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5:55 AM ET, April 5, 2010


 Top News: 
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
iPad app pricing: A last act of insanity by delusional content companies  —  Looking at the iPad app rollout, you can easily separate the digital wheat from the chaff in the content industries, and you can see those who are developing digital businesses and those who are trying to protect print margins …
Discussion: broadstuff
Damon Kiesow / Mobile Media:
Early iPad app downloads dominated by media offerings
Discussion: Gawker
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Aggregators help media professionals keep on top of digital content trends  —  Popurls are among the ways to stay tuned to the internet buzz  —  The internet is not like trying to drink from a firehose but rather like trying to drink from Niagara Falls.  For any media professional trying …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Investigative Bureau Tries to Make Up for British News Cutbacks  —  PARIS — As a reporter with The Sunday Times of London in the 1970s, Elaine Potter worked on a story that showed British journalism at its best: the paper's exposure of the scandal over thalidomide, which was promoted as a cure …
Ben Goldberger / New York Times:
For Some Aspiring Political Broadcasters, Breaking the Law Does Pay  —  When James Laski finished serving his 11-month prison stint on corruption charges in 2008, he knew his political career was over.  But the former Chicago city clerk had every reason to believe his rap sheet was no barrier …
Just How Much Saving of the Media Does the IPad Need to Do?  —  NEW YORK ( — I thought a lot about the near-divinity ascribed to the iPad handed down by Jobs as I worked on the latest Ad Age Insights white paper, titled “Dumenco's State of the Media Report” and subtitled …
Martyn Daniels / Brave New World:
HarperStudio RIP  —  Scribd have posted an internal letter to all staff of their innovative HarperStudio stating its closure.  —  Harper Studio's mantra was that it was 'committed to partnering with authors to publish books in a way that is effective, creative, and sustainable.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Web Publishers, Ad Nets at Odds  —  Publishers accuse ad nets of pitching what's not theirs  —  Recently, an advertiser received details on an online ad campaign delivered by the ad network interCLICK.  The site list seemed ideal for the client's financial professionals target: …
Discussion: paidContent and
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