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11:05 PM ET, April 8, 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 …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple's iAd Not Game-Changing, but Will Move Market  —  Developers to Get 60% of Ad Revenue Sold for Apps  —  NEW YORK ( — Apple unveiled its take on mobile advertising — the iAd — which looks a lot like the kind of rich media units we've begun to see on many mobile ad networks.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Reuters
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
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 …
Media Buyer Planner:
Oprah's Presence on OWN Expands, Mega Ad Deals in the Works  —  Oprah Winfrey is taking on a larger role in the programming of her new cable network.  The media star will be featured in a show titled Oprah's Next Chapter, an hour-long program that is expected to debut late next year on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
In Big Bet, Oprah to Become Nocturnal
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
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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 …
Tuning into tweevee  —  On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey sent out a message saying, “Just setting up my twttr.”  Four years on, the company he co-founded has become so ingrained in the collective psyche that it now has its own entry in the Collins English dictionary: Twitter (n) …
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 …
Discussion: Big Journalism
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of online ad trending  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  Through all the twists and turns of economic boom and bust …
Discussion: The News Tribune, paidContent and IAB
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
Todd Spangler / Multichannel:
Juniper To Buy Startup To Deliver Internet TV  —  Networking Company to Acquire Ankeena for Less Than $100 Million  —  Juniper Networks plans to acquire startup Ankeena Networks, which has developed an Internet streaming-video system aimed at providing a “television-like viewing experience” …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Online Video News
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Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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Discussion: The Big Lead
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Gene Lyons / Salon:
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