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7:20 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.
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
Brad Stone / Bits:
NPR Moves Into a More Visual Medium: the iPad  —  Among the wave of news organizations migrating to the iPad to exploit its spacious, visually rich screen is one news brand that is more focused on sound: National Public Radio.  —  An NPR app for the iPad debuts Saturday, when the device goes on sale …
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Online Video Hosting Platform Episodic  —  Google has acquired Episodic an online video hosting platform, according to a blog post on the startup's site.  Google has confirmed the acquisition.  We are told that Episodic's technology will be folded into YouTube …
Annalee Newitz / io9:
5 Ways The Google Book Settlement Will Change The Future of Reading  —  If you care about the future of books, you need to understand the Google Book Settlement.  It's a complicated legal document, but we've talked to some of its architects, detractors, and defenders - and break it all down for you.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.”
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
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 …
Eric Spitznagel / Vanity Fair:
CNBC's Erin Burnett Doesn't Think All Rich People Are Evil  —  Courtesy NBC.  Erin Burnett has a face that's made for high-definition.  The first time I saw her, she was filling in as a guest anchor on NBC's Today, and the sight of her in HD nearly gave me an aneurysm.
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