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5:30 PM ET, April 12, 2012

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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The ‘Fox News Mole’ Only Cost Gawker $5,000  —  What's the going rate for inducing someone to commit career suicide?  Apparently you can do it for five grand, as long as that person has a sufficiently large ax to grind against his employer.  —  Gawker's John Cook tells …
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John Cook / Gawker:
Here's a Picture of Bill O'Reilly With a Topless Woman Along With the Fox News Legal Threat Meant to Quash It  —  Hey, look what just came in through the Gawker mailbag from the good people at Epstein Becker & Green P.C.: “Gawker should immediately stop publishing information and videos …
Joe Muto / Gawker:
Hi Roger. It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Fox Quickly Hunts Down Mole (My, That Didn't Take Long)
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Fox News Responds To Gawker Mole: 'Joe Muto Is Fired Effective April 12′
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Cut in E-Book Pricing by Amazon Is Set to Shake Rivals  —  The government's decision to pursue major publishers on antitrust charges has put the Internet retailer Amazon in a powerful position: the nation's largest bookseller may now get to decide how much an e-book will cost …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET:
DOJ is likely to lose e-book antitrust suit targeting Apple  —  Antitrust experts say feds have “far better case” for price fixing against publishers, three of which have settled, than they do against Apple.  —  Follow @declanm  —  Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday said the lawsuit …
Economist:
A too-cosy world?  —  Readers may not be the ultimate winners in an e-book antitrust case
Discussion: NPR and Technology Review
Khristopher Brooks / The Huffington Post:
How to Get Fired Before Your First Day  —  Most college students hope to land a nice-paying job in their field of study immediately after graduation.  —  And for the most part, I was headed in that direction.  I finished my last two classes of graduate school at New York University …
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Special prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case: ‘The media has helped’  —  Florida State Attorney and special prosecutor Angela Corey praised journalists during the news conference in which she announced that George Zimmerman has been charged with murder in the second degree for the February 26th shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
How 5 news sites monitor, moderate conversation about Trayvon Martin stories
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ken Wheaton / AdAge:
Court Declares Public TV's Ban on Political Ads Unconstitutional  —  Says There Is No Evidence It Would Harm Programming  —  Will your children be accosted by ads from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama while watching “Sesame Street”?  A court ruling today makes it a possibility (even if it isn't a strong one).
Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
REPORT: Disappointing First Quarter for the Magazine Industry  —  Overall pages down 8.2 percent for January to March 2012, per PIB.  —  The magazine industry has not shaken its advertising slump quite yet.  According to the latest report from industry authority Publishers' Information Bureau …
Discussion: minonline.com and AdAge
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich Unloads on Fox News in Private Meeting  —  DOVER, Del. — During a meeting with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders here on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich lambasted Fox News Channel, accusing the cable network of having been in the tank for Mitt Romney from the beginning of the Republican presidential fight.
Brian Farnham / Patch Blog:
This isn't goodbye...  As you heard on today's All-Company call, after four years as Editor-in-Chief of Patch, I'm moving on.  My last day is May 4.  I'm leaving for an assortment of reasons, but I'm glad to be able to say that none of them is negative.  I love Patch, and I plan on staying …
Chris Fusco / Chicago Sun Times:
Don Hayner retires as Chicago Sun-Times editor  —  Don Hayner announced his retirement as editor of the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday.  Ernie Torres~Sun-Times file  —  Chicago Sun-Times Editor in Chief Don Hayner, who started at the newspaper as a general assignment reporter nearly 30 years ago …
Lucy Madison / The Awl:
How 25 National Magazine Award Nominations Went To 25 Male Writers  —  Last week, the American Society of Magazine Editors released its list of nominees for the 2012 National Magazine Award.  In the so-called “brass ring” long-form categories—reporting, feature writing, profile writing …
Discussion: Nieman Storyboard
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk:
How the Texas Tribune is making $5K a month from Google microsurveys  —  A look at how the Texas Tribune and Adweek are using Google microsurveys as an additional revenue stream  —  Two weeks ago Google announced that it had partnered with a group of US publishers to launch microsurveys.
Pew Internet:
72% of Americans follow local news closely  —  Nearly three quarters (72%) of adults are quite attached to following local news and information, and local newspapers are by far the source they rely on for much of the local information they need.  In fact, local news enthusiasts are substantially …
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
David Benoit / Deal Journal:
Warren Buffett Building Newspaper Empire?  —  The Oracle of Omaha seems to see a better fate for U.S. newspaper publishers than the dismal destiny he forecasted for them back in 2009. … By buying up loans in recently bankrupt Lee Enterprises Inc., Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway …
PEN American Center:
Top PEN Prize to Honor Eskinder Nega, Jailed Ethiopian Journalist and Blogger  —  PEN American Center today named Eskinder Nega, a journalist and dissident blogger in Ethiopia, as the recipient of its 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.  Nega, a leading advocate for press freedom …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst Programs Its Brands for YouTube  —  Can print publishers hold their own in the unfamiliar world of high-quality TV?  Hearst, one of the publishers that have signed on to YouTube's quality content push, will soon provide some answers with its two forthcoming YouTube channels.
 
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Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Web Piracy Bills ‘Dead’ in U.S. From Lobbying, Dodd Says
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Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Will someone please buy ‘The Village Voice’ back from Phoenix?
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Farewell, App Store? Netizine Turns Magazines Into Social Networks, Runs On HTML5
Discussion: Forbes
Dan Rosenblum / Capital New York:
As foreign desks disappear, journalists consider whether the U.S. is getting the global reporting it needs
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