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2:45 PM ET, April 7, 2010


 Top News: 
Paul Harris / Guardian:
I'll stop Google taking our news for nothing, says Murdoch  —  News Corp boss hails iPad as potential saviour of newspapers, but says industry must stand up for itself and charge for content  —  Greenslade: Murdoch profits from political influence  —  Rupert Murdoch has launched …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Murdoch's Plan For Paywall Success: Readers Will Pay 'When They've Got Nowhere Else To Go'  —  This Sunday Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt will address the American Society of News Editors at their conference in Washington D.C.—and, par for the course, it's on the heels …
Eric Beecher / Crikey:
Why Murdoch defies gravity while other owners have to play by the rules  —  When people talk about the need to create a new “business model” to pay for journalism, the implied formula is one that makes a profit.  —  But there's another prevailing funding model for journalism that …
Discussion: Guardian
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   Murdoch: NYT has ‘an agenda’; Times responds
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Newsweek staffer Daniel Lyons apologizes for Apple interference claim  —  On one point, at least, there is no dispute: Apple executives are not big fans of Newsweek tech writer Daniel Lyons, who couldn't even get an advance iPad while Steve Jobs was granting an exclusive interview to Time.
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Here's The Real Story Behind Apple, Newsweek, Dan Lyons, And Steven Levy
Discussion: Beet.TV, FishBowlNY and Media Decoder
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Conan O'Brien Ventures Onto the Web to Promote His Tour  —  LOS ANGELES — When Conan O'Brien wanted to start a Web site last winter, he was reminded that he did not own his dot-com name,  —  Gainfully employed by NBC for some two decades, a personal Web site had hardly …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
The Great Media Hiring Thaw  —  It's springtime, media New Yorkers!  The trees are blossoming, the sidewalks are filling up with cafe tables and if you stake out just the right corner, you might spot the N.Y.U. track team racing shirtless up Broadway.  (It's not just what's outside, either!)
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
iTunes models for news?  What publishers can learn from mflow  —  An iTunes model for news may be a phantom, but publishers wanting to make money from content online can still learn from the experiences of the music sector.  The latest launch in this area is the music sharing-and-buying startup mflow …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Elle's Carol Smith Jumps Ship to Condé Nast  —  Carol Smith, the star senior vice president and chief brand officer at Elle who helped wedge the magazine into shows like “Project Runway” and “The City” is jumping ship for Condé Nast.  There, she will oversee Bon Appétit …
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
CNN may need ABC, CBS to survive  —  You know what you don't hear very often?  The phrase, “So last night I was watching CNN and ...”  —  What you do hear is how CNN's top shows are in a free fall.  And this has occasioned much discussion in journalism circles of late along the lines of: “Can CNN be saved?”
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
ZenithOptimedia ups ad forecast as downturn wanes  —  * Developed markets seen returning to growth next year  —  * Internet share of ad spend to rise to 17 pct in 2012  —  Leading media buyer ZenithOptimedia raised its 2010 global advertising growth forecast to 2.2 percent …
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Online publishers can't afford to remain politically neutral  —  By Robert Niles: Once you make the transition from newsroom reporting to website publisher, you've added a long list of responsibilities to your daily work.  There's the technology of publishing a website and managing a readership database.
Alex Beam / Boston Globe:
Looking for a happily ever after  —  What's the story with the future of independent bookstores?  In some cases, it's quite positive.  —  Then there were three.  —  The death roll of A-list bookstores in the core of Boston includes the amazing Waterstone's in the Exeter Street Theatre …
Discussion: Romenesko
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Launch: OpenSky Wants To Turn Bloggers Into Sellers Without Sacrificing Their Souls  —  Any good blogger or “influencer” is a natural salesman, but what he or she sells (typically) are ideas or a lifestyle, not actual goods.  John Caplan, the CEO of OpenSky, thinks he can turn influencers …
Discussion: Bits and VentureBeat
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Rush vs. NPR  —  Via John Sides, here's a piece from Fast Company a year ago about the spectacular growth of NPR over the past decade: … A common question on the left is, “Why is there no liberal talk radio?”  That is, no wildly popular liberal version of Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Laura Schlesinger.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
‘Atlantic’ Publisher Takes Stand on Intern Pay.  Who Will Follow?  —  Heavy use of unpaid interns has long been the norm in the publishing industry.  But one company is changing its policy in light of a new focus on what some see as an exploitative practice. … ‘Atlantic’ Publisher Takes Stand on Intern Pay.
Peter / Local Onliner:
‘Daily Deals’ Galore: Dueling San Diego Media Take on Groupon  —  The San Diego Union Tribune and the upstart San Diego News Network are launching competing “Daily Deal” products, with Facebook and Twitter accompaniments, and will try to eat into the lead in the local market that has been assumed by Groupon …
Internet Ad Revenues Reach Record Quarterly High of $6.3 Billion in Q4 '09  —  Slight Decline Year-on-Year to $22.7 Billion, Still A Bright Spot in Media Industry  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) today released the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report for the full year 2009.
Justin Willett / The Columbia Daily Tribune:
Chamber cashes in with Craigslist founder  —  The Columbia Chamber of Commerce wanted to do something special this year for its largest fundraiser, the annual Business Showcase, and decided to bring in founder Craig Newmark.  —  The move paid off — literally.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Fairfax deal points to online charging: report  —  Diversified media house Fairfax Media appears to have moved a step closer to a paid model for its online content after appointing an e-commerce company to manage its online payments system.  —  Transaction Network Services …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
No shouting on the air for Bloomberg TV's Brennan  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Margaret Brennan is the anchor of “InBusiness with Margaret Brennan,” a daily business program on Bloomberg Television focusing on global markets and the day's top geopolitical, economic and consumer trends.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
He Loves the Approval Matrix: Hirschorn Brings New York Mag Feature to Bravo  —  Get ready for the TV version of the Matrix.  —  We're not talking Keanu Reeves.  We're talking Ben Mathis-Lilley!  —  The Transom has learned that a team of veteran New York TV producers are currently working …
Discussion: The Wire and Gawker
Michael Field /
Murdoch to be pushed out of Fiji  —  Fiji's military plans to give itself powers that will allow it to force Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd out of the country.  —  Murdoch owns the country's biggest and oldest daily, the Fiji Times.  —  But in a draft media decree released today it is clear …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Could David Shuster Still End up at CNN?  —  Now that David Shuster is all but finished at MSNBC, is CNN still interested in picking him up?  —  “We decline comment,” said CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson when asked that question, and a few others, about the situation.
Discussion: GalleyCat, UnBeige and eBookNewser
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
More Online Dating Action: Daily Mail Sells Dating Sites To EasyDate  —  More consolidation in the online dating industry, this time in the U.K.: EasyDate has bought up Allegran—which operates four of the top 10 dating websites in the U.K.—from Associated Northcliffe Digital …
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