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Amazon to Buy Goodreads (GalleyCat)
Amazon has just revealed that they will acquire Goodreads, the social network for readers. The online retailer did not share the terms of the deal and expects to finalize the acquisition by the second quarter of 2013. Publisher's Weekly The purchase comes amid mounting rumors that Goodreads, which CEO Otis Chandler launched in 2007, might start selling books directly from its site. paidContent In an interview Thursday, Chandler and Amazon's VP of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti stressed that Goodreads will not change for the worse following its acquisition by Amazon. AppNewser Twitter users are already lamenting the news. TechCrunch This type of social integration could give Amazon a major advantage over e-sellers like Apple, who have no social components to their product whatsoever. With people actually discussing and sharing the books that they're into, having an Amazon direct connect makes complete sense. The site can offer special deals to Goodreads users, which in essence is now Amazon's book-reading social network.

Barbara Walters to Retire in 2014 (TVNewser)
ABC News anchor and The View co-host Barbara Walters will retire in May, 2014, someone familiar with the matter tells TVNewser. ABC is expected to air a number of specials, tributes and events over the course of the next year, leading up to Walters' formal departure. FishbowlNY This shouldn't come as much of a surprise; after all, Walters is 83 years old. But she has occupied the TV landscape for so long -- she got her start in 1961 -- it will be surely odd to not have her around anymore. NYT / Media Decoder Walters's decision follows a year in which her health became a national story. She suffered a concussion in Washington after the inauguration. That developed into an infection that was ultimately diagnosed as a case of chicken pox.

Kate Bolduan Named CNN Morning Show Co-Anchor, Net Hires Michaela Pereira from KTLA (TVNewser)
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker just announced to the staff that he is bringing on CNN Congressional correspondent Kate Bolduan as Chris Cuomo's co-anchor for CNN's new morning show. As TVNewser sources indicated earlier this week, Bolduan was the top pick following Zucker's first choice of Erin Burnett with whom negotiations didn't get very far. THR "It is a huge opportunity to work on this new show," Bolduan said. "Knowing that we have the resources of some of the most experienced executives in the business, the backing of a brand like CNN and to be able to sit alongside such great people as Chris and Michaela -- I can't think of a better combination." NYT / Media Decoder The top producer of the forthcoming program will be Jim Murphy, who ran ABC's Good Morning America in the late 2000s while Mr. Cuomo was the news anchor of that program. Mr. Murphy, whose hiring was announced internally in February, said in a telephone interview that the CNN program would be a "wide-ranging morning show." The Daily Banter If you were to create the perfect modern corporate news reporter, you'd pretty much come up with Kate Bolduan -- a generically pretty, self-confident over achiever who doesn't really say anything at all. Bolduan knows how to host show but that's all she really is -- a performer.

AOL Waits for a Huffington Post Payoff (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Two years after their merger, seated side by side in a corner conference room at AOL's Manhattan headquarters on March 20, chief executive officer Tim Armstrong and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington say they couldn't be happier. "Our relationship is the strongest it's ever been," Armstrong says, adding that he'd happily sign a new contract to keep Huffington past February 2015.

Chicago Sun-Times, Tribune in Print Dispute (Chicago Tribune)
When the Chicago Sun-Times inked an agreement with the Chicago Tribune to print and distribute its newspapers, the two companies went from being bitter rivals to business partners as well. Nearly two years into the long-term printing deal, which, coupled with an earlier distribution deal, pays the Tribune about $70 million per year, the relationship appears strained.

Fox Soccer Channel to Shut Down (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Fox Soccer, the only U.S. channel dedicated exclusively to broadcasting soccer matches from around the world, has announced that it will shut down and be replaced by a new youth entertainment network called FXX. Games from major tournaments, such as the UEFA Champions League, will be broadcast on a new, general sports channel called Fox Sports 1. Daily Download Fox Soccer Channel was created because it was an easy way for the Murdoch media empire to take advantage of all the accumulated media rights that it had to televise the sport internationally. However, the channel has been in trouble since last year when NBC outbid it for the rights to air the Premier League in the United States.

Orange County Register Instituting Full Paywall for Website in April (OC Weekly)
When Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner first took the reins of OC's paper of record last year, one of the first things he did was announce that he was going to erect a paywall for the paper's website. Kushner didn't say when or how it would work, but details are starting to emerge from Grand Street, both official and not.

New WikiLeaks Doc We Steal Secrets Examines the 'Transparency Machine' (10,000 Words)
We Steal Secrets not only covers the creation of Wikileaks, the fall of Julian Assange as a hacker-god, but includes new interviews with Michael Hayden, former CIA director, and the woman who accused Assange of rape, among many other inside players. However, the most compelling part of the documentary is that it finally puts Bradley Manning in center stage and presents new questions about digital security, sources, and how we protect them.

Should LeVar Burton Host Jeopardy? (GalleyCat)
Reading Rainbow host, actor and book app creator LeVar Burton recently tweeted that hosting the quiz show Jeopardy would be "my dream job." His tweet inspired an online petition that is already nearing 1,000 signatures.

Bob Teague, WNBC Reporter Who Helped Integrate TV News, Is Dead at 84 (NYT)
Bob Teague, who joined WNBC-TV in New York in 1963 as one of the city's first black television journalists and went on to work as a reporter, anchorman and producer for more than three decades, died on Thursday in New Brunswick, N.J. The cause was T-cell lymphoma, his wife, Jan, said.

NYT's Keller Talked With Columbia About Journalism Dean Job (Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller says he got a call from the search firm that assisted in finding a replacement for Nicholas Lemann atop the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. "They asked if I was interested," says Keller. "We had a couple of conversations, and they didn't go anywhere."

Quotas Get Results (CJR / #realtalk)
Earlier this month, Media Matters published a chart that showed how Chris Hayes' weekend show, Up with Chris Hayes, differed from its cable news competitors: It wasn't all white dudes. Specifically, 57 percent of the show's guests were not white men. To hear lots of journalists tell it, this is an impossible feat.

Worst Magazine Cover of the Year? (Slate)
Witness the headline emblazoned in all-caps on the cover of Time magazine's April 1 issue: "HOW TO CURE CANCER." It's followed by an asterisk that directs you to a subtitle, just to make sure you get the point: "Yes, it's now possible, thanks to new cancer dream teams that are delivering better results faster." Which, of course, is completely, utterly, inarguably false.

The Atlantic's Molly Ball Wins the Toner (FishbowlDC)
For her reporting on the 2012 presidential election, The Atlantic's Molly Ball was selected as this year's winner of the Toner Prize. Sponsored by the Newhouse School of Public Communications, the prize carries $5,000 and is part of the larger Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting.

Perform Teams Up With Sporting News for U.S. Push (Reuters)
British digital rights company Perform joined forces on Thursday with the owner of historic U.S. media brand Sporting News to accelerate its expansion in the North American market. Perform, floated in London two years ago, has built its business on buying up online rights to major sports events and supplying video clips or live content to groups like newspaper websites and bookmakers.

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