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1:20 PM ET, April 11, 2014

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Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Layoffs at Al Jazeera America  —  As it nears eight months on-air, Al Jazeera America is laying off a few dozen staff employees as well as freelance employees, TVNewser has learned.  —  In an email to staff we obtained, network President Kate O'Brian said the network has reached a …
Discussion: Business Insider
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Ezra Klein on Vox's Launch, Media Condescension, and Competing With Wikipedia … Travel Design Dates Weddings Real Estate Doctors NYC Tourist Guide Best Of New York Issue
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Michael Wolff's digital media bloopers  —  The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies  —  Having accurately predicted that Lachlan Murdoch would return to his dad's company, Michael Wolff, in his exhilaration, made this crack recently:  —  Good one.
Judy Cantor-Navas / Billboard:
84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated  —  84% of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country.  Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study …
Gordon Russell / The New Orleans Advocate:
Times-Picayune gives judge data on two online commenters  —  Judge reviewing facts after newspaper exhausts appeals  —  After apparently exhausting every avenue of appeal, The Times-Picayune on Thursday gave a federal magistrate “voluminous” information about two pseudonymous commenters …
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
CBS's Moonves Says Woman Would Be ‘Great’ as ‘Late Late’ Host  —  CBS (CBS) is considering hiring a woman for “The Late Late Show” as the TV network weighs a complete remodeling of its programming for night owls.  —  “12:30 is up in the air,” Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp. …
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Digital First Media Names David J. Butler Editor-in-Chief  —  David J. Butler has been named Editor-in-Chief for Digital First Media.  —  New York, NY (April 11, 2014) - Digital First Media today named David J. Butler the Company's Editor-in-Chief.  —  Mr. Butler, editor of the San Jose Mercury News …
Discussion: Poynter
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed Inks TV Tune-In Pacts with Bravo, IFC  —  List-driven social news site BuzzFeed announced deals with NBCUniversal's Bravo and AMC Networks' IFC, under which the cablers are promoting BuzzFeed content on-air and online (and vice versa).  —  The networks are the first two partners …
Discussion: MediaPost and Wall Street Journal
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
The IMPRESS Project's plans for press regulation  —  Crowdfunding is underway for a press regulation body aimed at supporting smaller publishers and hyperlocal sites as well as larger news outlets.  A crowdfunding campaign is aiming to raise £25,000 for a press regulation authority …
Discussion: Guardian
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple bans music app Bloom.fm from running ads on its iAd network  —  'We're amused by this rather than frustrated.  It's just pretty funny,' says streaming music startup  —  Bloom.fm was spending around £2,000 a month advertising on Apple's iAd network.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, @lorialeo, Music Week and hypebot
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
RIAA sues Megaupload over copyright infringement  —  Kim Dotcom's lawyer dubs allegations “meritless copyright claims.”  —  Just three days after the Motion Picture Association of America brought a civil lawsuit against Megaupload, the Recording Industry Association of America has jumped in with its own case.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube, Once TV's Enemy, Tries to Show How It Drives Viewers to TV Shows  —  In its early days, YouTube was met with hostility from TV networks.  Viacom, for one, alleged in its $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit that the video-sharing site was making money by stealing their best content.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and MediaPost
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
DreamWorks submitted a bid to Vevo's owners this week to buy part of the company  —  DreamWorks Animation Wants a Piece of Vevo, the Music Video Giant  —  DreamWorks Animation, which has been looking to expand its business beyond animated movies, is looking at Vevo, the online music video service.
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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