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10:05 AM ET, April 3, 2010


 Top News: 
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Turn Your iPad Into a Futuristic News Portal  —  Magazines that spring to life with video.  Gorgeous, instantly-updated newspapers.  Custom-tailored broadcasts.  The iPad could revolutionize news along these lines, which helps explain why it makes people so giddy.  The new era begins with these nine news apps.
Zee / The Next Web:
Kindle for the iPad Now Available in the App Store.  Puts Standard Kindle To Shame.  —  Kindle for the iPad is now available to download and my isn't it pretty.  —  I don't own a Kindle but from what I've seen of the standard Kindle it puts it to shame.  How you can even compare …
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
iPad App Store: Epi, GQ, Time, Nat Geo and Outside Ready at Launch  —  Now we know which print publications actually made the iPad App launch cut for this weekend's hotly anticipated rollout of the tablet device.  The iTunes App Store added scores of iPad apps to its catalog yesterday.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WSJ iPad subscription officially $17.29 per month — is Murdoch insane?  —  So we now have the official price for the WSJ iPad app subscription: $3.99 per week with a monthly credit card charge of $17.29.  For that you get subscriber-only content areas such as Business and Markets with access …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why iPad Will Change Blogging For Me
Discussion: Raanan Bar-Cohen
Brad Stone / Bits:
NPR Moves Into a More Visual Medium: the iPad
Discussion: Ars Technica and NPR
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Time Inc.'s Tablet Push Starts With Time Mag App At $4.99 An Issue
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Shuster's CNN Dalliance May Bring MSNBC Response  —  David Shuster, an anchor on MSNBC, recently participated in a test of a new show.  But not for his own network.  —  MSNBC executives were highly displeased when they learned about his test for the competing news channel CNN through …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Inside the CNN Stockroom: Network Recently Shot Pilot Staring MSNBC's Shuster and NPR's Martin  —  Amid the recent news of CNN's rough first quarter, there's been much speculation about what CNN U.S. chief Jon Klein should do to revitalize the cable news network's line up.
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Publishing's last hope  —  Commentary: Old media is expecting too much from the iPad  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Print media seem to be pinning a lot of hopes on the iPad.  —  In addition to creating a fantastic media promotional blitz to jack up the public for the iPad …
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
Chicago Sun Times:
“Publishers have virtually no standards”  —  I'm an editor in the textbook industry, and allow me to confirm this for you: Textbook publishers have virtually no standards.  We are, in effect, mercenaries providing big states (California, Texas, Florida) the product the ask for and then passing off that work on the rest of the nation.
Steve Buttry / Pursuing the Complete Community …:
Yes, engagement is everyone's job — and my job  —  I see I will be having a new colleague soon.  —  Voice of San Diego is hiring an Engagement Editor, which sounds a lot like my title, Director of Community Engagement.  Whenever the position is filled, I will start networking with this new colleague.
Discussion: George Dearing
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
ESPN360 Makes Way For ESPN3 But Biz Model Stays The Same  — debuts Sunday night with the Yankees-Red Sox season opener and lots of enhancements but whatever the name it's still available in the U.S. primarily to the 50 million or so subscribers whose ISPs have a licensing deal with ESPN (NYSE: DIS).
Discussion: MediaPost
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Blocks Free TV Episodes on iPad  —  The NBC broadcast network has, for now, ditched its plans to stream full television episodes onto the Apple iPad.  —  Last week NBC executives showed a reporter a mock-up for an iPad-optimized version of its mobile Web site and indicated …
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
Zucker Defends NBCU's Online Strategy for Olympics  —  In response to Sen. Kohl's concerns, NBC Univeral chief says company is “extremely proud” of Vancouver coverage  —  NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker defended the company's multiplatform coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in a March 31 letter …
Discussion: Techdirt, The Hill and
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Charlie Sheen's future on ‘Two and a Half Men’ comes down to leverage  —  Leverage is a hot commodity in any negotiation.  If you are the star of a big TV show and your deal is up but the contract for the show itself isn't, you have leverage.  —  However, if you are the star …
Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
Complaints unit is undermining us, BBC journalists say  —  Panorama at centre of row over child labour filming as Primark says footage for documentary was faked  —  Senior Panorama journalists have accused the BBC of hampering investigative journalism by allowing its complaints unit …
David Sasaki / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Our Friends Become Curators of Twitter-Based News  —  I like to listen before I talk.  Which means that during my morning routine I read before I write.  But where to turn and what to read?  —  One of the most oft-repeated statements I heard at conferences last year: “our problem isn't information overload, it's crappy filters.”
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
‘Real American Stories’: Whatever it is, it's Palin  —  The debut on the Fox News Channel of Sarah Palin's “Real American Stories” Thursday night turned out to be like one of those shows that's on when nothing's on and yet there is air to fill — like infotainment you sometimes see on empty channels …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: NYT Raises E-Edition Rates By 33 Percent But, Hey, First iPad App Free  —  Subscribers to the New York Times E-Edition, an exact digital replica of the print version, got word today that rates are being hiked to $19.99 a month— a 33.4 percent increase from $14.99.
CNA Daily News:
Satan behind media attacks on the Pope, asserts Italian exorcist  —  Rome, Italy, Mar 31, 2010 / 11:47 am (CNA).- Noted Italian exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, commented this week that the recent defamatory reporting on Pope Benedict XVI, especially by the New York Times, was “prompted by the devil.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Just Tested Twitter's @anywhere Platform (Screenshots)  —  During his keynote at SXSW last month, Twitter CEO Evan Wiliams announced an upcoming new platform called @anywhere, which would allow third party sites to integrate Twitter features (he also showed off some of the partners …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Ads Venturing Further Into Magazines' Editorial Pages  —  You've Got to See These Magazine Ads — No Really, You've Got No Choice  —  NEW YORK ( — Magazines are getting more comfortable with ads that run right through their editorial pages, a onetime taboo that's under pressure …
Discussion: Romenesko
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Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
Cable vs. broadcast: TV's different mindsets
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Thomas Morgan / AdAge:
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Eric Deggans /
CNN's Scientology reporting should look familiar to St. Petersburg Times readers
Discussion: Romenesko
Matea Gold / Company Town:
ABC News business correspondent Betsy Stark laid off as network …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
WSJ Exec Named Publisher of the Year — for Losing $80 Million
Discussion: Editor and Publisher
Annalee Newitz / io9:
5 Ways The Google Book Settlement Will Change The Future of Reading
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Picks: 
Judith Thurman / The New Yorker Blog:
More Counterfeit Interviews  —  Yesterday, I posted a followup …
Discussion: The Book Bench
Eric Spitznagel / Vanity Fair:
CNBC's Erin Burnett Doesn't Think All Rich People Are Evil
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Yahoo Banking on Original Content — Again
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Wire
One of the problems with pageview billing is that it incentivizes …
Where Have the Network Morning Show Viewers Gone?
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and Romenesko