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4:05 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
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 …
Omar L. Gallaga / Austin American-Statesman:
Former NPR chief optimistic about future of journalism  —  Vivian Schiller praises local affiliate KUT but does not discuss her recent departure from National Public Radio.  —  National Public Radio's former Chief Executive Officer and President Vivian Schiller came to Austin on Friday …
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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: Editors Weblog and CJR
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: paidContent and Examiner
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.
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
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
Ted Nesi / WPRI.com Blogs:
Projo parent A.H. Belo's execs get $1.6M in bonuses  —  Providence Journal parent A.H. Belo awarded its top five executives nearly $1.6 million in cash bonuses last year, the company disclosed Monday in an SEC filing.  —  A.H. Belo CEO Robert Decherd's total compensation more than tripled …
Discussion: Poynter
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
AOL to Movie Writers: You're Fired, But We'd Love It If You Write for Free  —  Until this morning, it wasn't clear what would happen to freelance writers for AOL properties Moviefone and Cinematical in the wake of the Huffington Post takeover of the editorial side of the company-especially since editor-in-chief Erik Davis just resigned.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Alleged Libyan rape victim Iman al-Obeidi breaks through to the international press  —  For the past week, journalists stationed in Libya's capital city, Tripoli, have pressed government officials for information on Iman al-Obeidi.  —  The 29-year-old Libyan woman made international headlines …
Discussion: NPR, Washington Post and New York Times
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 …
Facebook:
Facebook & social journalism  —  Over the past year, we've worked with media organizations to help make their content more social and empower readers to experience news through their friends.  Since we first launched these initiatives at the beginning of 2010, the average media organization …
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
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Amid Rumors She's Leaving CBS, Couric Heads to Iraq  —  As reports continue to swirl about an impending departure from her anchor position at CBS News, Katie Couric will embark Monday night on a long-planned trip to Iraq, where she will report on the military and political situation eight years …
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Katie Couric Has a Few Regrets
 
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The View From Somewhere  —  Neither ideology nor politics defines …
Discussion: GigaOM
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Report: San Francisco Chronicle to put up paywall
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, The Wire and Techdirt
Marc Berman / Adweek:
Filling the Oprah Void
Mark Coddington:
Engagement, shovelware, magic bullets, and expanding the idea of journalism: Six themes from ISOJ
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Six things aggregator app News.me must do to beat Zite, Flipboard
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
The New York Times launches its first Tumblr blog
Discussion: Noted, FishbowlNY and eMedia Vitals
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Neil Vidyarthi / SocialTimes.com:
Tumblr's Mark Coatney: Do Most Websites Treat Commenters As Second Class Citizens? [Video]
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Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
NBC News Pitch: Benchmark Us Against Prime Time
Discussion: Mediaite, Company Town and TVNewser
Dan Levy / Sparksheet:
Slate of Mind: Q&A with David Plotz
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Bennett Allen / Vanity Fair:
Citizen Journalism: Life on the Ground at the Egyptian Revolution
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
At Washington Post and Register Citizen, ‘report-an-error’ forms make it easier to identify, respond to mistakes
Discussion: Editors Weblog
 

 
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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

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

Mia Sato / The Verge:
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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