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1:50 PM ET, June 23, 2012

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Basil Katz / Reuters:
U.S. judge sets 2013 trial date for Apple e-book lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday set a 2013 trial date for a lawsuit from the U.S. government accusing Apple and book publishers of conspiring to fix the prices of electronic books.  —  Following a hearing in Manhattan federal court …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google loosens its limits and pricing on Maps API  —  Last year Google incited a tiny panic among newsroom developers after announcing plans to start charging bigger users of the Google Maps API.  This is something of a concern to newsrooms, where Google Maps has become an essential reporting tool.
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
The Demand Media Way  —  Demand Media is a tough publisher to figure out.  It's got its share of critics who paint it as little more than a Google-algorithm-gaming content farm.  But there are also those who see Demand as an embodiment of a modern publishing company, producing content aimed …
Erik Wemple:
Joe Williams blasts ‘small group’ in statement  —  Joe Williams has spoken.  —  After staying mostly silent in the day after his suspension from Politico for certain remarks and tweets, Williams has issued a lively statement on his status and the circumstances that have landed him in his current bind.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
TV critics pan Sorkin's ‘The Newsroom’  —  No need to stay up late Sunday for the debut of Aaron Sorkin's new show “The Newsroom,” say most TV critics.  Here's an understated trailer for the show, which is set at a fictional television network and features a Keith Olbermann-like anchor.
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
‘Fox Mole’ Joe Muto leaves Gawker, reviews ‘The Newsroom’ for Slate as two media narratives converge
Discussion: New York Magazine, The Week and Slate
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
How Edward Champion catalogued Jonah Lehrer's sins  —  Lots of media outlets have written about Jonah Lehrer's ill-defined journalistic no-no's.  Poynter, for instance, has published eight posts (make it nine) since learning Tuesday that Lehrer has recycled old columns.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Said To Seek Tech-Savvy CEO For Comeback  —  New York Times Co. (NYT), seeking a chief executive officer who can reverse a six-year sales slump, is looking for a tech-savvy executive to help wring more revenue from the Internet, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: CJR and Business Insider
Jeremy A. Kaplan / Fox News:
Journalist live-Tweets Taliban attack from inside firefight  —  War journalist Mustafa Kazemi hunkers down as bullets whiz overhead, scrambling to find a tourniquet.AHMAD MUKHTAR  —  Kazemi found the birthday cake of a someone who was supposed to turn 21.  It was never cut into.MUSTAFA KAZEMI
Discussion: Daily Mail
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Gigantic Year Is Already Here, Citi Says  —  Is Google making money off of YouTube?  You betcha, Google execs told shareholders today, without offering the slightest bit of detail.  Par for the course.  —  So, in lieu of real numbers from Google, here's a Wall Street estimate: Google is making a ton of money from YouTube.
Discussion: Media Money … and Fortune
Clay Shirky / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Pay attention to what Nick Denton is doing with comments  —  As comment bait goes, I'm a Gay Mormon Who's Been Happily Married for 10 Years is a corker.  That's Gawker's headline for a piece by Joshua Weed (excerpted from a longer version posted on Weed's own site) about how he balances his homosexuality …
Discussion: @nicknotned
D.C. Denison / The Boston Globe:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt emerges from bankruptcy  —  Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt emerged from bankruptcy protection Friday, as a judge in New York approved a deal with the company's creditors to eliminate $3.1 billion in debt.  —  Under the terms of the Chapter 11 restructuring …
Wall Street Journal:
‘Today’ Is Just Part of Slip In the Stature of NBC News  —  When news broke that NBC was in talks to replace Ann Curry on the “Today” show, much was made of the fact that the morning program had briefly slipped out of its No. 1 spot in the morning-show ratings recently for the first time in 16 years.
 
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