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4:05 AM ET, April 9, 2010


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Three ways Apple's iAd might impact the news industry's continued advertising woes  —  Apple's Steve Jobs just unveiled iAd, the company's new advertising platform for the iPhone and iPad.  It's an ad platform designed for apps, like the news apps that many news organizations make …
Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
Complicating Relationships in Media: Apple, NY Times Dealings Raise Questions  —  Recent days have reminded me of the many traits Apple and the New York Times share.  Both are the best at what they do in certain domains.  Each is emphatically elitist, and, in varying ways, self-confident to the point of arrogance.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Rough Type
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Apple Just Kick Adobe (And Wired Magazine) in the Teeth?  —  It looks like Apple just stepped up its attacks against Adobe and its Flash standard-used throughout the Web and apparently hated with much passion by Steve Jobs.  —  If Daring Fireball's John Gruber is correct in parsing Apple's …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
HuffPo Launches Separate ‘Twitter Edition’; More Focus On Real-Time News  —  The Huffington Post is launching a “Twitter edition” that is intended to serve as an extension and a distinct entity from the main news and opinion site, the company told paidContent.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
In Big Bet, Oprah to Become Nocturnal  —  The Queen of Daytime Is Becoming Nocturnal; A Big Bet for Her Network  —  Ms. Winfrey at a ‘Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire’ press conference in 2009.  —  America's daytime talk-show queen is heading out at night.
Media Buyer Planner:
Oprah's Presence on OWN Expands, Mega Ad Deals in the Works
Discussion: PR Newswire, Speakeasy and MediaPost
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Tribune Officers Got ‘Incentives’ for Buyout Vote  —  Tribune Co. officers approved a flawed leveraged buyout that drove the publisher into bankruptcy because they got “special monetary incentives,” creditors claimed in court papers.  —  Real estate billionaire Sam Zell designed …
Discussion: Reuters, and Fitz & Jen
PR Newswire:
Tribune Announces Settlement Among Major Creditors  —  Tribune Company today announced an agreement supported by major creditors J.P. Morgan and Angelo Gordon, lenders under the company's prepetition senior credit facility, and Centerbridge Partners, holder of approximately 37 percent …
Michael Wolff / Newser:
Sound and Fury: Here's What Sharon Waxman Really Wants  —  Follow him on Twitter @MichaelWolffNYC  —  Sharon Waxman, who runs a website called the Wrap, which covers show business, continues to accuse Newser of various ethical sleights of hand with regard to the way we present the news …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
The Journal New York Newsroom vs. the Times: A Tale of the Tape  —  The Wall Street Journal's brand-new New York city section is set to debut on April 26, with the not-so-hidden goal of escalating Rupert Murdoch's turf war with Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and the New York Times.
Discussion: Romenesko and News Corp. Blog
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
Murdoch in ad price attack
Discussion: Reuters
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Nikkei Restricts Links to Its New Web Site  —  TOKYO — As news sites the world over scramble for revenue online, the largest Japanese business newspaper, The Nikkei, unveiled a new pay-to-view Web site last week.  But it shocked readers with its hard-line policy banning links — even to its home page.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
MSNBC President Tells Fan That Shuster “Was Not Moral, Ethical Or Professional”  —  The only public statement about David Shuster's suspension from MSNBC was five words from a spokesperson.  —  But Mediaite has obtained an email from MSNBC President Phil Griffin to an angry fan …
Jason Fell / Folio:
Lawsuit Alleges Darker Side of Regional Lifestyle Publisher  —  Sometimes even the fastest-growing media companies hit a financial wall.  Arizona-based magazine publisher 944 Media, which just last year said it was the largest and fastest growing lifestyle media conglomerate in the industry …
Discussion: Riptide 2.0, MinOnline, Folio and FishBowlNY
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Orlando TV news director tells staff to name newsroom ‘battery drainers’  —  WKMG Orlando news director Steve Hyvonen has ordered his staff to name “battery chargers” in the newsroom — people who have “a positive influence on what we do every day” — as well as the “battery drainers.”
Political Punch:
THIS WEEK Joins With Politifact to Fact-Check the Newsmakers  —  As you may know, we're trying out some new things on THIS WEEK.  Two weeks ago we started live-tweeting of the show (which will next happen at 10 am ET this Sunday).  —  This week we've invited Pulitzer Prize winning website PolitiFact …
Lauren Hatch / The Wire:
How Mediaite's Traffic Jumped More Than 50% Last Month  —, the media news site launched by NBC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams, had a recent surge in traffic that hints at a bright future for the nearly one-year-old site.  —  Unique monthly visitors jumped from 1,051,283 …
Hollywoodreporter / Heat Vision:
The sci-fi short Hollywood wants to turn into a movie  —  Commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch was to have made his directorial debut with the “Alien” prequel.  But since that didn't happen, he took part in electronic giant Phillips' short-film experiment, which allowed five filmmakers …
Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals:
Paywalls: a salesperson's FAQ  —  Salesperson buy-in is often a bellwether as to whether or not your paywall strategy will be successful.  With so much on the line (i.e. commissions), your sales team is likely to be the most hostile and least receptive to the idea.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The future is...fliers?  California Watch experiments with a hyper-hyper-hyperlocal distribution model  —  Last month, California Watch published a big story.  “Shaky Ground,” higher ed reporter Erica Perez's investigation into seismic safety in the state's public university system, found …
David Cohen / WebNewser:
Think Mobile: AP's Michael Boord on the Pros and Cons of the iPhone  —  AP Mobile launched in July 2008, and the app from The Associated Press is currently available on 14 platforms, with a goal of 18-20 by year-end.  Some 1,200 U.S. publishers provide content on a hyperlocal basis, and the app has been downloaded 3.5 million times.
Discussion: Cision Blog
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Todd Spangler / Multichannel:
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Anthony De Rosa / Mediaite:
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John Cook / Gawker:
Reuters Chief Shoots Down Story on Killing of His Own Staffers In Baghdad
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New York Times:
Hollywood Tries to Block Veriana and Cantor Futures Markets
Discussion: The Wire and The Atlantic Online
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
The MPAA's Joan Graves watches out for the movie watchers
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Freedom Communications' Valley Morning Star Drops Its Pay Wall
Discussion: Romenesko and Editors Weblog
Shane Richmond /
Does Rupert Murdoch understand copyright?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Helia Ebrahimi / Telegraph:
Gorkana founders online for £20m windfall
Business Week:
Conan O'Brien's Work in Progress
Discussion: The Wire