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9:35 PM ET, April 7, 2014

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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Marty Baron on Ezra Klein's departure: “The company is owned 100 percent by Jeff Bezos, so any decision to fund a new venture would be his to make”  —  It's remarkable, I think, how much mainstream-media attention the departures of Nate Silver from The New York Times and Ezra Klein …
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Allie Jones / The Wire:
Redefining Internet Journalism Proving Harder Than Vox Expected  —  “What is marijuana?”  Vox.com asks today, ready to seriously answer that question for anyone who's not sure.  Ezra Klein's newly-launched site, which aims to report and explain the news in a way that's unlike anything we've ever seen …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Changes Ezra Klein Quote To No Longer Criticize Washington Post
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Xbox launching six TV series in June; comedians Seth Green, Sarah Silverman onboard  —  Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots.
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Raju Narisetti / Nieman Journalism Lab:
We need to talk: 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital  —  Here are 25 awkward questions (and one counter-question) that I wish media reporters/critics would routinely ask of editors and mainstream news organizations, each year.
Marc Frank / Reuters:
Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use social media to “subvert” the island's government and that the revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Latin Times
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
USAID refutes claims about allegedly subversive Cuban Twitter clone
Laurie Penny / New Statesman:
From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed  —  From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed.  —  GOOGLE PLUS ONE  —  TWEET WIDGET
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Six major movie studios file copyright lawsuit against Megaupload, seek $150k per infringement  —  Movie Studios Sue Defunct Piracy Site Megaupload, Seeking Millions in Damages  —  Six major U.S. movie studios have sued Megaupload — which U.S. law enforcement officials shut down in January 2012 …
Bob Fernandez / Philly.com:
Senate hearing on Comcast merger comes amid major concerns  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first public hearing on Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45.2 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. on Wednesday, amid regulatory and financial concerns about merging the No. 1 and No. 2 cable-TV companies.
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Erin Madigan White / The Definitive Source:
Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemns attacks on journalists in order to control news  —  Pruitt: ‘Journalists today are targeted’  —  Three days after the killing of an Associated Press photojournalist and the wounding of an AP correspondent in Afghanistan, AP President …
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Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Charles S. Stone Jr, founder of National Association of Black Journalists, dies at 89  —  Charles S. Stone Jr., journalist and professor, dies at 89  —  Charles S.  (Chuck) Stone Jr., a prominent and pioneering American journalist who touched and shaped many lives as a big-city newspaper columnist …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Rutgers AD: If Star-Ledger died, 'That'd be great'  —  Speaking to a journalism class, Rutgers University Athletic Director Julie Hermann said “That'd be great” about the prospect of The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger dying.  “I'm going to do all I can to not to give them a headline to keep …
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn family's content company eyeing partnership with Taiwan's largest cable TV operator  —  Foxconn's Founding Family Eyes Cable TV Alliance  —  Foxconn's founding family seems to have ambitions far beyond assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple.  —  An entertainment content company run …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Publishers including US Weekly and Rolling Stone experimenting with sponsored comments  —  Publishers bring native ads to their comment sections  —  Native advertising, the ad format du jour, has been an effective way for publishers to make money, ostensibly without interfering with the reader experience.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Business staff at Conde Traveler to do internships at hotels to learn “art of luxury service”  —  Traveler Magazine Learns Luxury Service at Hotels  —  Like most of the staff at the opulent Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, Bill Wackermann was busy.  He attended an early morning meeting to prepare for the day's guests.
Discussion: @condelibrary and Skift
Jim Romenesko:
Lee Enterprises executives get six-figure bonuses for doing their jobs  —  Journalists at Lee Enterprises's flagship newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, haven't seen raises since 2008, but Lee's top execs continue to run to the bank with big bonus checks.  —  Mary Junck and Carl Schmidt
 
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Luke O'Neil / Mediaite:
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Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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Paul McNally / Press Gazette:
Daily Telegraph publishes audio and full transcript of Leveson threat over Maria Miller expenses story
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Columbia Journalism Review:
Can The Washington Post's national push help support local news?
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How Techmeme Became The Must-Read News Site For Everyone In The Multibillion-Dollar Tech Industry