Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit — Jonathan Tasini. Image via Wikipedia — Huffington Post bloggers who think they ought to get paid for their volunteer writing have been litigating their case in the court of public opinion. Now they're taking it to a real one.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Huffington Post Writer Wants His Cut From AOL Sale: How Does $105 Million Sound?
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Tasini's lawsuit seeks $105M in damages for HuffPo contributors
Gregory Ferenstein / Fast Company: Facebook Wall Secrets Revealed, Romney Announces Prez Run on Youtube, Familiar Name in Webby Noms, and More...
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder: Huffington Post Is Target of Suit on Behalf of Bloggers
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian: Bloggers launch $105m class action lawsuit over sale
David Freedlander / New York Observer: Tasini Announces HuffPo Class Action Lawsuit
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Unpaid bloggers sue Huffington Post and AOL
Stefanie Botelho / Folio: HuffPo Bloggers File Lawsuit Against AOL
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite: Report: HuffPost, Aol And Arianna Huffington To Be Hit With Lawsuit By Volunteer Bloggers
Glynnis MacNicol / SAI: PAY UP! Bloggers Filing Class Action Suit Against Arianna Huffington And Aol
Ben Popper / Betabeat: HuffPo Bloggers File Class Action Suit
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Bloggers File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Huffington, HuffPo, AOL (Update)
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Bloggers Suing AOL, Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News: Blogger targets AOL, seeks class-action status
Jason Calacanis / @jason: When we sold Weblogs to @AOL @brianalvey & I gave thousands to bloggers as TY. @mcuban told us to,we listened
Cheezburger Network / The Daily What: Class-Action Lawsuit of the Day: Unpaid Bloggers Sue HuffPo
Anthony C. Maki / The Daily Caller: Arianna, AOL and HuffPo slapped with class-action lawsuit
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!: Unpaid Bloggers File Suit Against AOL, Huffington Post
Impact of paywall on NYTimes.com — After months of speculation, the paywall for The New York Times went live at 2pm on Monday, March 28th, which limits online readers (non-print subscribers) to 20 articles each month. For smartphone and tablet applications, only the top news section …
Discussion: paidContent, Mashable!, NetNewsCheck Latest, The Wire, FishbowlNY, VentureBeat, Poynter, On Media's Blog, NYConvergence.com, ReadWriteWeb, eMedia Vitals and Betabeat
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Study: NYT Visits Off As Much As 15 Percent A Day Since Paywall Debut
Noah Davis / The Wire: NYTimes.com Post-Paywall Traffic Drops Less Than Gawker Media Following Redesign
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Study: The New York Times Paywall Has Hurt Traffic
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: NYT visits down as much as 15% a day since paywall debut
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Paywall drops NYT traffic up to 15%
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: Traffic Down at Post-Paywall New York Times [STATS]
Dan Duray / Betabeat: Booting Up: Disappointment Edition
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NYT Paywall Is Working — It's Keeping People Out — We're still in the early days of the New York Times paywall, but traffic-measurement firm Hitwise already has some numbers on how the subscription plan has affected the newspaper's readership. The bottom line?
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
AOL/HuffPo Shuts Down Download Squad — In a surprise move Monday night, popular software blog Download Squad became the latest tech casualty in Huffington/AOL's so-called ‘consolidation’ of its content sites. In an end-of-the-day email, Download Squad's staff was told that the blog …
Discussion: Mixed Media, MediaPost, Gawker, Liliputing, @blogsdna, @mrseb, @primatage, @samuelgibbs, @jkendrick, @dpkvnt, Daring Fireball, @andrewkam, Switched, @mrseb and Poynter, more at Techmeme »
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: AOL-Huffpo Suit Seeks $105M: ‘This Is About Justice’
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: HuffPo Writers Sue For Their Piece of the Pie
Brad Linder / Liliputing: RIP Download Squad (2005 - 2011)
@blogsdna: WTF !!! AOL sucks!!! @binoyxj: RT @mrseb It's hard to believe, but, yes, @DownloadSquad is shutting down..
Sebastian Anthony / @mrseb: If anyone wants a hard-working editor-type who gives his entire soul to the production... I'll be... sitting here.
Matthew Rogers / @primatage: Sad day for Download Squad, we've all been sacked by the corporate Huns.
Samuel Gibbs / @samuelgibbs: Well that's it. @DownloadSquad is no more. Aol, in it's infinite wisdom, decided the site was not worth saving. Such a shame.
James Kendrick / @jkendrick: Wow! Download Squad has been shut down! Insane!
David P / @dpkvnt: @mrseb @downloadsquad You'll be sorely missed. There aren't many software blogs online that are as reliable or of as good quality as DS!
John Gruber / Daring Fireball: AOL Shuts Down Download Squad
Andrew Kam / @andrewkam: WTF? @AOL shut down DownloadSquad, one of the best tech websites on the web. Crosses!
Thomas Houston / Switched: Farewell, Internet
Sebastian Anthony / @mrseb: In a world where software is moving towards ubiquity, AOL-HuffPo has seen fit to shut down the best software blog on the Web. Insane.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Bloggers to file class action suit against Huffington Post
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
AOL Shuts Down Software Blog Download Squad — In a somewhat surprising move, AOL/Huffington Post has shut down popular software blog Download Squad, according to its editor, Sebastian Anthony, who shared the news on Twitter. — The site itself is still available, with the last post dated yesterday, April 11.
New York Times:
Egypt Sentences Blogger to 3 Years — CAIRO — An Egyptian blogger was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for criticizing the military in what human rights advocates called one of the more alarming violations of freedom of expression since a popular uprising led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak two months ago.
