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9:25 PM ET, March 19, 2010


 Top News: 
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Apple Swears iPad Partners to Secrecy  —  Developers must sequester the tablet computer in rooms with blacked-out windows, reflecting secrecy around a product that may mean billions of dollars in sales  —  Apple makes big demands of software developers who want an early crack at the iPad.
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.
Discussion: Online, GigaOM and Bits
Robert Andrews / paidContent: Takes Free Articles Away From Unregistered Users, Except Via Search  —  Now the Financial Times is getting really bullish about its web access model.  In another tweak, it's now ensuring that no free articles are on offer to non-registered users.  —  In 2007, the site introduced …
Discussion: WebNewser and The Wire
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 with a big, splashy color metropolitan section before he kicks the bucket, staffers at the Journal are burning the midnight oil.
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
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. …
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.
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: Mediaite, Romenesko, Gawker and The Wire
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 and FishBowlNY
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.
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Authors Guild Offers eBook Royalty Advice for Random House & HarperCollins Authors  —  Today the Authors Guild wrote to individual members referring to letters that some authors have received from Random House and HarperCollins about eBook rights.  According to the Guild, the publishers hope …
Media & Culture:
The Pentagon's Stringers  —  Ex-CNN exec Eason Jordan and author Robert Pelton say their Afghan reporting project was hijacked by a rogue DoD official.  But had their unorthodox operation already crossed a line?  —  Post Comment  —  Need entrée to Afghan warlords and powerbrokers?
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
For many, the local newspaper isn't dying - it's already dead  —  By Robert Hernandez: The doomsday scenario has been on everyone's mind, including some at SXSWi, since the revenue/circulation has dropped through the floor and the brilliant mind of Clay Shirky articulated “thinking the unthinkable.”
John Koblin / New York Observer:
It's War!  Kate Taylor Quits The Journal to Join The Times  —  Arts reporter Kate Taylor quit The Wall Street Journal today and is joing The New York Times.  —  Ms. Taylor, a veteran of the Sun, joined The Wall Street Journal's New York section only six weeks ago.
Discussion: The Wire and FishBowlNY
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Truth Or Fiction: Did 30 Rock Call Comcast A Porn Company?  —  Last week's episode of 30 Rock featured a “truth is better than fiction” plot line that introduced the acquisition of NBC by a Philadelphia-based cable provider known as “Kabletown” (which parallels the real-life drama behind Comcast's efforts …
Discussion: The Wire
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 …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Major BSkyB shake-up sees Stephen Nuttall depart  —  Commercial director leaves Sky as company prepares for launch of crucial TV, web and mobile products  —  BSkyB is undertaking a major operational restructure that will see the departure of commercial director Stephen Nuttall …
Media Week:
Bebo digital director Dan'l Hewitt joins  —  LONDON - Vice Media, the youth-orientated media conglomerate, has appointed Dan'l Hewitt the director of digital at Bebo, as its new director of digital strategy.  —  Bebo'sa Dan Hewitt joins Vice's
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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Ana Marie Cox: Nick Denton a ‘Completely Unrepentant, Unethical Person’
Stephen Lowman / Washington Post:
The future of children's book publishing
Andy Van De Voorde / The Snitch:
Delaware Judge Blocks Guardian Cash Grab
Discussion: Fitz & Jen
David Folkenflik / NPR:
ABC News Under Fire For Payment To Murder Suspect
Discussion: TVNewser
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
The Optimist's Blogger  —  In February 2001, a Brown University …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Journal Brings in Jay McInerney and Lettie Teague as Wine Columnists
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Michael Mace / The Wire:
Why E-Books Failed In 2000, And What It Means For 2010
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
 Earlier Picks: 
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
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Discussion: WebNewser and ReadWriteWeb
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Fiori on firing line
Discussion: The Wire
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Interview: Nicolas Kayser-Bril, head of datajournalism at
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Video: Gerald Posner Apologizes for Ripping Off Parts of Miami Babylon …
Discussion: Gawker, and Boston Globe
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Telegraph Media Group makes strong return to black with £53m profit
Discussion: Press Gazette
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)
Discussion: FierceOnlineVideo and NewTeeVee
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
‘Advertisers should fear Twitter and Facebook more than regulators’
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
NYTimes to launch personal finance effort
Discussion: Business Wire and Bucks