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3:40 PM 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.
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.
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
New York Post:
Men's Health ready for iPad  —  The techno-geeks at the front of the line to buy their iPads tomorrow will find a digital version of Men's Health.  Editor-in-chief Dave Zinczenko and brand editor Matt Bean quietly built a top-secret TV studio in their offices, and have been tap ing workout videos …
Discussion: FishBowlNY and Gawker
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
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
‘NPR can improve its shows simply by adding more female commentators’  —  NPR ombud Lisa Shepard says the radio network “has been an industry leader with female correspondents and hosts,” but it “needs to try harder to find more female sources and commentators.”
Discussion: NPR Blogs and WMC Blog
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
What is your strategy for delivering news via Video on Demand?  —  By Robert Niles: Sure, go ahead and develop apps for Apple' new iPad, if you want.  Sure, I earlier warned that the iPad wouldn't save journalism, but application development practice never hurt anyone.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
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.
Kevin Fagan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chronicle outdoors writer arrested in pot case  —  (04-02) 11:57 PDT WEED, SISKIYOU COUNTY — Chronicle outdoors writer Tom Stienstra and his wife were arrested at their Northern California home on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, and later released with no charges filed pending an investigation, officials said.
Discussion: The Wire
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
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 …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why the iPad Will Change Blogging for Me  —  It goes without saying that I spend an inordinate (and sometimes ungodly) amount of time online, reading and consuming content.  Whether it be in the form of news reports, opinions or simple musings on blogs, I love the written word.
Discussion: Raanan Bar-Cohen
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 …
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
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.”
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 …
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Inside the CNN Stockroom: Network Recently Shot Pilot Staring …
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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
Eric Spitznagel / Vanity Fair:
CNBC's Erin Burnett Doesn't Think All Rich People Are Evil
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: NYT Raises E-Edition Rates By 33 Percent But, Hey, First iPad App Free