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House of Cards, Jerry Seinfeld Top Webby Awards (HuffPost / AP)

Netflix’s groundbreaking House of Cards may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring House of Cards producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti with a Webby special achievement award. The Wrap / Media Alley R&B artist Frank Ocean was named the Webby Person of the Year for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change by publishing his coming-out letter on his Tumblr. The Webby Breakout of the Year award went to the Obama administration for its America 2012 campaign for its tech team’s Internet-savvy effort to reelect President Obama. The Webby Awards The star-studded ceremony will be available to view on-demand in HD at beginning at 9 a.m. ET on May 22, 2013. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt.

North Carolina Alt-Weekly Rhino Times Folds After 21 Years (

“We have simply run out of money,” says editor and publisher John Hammer, who owns the paper with his brother. “The Rhinoceros Times is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.” Winston-Salem Journal The paper’s website will keep going for as long as it can, Hammer said — but having laid off all his paid staff Tuesday, he isn’t yet sure what it will look like. “I’m still enormously interested in local politics,” Hammer said. “That hasn’t changed just because we’ve run out of money.” Rhino Times All the people who have contributed to the content of the paper with letters to the editor, whether signed or anonymous, we appreciate them all and enjoyed being able to provide an outlet for those who had something to say, but because of their jobs had to do it anonymously. Thanks again to the community for its support over the past 21 years.

Chris Matthews Signs New Long-Term Deal With MSNBC (THR)

Chris Matthews has re-upped with MSNBC, signing a new long-term deal that will keep him at the network into the next presidential election. But while he’ll stay put at 5 and 7 p.m. on MSNBC, the 67-year-old will retire from his syndicated Sunday show in July. TVNewser Matthews says he is ending the syndicated show to focus on Hardball, his books and his long-form TV docs. “There are limits to what I can do in a week,” Matthews said in a statement. NYT “To be perfectly truthful, I’d be doing what I do on the show — talking and arguing politics — for nothing even if it weren’t on the air,” he added. Hardball got its start on CNBC in 1997.

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Comedy Central to Launch Late-Night Show Hosted by Chris Hardwick (Deadline Hollywood)

Comedy Central is expanding its late-night block with a new show hosted by comedian/producer Chris Hardwick and co-produced by Funny Or Die. The untitled show, which will launch in the fall, will air four nights a week at midnight, following The Colbert Report, giving the network an 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. block anchored by The Daily Show.

New York Times Tops USA Today to Become No. 2 U.S. Paper (Bloomberg)

The New York Times posted an 18 percent gain in daily circulation, vaulting it past USA Today as the second-largest U.S. newspaper, according to figures released Tuesday by the Alliance for Audited Media. FishbowlNY As of the end of last month, the Times had a circulation of 1,865,318, but that still wasn’t enough to take the top spot from The Wall Street Journal. The paper’s circulation experienced a solid 12 percent growth and clocked in at 2,378,827. Much like the Daily News (516,165) and Post (500,521), Newsday‘s numbers left a lot to be desired. The Long Island daily saw circulation drop by five percent over the past year, down to 377,744.

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