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3:15 PM ET, April 8, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, MediaMemo and Newser
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
TheWrap's Cease & Desist Letter to Newser  —  So, we weren't joking.  Counsel for TheWrap sent a cease and desist letter Wednesday to Patrick Spain, the CEO of Newser.  —  It says:  —  “We demand that Newser, LLC ("Newser"), and any agent or affiliate of Newser, immediately cease …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Waxman to Wolff: Unhand My Content!
Discussion: Mediaite and The Wire
Tricia Duryee / 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.
Lacey Rose / Forbes:
Glenn Beck Inc  —  In his empire there's the ideology—and then there's the money machine.  —  Five and a half hours before showtime Glenn Beck still isn't quite sure how he'll provide tonight's entertainment, “The Future of History”—two hours of monologue (and answers to preselected questions) …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, GigaOM and TeleRead
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Pro Edition Now Available For Consumers ($49 per Month)  —  Back in October 2009, Dow Jones debuted a premium business news site dubbed The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition in an attempt to get companies to pay up $588 a year for access to more personalized, business-related news and analysis.
New York Times:
Hollywood Tries to Block Veriana and Cantor Futures Markets  —  LOS ANGELES — In a show of solidarity, many of the film industry's major players, and some sympathetic lawmakers, have aligned in an 11th-hour push to block new financial instruments that would allow traders to swap contracts tied to box-office results.
Discussion: The Wire and The Atlantic Online
Nat Ives / AdAge:
USA Today Outsources New Web Section to Demand Media  —  But Don't Call Us a Content Farm, Supplier Says  —  NEW YORK ( — USA Today's website has started running thousands of pieces of original travel editorial from the Demand Media content farm, making USA Today …
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.
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
Multichannel / paidContent:
Freedom Communications' Valley Morning Star Drops Its Pay Wall  —  The Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, Texas, which was a test-bed for Freedom Communications' plans to potentially charge users for online access to its papers, returned to a free site last week less than a year after beginning to charge for online content.
Discussion: Romenesko and Editors Weblog
Helia Ebrahimi / Telegraph:
Gorkana founders online for £20m windfall  —  Online media business Gorkana has been sold to a private equity firm in a deal that will net its two entrepreneur founders a windfall of up to £20m.  —  Gorkana, an online jobs site with a database of more than 130,000 journalists …
Business Week:
Conan O'Brien's Work in Progress  —  The former Tonight Show host is in play, but prospective TV and cable networks are struggling to find him the right time slot  —  The last time America saw Conan O'Brien, the red-haired, late-night talk show host was riffing on an electric guitar as comedian …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
TV Sports: Woods's Nike Ad Provokes More Questions Than Answers  —  Nike could not wait to package the contrition of Tiger Woods in a 30-second ad.  —  In it, a mute Woods stares blankly at the camera.  Speaking from the hereafter, his father, Earl, says: “I want to find out what your feelings are.
Discussion: The Big Lead
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
The MPAA's Joan Graves watches out for the movie watchers  —  Graves heads the Motion Picture Assn. of America's ratings board, which grades movies to help parents decide what children can see.  —  Joan Graves has never published a movie review in her life, but she is arguably more powerful than any movie critic in the country.
Shane Richmond /
Does Rupert Murdoch understand copyright?  —  Rupert Murdoch has gone on the offensive to justify his plan to put his newspaper's websites behind a paywall.  He told a National Press Club event at George Washington University: … In an interview with Martin Kalb for The Kalb Report …
John Cook / Gawker:
Reuters Chief Shoots Down Story on Killing of His Own Staffers In Baghdad  —  David Schlesinger, the editor in chief of Reuters, declined to run a story by one of his own reporters containing claims that the 2007 killings of two Reuters staffers in Baghdad by U.S. troops may have been war crimes.
Leila Atassi / Metro:
Cuyahoga County Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold files $50 million lawsuit against The Plain Dealer and others … A Cuyahoga County judge sued The Plain Dealer and affiliated companies Wednesday, claiming that they breached a Web site privacy policy when stories linked an e-mail account used …
Guy Trebay / New York Times:
Paper Magazine Editor Is Powerful, but No Power Snob  —  DOES anyone remember that, long before Madonna was a zillionairess with a fake British accent, she used to dance at the Roxy with a posse of Latino b-boys?  Kim Hastreiter does.  Are there many who recall when Jean-Michel Basquiat's paintings …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Word of mouth trumps advertising for the kids these days  —  This chart sums up as well any the kind of shift that the “engagement editor” in your newsroom is trying to address.  It's from the April issue of the book-industry newsletter Publishing Trends (copy posted here) …
Jason Fell / Folio:
944 Media Files for Chapter 11  —  Self-proclaimed largest regional lifestyle media company faces several lawsuits.  —  Just last year, 944 Media CEO Marc Lotenberg called his magazine publishing and events company the largest and fastest growing lifestyle media conglomerate in the industry.
Discussion: MinOnline and FishBowlNY
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Source: Bids for Disney's Miramax range from $550 million to $650-million-plus  —  Details are starting to trickle in about who's bidding what for Disney's Miramax.  —  The biggest bid is from Pangea Media Group, which is headed by financier David Bergstein.
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 offer a combined engineering and journalism degree.  It's a unique program the Ivy League institution hopes …
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism:   New dual-degree master's in journalism & computer science announced
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Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
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Discussion: DailyFinance
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Vuguru bulks up  —  Eisner's Internet banner hires creative, business execs
Discussion: MediaPost and NewTeeVee
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: LA Observed
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
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Discussion: FishBowlNY and Gawker
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Google to Go on Hiring Spree
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Media General to consolidate copy editing, page design at its three metro papers
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
CNBC Developing New Lunchtime Show Starring David Faber
Discussion: and Talking Biz News
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
FNC's Megyn Kelly Loves Arguing With Bill O'Reilly, Watches Morning Joe
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Bill Carter / New York Times:
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Discussion: TVbytheNumbers and The Wire
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Discussion: NYConvergence