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2:20 PM ET, April 5, 2011

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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Decline, plateau, decline: New data on The Daily suggests a social media decline and a tough road ahead  —  While the news industry looks at smartphone and tablet apps as a chance to build more engaged readers — and maybe even get people to pay! — for those of us who watch the business, apps are frustratingly opaque.
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Q1  —  We just completed the first quarter of 2011.  Given the ongoing discussion around the evolution of premium content distribution — and Hulu's role in it — we thought it would be worthwhile to share some of our progress from the first 90 days of 2011:
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Hulu Q1 By The Numbers: On Pace For $500 Million 2011  —  In a new blog post, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar says the online video joint venture finished the first quarter of 2011 up 90 percent in revenue over the same period last year and is on pace to bring in a half-billion in revenue this year.
Discussion: GigaOM
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Vice Media Empire Is Near a Big Infusion of Cash  —  Vice was born in 1994 as an underground magazine in Montreal, financed by a government subsidy and run by three friends who started their own company because no one else would hire them.  —  Today it is a pan-media confederation with a record label …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Can a Content Farm Do Quality?  How Examiner's Trying  —  Sick of all the shoddy articles content farms churn out?  Well, guess what?  So are some of the content farms, and they're even sicker of the perception that everything they publish is badly-written Google clutter.
Discussion: Examiner
Patrick May / Mercury News:
Apple makes bid to become gatekeeper for newspapers and magazines  —  Apple's (AAPL) bold foray into the world of digital publishing could make it the online gatekeeper for newspaper and magazine content, just as it is for music.  —  But for a plan ostensibly designed to help ailing print publishers sign …
Discussion: Noted
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Phone hacking: NoW journalists arrested  —  Former news editor and current chief reporter arrested after presenting themselves at separate London police stations  —  The former news editor and current chief reporter from the News of the World have been arrested on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting mobile phone voicemail messages.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Whats the role of media for sports teams ?  —  I'm going to make this short and sweet.  In the year 2011, I'm not sure I have a need for beat writers from ESPN.com, Yahoo, or any website for that matter to ever be in our locker room before or after a game.
Discussion: Nodes - Quickish
New York Times:
Katie Couric Has a Few Regrets  —  When you started hosting the “CBS Evening News” in 2006, there was a lot of talk about mold-breaking.  Now the show looks very much like the other network broadcasts.  —  In retrospect I would have given people what they were used to, a traditional newscast.
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Amid Rumors She's Leaving CBS, Couric Heads to Iraq
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
‘The conditions are finally right to give newspaper paywalls a fair shake’  —  That's what former NPR chief executive and ex-head of NYTimes.com Vivian Schiller said at the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism.  This is the first time I've felt this way, and possibly the first time I've …
Discussion: Austin American-Statesman and CJR
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Ad Kingpin Has Advice For Media, But He's Mostly Wrong  —  In the media industry, Sir Martin Sorrell qualifies as a genuine titan — not only has he been knighted, but he founded and runs the global advertising colossus known as WPP Group, one of three conglomerates that control the bulk of the advertising …
Discussion: digiday:DAILY, Poynter and Newsweek, Thanks:mathewi
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Larry King Returning to the TV Interviewer Chair... on PBS  —  First on TVNewser: Former CNN 9 PM host Larry King will be returning to the interviewer's chair this Thursday and Friday, as he switches roles with PBS host Tavis Smiley.  King will interview Smiley for his eponymous PBS program …
Meg James / Company Town:
Discovery's David Zaslav awarded $42.6 million in compensation in 2010  —  David Zaslav, chief executive of the Maryland-based Discovery Communications Inc., was awarded a compensation package valued at $42.6 million in 2010 — more than triple his compensation for the previous year.  —  That's a lot of TLC.
Discussion: TVWeek.com
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Six things aggregator app News.me must do to beat Zite, Flipboard  —  Personalized news app Zite made headlines last week for a minor skirmish with a group of major publishers, but the personalized aggregation app expected to make news any day now is Betawork's News.me.
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Report: San Francisco Chronicle to put up paywall  — Report: San Francisco Chronicle to put up “hard” paywall as early as the end of the month. http://journ.us/h86Mdu 2 minutes ago  — Loyalty ain't what it used to be: @roypeterclark justifies journalists as ketchup & explains …
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
The New York Times launches its first Tumblr blog  —  More than eight months after media reporters first stumbled upon a URL that the New York Times had quietly registered with Tumblr, the paper of record has finally launched its inaugural editorial product on the influential blogging platform.
Discussion: Noted, FishbowlNY and eMedia Vitals
 
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Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
At Washington Post and Register Citizen, ‘report-an-error’ forms make it easier to identify, respond to mistakes
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American Journalism Review:
Courage and Tenacity  —  How a community newspaper editor shepherded …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AdKeeper Aims To Keep Advertisers By Appealing To Publishers
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Why the Newspaper Ad Column Seems to Be Going the Way of the Three-Martini Lunch
Discussion: Poynter
 

 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

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Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

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