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4:35 PM ET, April 5, 2010

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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
iPad Day One: Charts Show Big Media Mostly Playing In Free Apps, Not Paid  —  So day one of iPad launch almost over—though West Coast's still in full swing—no estimates on how many iPads have sold, but it is instructive to see how the charts for iPad apps are doing.
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Wall Street Journal:
Some Publishers Wary of Sales on iTunes  —  Newspaper and magazine companies rushed to prep their titles for the debut of Apple Inc.'s iPad last weekend.  But while publishers hail how the tablet computer lets them showcase their wares, some are working to develop ways to sell their publications separately from Apple's iTunes.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Sold More Than 300,000 iPads On Day 1; Users Downloaded 1 Million Apps, 250,000 E-Books  —  Forget the speculation about how the iPad performed out of the gate.  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) just released its own numbers: 300,000-plus sold as of midnight Saturday, including pre-order deliveries and Apple retail sales.
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
iPad app pricing: A last act of insanity by delusional content companies
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.
Discussion: Romenesko
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Can CNN Be Saved?  —  Listening to Jon Stewart helped destroy CNN.  Now imitating him might be the network's only hope of salvation.  —  It was October of 2004, the heat of the presidential campaign, when Stewart showed up on “Crossfire,” long CNN's flagship political program, and delivered a now-legendary tirade.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
David Remnick Makes It Look Easy at The New Yorker  —  David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, is not one to waste an opportunity.  After attending John Updike's funeral in Massachusetts in February of last year, he stopped by Harvard Law School to interview some of President Obama's old professors.
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Mike Taylor / mediabistro.com:
How That David Remnick Profile in The New York Times Came About
Discussion: New York Observer
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Sarah Palin's Lucrative Career in Mainstream Media  —  When Sarah Palin made her debut as the host of “Real American Stories” on Fox News on Thursday night, she described several triumphs of regular people over insurmountable odds, but she missed an obvious one: her own.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Is print still king?  Has online made a move?  Updating a controversial post  —  A year ago, in a Nieman Journalism Lab post that garnered 88 comments and still has viral life out there, I maintained that just three percent of newspaper content consumption happens online …
Discussion: Romenesko and NetNewsCheck Latest
Publishers Weekly:
Former ‘PW’ Publisher George Slowik Buys Magazine  —  Publishers Weekly has been acquired by PWxyz, LLC, a newly formed company headed by one-time PW publisher George Slowik.  The acquisition includes the Web site publishersweekly.com and Publishers Weekly Show Daily.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
At Snopes, a Quest to Debunk Misinformation Online  —  It is one of the paradoxes of the Internet.  —  Along with the freest access to knowledge the world has ever seen comes a staggering amount of untruth, from imagined threats on health care to too-easy-to-be-true ways to earn money by forwarding an e-mail message to 10 friends.
Discussion: Gawker and Media Decoder
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Death of the White House Press Corps  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  With a Twitter-savvy president and their own ailing media companies, Lloyd Grove finds the boys in the briefing room more depressed than ever.
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
MSNBC Could Keep David Shuster Off the Air Indefinately  —  MSNBC bad boy David Shuster may be on his third strike.  —  Shuster won't be on the air today for his 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. shows, according to MSNBC insiders.  Whether he returns before his contract expires in December is up for debate.
Peter Kirwan / Guardian:
Is the FT the perfect digital model?  —  As ft.com turns 15, we examine the FT's mix of paywalls, increased subscriptions and newspaper cover price rises  —  Last year, amid the greatest recession in the history of the financial system, the Financial Times turned a profit.
Discussion: George Dearing
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
The Economist Puts Another Brick in the Wall  —  A few months after raising the paywall on its Web site, The Economist has added more bricks to it.  —  Last fall, the British newsweekly—whose high consumer prices make it the envy of the industry—made its print content available to all for 90 days instead of a year as before.
Clint Hendler / CJR:
WikiLeaks Releases Video Showing Death of Reuters Staff  —  This morning at an event at the National Press Club, WikiLeaks screened a video depicting a missile strike on a van in Baghdad that killed a Reuters driver and photographer in 2007.  —  Wikileaks is a non-profit supported entity …
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Garfield Says Adieu, AdReview  —  After 25 Years, Ad Age's Iconic Critic Is Hanging up His Stars, but Not Before Recalling His Hits and Misses — and Yes, Having the Last Word  —  Twenty-five years, baby.  Twenty-five.  That's 50 Spanish-American Wars, 25 MBA programs, 10 stints in the Syrian army …
Discussion: AdScam/The Horror! and Adrants
MICHAEL WOLFF / Newser:
The New News: I Can Say Anything You Can Say Shorter  —  Follow him on Twitter @MichaelWolffNYC  —  Let me say it again: News used to be a scarce commodity; but then the Internet turned it into a vast surplus, too great for anybody to consume in what still remains only 24 hours.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Awl, Gawker and Felix Salmon
rbr.com:
Oxygen scores Ikea integration for “Tori & Dean”  —  Oxygen Media has secured a fully integrated sponsorship deal with IKEA for the fifth season of “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.”  The deal, the first ever with the home furnishing retailer, targets Oxygen's social and influential Generation O audience …
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
Washington Post Co. Stock Soars on Report It Could Double to $900 a Share  —  CHICAGO Just before noon Monday, shares of The Washington Post Co. were trading up 8.9% after Barron's this weekend said the stock was way undervalued and could double to $900.  —  “Washington Post …
Discussion: Barron's Online and FishBowlNY
Roger Lathbury / New York Magazine:
Betraying Salinger  —  I scored the publishing coup of the decade: his final book.  And then I blew it.  —  The first letter I got from J.D. Salinger was very short.  It was 1988, and I had written to him with a proposal: I wanted my tiny publishing house, Orchises Press, to publish his novella Hapworth 16, 1924.
Discussion: New York Observer
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Police ‘ignored News of the World phone hacking evidence’  —  CPS papers reveal investigation focused on a small number of cases and suppressed names of more prominent victims  —  Police who investigated the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World obtained previously undisclosed telephone records …
Discussion: From the Online and Boing Boing
Steve Smith / minonline.com:
Oops: The iPad Just Broke Your Site  —  Or your site just broke the iPad.  Once the initial dazzle of their new cool toy abated (we calculate it having occurred nationwide at about 8 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday), then we hope magazine executives warmed up that Safari browser …
Discussion: Gawker and MediaMemo
 
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