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1:35 PM ET, April 15, 2012

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David Carr / New York Times:
The Life and Death of Andrew Breitbart  —  ON the last night of February, Arthur Sando was having a drink at the Brentwood Restaurant and Lounge in Los Angeles when a bearded silver-haired man took a seat next to him, ordered a glass of pinot noir and began typing into his BlackBerry.
Discussion: @antderosa and @romenesko
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The News Cycle, From Fireworks to Fizzle  —  I DON'T remember how old I was when I first climbed up to the roof of my family's home in suburban Maryland.  Eleven, maybe?  Twelve?  But I do remember what I saw up there.  It was the night of the Fourth of July, and it was turning dark enough for the fireworks.
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
What Amazon's ebook strategy means  —  It seems to me that a lot of folks in the previous discussion don't really understand quite what makes Amazon so interesting—and threatening, for that matter—to the publishing industry.  —  So I'm going to take a stab at explaining.
Discussion: Beyond Search, Forbes, Wired and TechCrunch
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
It's Time to Stop Talking About the Death of Big Media  —  Last week one of our guest writers, Francisco Dao, published a post entitled “What Happens After We Kill Big Media?”  In it, he breezily surmised that big media's “downfall is inevitable” and proceeded to grieve for its demise.
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Mika Brzezinski Refuses to Perk It Up  —  When I told my wife I was interviewing you, she said, “I like Mika because she's ornery, and all the other women on TV in the morning are so damn chipper.”  —  I proudly own that.  I spent 20 years trying to be perky like the beauty queens on TV, and none of it ever worked.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
How journalists train to stay safe while covering hostile environments  —  Before he ever stepped foot in Iraq, Washington Post reporter Ed O'Keefe had already navigated his way through landmines, used a tourniquet to help an injured person, and been ambushed.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Reviewing the Next Issue App, a Buffet of Magazines  —  Few words fire up the happiness transmitters in your brain more than “free.”  But “flat-fee unlimited” comes close.  —  Unlimited movies (Netflix).  Unlimited music (Spotify).  Unlimited train travel (Europass).  Unlimited seafood buffet (Red Lobster).
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of small things  —  If the news business were sexy enough (it's not) to fuel Hollywood or Bollywood filmmaking, we might envision this wake-me-from-the-dead screenplay: A publisher (I'm thinking Tom Hanks, now almost old enough to look sufficiently weary) …
Discussion: GigaOM
Noam Cohen / Media Decoder:
New Republic Cancels Lottery to Attend Washington Dinner  —  The New Republic has quickly canceled its plan to send one lucky subscriber to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner this month after being told that it would be violating the association's rules.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Hannah Furness / Telegraph:
BBC in new sexism row after gender pay gap revealed  —  Male staff at the BBC are paid an average 10 per cent more than women.  —  Nearly twice as many men hold senior roles at the broadcaster as female employees and they earn an average £17,000 more.
Discussion: Daily Mail, TODAYonline and Telegraph
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Journalists in Pyongyang Scooped by Launching's Failure  —  More than 50 foreign journalists accepted coveted invitations to North Korea this week for the gala celebrations exalting the centenary of the country's deceased founder Kim Il-sung, the ascension of his grandson Kim Jong-un …
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
 
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Brent Dirks / App Advice:
New York Designer Putting Together Unofficial Spotify iPad App
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David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
CBS' Les Moonves Lands $69.9M In Compensation For 2011, Up 21%
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
PostDesk launches to give long-form journalism and online discussion a shot in the arm
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HuffPo science editor asks readers: Is climate science true?
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Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Behind Closed Doors, Broadcasters Battle Online Disclosure of Political Ad Buys
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
With Punch, Tablets Get Their Own Humor Magazine
Discussion: NYConvergence.com
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Bloomberg Businessweek goes magazine-y on the iPhone
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
Wikileaks announces new Assange TV show to be released on April 17 online
Herb Greenberg / CNBC:
How My Job as a Business Journalist Has Changed
 

 
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