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8:45 AM ET, April 2, 2014

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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Digital First Media is closing Thunderdome and putting papers up for sale in $100M cost cutting initiative  —  The newsonomics of Digital First Media's Thunderdome implosion (and coming sale)  —  Today, we'll hear official word of the demise of Project Thunderdome, one of the news industry's …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NYT Now, out today, mixes lots of good mobile-centric ideas with moments of caution  —  If you've got an iPhone or an iPod touch, NYT Now is out now and a free download.  The new app from The New York Times promises to offer a subset of the Times' content to a mobile-focused audience that gets …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Stock Drop Complicates TWC Deal  —  Takeover Value Falls to $144 a Share, Giving Charter a Possible Opening  —  Comcast Corp.'s deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. has run into an unexpected source of turbulence: a weak stock price.  —  In the nearly seven weeks since the deal was announced …
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Liana B. Baker / Reuters:   Comcast: Business services is sweet spot in Time Warner Cable deal
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
After Fan Complaints, NBCU to Keep Television Without Pity and DailyCandy Archives Public  —  NBCUniversal will be making the archived content of two high-profile sites that it is closing down — Television Without Pity and DailyCandy — available to the public, the media giant confirmed.
Victoria Turk / Motherboard:
UK Police Are Gunning for Pirate Sites' Advertising Revenue  —  London police today announced their latest step in tackling copyright infringement, and they want to hit pirate sites where it hurts: right in the advertising revenue.  —  As it stands, websites that make money off pirated content …
Discussion: BBC
James Gill / Radio Times:
Sky launches combined download and postal movie service  —  Sky is ramping up its On Demand service with plans to sell digital copies of the latest movie releases - and send a DVD in the post, too.  —  The new ‘Buy & Keep’ service is expected to launch towards the end of April.
Jennifer Bjorhus / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor makes cash offer to buy Minneapolis Star Tribune  —  Wolves owner Glen Taylor makes cash offer to buy Star Tribune  —  The billionaire Minnesota businessman would be the sole owner and operate it as a stand-alone company.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify debuts ‘dark’ redesign ahead of competition from iTunes and YouTube  —  Streaming service has new look and Your Music collections, but bigger beasts are preparing to enter market  —  Spotify is rolling out a new dark look for its mobile, desktop and web apps.
Brett Scott / Contributoria:
Crowdfunding critical thought: How alternative finance builds alternative journalism  —  Greg Palast's approach to investigative journalism can be summed up in one phrase: Stand up for the underdogs, and take on the fatcats.  His hard-hitting reports on corporations like ExxonMobil …
Discussion: @lightcoin, @cjenscook and @adamgomolin
Tom Bawden / The Independent:
Government accuses BBC of creating ‘false balance’ on climate change with unqualified sceptics  —  The BBC has been accused of misleading the public about climate change, creating a “false balance” by allowing unqualified climate sceptics too much air time and giving opinion the same weight as fact.
Jessica Davies / The Drum:
Telegraph uses drones to move “beyond confines” of Fleet Street and create new advertising opportunities, says editor-in-chief Jason Seiken  —  The Telegraph has hailed drones the “storytelling tool” of the future, and will use new technologies such as this to push the boundaries …
Discussion: campaignlive.co.uk and London News
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
News Corp wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over phone hacking  —  (Reuters) - News Corp, its Chairman Rupert Murdoch and other top officials have won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing them of defrauding shareholders by concealing widespread, illegal phone hacking at two of its British newspapers.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comedy Central Launches Mobile App with 200 Episodes, But the Full Load Isn't Available to Everyone  —  Comedy Central has at last launched its app for Apple iOS devices, which has been years in the works, stocked with nearly 200 episodes and stand-up specials including “South Park,” …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
With help from Twitter's Biz Stone, Colbert kills the @ColbertReport account after tweetstorm  —  Did Stephen Colbert Bow to Pressure by Deleting @ColbertReport?  —  The #CancelColbert saga came to a head last night when Stephen Colbert dedicated almost all his show to this past weekend's campaign …
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Launches ESPN, ABC and Disney Internet-Video Services
Madeleine Heffernan / Sydney Morning Herald:
Public debate in danger as News Corp nears monopoly on Australian print market, says ABC chief
Discussion: @profsarahj and @sophia_phan
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
What to expect from Amazon's TV streaming device
Discussion: USATODAY.com and Business Insider
Richard Prince / The Maynard Institute:
FCC Vote Praised as Saving Jobs, Ownership Diversity
Liz Shannon Miller / Gigaom:
Netflix, Hulu and Amazon bulk up streaming services by offering popular UK TV shows
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Tara Conlan / Guardian:
London Live's top-rated show draws 22,000 viewers
Discussion: AdAge and The Independent
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
Editor of Gawker's “Intern Horrors” section no longer suing Gawker over horrible internship
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Upworthy moves into native advertising, inks ad deal with Unilever
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:@joshluger
The Wrap:
Blue Ant Media Invests in YouTube Network Omnia Media
Discussion: Digital Journal