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10:30 AM ET, April 16, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost  —  The Justice Department finally took aim at the monopolistic monolith that threatened to dominate the book industry.  So imagine the shock when the bullet aimed at threats to competition went whizzing by Amazon — which not long ago had a 90 percent stranglehold …
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
George Zimmerman Trial Could Start a News Swarm  —  The Orlando Sentinel's Twitter account for the Trayvon Martin case is up and running.  So, too, is its topics page, with links to all the newspaper's articles about Mr. Martin and the man who shot and killed him, George Zimmerman …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Cuomo Aide Slammed Reporter In Dossier  —  A top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo assembled a 35-page dossier on the work of an Albany political reporter considered hostile to his administration, highlighting any shred of criticism in a document that reflects the intense sensitivity …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Alan Finder / New York Times:
E-Books Are Easier to Borrow, Just Be Prepared to Wait  —  As a technical matter, it's remarkably easy to borrow an e-book from your local library.  But not if you want to take out the best-selling biography of Steven P. Jobs, the hero of the Internet age who helped lure tens of millions …
Discussion: @mathewi
Paul McNally /
Scarborough Evening News to go weekly in latest round of Johnston Press cuts  —  Scarborough, Northampton, Peterborough and Halifax are among the titles switching to weekly in ‘platform-neutral’ publishing move  —  The NUJ say they will defend members at JP titles ‘in every way we can’
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News Mole Tells Howard Kurtz He Wanted To Leave But Got ‘Blackballed’ At Other Networks  —  Joe Muto, the “Fox News Mole,” sat down for an appearance with Howard Kurtz that aired on CNN's Reliable Sources today to recount his tales of working at Fox and explain why he went rogue.
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
1.5 million pages of ancient texts to be made accessible online  —  This week the University of Oxford and the Vatican announced a plan to collaborate in digitizing 1.5 million pages of rare and ancient texts, most dating from the 16th century or earlier.  The project is expected to span …
Discussion: The Verge
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney: Fox News Has Been Good To Me  —  During a private campaign event on Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla., GOP candidate Mitt Romney had some rather favorable words to say about Fox News.  —  Speaking of the media coverage his campaign has received, Romney singled out CNN host Wolf Blitzer …
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