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11:20 AM ET, April 12, 2011

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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.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Arianna Huffington and Nick Denton Hug Out Their Beef  —  That's Bill Maher on the left, but it could totally be Nick Denton now that he and Arianna Huffington are all buddy-buddy again.  Image by Getty Images via @daylife  —  Arianna Huffington, blog empress, does not have warm feelings toward Nick Denton, blog overlord.
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 …
Heather Dougherty:
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 …
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.
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: Techdirt, paidContent and Poynter
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge to copyright troll: your “business model” isn't my problem
Discussion: TeleRead and Righthaven Victims
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 …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
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 home page …
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
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.
Thanks:mikepilarz
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.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
10 Things the Media Either Gets Wrong or Doesn't Know About the Winklevoss Twins  —  The Winklevoss twins lost another round in their legal battle against Mark Zuckerberg today, but according to their lawyer, they aren't giving up yet.  Our newest team member, Foster Kamer …
AdAge:
Is Social Media too Engaging for Its Own Good?  —  As someone who has been tasked with monetizing social media continuously since 2005, the single most important thing I've learned is this: The biggest problem is that the content is too engaging.  Here's why.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Consolidation of Trade Publications Nears  —  The long-planned consolidation of three familiar trade publications into one is beginning at Prometheus Global Media.  —  Monday brought the final issues of two publications, Brandweek and Mediaweek, which have been published along with their sibling, Adweek, for almost 10 years.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, The Wire and Poynter
Forbes Blogs / Forbes.com:
A Vision for Unifying Access to Data and Documents  —  What do we really want when we start using technology for reporting and analysis of data?  We want answers to our questions.  We want to be able to discover and follow up on new questions that occur to us.
Discussion: CITO Research
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Film shoots to farmers markets: Users respond to Everyblock's community-focused redesign  —  Late last month, Everyblock launched an overhaul of its site — its “first major redesign,” and one “driven by the feedback we've been getting over the past year.”  The revamp marked a significant shift …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Ted Nesi / WPRI.com Blogs:
NYT's Nocera on paywalls, Providence and CEO pay  —  “Local boy makes good.”  In the news business, few Rhode Island natives fit that hoary headline better than Joe Nocera.  —  Nocera grew up in Providence, graduating from Classical High in 1970 before attending Boston University.
Discussion: The Big Lead and Talking Biz News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Kiip Is An Entirely New Mobile Ad Model: Real Life Rewards For In-Game Achievements  —  Kiip, the seven month-old mobile ads startup, is finally coming out of stealth today and revealing an entirely new model for in-game advertising, one that offers users value instead of fighting an uphill battle for their attention.
 
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Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
British Libraries Must Not Harvest Paywalled News Sites, Govt. Says
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
How Twitter Can Stop Its Descent Into a Cable-News-Style Disinformation Network
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Facebook for Journalists: More Work Than Twitter, but With a Bigger Payout
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