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12:10 AM ET, April 12, 2012

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Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Justice Dept. Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing; 3 Publishers Settle  —  Updated The Justice Department filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Apple and major book publishers on Wednesday, charging that the companies colluded to raise the price of e-books in 2010.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the E-books Press Conference  —  Good afternoon.  Today I'm joined by Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Sharis Pozen, and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, to announce the Justice Department's latest progress …
Jeremy Greenfield / Digital Book World:
Amidst Justice Department Lawsuit, Kindle E-Book Prices Rise Sharply  —  E-book prices for Amazon's best-selling e-books have spiked in the past several weeks amidst heated speculation that the U.S. Department of Justice would file a lawsuit against Apple and some of the largest U.S. publishers alleging an e-book price-fixing scheme.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
States pile on, claim Apple e-book conspiracy cost consumers $100 million  —  Apple and book publishers already have their hands full after the Justice Department sued them in New York today for allegedly fixing the price of e-books.  —  Now, state governments are seeking their own pound of flesh.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
DOJ Announces Terms of Settlement With 3 Publishers in E-Book Lawsuit  —  Along with filing a lawsuit against Apple and five of the “Big Six” publishers for collusion over e-book prices, the U.S. Justice Department also filed terms of a proposed settlement in the suit with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
Claire Davenport / Reuters:
EU receives proposals to close e-book probe
Discussion: paidContent
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Some big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Fox News Spokesperson Tells Mediaite: We Found The Mole (UPDATE)  —  So, when we asked readers how long it would take for Fox News to find the mole that Gawker had in their midst, did anyone put money down on “24 hours”?  If so, it would appear that you just won the jackpot.
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Joe Muto / Gawker:
Hi Roger.  It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole  —  Hi.  My name is Joe Muto.  I was the Fox Mole.  —  Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely... with pay, oddly enough.  —  They nailed me.
Jack Shafer:
Fox mole hunting  —  A Fox News Channel employee has turned mole at the behest of Gawker and has now filed two dispatches from the House that Roger Ailes Built.  —  In the first, published on Monday, the Fox Mole describes the misery of working for the channel: He (we don't know for certain it's a man …
Discussion: @carr2n, Mediaite, Gawker and The Caucus
Steve Myers / Poynter:
The Bay Citizen ends its relationship with NYT, but Texas Tribune lives on  —  Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, has confirmed a tweet from The Bay Citizen's Jeanne Carstensen saying that it is ending its relationship with The New York Times as of April 29.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Patch Editor In Chief Brian Farnham Is Leaving AOL  —  The week of big news out of AOL continues: Brian Farnham, editor in chief of the Patch network of hyperlocal news sites, is leaving.  He announced his departure on a conference call with employees late Wednesday as well as in a blog post.
Mike Giglio / The Daily Beast:
Phone-Hacking Scandal Comes to the U.S.  —  In an exclusive interview, a London lawyer reveals his plans to take on Murdoch on behalf of clients who believe their phones were hacked in America.  —  Fleet Street lawyer Mark Lewis is coming to America this week—and he's bringing the phone-hacking scandal with him.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Photojournalist sues cop, Suffolk County, N.Y., over right to videotape police  —  Photojournalist Phil Datz has sued Suffolk County, N.Y. and the officer who arrested him while he was filming a police scene last year.  Attorneys for the National Press Photographers Association …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Thanks:@myersnews
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Its Flipboard Competitor Currents Global  —  Last December, Google launched Currents, its attempt at challenging popular mobile apps like Flipboard and Zite.  Since then, the company has added about 400 new publishers and over 14,000 self-published editions to its lineup .
MediaShift:
Governments Increasingly Targeting Twitter Users for Expressing Their Opinion  —  This piece is co-authored by Trevor Timm.  —  In its six years of existence, Twitter has staked out a position as the most free speech-friendly social network.  Its utility in the uprisings that swept …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
‘Good Morning America’ Expanding to the Afternoon  —  ABC's “The Revolution” is being canceled and replaced by an extra hour of “Good Morning America,” in the afternoon.  The hour will broadcast live at 2pmET/1pmCT and will be hosted by members of the GMA team.
Victor Pickard / Philly.com:
Finding journalism's future  —  This newspaper's parent company sold last week for $55 million, a staggering $460 million less than what it fetched in 2006.  The plight of the company, which also owns the Daily News and Philly.com, reflects trends afflicting newspapers across the country …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The Seattle Times Takes On Hometown Amazon  —  A tough series on the dark side of the booming local company  —  Here in Seattle, Amazon is growing like crazy, adding thousands of jobs and building several skyscrapers just off downtown, something that will add hundreds of construction jobs.
 
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