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Los Angeles Times Cuts Staff Again (
The Los Angeles Times let go more than one-dozen staffers Tuesday as part of another round of layoffs and buyouts primarily hitting the editorial side of the paper. LA Observed The involuntary layoffs in the Los Angeles Times newsroom that began Monday night rolled through the ranks Tuesday, falling hardest on the features floor downstairs from the main newsroom. As many as 20 people may be out, sources there say. Included are one-half of the newsroom's African-American copy editors. Meanwhile, business editor John Corrigan posted (just Monday, a source says) an opening for a reporter to cover food and agriculture. LA Observed Craig Turner, currently arts and entertainment editor, confirms that he stepped forward for a buyout and will be retiring from the Los Angeles Times. He has been with the paper almost 41 years. Numerous insiders have described morale at the Times as at an all-time low. Some of that is due to layoffs, but some is also attributable to the lack of resolution in Tribune's bankruptcy case. A judge will hear Tribune's latest proposal for a reorganization plan in May. LA Weekly / The Informer As casual Los Angeles Times readers start to hit their 15-article monthly limit, the backlash against the paper's two-week-old paywall has begun. Anyway, to the goods: How to get past the Los Angeles Times paywall. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider We put together a few tips that will still help you beat the New York Times' paywall.

The Good And Bad News From The Latest Pay TV Subscriber Figures (paidContent)
The good news for the traditional subscription TV industry: Subscriber counts across the cable/satellite/telco television services industry grew by 380,000 in 2011. The bad news? Growth of satellite and telco subscriptions, which had been driving the entire so-called multichannel programming distributor sector (MVPD), slowed down last year.

Audit Bureau Of Circulations Endorses Meaningful Metrics On Digital Mags (paidContent)
The Audit Bureau of Circulations is hoping to make its reporting more relevant to an e-reading age with a new set of standards requiring much more detailed reporting of digital magazine sales.

Sebastian Junger Launches Medical Training Program For Freelance Journalists In War Zones (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Tim Hetherington didn't have to die in Libya. It's that belief that has led Sebastian Junger, a close friend and colleague of the award-winning photojournalist, to launch Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, an organization providing freelance journalists with emergency medical training.

The Future Of Original Web Video Programming (FishbowlLA)
Perhaps the single biggest takeaway from the 2012 TV Summit is that Yahoo! is trying really hard to drum up Hollywood awareness of its new video-content-production strategy. The website sponsored the event, and the Yahoo! logo was front-and-center everywhere. paidContent This year is only the beginning. That was the essential message Tuesday from Yahoo!'s head of video and original programming, Erin McPherson, who told a lunchtime panel audience in Hollywood that presentations to advertisers this spring by Yahoo!, Google, and other big digital companies right before traditional linear television's upfront ad-sales market are precursors to their attempt to capture a larger share of TV ad dollars next year. FishbowlLA What can we expect to see from The Huffington Post's new streaming network? FishbowlLA And the winner for PETA's new least favorite television executive goes to former CKX president Marc Graboff, who, sitting on a Variety TV Summit panel discussion on the "state of the global TV industry," suddenly went all Friar's Club on the room. Asked for his favorite show on television, Graboff began his answer: "Not to beat a dead horse…sorry Michael." "Michael" would be HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo, who did not look pleased. There were plenty of groans all around the room in solidarity. It was too soon for Luck jokes, Graboff, too soon. FishbowlLA So far the highlight of the event was watching 20th Century Fox Television chairman Dana Walden tell NBC: "Shitty TV is not must-see."

A Bunch Of People At AOL Got Fired Tuesday (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
A bunch of people working in various groups at AOL got fired Tuesday, sources tell Business Insider. A source with knowledge of the firings says some of them were due to cost-cutting and others were performance-related. AOL is still hiring at the moment, this source says.

Sturm And Dung In Filly Photo Fracas At Forbes (NY Post / Media Ink)
A freelance horse-racing photographer claims his shot of 2010 Breeders' Cup winner Shared Account, a filly owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, was ripped off by

Online Test Tied To 60 Minutes Story Drives Record Views (TVNewser)
After a fascinating two-part Lesley Stahl story on the rare condition of face blindness Sunday night, 60MinutesOvertime featured an online test to help viewers determine whether they are face blind or "super recognizers," people who are the opposite of face blind, who never forget a face.

MPA Conference Shows Tablets Dominating, Publishers Adapting (Adweek)
There's no doubt about it: Tablets are taking over.

Market For Legal News Heats Up: LexisNexis Buys Law360 (paidContent)
In a sign that legal news is gaining strategic clout, LexisNexis announced that it is buying subscription service Law360 for an undisclosed sum.

Fox News Reprimands Dick Morris For Auctioning Off Tour Of The Channel At GOP Fundraiser (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has reprimanded contributor Dick Morris over an auction he participated in to benefit a local Republican organization.

Rosie O'Donnell On Her Show Being Canceled: 'It Was Fair' (HuffPost)
Rosie O'Donnell spoke out Monday about the demise of her talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Lexus Brings NFC-Enabled Print Ad To Wired Magazine (AdAge / MediaWorks)
As print publications continue seeking new ways to entice advertisers, Wired magazine and Lexus have teamed up to create what they say is the first mass-produced print ad embedded with a near-field communications, or NFC, tag.

Amid Rumors To The Contrary, Facebook Will Stay In Menlo Park (AllFacebook)
Facebook barely finished moving into its new headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and yet a handful of local publications have run articles this week about the social network's real estate staff eyeing digs in another suburb. Wired / Epicenter When Facebook goes public this year, it will raise at least $5 billion, making it the biggest Internet initial public offering the world has ever seen. The day it debuts on the stock exchange, Facebook will be worth more than General Motors, The New York Times Co., and Sprint Nextel combined. The next morning, Mark Zuckerberg's smiling face will appear on the front page of newspapers around the world. But don't be surprised if that smile looks like the forced grin of someone dragged to the altar. Truth be told, Zuckerberg is going public not because he wants to, but because Securities and Exchange Commission rules have forced his hand. AllFacebook Greg Maurer will join Facebook's office in Washington, D.C., as director of public policy, and Susan Gonzales, who has been working as a full-time consultant for the social network since August, took on the title of head of community engagement.

Happy Sixth Birthday, Twitter! (Mashable)
On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey tweeted the first ever tweet on Twitter.

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