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Warner Bros. Launches Its Own Streaming Video Subscription Service (VentureBeat)
The movie studios certainly get an "A" for thinking outside the box, or at least Warner Brothers does. The studio's online archive site, Warner Archive, has just launched a new streaming service that gives people access to old movies and TV shows from its large library of content. paidContent Movies currently available for streaming include titles like The Mummy (the 1959 version), Tarzan and the Mermaids and Cat People. TV shows offered include 77 Sunset Strip, Gilligan's Island and the Adventures of Superman from 1952. One should mention that this isn't a big gamble by Warner Bros. on online distribution, but just another way for the studio's archive operations to get its titles out. Bloomberg Businessweek "These are exceptional, high-quality, deep library titles that are often not available," Thomas Gewecke, president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, said in an emailed statement. "It's a great opportunity to serve customers who are fans of classic movies and TV shows." Variety The studio believes it will pull in more coin with consumer-facing service than it would get via licensing deals from likes of Netflix or Amazon.com for the less-popular library material.

'Illegal Immigrant' No More (The Associated Press)
The AP Stylebook Tuesday is making some changes in how we describe people living in a country illegally. Senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll explains the thinking behind the decision: The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term "illegal immigrant" or the use of "illegal" to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that "illegal" should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally. NYT / Public Editor's Journal The Times, for the past couple of months, has also been considering changes to its stylebook entry on this term and will probably announce them to staff members this week. From what I can gather, the Times' changes will not be nearly as sweeping as the AP's. Poynter / MediaWire Reached by phone, Carroll elaborated on the AP's struggle against labels: "It's kind of a lazy device that those of us who type for a living can become overly reliant on as a shortcut," she said. "It ends up pigeonholing people or creating long descriptive titles where you use some main event in someone's life to become the modifier before their name." HuffPost The decision by the Associated Press to drop the term "illegal immigrant" could have far-reaching ramifications for the media industry.

Changes Afoot in New York Times' European Bureaus (Capital New York)
The New York Times' foreign desk Tuesday announced a handful of staffing changes in its European bureaus involving some of the paper's most recognizable bylines. HuffPost / The Backstory The most surprising move is that London bureau chief John Burns -- one of the paper's legendary war correspondents -- will remain in the UK as chief foreign correspondent while now turning "his focus to enterprising stories about the world of sports." Steve Erlanger takes his spot in London.

Karen Finney to Host Weekend Show on MSNBC (TVNewser)
MSNBC's programming expansion on the weekends continues, as the channel has named Karen Finney as the host of a new program from 4-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The name and launch date for the new show are still to be determined. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Finney, an MSNBC political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009, told Politico that she will stop her consultant work upon starting the show. Finney formerly worked in the Clinton White House, on Hillary Clinton's first New York Senate race, and was the first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee. Salon MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham immediately Tweeted: "MSNBC touting Karen Finney as another African-American host. Would the average viewer be able to guess that? Or is Boehner a shade more tan?" Finney is African-American, although MSNBC didn't particularly "tout" that in its press release.

The Financial Times Has A Secret Weapon: Data (Mashable)
Since newspapers went online two decades ago -- The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times all launched websites between 1995 and 1996 -- publishers have been amassing a great deal of data about them, data the 125-year-old FT is using to hit record subscription levels and make its advertising products more competitive, its CEO says.

News Corp. Explores Sale of U.S. Community Papers (WSJ)
News Corp. is exploring the sale of its Dow Jones Local Media group, the collection of community newspapers mainly on the East Coast that was formerly known as the Ottaway community newspapers, according to people familiar with the matter.

Netflix CEO Won't Face SEC Claims Over Facebook Disclosures (Bloomberg)
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings won't face regulatory sanctions for announcing monthly viewership results on his Facebook page even though the company didn't report the information in a public filing, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday.

The New Yorker Launches New Tech and Science Vertical for Website (PandoDaily)
The New Yorker is Tuesday launching a new science and technology vertical and accompanying blog for its website, NewYorker.com.

Instagram and Vine Shake Up News Industry (Mashable)
News as we know it is poised to change and it's in the hands of smartphone users. On March 31, The New York Times ran a photo of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez taken by sports photographer Nick Laham -- on his iPhone and edited in Instagram. That was not the first time an Instagram-edited photo has been printed by a news outlet, but it was one of the most visible to date.

Ratings: MSNBC's All In, CNN's (Get To) The Point (TVNewser)
Monday night MSNBC launched All In with Chris Hayes and CNN launched the week-long panel series (Get To) The Point. All In, MSNBC's new 8 p.m. show, debuted to a pretty strong 859,000 total viewers and 298,000 adults 25-54. That improved upon its Hardball lead-in by more than 200,000 viewers. All In was also only 12,000 viewers behind the top-rated O'Reilly Factor on Fox News in the demo, where former Senator Scott Brown was filling in for Bill O'Reilly. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Though total viewership was down by 4 percent when compared to Ed Schultz's Q1 average, viewership in the 25-to-54 demographic increased by 45 percent, according to Nielsen ratings provided by TVNewser. That's great news for MSNBC, in both the short term -- advertisers cover the 25-to-54 demo -- and the long-term, as the network's growth depends on young viewers who typically eschew cable news.

In Defense of Matt Lauer: Today Will Be Hurt if He Leaves (Poynter / MediaWire)
For me, reports of a phone call to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper about taking Matt Lauer's place on NBC's Today show were the last, silly straw.

The Koch Brothers' Media Investment (CJR / The United States Project)
Tribune Company's moves to sell its newspapers -- a string that includes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune -- has reportedly sparked the interest of a number of heavyweight financiers. These include familiar media moguls like Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch. But heads turned when another pair of possible bidders emerged early in March: the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

America Is Watching More TV Than Ever Before -- Just Not on TV (Quartz)
It seems like only December 2010 that Americans admitted to spending as much time on the Internet as they did in front of their televisions. Less than three years later, one-third of America's Internet users -- and more than 80 percent of the population is an Internet user -- say they would consider ditching TVs altogether, according to a new report by market research firm eMarketer.

The Young Turks Are About to Hit a Billion Views (FishbowlLA)
The TYT Network as a whole has already crossed the one-billion-online-views threshold. Soon, the individual program that started it all, The Young Turks, will also reach this vaunted watershed mark.

How Much Do BuzzFeed, Gawker and Business Insider Staff Tweet About Work? (The Awl)
Is Twitter your job? We have maintained in the past that it is not. A year later, we think that more and more media employees are engaged in the practice of using their Twitter accounts to promote not just their work, but their workplaces.

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