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10:48 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.
Dan Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
The View From New Haven: What Went Wrong With Digital First  —  The end may be near for one of the most widely watched experiments in local journalism.  —  Early today, Ken Doctor reported at the Nieman Journalism Lab that Digital First Media was pulling the plug on Project Thunderdome …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Parental controls, gaming, and Amazon's focus on kids' content could give Fire TV a boost  —  Here's why Amazon's Fire TV could become a big seller: Kids  —  Amazon's new Fire TV streaming box offers a lot of the same content that's already available through competing devices like Apple TV …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Same Stuff, Same Price, More Features: Amazon's TV Box Aims at Apple TV and Roku
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Amazon launches Fire TV, an Android-powered streaming and gaming set-top box for $99
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Those Who Insist Aereo Ruling Won't Impact Cloud Computing Don't Seem To Understand Cloud Computing  —  A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the Aereo case, which will be heard by the Supreme Court in a few weeks, is likely to have a huge impact on the future of cloud computing, and went into detail to explain why.
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Dominic Patten / Deadline.com:
Aereo gets support from Dish Network, EFF, small broadcasters and more in Supreme Court briefs  —  Aereo Attracts Support From Dish Network, EFF & More For SCOTUS Hearing  —  DEVELOPING: With less than three weeks before Aereo argues its case in front of the Supreme Court …
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
Minneapolis Newspaper Gets a New Life, but I Remember the Old One  —  By now it's a familiar story: a once-mighty regional newspaper is brought low by punishing economics and a series of owners who could not change that math, and is now being scooped up by the local rich guy.
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.
John McDuling / Quartz:
CNN's over-the-top, nonstop coverage of MH370 might solve its ratings problem  —  “It was the most-watched event in TV history, and CNN owned it,” wrote Entertainment Weekly.  —  That was 1991, when the Gulf War propelled CNN (and for that matter, 24-hour cable news) into the American mainstream.
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.
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Italo Motion Picture Org ANICA Launches Its Own VOD Service  —  ROME - Italy's motion picture association ANICA is launching its own Video-On-Demand service for movies intended as a tool to fight the country's rampant piracy plague and also to stimulate online distribution now stalled …
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.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Ohio Newspaper May Sue Army Over Civil Rights Violations  —  NEW YORK — The Blade, a newspaper based in Toledo, Ohio, may file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army after two journalists were detained Friday for photographing the exterior of a tank plant that's visible from the street.
Discussion: Toledo Blade and @nppalawyer
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NYT plans political news tip sheet “First Draft” to compete with Politico and Washington Post  —  Times plans tip sheet, ‘First Draft’  —  The New York Times is gearing up for the launch of an early-morning tip sheet aimed at readers of political news.
 
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The National Association of Broadcasters and Congressional Republicans are both trying to stymie …
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