneer of Point-of-View Publishing, today announced the appointment of Owen Thomas as editor-in-chief of ReadWrite.  He brings nearly 17 years of editorial experience covering …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWrite
Lara Sinclair / The Australian:
Fairfax Media in another major reshuffle  —  FAIRFAX has restructured its business into five divisions in a move it says will allow it to maximise digital growth opportunities.  —  The restructure will see the former head of the Metro Media division, Jack Matthews, leave the company …
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald and AdNews
Leslie Meredith / TechNewsDaily:
Instagram and Vine Shake Up News Industry  —  News as we know it is poised to change, and it's in the hands of smartphone users.  —  On March 31, the New York Times ran a photo of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez taken by sports photographer Nick Laham — on his iPhone and edited in Instagram.
Discussion: 10,000 Words
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Web discovery engine Trapit launches publisher tools, with Here Media as first client  —  Trapit, a discovery engine for web content from the team behind Siri, is rolling out a set of publisher tools on Wednesday.  The tools allow publishers to serve up their content through white-label iOS …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Digital Trends and VentureBeat, Thanks:@dmfreeman
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Amazon adds vinyl to its AutoRip service, offering a free digital copy of every LP bought since 1998
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Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
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TJ Raphael / Folio:
Louis Cona Promoted to President, CRO of Condé Nast Media Group
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Stuart Pfeifer / Los Angeles Times:
Kathy Thomson named chief operating officer of Tribune publishing
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Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Swartz death inspires expanded effort to liberate paywalled court docs
Discussion: RECAP The Law, Techdirt and Boing Boing
Inga Saffron / The New Republic:
After the Newspaper Building  —  What must surely rank among …