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8:20 PM ET, April 7, 2012


 Top News: 
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Parting Ways  —  Anyone who has read Derb in our pages knows he's a deeply literate, funny, and incisive writer.  I direct anyone who doubts his talents to his delightful first novel, “Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream,” or any one of his “Straggler” columns in the books section of NR.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Internet Responds To John Derbyshire's Shockingly Racist ‘Non-Black Talk’ With Universal Disgust  —  John Derbyshire is likely best known as a contributor to National Review, though he became the target of intense revulsion this weekend for something he wrote elsewhere- at Taki Mag …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Fires Producer of Misleading Zimmerman Tape  —  NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.  —  The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action …
Murdoch press savages Australian rival in pay TV row  —  News Limited accuses Fairfax group of trashing media principles  —  Australia's raucous press is no stranger to confrontational journalism, but the last week has seen a bitter war of words between the country's two largest newspaper groups …
Discussion: NPR, NPR and NPR
DRM is crushing indie booksellers online  —  In June of 2011, my friend Emily Gould came up with an idea for a new kind of online bookstore: one that would sell only e-books, but would strive to offer the personalized customer service and curation of a local independent bookshop.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Bob Woodward is wrong about the internet and journalism  —  Anyone who has followed the media for the past half century or so knows that Bob Woodward is a giant in the field, one half of the legendary investigative team of Woodward and Bernstein — a man who helped to bring down a U.S. president …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Britannica experiences run on final print edition  —  The decision to end publication of the printed edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica after 244 years has turned it into a best seller.  —  When the Chicago-based company announced March 14 that the printed version of Britannica …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Virgin Atlantic tip-off allegations put workings of media back in spotlight  —  Leveson inquiry urged to examine secret trade in private information that fuels the paparazzi  —  They are the secret tip-offs at the heart of the paparazzi.  Far from the heavily trailed showbiz parties and red-carpet events …
Discussion: Press Gazette, Guardian and Digital Spy
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Dear Newsroom Curmudgeon,  —  I sometimes share your anxiety and occasionally share your concerns about some of the changes in journalism.  I learned journalism in the old school, same as you.  I am steeped in the same values of accuracy, fairness, dogged reporting and good writing that you cherish.
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
The real importance of the revived Viacom-YouTube case  —  The case is a modest win for content-owners.  But it also fiddles with bedrock definitions that determine the outcome of a crucial recurring question: When are companies liable for their users' copyright infringement?  —  By Roger Parloff, senior editor
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Chief Product Officer Blake Irving Resigns  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo's Chief Product Officer Blake Irving has turned in his resignation and it has been accepted by the company.  —  The process for Irving's departure is a bit more formal since …
Alison Flood / Guardian:
American digital public library promised for 2013  —  Two million books will be available in an online digital library to rival Google's collection, according to Professor Robert Darnton, who promised the new database would overcome copyright hurdles by next year
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Associated Press:
Former CIA officer indicted on charges of leaking classified information to journalists
Discussion: Politico
Anna Yukhananov / Reuters:
Political spending on TV ads may be posted online
Discussion: Multichannel
Gideon Spanier / The Independent:
Cost of hacking to Murdoch's empire so far: £239,000,000
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Media companies & ISPs outline plan to stop piracy
 Earlier Picks: 
Duane Dudek / JSOnline:
All 4 TV news operations report staffers who signed recall petition
Apple Preparing to Defend Price Agreement With Publishers
Discussion: ZDNet
Lance Whitney / CNET:
More people using TV and tablets at same time
Discussion: paidContent and Capital New York
Nat Ives / AdAge:
NFL Magazine Shutting Down After Four Issues

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Servers of Chinese tech toy maker VTech breached: data of 4.8M parents and 200K kids may have been accessed

Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Amazon shows off new Prime Air drone with hybrid design, is part helicopter, part airplane, can cover over 15 miles, fly over 55 mph

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