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  • (Apple)

    A year after rolling out its digital pay-wall, the New York Times announced on Tuesday that it will scale back the number of articles it offers free online next month. The paper, which currently allows non-subcribers to view 20 free articles per month, is cutting that number to 10.

    Arthur Sulzberger Jr., The New York Times Company chairman and CEO, said the paper currently has 454,000 paid subscribers for the Times' various digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions. (That figure includes the International Herald Tribune, which is also owned by the New York Times Company.)

    "This is truly a cause for celebration as nearly half a million people are now paying for digital content from The Times and the IHT," Sulzberger wrote in a memo to staffers. "We know that our readers place a high value on our journalism, and we will continue to invest in and evolve our journalism and our products across the Company to provide them with trustworthy news, information and entertainment for many years to come."

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  • Michelle Obama and David Letterman (Late Show/CBS)

    Michelle Obama made her first appearance on the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday. And during a discussion about the importance of family, the first lady told Letterman about her father.

    "My father had multiple sclerosis," she said. "I never knew him to be able to walk, but my dad worked so hard and he loved us so much, and I think from him I learned just absolute, complete unconditional love, the notion that kids really don't need anything but to know that their parents adore them."

    She continued: "We had rules, we had boundaries, but there wasn't anything my dad wouldn't do for us, and, uh--don't make me cry.  This isn't 'Oprah'!  It's supposed to be 'Letterman.' What's up?  Where are the laughs?"

    "Did somebody tell you this was 'Oprah'?" Letterman joked. "Is that why you're here?  Oh my, someone misled the first lady."

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  • Daisey (Public Theater)

    Mike Daisey, the monologist whose "This American Life" story about Apple's use of Chinese sweatshops was retracted last week, criticized host Ira Glass and the show's producers for taking audio from his stage show "out of context" and editing much of his defense out of the program.

    "Many consider this week's 'This American Life' episode one of the most painful they've ever listened to," Daisey wrote on his personal blog. "The segment with me is excruciating—four hours of grilling edited down to fifteen minutes. I thought the dead air was a nice touch, and finishing the episode with audio pulled out of context from my performance was masterful. That's Ira's choice, and it's his show. He's a storyteller within the context of radio journalism, and I am a storyteller in the theater."

    Daisey, whose off-Broadway show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," ended its New York run over the weekend, slammed critics who compared him to infamous modern fabricators.

    "In the last forty-eight hours I have been equated with Stephen Glass, James Frey, and Greg Mortenson," Daisey wrote. "Given the tenor of the condemnation, you would think I had concocted an elaborate, fanciful universe filled with furnaces in which babies are burned to make iPhone components, or that I never went to China, never stood outside the gates of Foxconn, never pretended to be a businessman to get inside of factories, never spoke to any workers.

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