Discussion: This Just In, CNN, Crikey, Runnin' Scared and Gawker
Jkavcnn / This Just In: Tuesday's intriguing people
Jen Doll / Runnin' Scared: Maikel Nabil, Egyptian Blogger, Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail for Criticizing Military
Michael Roberts / The Latest Word:
Brian Hill: Righthaven drops suit against autistic blogger, warns other targets not to rest easy — Righthaven LLC, the Nevada firm that's been suing for copyright infringement on behalf of companies like MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post, picked a sympathetic target when it went …
Discussion: paidContent, Techdirt and Poynter
Joe Mullin / paidContent: Colorado Judge Is Seething At Righthaven—And He's Handling All Their Cases
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Righthaven drops suit against mildly autistic hobby blogger
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge to copyright troll: your “business model” isn't my problem
Judge to copyright troll: your “business model” isn't my problem
Discussion: PlagiarismToday, TeleRead and Righthaven Victims
Jonathan Bailey / PlagiarismToday: 3 Count: SEP Field
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Colorado judge unimpressed by business model of copyright troll Righthaven
Eliza Gray / The New Republic:
Vanity Fair's Absurd Preoccupation with the Kennedys — “Kate Middleton: A Kennedy?” Vanity Fair tweeted on April 1, linking to a story that purported to uncover a genealogical link between the princess-to-be and the Kennedy family. The story was based on a “never-before-seen” …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, The Awl, On Media's Blog, The 6th Floor and Poynter
Ujala Sehgal / FishbowlNY: Study Shows that Vanity Fair Has Unhealthy Preoccupation with the Kennedys
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: One third of Vanity Fair issues include Kennedys
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Confirmed: Vanity Fair has a thing for the Kennedys
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
The New Yorker uses a ‘like-gate’ to find fans of long-form journalism on Facebook — The New Yorker is experimenting with Facebook this week, making a 12,000-word piece by Jonathan Franzen free behind a “like-gate” for a limited time. — When users “Like” the magazine's Facebook page …
Discussion: Mashable!, Forbes.com, The Atlantic Online, Editors Weblog, Switched, bookforum.com, MediaPost, Journalism.co.uk, FishbowlNY, New Yorker and Bloggasm
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!: Cost of Facebook Ads Jumped 40% This Year [REPORT]
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online: The New Yorker Hides New Jonathan Franzen Story Behind Facebook Wall
Federica Cherubini / Editors Weblog: The New Yorker experiments with new ‘like-gate’ strategy to engage readers on Facebook
Phyllis Fine / MediaPost: ‘New Yorker’ Experiments With Facebook Wall
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk: Mashable: The New Yorker puts story behind ‘like’ wall
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: The New Yorker Asks for ‘Likes’ to View Content
Jonathan Franzen / New Yorker: “Robinson Crusoe,” David Foster Wallace, and the island of solitude.
Stuart Dredge / Apps blog:
ABC and NBC launch iPad apps with new angles on news and social TV — Video books and social TV to the fore for US networks' latest applications — US broadcasters NBC and ABC have launched new iPad apps, but neither focuses on streaming live TV. Instead, NBC Live offers second-screen social features …
Los Angeles Times:
Hulu is popular, but that wasn't the goal — Its owners — the parents of ABC, Fox and NBC — fear the TV website may hurt their bottom lines. — Pioneering Internet television service Hulu recently celebrated its third anniversary in a fitting locale: under the roller coaster at the Santa Monica Pier.
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Amazon To Sell Ad-Supported Kindle For $25 Discount — Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) will sell its Kindle e-reader for $25 less than the lowest list price currently available—if customers are willing see ads and other types of sponsored content. — Most of the valuable real estate on Amazon.com's homepage …
Discussion: Forbes, PC Magazine, ZDNet, IAB SmartBrief, Fast Company, mocoNews, SocialTimes.com, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, CNET News and Bridget Carey, more at Techmeme »
MarketNewsVideo com / Forbes: Amazon Undercuts Rivals With Cheaper Kindle
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Cheaper ad-supported Kindle may be the student dealmaker (or not)
Gregory Ferenstein / Fast Company: Amazon Debuts Kindle for $114, Packed With Visa, Olay, Buick Ads, Sponsored Screensavers
Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews: Amazon Does The Kindle Limbo But Is $114 Low Enough?
Frank McPherson / SocialTimes.com: Is A $25 Discount Worth Seeing Ads On A Kindle?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Amazon launches a new ad-supported $114 Kindle
Bridget Carey / The Digital Dish: Amazon sells cheaper Kindle with advertisements
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Research: YouTube Beats iTunes For Consumers' Music Attention — The format digital music listeners are most likely to pay for... is the one they use least, according to new Nielsen research... Only about 16 percent of consumers bought a digital download in the last three months …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Steffen Konrath / Future of Journalism: YouTube beats iTunes for consumers' music attention
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
The four enemies of indie Internet TV — Trying to assess the prospects for independent online video entertainment—video that doesn't come from one of the established outlets—is a day-to-day process. On some days the future looks bright; on others, less so.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Maybe Cord Cutting Isn't Here Yet. What About Cord Shaving? — Here's an answer that might satisfy the two sides in the “Cord cutting is real! No it isn't!” debate: Perhaps Web video fans aren't dumping cable in favor of Netflix, Hulu, etc. Perhaps they're just dumping premium cable channels, like HBO.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
How Twitter Could Bring About World Peace — On certain days, Twitter can feel like the world's biggest, fastest echo chamber. Since we tend to follow people who are similar to us, we often see our own views reflected back at us — meaning a gloomy cloud of irritation can rapidly swirl …