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9:55 AM ET, April 6, 2010


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Is Time Charging $5 for Its iPad App?  —  One subplot amid the iPad hype: A lot of grumbling about the cost of the apps, particularly from established media companies.  —  Example A: Time Magazine, which is asking $4.99 a week for its app-the same price you'd pay if you bought the paper edition at a newsstand.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Backwards Steps by the WSJ and NYT on iPad  —  The papers cripple everyday Web features in their apps for a walled-in environment  —  I compared the design and content of the Times and Wall Street Journal on the iPad earlier.  Now let's take a look at how you interact with their apps.
Discussion: Poynter Online
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Three iPad design choices that will influence how we read news online  —  So we don't have to guess about what news apps on the iPad will look like any more.  With Saturday's debut of the device — which is, oh by the way, amazing — we now know how about a dozen major news organizations …
Discussion: GigaOM
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
How Americans are propagandized about Afghanistan  —  On February 12 of this year, U.S. forces entered a village in the Paktia Province in Afghanistan and, after surrounding a home where a celebration of a new birth was taking place, shot dead two male civilians (government officials) …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Wikileaks Backs Off U.S. Spying Allegations as ‘Man Date’ Discoverer Lends a Hand  —  Today, Wikileaks caused a splash with its attack helicopter video.  But the group also quietly backed down from their more alarming claims of U.S. spying.  Plus, “man date” discoverer and former Times …
Leaked U.S. video shows deaths of Reuters' Iraqi staffers
Discussion: NPR Topics and
Clint Hendler / CJR:
WikiLeaks Releases Video Showing Death of Reuters Staff
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
If the Web doesn't kill journalism, Michael Wolff will  —  How low can a news aggregating bottom-feeder go?  Newser has the answer  —  In the world of Web-based news aggregators, the competition for the title of lowest bottom-feeder is a ferocious sight to behold.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
BlogBeat: Sharon Waxman Won't Be Jacked by Michael Wolff  —  Michael Wolff will aggregate Sharon Waxman's smile.  Sharon Waxman wants to mace Michael Wolff's face.  —  ​In this week's Monday BlogBeat, Hollywood blogger Sharon Waxman goes to war with Vanity Fair columnist …
Discussion: Slate, Mediaite, The Awl and Gawker
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Is permission needed to retweet hot news?  —  When an aggregator like Google News publishes newspaper headlines, is the company treading on thin ice?  What about aggregators that publish headlines and a one-line excerpt?  What about those that simply rewrite the facts contained in the story …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Editor and Publisher:
AP Creates Regional Investigative Teams  —  CHICAGO The Associated Press is creating four regional investigative teams that will provide reporting and presentation resources for the cooperative's reporters around the nation, AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes announced in a memo to staffers Monday.
Bess Levin / Dealbreaker:
Housekeeping: A Note From Dealbreaker HR  —  You've probably already noticed that we have a new guest writer.  Perhaps you've heard of him?  Zach Kouwe, formerly of the NY Times, was last in the news in a little episode a little while back when it came to light that he borrowed passages …
Discussion: FishBowlNY and Gawker
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
NYT biz reporter who plagiarized now working for
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Ivanoransky / Embargo Watch:
The Groundhog Day embargo: An embargo that lifts every hour for a day  —  As this post goes live, so will a Reuters Health story.  The story is about a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showing that poisonings by prescription drugs — specifically, opioids, sedatives, and tranquilizers — are on the rise.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Kansas Legislature Expands Shield Protection To Web Reporters  —  The Kansas state legislature has passed a new reporters' shield law that is exceptionally friendly to online journalists.  —  The measure limits judges' ability to force journalists to testify about information they have collected while engaged in reporting.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
David Shuster Off MSNBC As His Fate With Network Looms  —  In the wake of a report Friday MSNBC's David Shuster had filmed a pilot for CNN - for which MSNBC said he would be “punished appropriately” - the anchor was off the air today.  —  We hear he met with MSNBC President Phil Griffin this afternoon …
Discussion: TVNewser and Chickaboomer
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
This advertising brought to you by breaking news  —  I punched up the Charleston Gazette to learn more about the nearby mining tragedy that claimed 6 lives with as many as 21 missing.  A big story, to say the least.  —  Here's the home page:  —  And if you successfully found the link, here's the story page:
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Liz Claman tries to raise Fox Business Network's profile — and her own  —  The news anchor took a risk moving from CNBC to a new network, but she's confident it will become a force.  —  Liz Claman recently popped up on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in a spoof about the buzzed …
Discussion: Romenesko
Reporters Without Borders Issues ‘Enemies of the Internet’ List  —  On March 12, 2010, Reporters Without Borders celebrated World Day Against Cyber Censorship.  The goal of the event was to rally everyone in support of a single Internet that is unrestricted and accessible to all.
Media Week:
NME gets major new redesign  —  LONDON - NME has had a major overhaul with a new design, logo and editorial content, as publisher IPC seeks to reverse the music weekly's declining circulation. … The changes are revealed in the IPC music weekly this week, which carries ten different covers …
Discussion: Guardian and Ypulse
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Hearst Looks for Traffic Jam  —  With the launch of digital-only brands and behind it, Hearst has now begun to turn its attention to its magazines' Web brands.  —  On April 8, Popular Mechanics' Web site will relaunch with more video and interactive tools.
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 …
David S. Cohen / Variety:
Lucasfilm eyes animated ‘Star Wars’ TV comedy  —  ‘Daily Show’ scribe, ‘Robot Chicken’ duo behind series  —  Lucasfilm Animation is developing a new animated “Star Wars” TV comedy series.  —  Daytime Emmy and Gemini Award-winner Jennifer Hill ("The Backyardians") will produce with Todd Grimes ("Back at the Barnyard") directing.
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Katie Baker / The Awl:
‘Sweet Valley High,’ the Great Retweening and Why Boys Won't Read
Discussion: Women & Hollywood
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Police ‘ignored News of the World phone hacking evidence’
Discussion: From the Online and Boing Boing
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Garfield Says Adieu, AdReview
Discussion: UnBeige, AdScam/The Horror! and Adrants
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
Washington Post Co. Stock Soars on Report It Could Double to $900 a Share
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Ex-Condé Nast ‘Digital Kingmaker’ Kourosh Karimkhany Joins TPM As COO
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Picks: 
Roger Lathbury / New York Magazine:
Betraying Salinger  —  I scored the publishing coup of the decade: his final book.
Discussion: New York Observer
Mike Taylor /
How That David Remnick Profile in The New York Times Came About
Discussion: GalleyCat and New York Observer
Steve Smith /
Oops: The iPad Just Broke Your Site
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal to add metro section to compete with the New York Times
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Death of the White House Press Corps
Peter Kirwan / Guardian:
Is the FT the perfect digital model?
Discussion: Editors Weblog and George Dearing