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7:50 PM ET, April 25, 2013

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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
NY Times Overhauls Its Strategy With Tiered Pricing, Live Events and...Games?  —  Two years ago, the conventional wisdom in the newspaper business said people wouldn't pay for online news.  —  By a year ago at this time, the consensus had shifted, largely thanks to the success of The New York Times's …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times Company sees sale of ‘Boston Globe’ in second half of 2013  —  The New York Times Co. expects to have a buyer for its New England Media Group, which includes The Boston Globe, sometime in the second half of the year, a company executive said on today's first-quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts.
Discussion: CNET
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The New York Times paywall has hit a growth wall  —  The New York Times just announced weak first-quarter results as advertising revenue slipped, but if you're trying to gauge the future health of America's preeminent newspaper, this is the key figure: 676,000 digital subscribers as of March 31 …
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Co.'s Sales Miss Estimates as Ad Revenue Dives
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The next generation of Instapaper  —  When I launched Instapaper in 2008, it was a very basic web app.  It quickly expanded to define the pillars of the read-later market: a one-click “read later” bookmarklet, a web sync service, an adjustable text view optimized for reading, and an iPhone app with offline saving.
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Digg Owner Betaworks Buys Instapaper To Go Big On Social Reading And Discovery  —  Last summer, New York-based hybrid investor / incubator / holding company thing Betaworks acquired social news site Digg and relaunched it soon after, hoping to bring back some of its mojo in the process.
Discussion: paidContent and FishbowlNY
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
SpinMedia Adds Vibe Magazine to Its Digital Portfolio, Minus the Magazine  —  Last year, Steve Hansen bought Spin magazine, killed the print edition, and kept the website.  —  Now he's singing the same song with a new title: Hansen's SpinMedia is buying Vibe, the 20-year-old hip-hop and R&B magazine …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Newspapers' alternative regulation plans: the key differences  —  There are seven key differences between the government and industry plan for a royal charter  —  In a surprise move a large bulk of the newspaper industry has announced it is rejecting the government's plans for press regulation agreed …
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John Cook / Gawker:
A Judge Told Us to Take Down Our Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Post.  We Won't.  —  Yesterday the Hon. Pamela A.M. Campbell, a circuit court judge in Pinellas County, Fla., issued an order compelling Gawker to remove from the internet a video of Hulk Hogan f**king his friend's ex-wife …
Discussion: @gerryshih
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
First, the good news: ‘Daily News’ promotes two in digital  —  Daily News editor Colin Myler has announced two high-level promotions on the digital side of his newsroom.  —  The first is Lauren Johnston, promoted from digital managing editor to digital editorial director …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At the ‘Times,’ the future of blogs is uncertain: Some shuttered, some dormant, all under review  —  The New York Times is deciding what to do with its dozens of blogs.  —  Sources tell Capital that a review of the blogs is underway ahead of the paper's planned web relaunch later this year.
BuzzFeed:
Lisa Tozzi Joins BuzzFeed As News Director  —  New York Times Veteran To Lead News Coverage For The Social Web  —  Social news site BuzzFeed announced today it has hired Lisa Tozzi as News Director.  Joining BuzzFeed from The New York Times, Tozzi will lead the site's news coverage …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Startup BookShout raises $6M; no longer lets users import their Kindle and Nook books  —  Dallas-based book startup BookShout has raised $6 million in its second funding round.  When the company launched, it allowed users to import their Nook and Kindle books onto the platform, but that function has been turned off.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Koebler / US News:
ACLU: CISPA Is Dead (For Now)  —  The Senate will not take up the controversial cybersecurity bill, is drafting separate legislation  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller says CISPA's passage was “important,” but its “privacy protections are insufficient.”  —  CISPA is all but dead, again.
Associated Press:
Mexican Newspaper Photographer Found Dead  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — The hacked-up bodies of a newspaper photographer and another young man have been found in the northern Mexico city of Saltillo, the newspaper Vanguardia reported Thursday.  Photographer Daniel Martinez Bazaldua had recently …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
The New York Times Releases Its Headline-Reading Google Glass App  —  Google's ambitious Glass display is still a ways off from its public release, but it looks like those newly-minted Glass Explorers now have something else to do besides taking first-person photos.
Discussion: Engadget, The Next Web and The Verge
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
iTunes Sales Are Huge!  But Growth May Be Slowing.  —  Apple sold $2.4 billion worth of apps, music, movies and books via its iTunes store last quarter.  That's almost twice what the company was doing two years ago.  And no matter how you look at it, it means Apple is a giant force in digital media retail.
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
ABC News Unveils TV App That Registers Emotional Reaction of Viewers  —  The product allows users to click emoticons for applause, booing or laughing during programming and see how others are responding.  —  ABC News is introducing an app that aims to create a communal TV experience …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Google: government censorship requests jumped 20% in last six months  —  Google has published its latest Transparency Report and the results are not encouraging for free speech advocates: governments around the world are asking it to remove more content than ever before.
Matt Buchanan / New Yorker:
The Medium of the Moment  —  After the Boston Marathon bombings, the process by which breaking news and information are generated and disseminated looked more ragged and exposed than ever: CNN stumbled, the New York Post painted a target on a high-school track athlete; Reddit launched …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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McClatchy Co. posts loss in first quarter
Discussion: PR Newswire and Poynter
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
WPP CEO Sorrell: Google Will Overtake News Corp As Our Largest Media Investment This Year Or Next
Discussion: Guardian
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Marc Graser / Variety:
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