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9:00 PM 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'
Discussion: @murdochdavis, Thanks:@rorybrown
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish's Ergen Said to Approach DirecTV CEO White About Merger  —  Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen recently contacted DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Mike White to discuss a merger of the two satellite television companies, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.
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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Patrick Seitz / Investor's Business Daily:
Facebook The Front Page For Millennial News Readers  —  The go-to source of news for Americans has shifted from newspapers to broadcast television to websites with each successive generation.  For millennials, those young consumers often called digital natives, their principal source of news …
Amy Mitchell / Pew Research Journalism Project:
State of the News Media 2014
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
Silver fires back at critic Krugman by quantifying his columns mentioning FiveThirtyEight  —  For Columnist, a Change of Tone  —  A New York Times columnist has expressed substantially more negative sentiments about FiveThirtyEight since it left The New York Times, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Willow Bay to lead journalism school at USC Annenberg  —  Annenberg school for Communications and Journalism  —  Willow Bay will be the new director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.
César Puerta / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out photo tagging, ability to share up to four photos in a tweet  —  Photos just got more social  —  We're rolling out two new mobile features that make photos on Twitter more social.  One is photo tagging, which lets you tag the people in your photo; the other is the ability to include up to four photos in a Tweet.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay So  —  A team of web designers recently released an astonishingly innovative app for streaming movies online.  The program, Popcorn Time, worked a bit like Netflix, except it had one unusual, killer feature.  It was full of movies you'd want to watch.
Discussion: @jtoeman
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News Corp:
Lachlan Murdoch Named Non-Executive Co-Chairman of News Corp
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
With paywall, UK's Times Newspapers cut losses from £72 million in 2009 to £6 million in 2013  —  The Times ‘moving towards profit’ since paywall launch  —  According to Alan Hunter, head of digital at The Times and Sunday Times, Times Newspapers has moved from a £72 million loss …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Columbia's Year Zero, aiming to give journalists literacy in data, is now called the Lede Program … Last fall, we told you about Year Zero, a new program out of Columbia's j-school aimed at providing a grounding in data concepts — coding, databases, algorithms, and the like — to journalists and other humanities-ish types.
Capital New York:
Colin Myler named president of Daily News  —  Colin Myler has been named president of the Daily News, a title he will tack on in addition to his existing one as editor-in-chief.  —  His “expanding role will involve working more closely with me on all Daily News strategic business initiatives and decisions …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
TechCrunch:
TubeMogul Files For $75M IPO, With $57M In Revenue And A $7M Net Loss For 2013  —  Video ad platform TubeMogul has filed its S-1, declaring its plans to go public with an offering of up to $75 million.  And it's doing so with what appears to be pretty healthy gross margins, though with an overall net loss.
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Twitter challenges Turkey ban, Erdogan holds fast  —  (Reuters) - A Turkish court upheld an appeal on Wednesday to end a blockage of Twitter which has provoked public outrage, local media said, though it was not immediately clear whether that meant the bar would be removed.
Marie K. Shanahan / Columbia Journalism Review:
Hyperlocal news experiments swamp Connecticut's affluent Fairfield County  —  Fairfield County is swamped with hyperlocal experiments that hold broader aspirations  —  Fairfield County is swamped with hyperlocal experiments that hold broader aspirations  —  Unlike other communities around …
Discussion: Street Fight
Dow Jones & Company:
Dow Jones Enhances Factiva to Improve Search Efficiency and Newsletter Capabilities  —  Dow Jones today announced a series of customer-driven enhancements to the Factiva product designed to increase search efficiency and refine newsletter capabilities.  The changes are effective immediately.
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 …
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).
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Spotify Focuses On New Users By Giving College Students Half-Off Their Premium Subscription  —  Spotify is making a land grab.  —  In a space that continues to fill up with competition from small startups and incumbents alike, Spotify is trying to acquire as many new users as possible …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
NYT boss attacks Bloomberg for saying it shouldn't publish anti-China stories  —  Mark Thompson says New York Times journalism will remain impartial and won't be swayed by commercial considerations  —  Mark Thompson, the chief executive of the New York Times, has hit out at rival Bloomberg …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Re/code:
Millennials Spend More Time Watching TV on Other Devices  —  The big-screen TV is losing its cachet.  —  A new study from Deloitte finds that teens and young twentysomethings spend more time watching movies and television shows on their computers, smartphones and tablets than they do on their TV screens.
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Maker Studios was losing $2-3M per month leading up to Disney sale  —  With Maker Acquisition, Disney Takes on a Tough Challenge  —  Walt Disney Co.'s $500 million buyout of Maker Studios has been described as many things: An endorsement of the YouTube economy, an admission by a media giant …
 
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Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
MGM Income Up 97 Percent for 2013
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
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Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
How ‘newsroom 3.1’ will change Trinity Mirror's local titles
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Federico Guerrini / ZDNet:
Italy's artists line up to support the piracy tax: How much should you pay for the right to copy?
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Aereo C.E.O. says it's a Supreme Court win or bust
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Scaling Capital New York's Paywall
Discussion: @alexsteigrad and @edgecliffe
Steve Gray / INMA:
Media disruption: bad for us, wonderful for humanity
Discussion: @newswhip
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
Buzzfeed: ‘Emotional quotient matters more than IQ’ on social
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