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4:25 PM ET, April 2, 2014

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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Digital First Media is closing Thunderdome and putting papers up for sale in $100M cost cutting initiative  —  The newsonomics of Digital First Media's Thunderdome implosion (and coming sale)  —  Today, we'll hear official word of the demise of Project Thunderdome, one of the news industry's …
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John Paton / Digital First:
Moving On From Thunderdome  —  Media changes very fast these days and nothing changes faster than digital.  —  Make a change, then get set in your ways and become reluctant to make other changes and you get left behind.  —  Today, we are going to be making some changes to our Project Thunderdome activities and go in a new direction.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NYT Now, out today, mixes lots of good mobile-centric ideas with moments of caution  —  If you've got an iPhone or an iPod touch, NYT Now is out now and a free download.  The new app from The New York Times promises to offer a subset of the Times' content to a mobile-focused audience that gets …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
In build-out, New York Post to launch new entertainment vertical  —  The New York Post is expanding its web operation in a bid to scale its digital audience in 2014.  —  A handful of online journalists have been hired recently , working under digital chief Remy Stern.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Amazon launches Fire TV, an Android-powered streaming and gaming set-top box for $99  —  We've been waiting for it for quite sometime, but now Amazon is finally ready to make its play for the living room.  Fire TV is not a barebones device like the Chromecast, it's a powerful Android-driven platform …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Same Stuff, Same Price, More Features: Amazon's TV Box Aims at Apple TV and Roku
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Music Industry Pushes Unified Message on Compensation  —  When it comes to the music industry's lobbying efforts in Washington, it is time for some harmony.  —  That message has gained momentum among music executives, who worry that squabbling among the various players — record labels …
Discussion: @nytimes
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Saudi Arabia Government Blocks The Pirate Bay (and More)  —  Blocking The Pirate Bay has become quite common around Europe in recent years, and today this practice spread to Saudi Arabia.  —  Without prior warning or official announcement, the country's Ministry for Culture …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Hulu adds focus on binge TV, inks deal with NBCU for exclusive rights to past-season shows  —  Hulu Adds to Its ‘Binge TV’ Catalog  —  As Marketplace Changes, Video Subscription Service Strikes Deal for Past-Season NBCU Shows  —  Hulu will have exclusive rights to past seasons …
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Gannett, Weinstein Co. Partner on First-Look Deal  —  Film and TV giant gets first crack at local Gannett stories  —  Gannett and The Weinstein Company have forged a content partnership that gives the film and television studio first consideration for programming ideas stemming from Gannett's content.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
As it prepares to spin off on its own, Time Inc. tries to write its own script  —  In February, Time Inc. C.E.O. Joe Ripp hosted a series of town halls to bring his several thousand employees up to speed on the state of the business.  Held in the company's eighth-floor, 300-capacity auditorium …
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Report: Netflix Sets French Headquarters In Luxembourg to Bypass Gallic Regulations  —  Netflix will be launching in France in the fall  —  PARIS — Netflix is set to follow iTunes and Google's footsteps: The service will launch in Gaul in the fall but will be headquartered Luxembourg in order to avoid the heavy French regulations.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AwesomenessTV Buys YouTube MCN Big Frame for $15 Million  —  Deal by DreamWorks Animation unit follows Disney acquisition of Maker Studios  —  AwesomenessTV, the digital media arm of DreamWorks Animation, announced the acquisition of YouTube multichannel network Big Frame for $15 million in cash.
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Turkey's Twitter ban violates free speech: constitutional court  —  (Reuters) - Turkey's block on access to Twitter violated freedom of expression and individual rights, the constitutional court said on Wednesday, the most significant legal challenge yet to a ban which caused public uproar and international condemnation.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Vanity Fair To Launch First-Ever TV Series On Investigation Discovery  —  Vanity Fair is set to launch its first-ever TV series, “Vanity Fair Confidential,” on Discovery Communication's Investigation Discovery network in the fourth quarter of this year.  —  To produce the one-hour episodes …
Associated Press:
Universal unbundles Def Jam, Island, Motown labels  —  FILE - In this June 18, 2009 file photo, former Chairman and CEO of RCA/JIVE Label Group and 2009 Music Visionary of the Year honoree Barry Weiss attends a UJA Federation honors luncheon at The Pierre Hotel in New York.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify debuts ‘dark’ redesign ahead of competition from iTunes and YouTube  —  Streaming service has new look and Your Music collections, but bigger beasts are preparing to enter market  —  Spotify is rolling out a new dark look for its mobile, desktop and web apps.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Stock Drop Complicates TWC Deal  —  Takeover Value Falls to $144 a Share, Giving Charter a Possible Opening  —  Comcast Corp.'s deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. has run into an unexpected source of turbulence: a weak stock price.  —  In the nearly seven weeks since the deal was announced …
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Madeleine Heffernan / Sydney Morning Herald:
Public debate in danger as News Corp nears monopoly on Australian print market, says ABC chief
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