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9:55 AM ET, March 8, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers  —  Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing  —  The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
PCC to close in wake of hacking scandal  —  Media watchdog will be replaced by transitional body until replacement is set up after Leveson inquiry  —  The Press Complaints Commission is to be shut down after 21 years, closing one of the most controversial chapters in the history of self regulation of the UK newspaper industry.
Discussion: Poynter
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: ex-Times legal boss gives evidence on NightJack court bid  —  Alastair Brett provides written information after claims he kept Times editor James Harding in the dark about high court action  —  The former Times legal manager, Alastair Brett, has submitted a written evidence …
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
Simmons' $5M salary, ‘antics’ led to WNBC ditching her: sources  —  There were 5 million reasons to oust Sue Simmons — and they were all in her paycheck.  —  WNBC/Channel 4 refused to renew the nightly news anchor's contract because she makes a whopping $5 million annual salary …
Discussion: NY Daily News, Poynter and Chickaboomer
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Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Channel 4 booting anchorwoman Sue Simmons after 32 years
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:   New York TV news mainstay Sue Simmons to say farewell to WNBC audiences in June
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Inquirer: Rendell relinquishes lead in Philly papers purchase, as his group gets exclusive consideration  —  The group of local leaders interested in buying the Philadelphia papers is now being led by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who was asked to take over by former governor Ed Rendell, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Discussion: Philly.com
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Jim Romenesko:
Why Tony Auth is leaving the Philadelphia Inquirer  —  He adds: “I'm looking forward to the future” as digital artist in residence at NewsWorks.  (About that job title: “I made that up.")  “I have nothing but affection for the Inquirer and everybody there. ...  People who aren't in newspapers would say, ‘Oh you can work at home!’
Discussion: Washington Post and NewsWorks
Jean Kaplansky / Digital Book World:
The Shiny New iPad: What it Means for Publishers  —  Apple's announcement of the new iPad received a lot of attention today, but what does it mean for your business?  —  Advancements  —  Changes to the new iPad are primarily hardware-based.  The new key features are a quad-core A5X processor …
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Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:
Why I Probably Still Won't Get An iPad
Discussion: New York Times
@alexismadrigal:   It's funny that people think iPad stories generate ad revenue for media companies. That's not how it works.
Bloomberg:
Apple Unveils New IPad to Widen Tablet Lead
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HBO Deals Keep Fox, Universal Out of New iCloud Movie Service  —  As widely predicted, Apple has updated its Apple TV accessory.  This isn't an overhaul, but an update: The new box offers better resolution, and software upgrades.  —  The new device will support video in 1080p …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:   For Apple TV, subscription video service still missing
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's What a Netflix-Cable Deal Could Look Like: The One That Netflix Just Announced With Apple
Discussion: C21Media, Techland and /Film
Heather Murphy / Slate:
In Defense of Instagram: Why News Photography Goes Well With Vintage-Filtered Cat Pics  —  The left half of this photo has been placed through an Instagram filter.  The right half has not. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.  —  If its critics are to be believed, Instagram is one of the best deals in the world.
Discussion: Poynter and The FJP
Michael Hinkelman / Philly.com:
Strange bedfellows: Maher jumps to defense of Limbaugh  —  Liberal political talk show host Bill Maher has jumped to the defense of conservative radio jock Rush Limbaugh.  Maher, a comedian and host of HBO's “Real Time With Bill Maher,” defended Limbaugh through Twitter.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Draws the Most ‘Super Tuesday’ Viewers  —  Fox News Channel easily out-rated its cable news rivals on Tuesday, the Super Tuesday night of primaries and caucuses in 10 states.  The channel even topped the only broadcast network, NBC, that produced a prime-time special about the primaries.
Discussion: MediaPost, Multichannel and Mediaite
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Copy Cats: The Secret Art Cabal Inside The New York Times  —  There's an early scene in CQ/CX—a new off-Broadway play about The New York Times that does not pretend any character's resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental—in which the guy based on Jayson Blair encounters …
Discussion: Poynter
Summer Harlow / JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS:
UNESCO launches Women Make the News 2012 initiative to highlight rural women's access to information  —  The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has endorsed UNESCO's Women Make the News 2012 initiative, to be celebrated Thursday, March 8, in connection with International Women's Day.
Natalie Peck / Hacking inquiry:
Ex-senior Met Police officer accuses newspaper group of skewing investigation into MP  —  A former senior police officer has accused a newspaper group of trying to skew an investigation into a Conservative minister at the Leveson Inquiry today.  —  Bob Quick, former assistant commissioner at the Met …
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Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Yates ‘resisted handing over phone records’
Discussion: Press Gazette and Guardian
 
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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Ghosts in the Newsroom  —  Despite The Washington Post's history …
Discussion: The Corsair
Peter Lee / CounterPunch:
In Syria, al Jazeera's Credibility Implodes
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
In Major Digitization Effort, Scholastic Launches E-Reading App For Kids
Discussion: TeleRead, Engadget and Electronista
Erik Wemple:
Breitbart.com hates getting scooped
Discussion: BREITBART.COM, PBS, BuzzFeed and Mediaite
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
After beating both tabloids to the tale of Madam Gristina, DNAinfo has the ‘News’ and ‘Post’ in a sweat
Discussion: DNAinfo.com and New York Magazine
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The Magical, Revolutionary Telephone
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
PayPal sparks furor over limits on “obscene” e-books
Discussion: CNET
Emma Carmichael / Gawker:
Columbia J-School Grad Submits Most Passive-Aggressively Vicious Alumni Update Ever
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Jim Romenesko:
Call the Lawyers! - Sincerest form of flattery?
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT's Berke offered Washington Post spot
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Columbia renames j-school building after Joseph Pulitzer
Discussion: FishbowlNY
 

 
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