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4:55 PM ET, April 4, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
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.
Discussion: Gawker
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Why the iPad Will Change Blogging for Me
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
In Britain, a Laboratory for Newsprint's Future  —  PARIS — Only days after News Corp. announced plans to start charging online readers of The Times of London and its Sunday sibling, a so-called pay wall came down last week at The Southern Reporter in Selkirk, Scotland.
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.”
Magazines Require Innovation, Experiments in Digital and Print  —  Some magazine fans may feel like their favorite publications are dissolving into fragments of their former selves: fractured content distributed throughout the web, social media, digital editions and the surviving print versions.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Censored in Singapore  —  LAST month, on the same day The New York Times praised Google for standing up to censorship in China, a sister newspaper, The International Herald Tribune, apologized to Singapore's rulers and agreed to pay damages because it broke a 1994 legal agreement and referred to them in a way they did not like.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Apple tried to prevent hiring of tech writer by Newsweek  —  Newsweek tech writer Dan Lyons was on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday morning talking about the coverage of Apple's new iPad and revealed that the company has not been happy with him for quite some time.  —  Here is an excerpt from the transcript:
Discussion: CNN
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.
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Amazon Includes Disclaimer on eBooks Priced by Agency Model  —  As the agency model takes effect today on many eBooks, Amazon has begun labeling eBooks priced by publishers with a new disclaimer—disavowing their role in pricing and sending a clear message to customers.
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
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