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1:30 PM ET, March 19, 2010


 Top News: 
Laura Oliver /
Interview magazine: ‘The iPad is the future and we embrace it openly’  —  For a device that's not even being sold yet - though we're told it is imminent in the US and UK - getting on the iPad has quickly jumped to the top of many news organisation's to do lists.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Amanpour: A surprise - and a risk  —  In choosing Christiane Amanpour to host “This Week,” ABC defied the Sunday show conventions that have resulted in a succession of hosts who were male political journalists steeped in Washington culture.  —  Passing over more traditional choices …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ CMS2010: A Dose Of Wolff: Rupe's Mad As Hell, Newspapers Are Over  —  Nothing like a good, hard dose of scathing reality to scare the hell out of a media audience.  Michael Wolff - the Vanity Fair columnist, Newser operator and Murdoch biographer - happily obliged at MediaGuardian's Changing Media Summit in London...
Discussion: and Guardian
Michael Wolff / Newser:
Charge for News! Yes, Do It! C'mon! I Dare You.
Discussion: CJR
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
WSJ's New Union Contract: Wage Freeze to July 2011!  —  ​As the Wall Street Journal hurries to ready Project Amsterdam, Rupert Murdoch's bid to rock the New York Times dead before he kicks the bucket with a big, splashy color metropolitan section, staffers at the Journal are burning the midnight oil.
Discussion: The Wire and IAPE 1096
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube and Viacom Find Lots of Emails, but No Smoking Gun  —  The YouTube-Viacom documents released today are chock full of interesting morsels.  Feel free to ignore most of them.  —  Because if you're trying to handicap the way the copyright lawsuit pans out, today's document dump won't do much to help you.
Aaron / YouTube Blog:
Broadcast Yourself  —  Around the globe, YouTube has become …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
More News about Omidyar's Peer News  —  I'm at the NewsMorphosis Conference in Hawaii today locked in a day of debates about the state of news quality and how the hell we find a business model to keep paying for it.  It's a big issue locally- earlier this year three of Hawaii's five largest …
Discussion: TEMPLE TALK
Brian Aguilar / Wall Street Journal:
A History of Wall Street Journal Hedcuts  —  When job-seeking illustrator Laura Levy first met the team of Wall Street Journal hedcut artists in the early 1980s, she was struck by their peculiar task.  —  “I saw what these people were doing and I thought, 'they're insane,'” says Levy.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)  —  Hulu's sales team is “actively subverting” the ad sales of its parent companies that are also trying to sell ads for their shows on Hulu, according to a source at one of the parent companies.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and FierceOnlineVideo
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
A Guy Named Bob Wants to Buy Newsday  —  Who wants to buy Long Island's largest newspaper, Newsday?  —  Is it The New York Times' Arthur Sulzberger Jr.?  How about News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch?  —  No, it is Robert “Bob” Toussie, a real estate developer and investor.
Discussion: Romenesko
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Telegraph Media Group makes strong return to black with £53m profit  —  Publisher of Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph turns round last year's £15.7m loss, thanks to ‘tight control on costs’  —  Telegraph Media Group, publisher of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Bill O'Reilly's indie instincts  —  In a time of political turmoil, can the Fox News commentator be seen as a moderate?  —  Fox News' top-rated host Bill O'Reilly has helped to make the network a ratings leader.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)  —  Reporting from New York
Discussion: The Wire and Mediaite
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Video: Gerald Posner Apologizes for Ripping Off Parts of Miami Babylon, Then Things Get Ugly  —  Gerald Posner showed up at Miami Beach Botanical Garden last night fresh off New Times' revelations that he had plagiarized significant text from author Frank Owen's Clubland in his book Miami Babylon.
Discussion: Gawker and Boston Globe
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
‘Advertisers should fear Twitter and Facebook more than regulators’  —  Havas chief David Jones says companies must work harder to prove that brands are socially responsible following the downturn  —  David Jones, the global chief executive of Havas Wordwide, has warned that advertisers …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Michael Kinsley @ The ‘Separate But Equal’ Digital Ellies  —  The greatest benefit of moderating a session at the Magazine Publishers Association conference on e-reading today was the chance to witness Slate founding editor Michael Kinsley's induction into the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame.
Alexx / Alexx Henry Blog:
Digital Magazine Motion Cover and Feature for the iPad  —  With the iPad release a mere few weeks away, it's only appropriate that we release our own bit of goodness.  —  Together with co-directors Cory Strassburger and Ming Hsiung, we produced a motion magazine cover and feature spread for Viv Mag …
Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Carl Icahn launches hostile takeover bid for Lions Gate [Updated]  —  One week after Lions Gate Entertainment rejected his bid to raise his stake in the studio, investor Carl Icahn is launching a hostile takeover bid for the entire company.  [For the record, updated 9:41 a.m. …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
NYTimes to launch personal finance effort  —  The New York Times announced Thursday that it will begin a week-long emphasis on personal finance journalism beginning next week.  —  The special news section, called Your Money: A Financial Tune-Up, will be accompanied by online features and a live panel discussion.
Discussion: Business Wire and Bucks
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Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Authors Guild Offers eBook Royalty Advice for Random House & HarperCollins Authors
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ CMS2010: Jimmy Wales: Papers Should Ditch Columnists, Google Is Naive
Discussion: Guardian and Newsonomics
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Kaltura Launches, Publishes HTML5 Media Library
Discussion: Beet.TV and Market Wire
Knight Foundation News Releases:
Aspen Institute to Advance Recommendations of the Knight Commission
Patrick Smith / psmith, journalist:
Is News Over?  City University journalism chief George Brock …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Madison Avenue Finds Old and New Media Can Coexist
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
CNN's ‘John King, USA’ Getting An Online Tryout
Discussion: New York Observer
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Lawyers Reveal ABC News Paid $200,000 to Casey Anthony Family
Discussion: Al's Morning Meeting and Gawker
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Yahoo No. 2 Steps In to Lead Sales On Interim Basis
Discussion: paidContent
Erik Hayden / Miller-McCune:
Quality Doesn't Ensure Success for ‘Best New Magazines’
Discussion: Romenesko and FishBowlNY
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Don't Let Your Website Ruin Your Magazine's Tablet Edition
Discussion: Online and CJR
David Cohen / WebNewser:
Sporting News Teams Up with CineSport, Zinio
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of emerging news video
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV: no plans for Hulu or YouTube deal
Discussion: paidContent and Variety
Etan Horowitz / CNN:
Family cashing in on ‘David After Dentist’
Discussion: Jezebel
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
SEC Watch: Gannett Execs Still Raking It In, Despite Rapid Revenue Declines