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7:25 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 …
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 …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:   Apple's iAd Not Game-Changing, but Will Move Market
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
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
Discussion:, Fitz & Jen and Reuters
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 …
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
Newser May Be Obnoxious, But That Doesn't Mean It's Illegal
Discussion: Mediaite and DailyFinance
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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.”
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) …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
Joseph Tartakoff / 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
Edward Harrison / naked capitalism:
Will the financial media adapt to the changing media landscape?  —  I originally wrote this post at Credit Writedowns under a different title yesterday.  I have changed the title to more accurately reflect what I am driving at in the post.  Otherwise the post is exactly the same.
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: paidContent, IAB and DailyFinance
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
Anthony De Rosa / Mediaite:
Staff Exodus Hastens Gawker's Next Evolution (Or De-Evolution?)  —  Gawker is losing one of its longest tenured writers, Alex Pareene, after it was reported by John Koblin at the New York Observer that he was leaving Nick Denton's employ for Salon's “War Room” blog.
Judith Thurman / The New Yorker Blog:
Libero's Reply  —  Correction appended.  —  Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Francesco Borgonovo, the editor of Libero, the conservative Italian newspaper that published Tommaso Debenedetti's fabricated interview with Philip Roth in November last year.
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Jason Fell / Folio:
Lawsuit Alleges Darker Side of Regional Lifestyle Publisher
Discussion: Riptide 2.0, MinOnline, Folio and FishBowlNY
John Cook / Gawker:
Reuters Chief Shoots Down Story on Killing of His Own Staffers In Baghdad
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Guardian
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
The MPAA's Joan Graves watches out for the movie watchers
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Does Rupert Murdoch understand copyright?
Helia Ebrahimi / Telegraph:
Gorkana founders online for £20m windfall
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
TV Sports: Woods's Nike Ad Provokes More Questions Than Answers
Discussion: The Big Lead
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Source: Bids for Disney's Miramax range from $550 million to $650-million-plus
 Earlier Picks: 
Business Week:
Conan O'Brien's Work in Progress
Discussion: The Wire
Guy Trebay / New York Times:
Paper Magazine Editor Is Powerful, but No Power Snob
Discussion: Styleite and New York Observer
Gene Lyons / Salon:
In today's media, substance is no match for BS
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Word of mouth trumps advertising for the kids these days
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
Free Community Papers Supporting Net Neutrality
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What is content, then?  —  In the discussion about the iPad …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Book Sales Fell 1.8% in 2009, to $23.8 Billion, AAP Says
Discussion: DailyFinance
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Vuguru bulks up  —  Eisner's Internet banner hires creative, business execs
Discussion: MediaPost and NewTeeVee