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6:10 AM ET, April 4, 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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Apple's iPad makes covers of Time, Newsweek  —  When was the last time that Time and Newsweek went with the same cover subject whose name wasn't Obama?  —  Clearly, such treatment would be reserved for a development so indisputably vital that it would change civilization as we know it.
Discussion: Recovering Journalist
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Fool's Gold At The End Of The iPad Rainbow  —  The media has been making a huge deal about how the iPad is supposed to “save the business,” because suddenly everything will return to apps, and people pay for apps, and toss in a big dose of “Steve Jobs!” and there's some sort of magic formula …
Damon Kiesow / Mobile Media:
Early iPad app downloads dominated by media offerings  —  The first day of public iPad use showed strong consumer interest in content-related apps for the tablet device.  Among the top 10 free downloads were apps for iBooks, Netflix, ABC Player, Weatherbug, Weather Channel, The Wall Street Journal, NYT Editors' Choice and NPR.
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.
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 …
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
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Publishing's last hope  —  Commentary: Old media is expecting too much from the iPad
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Online readers need a chance to comment, but not to abuse  —  Anonymous online commenting has always been rowdy and raucous, especially when public figures are the targets.  —  “Excellent!” exulted a Post commenter when conservative columnist Robert Novak died in August.  “Hope he suffered.”
Michael Hirschorn / New York Magazine:
Don't Cry for CNN  —  Thirty years ago, CNN, now in decline, was as revolutionary as Google.  It had a pretty good run.  —  In the end, it's usually our principles that betray us.  Former CNN chief Rick Kaplan told Ken Auletta in his 2004 biography of founder Ted Turner, “Basically, the Fox prime-time schedule is just talk radio.
Jim Kozubek / Providence Journal:
N.H. newspaper story-sharing bad journalism  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H.  —  On Feb. 8, newspaper executives from virtually all major daily newspapers in New Hampshire entered a trial of a mutual agreement called “News Exchange.”  —  At the end of the trial period, news executives will have an opportunity to extend the agreement.
Discussion: Romenesko
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Ancient Mayans and Media Barons Are Alike  —  Clay Shirky doesn't write a lot — he's averaged about one post every two months over the past year — but when he does write something, it's usually well worth reading.  His latest looks at what the media theorist calls “The Collapse of Complex Business Models.”
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
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