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5:30 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 …
Staci D. Kramer / 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 …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Murdoch: NYT has ‘an agenda’; Times responds
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Eric Beecher / Crikey:
Why Murdoch defies gravity while other owners have to play by the rules
Discussion: Guardian
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism:
New dual-degree master's in journalism & computer science announced  —  Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have announced plans to launch a dual-degree Master of Science Program in Computer Science and Journalism that will prepare …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Will Columbia-Trained, Code-Savvy Journalists Bridge the Media/Tech Divide?  —  Photo of Columbia University at night courtesy of Flickr/Gustavo Faraon  —  Columbia University will soon begin offering a combined engineering and journalism degree, a unique program the Ivy League institution hopes …
Discussion: Romenesko and FishBowlNY
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Alex Pareene Leaving Gawker to Join Salon  —  Well, we told you earlier today about the sudden activity in the New York job market, and here's yet another move: Alex Pareene is leaving Gawker and joining Salon.  —  Mr. Pareene, 24, will be a blogger for Salon's War Room blog.
Discussion: The Awl and FishBowlNY
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!)
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.
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?”
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Airstrike Video Brings Attention to WikiLeaks Site  —  Three months ago, WikiLeaks, a whistleblower Web site that posts classified and sensitive documents, put out an urgent call for help on Twitter.  —  “Have encrypted videos of U.S. bomb strikes on civilians.
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: FishBowlNY, Gawker and The Wire
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
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Shows Send Eco-Friendly Cues  —  NBC Universal's Shows Are Sending Viewers Signals to Recycle, Exercise and Eat Right.  Why?  —  In just one week on NBC, the detectives on “Law and Order” investigated a cash-for-clunkers scam, a nurse on “Mercy” organized a group bike ride …
Discussion: Gawker and Speakeasy
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
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
FX Tells Advertisers 'It's Always Sunny on Our Channel'  —  The FX cable channel is reaching out to advertisers ahead of the 2010-11 season with a pitch centered on ratings growth as well as changes to its programming line-up intended to fuel more ratings growth.
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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Gdgt Raises New Financing with New Concept  —  Is there room for another Web site for gadget lovers? … Peter Rojas, 35, and Ryan Block, 27, veterans of tech blogs Gizmodo and Engadget, think so.  Last year, they launched gdgt, a new take on a discussion forum for gadget lovers.
Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Disney receives three bids for Miramax  —  Walt Disney Co. has received three bids for the specialty label Miramax Films, people close to the situation said, and now has to decide whether to sell the asset or hold on to it.  —  Supermarket magnate Ron Burkle and his Yucaipa Cos. made a bid …
Discussion: Gawker and The Wrap
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
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
FNC's Megyn Kelly Loves Arguing With Bill O'Reilly, Watches Morning Joe
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Wire
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So What Do You Do, Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism School Dean?
Jason Fell / Folio:
Eva Dillon to Leave Reader's Digest Association
Discussion: FishBowlNY and WWD Media Headlines
Nielsen Wire:
Twitter Fuels iPad's Big Buzz, but Sentiment Generally Neutral
Sydney Morning Herald:
Fairfax deal points to online charging: report
Justin Willett / The Columbia Daily Tribune:
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Could David Shuster Still End up at CNN?
Discussion: FishBowlNY, GalleyCat and UnBeige
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Field /
Murdoch to be pushed out of Fiji
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
More Online Dating Action: Daily Mail Sells Dating Sites To EasyDate
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Fox Sports Produces Spanish-Language Baseball For Cable Operators
Discussion: Multichannel
McClatchy to Roll Out WebVisible's Online Marketing Services …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Photographers Group To Sue Google Over Book Deal
Discussion: and Financial Times
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Malone Reduces Control of DirecTV
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Announces Mobile Ad Plans Thursday, and Google Can't Wait to Tell the FTC
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Full screen ahead: WSJ iPad ads fuse logic of print, online
Discussion: newsplexer, Garcia Media and CJR