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11:35 PM ET, April 3, 2014


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
David Letterman to Retire From CBS in 2015  —  Tells studio audience: 'It's been great ... but I'm retiring'  —  In a move that will complete the generational transition in latenight, David Letterman is preparing to retire from CBS next year.  —  Letterman is expected to discuss his plan …
Star-Ledger cuts 167 jobs, including 40 newsroom positions  —  The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest daily newspaper, said today it is cutting 170 jobs, including 25 percent of the newsroom staff.  (Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger)  —  In a grim day of reckoning at the state's largest newspaper …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Gawker bans ‘Internet slang’  —  “We want to sound like regular adult human beings, not Buzzfeed writers or Reddit commenters,” new Gawker Editor Max Read says in a memo to the publication's writers.  Words like “epic,” “pwn” and “derp” are no longer welcome on the site.
Associated Press:
US govt secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest, sought funding from Jack Dorsey  —  US secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan …
Isabel Hülsen / Spiegel Online:
WSJ Editor Gerard Baker: ‘Journalism Is Not a Dying Business’  —  ‘Journalism Is Not a Dying Business’  —  Interview Conducted By Isabel Hülsen  —  In an interview, Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal, discusses the wave of billionaires diving head …
Jesse Holcomb / Pew Research Center:
News revenue declines despite growth from new sources  —  Total revenues supporting American journalism has declined by one-third since 2006, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center.  The sources of the estimated $63-$65 billion dollars supporting print, online and broadcast news has also shifted …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Barrett Brown Signs Plea Deal in Case Involving Stratfor Hack  —  Barrett Brown, whose case became a cause célèbre after he was charged with crimes related to the Stratfor hack, has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, according to court filings.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Leaked NSA documents will be stored in public database  —  All of the documents detailing the National Security Agency's various surveillance programs released since The Guardian first broke the story back in June are now searchable in a database, the American Civil Liberties Union announced today.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Self Magazine Editor and Publisher Both Exit at Conde Nast  —  Self magazine's Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danzinger and Publisher Laura McEwen are leaving the title, according to parent company Conde Nast, in a shakeup to a title that has shed print ad pages for the last six straight years.
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Native ads: Advertorial for the digital age  —  Talking Points Memo, Andrew Sullivan, and advertising as a necessary evil  —  The native-ad wars have flared up again, this time over Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo, the longtime standard bearer for serious, digital-first, for-profit news.
Discussion: The Dish and Forbes
Turkey lifts Twitter ban after court ruling  —  (Reuters) - Turkey's telecoms authority lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Guardian staffers win top IRE prize for NSA series  —  The Investigative Reporters & Editors medal for 2014 goes to Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and others for the Guardian's reports on the NSA, which “revealed a story that continues to reverberate in the United States and across the globe,” the judges say.
Discussion: Guardian
NuvoTV, backed by Jennifer Lopez, to buy Fuse TV for more than $200M, sources say  —  Jennifer Lopez-Backed NuvoTV Said in Deal to Buy Fuse TV  —  A cable channel backed by Jennifer Lopez, the pop star and entrepreneur, has reached an agreement to buy Madison Square Garden Co.'s Fuse TV …
Discussion: @unclegrambo
Jonathan Wilner / Wired:
Bundled Cable Channels Are Here to Stay — And That's a Good Thing  —  These days, barely a week passes in the U.S. entertainment industry without litigation, legislation, or argumentation over bundling-the practice of offering a “package” of channels instead of the option to buy a la carte.
Andrea Seikaly / Variety:
Fusion Taps Ryan Nerz as TV's First Chief Cannabis Correspondent  —  At first blush it sounds like something out of a Cheech & Chong movie, but in fact it's a serious effort.  Fusion, the startup cabler run by ABC News and Univision, has named journalist Ryan Nerz as its chief cannabis correspondent.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Tribune Buys TV Research Site TV by the Numbers, and Relaunches a TV Portal  —  Do we need more websites about TV shows?  We're getting one anyway — or, at least, a revamped one: Tribune Co. is buying TV ratings site TV By the Numbers, and is using it to relaunch …
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
Yelp Reviews Brew a Fight Over Free Speech vs. Fairness  —  Many Businesses Say Anonymity of Comments Is Unfair, Sue to Unmask Users  —  A closely watched Internet free-speech case is headed to the Virginia Supreme Court this month, with many businesses that live and die by online reviews rooting …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms  —  European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete with amendments that properly define and protect net neutrality.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ condemns attacks, harassment of Mexican daily  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack early today on Adrián López Ortiz, general director of the Grupo Noroeste, a media group that owns the daily Noroeste, in the state of Sinaloa.
Discussion: Fox News
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Heseltine takes control at Haymarket Publishing as it reports £8m loss  —  Owner of magazines, including Stuff and Autocar, produces one-off results for 18 months and outlines reorganisation  —  Lord Heseltine has taken full control of Haymarket Publishing.  Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
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Joel Hills / ITV:
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WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Launches New Arts & Style Section, Redesigned Magazine
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Digital First isn't a failure of digital publishing or a reason to stop trying to get it right
Discussion: @markkatches