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10:15 AM ET, March 26, 2014

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
The Times to launch NYT Now at $8/month and Times Premier at $45/month on April 2  —  The Times Is Expanding Its Digital Subscriptions Offerings  —  The New York Times announced two new subscription plans on Wednesday, including NYT Now, a lower-priced app curated for a mobile audience …
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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The New York Times Bets On Its Own Reputation With Its New Mobile App  —  NYT Now is sleek and ambitious.  But will anybody actually buy it?  —  NYT Now, the New York Times' soon-to-be-released mobile app is ambitious, sleek, and, for the most part, quite useful.  More importantly, though, it's a wager.
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
NYT CEO: 'We'll continue to have a newspaper 7 days a week for many years to come'  —  The New York Times is launching a series of paid products beginning April 2nd, starting with a cheaper digital subscription package in the form of an app called NYT Now.  —  Speaking at the FT Digital …
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Pew finds embattled newspaper industry still pulls in more than half of all news revenue  —  Pew's 11th annual State of the News Media report, out this morning, offers fresh measures of news media revenue and news staffing at digital-only start-ups.  Both findings are arresting for those of us …
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Amy Mitchell / Pew Research Journalism Project:
State of the News Media 2014  —  Overview  —  In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time.  Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
State of the media: Not out of the woods by any means, but some reasons for cautious optimism
Discussion: Knight Foundation, TVSpy and Journalism.org, Thanks:@mathewi
Andrew Stewart / Variety:
Number of Frequent Young Moviegoers Plummets in 2013  —  Bizzers assert that technology can nonetheless spur interest in films  —  The number of frequent moviegoers in the all-important 18-24 age group plunged an unprecedented 21% in 2013, according to MPAA annual statistics released Tuesday at Cinemacon …
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Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
CinemaCon: Global Box Office Hits Record $35.9 Billion in 2013 Thanks to China
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal:   Higher prices lead to increase in US box-office sales, but number of tickets sold slips 1.5%
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Files For Lawsuits In Turkish Courts To Challenge The Country's Access Ban  —  Twitter has just announced that it has formally joined the cause of those defending use of its service in Turkey, by filing petitions for lawsuits in a number of Turkish courts after working with its Turkish attorney …
Discussion: The Twitter Blog and The Next Web
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Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox Promotes James Murdoch to Co-COO, Names Lachlan Murdoch Non-Executive Co-Chairman  —  A leadership shakeup is afoot at the Murdoch empire.  —  21st Century Fox on Wednesday appointed Lachlan Murders non-executive co-chairman and James Murdoch co-Chief Operating Officer.
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News Corp:
Lachlan Murdoch Named Non-Executive Co-Chairman of News Corp
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Oculus Rift Just Put Facebook in the Movie Business  —  Commentary: Virtual reality headsets pose (very) long-term threat to the theatrical business  —  Just as the movie industry gathered this week at CinemaCon to discuss its future, Facebook came along and changed it without even bothering to show up in Las Vegas.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Sony is closing Crackle UK amid increased competition from Netflix and Amazon  —  Looks like the video services war in the U.K. just produced its first casualty: Sony is closing down the U.K. edition its Crackle video service on April 1 (hat tip to Broadband TV News).
Discussion: Broadband TV News
New York Post:
CNN producers busted trying to get into WTC site  —  Two CNN producers were arrested Tuesday for trying to sneak into the World Trade Center site to test its security — after The Post reported that a teen made it all the way to the spire of the world's top terror target.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Scaling Capital New York's Paywall  —  It's been about six weeks since Capital New York started charging for access to about 80 percent of its content, which focuses on New York-centric news on City Hall, state politics and media.  Called CapitalPro, the paywall was erected in February …
Discussion: @edgecliffe and @alexsteigrad
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Aereo C.E.O. says it's a Supreme Court win or bust  —  If the Supreme Court passes a decision in favor of television broadcasters in their case against broadcast-to-stream provider Aereo, the company doesn't have a backup plan, C.E.O. Chet Kanojia told Bloomberg TV's Jon Erlichman.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Ben Richardson shares more details about why he resigned from Bloomberg over China coverage  —  Another Bloomberg Editor Explains Why He Has Resigned, Over Its China Coverage  —  Four months ago, the New York Times ran a big story contending that Bloomberg editors had quashed an investigative report …
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Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bloomberg gets a taste of transparency
Discussion: The Independent
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Tarantino: Gawker Fabricated ‘News Story’ to Enable Script Theft  —  The director's lawyers compare the “Hateful Eight” leak post to a newspaper that reports on a film piracy ring by instructing how, where and when readers can buy their own pirated copies.  —  Quentin Tarantino
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and @dangillmor
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Cuts Back on Streaming Scripps, Discovery Shows  —  Amazon.com Inc., which has furiously added streaming video content to compete with Netflix Inc., is getting more choosy.  —  The Seattle-based company in the past month dropped programming supplied by Food Network-parent Scripps …
Thomson Reuters:
Reuters Access launches to sell rights to photo and footage archive  —  Reuters Launches Reuters Access, Making Its Best Archival Photos and Footage Available Through a New E-commerce Website  —  NEW YORK - Today Reuters, one of the world's largest multimedia news providers …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
Alibaba launches entertainment investment fund  —  (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world's biggest e-commerce company, will launch a fund that allows customers to invest in entertainment products, the company said on Wednesday, as it expands its financial services platform.
Discussion: New York Times and The Next Web
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Why an Apple-Comcast Deal Stirs Net Neutrality Concerns  —  Four years ago, Netflix executives painted a bleak picture for regulators struggling to reach an agreement on new rules for Internet lines.  —  Unless Federal Communications Commission officials closed a loophole sought …
Federico Guerrini / ZDNet:
Italy's artists line up to support the piracy tax: How much should you pay for the right to copy?  —  Summary: Italy's artists and creatives are hoping to have the levy charged on all blank storage increased, while consumers groups and hardware companies are opposed to what they see as an unfair tax.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Takedown Notices Surge 711,887 Percent in Four Years  —  Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1998, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) aimed to ready copyright law for the digital age.  —  The law heightened punishment for copyright infringement over the Internet and criminalized circumvention of DRM.
 
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