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8:35 PM ET, April 16, 2010


 Top News: 
David Kaplan / paidContent:
USA Today iPad App Will Go Subscription Model This Summer  —  USA Today's free, solely ad-supported iPad app will switch to subscription in July when the app's exclusive sponsorship deal with Courtyard by Marriott concludes, Gannett (NYSE: GCI) CEO Craig Dubow said during the company's Q1 earnings call.
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
More Evidence of Newspaper Turnaround: Gannett Doubles Q1 Profit as Revenue Decline Moderates  —  CHICAGO Gannett Co. reported a first-quarter profit Friday that was double its year-ago earnings and said that U.S. newspaper advertising, down 8.5% compared to a year ago, showed improvement in every category.
Discussion: Fitz & Jen and Jon Slattery
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Newspapers Rejoice!  Gannett Smashes The Street With Profits Up 51% (GCI)  —  Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI), America's largest newspaper publisher, beat expectations for their first quarter results, pulling in adjusted earnings at $0.50 per share, compared to $0.41 expected by analysts.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Steve Jobs Says Apple Made a Mistake in Rejecting Pulitzer Winner's App  —  Apple's chief executive apparently believes that his company made a mistake when it rejected an iPhone app from a cartoonist who is now a Pulitzer prize winner.  —  An Apple spokeswoman did not comment Friday afternoon …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Cartoonist: Apple Backs Down After Denying iPhone App  —  The cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this week says Apple has asked him to resubmit an iPhone app that it earlier rejected because it “ridicules public figures.” … Mark Fiore, who won the prize …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Some Cheer, Jeer AP Change from ‘Web site’ to ‘website’  —  When the AP Stylebook announced via Twitter that it was changing the style for “Web site” to “website,” some users let out shouts of praise: “Finally!”  “Yes!!!”  “Yeeha!”  —  The reactions aren't surprising …
Doug Fisher / Common Sense Journalism:
AP Style - it will be “website” and spell out state names
Ben Domenech / Media on
The White House, Elena Kagan, and Me  —  It's an odd thing to get attacked by the White House for a blog post, and odder still when the attack is for something mentioned in passing, and intended to highlight a political positive about a potential Supreme Court nominee.
Discussion: Mediaite, Romenesko and Right Now
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
White House complains about CBS News blog post saying that possible Supreme Court nominee is gay  —  The White House ripped CBS News on Thursday for publishing an online column by a blogger who made assertions about the sexual orientation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, widely viewed as a leading candidate for the Supreme Court.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Goldman Sachs Fraud Charges Are a Business-Press Win  —  The New York Times's Louise Story and Gretchen Morgenson score a major scoop this morning with news that the SEC is charging Goldman Sachs with fraud over its structuring of CDOs, saying “the bank created and sold a mortgage investment that was secretly devised to fail.”
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Here's What Fox Business Network Was Airing As The Goldman News Took Over The World  —  When the huge Goldman Sachs story broke this morning, Fox Business Network was airing an interview with reality star Tila Tequila on how she turned her fame into a business.
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
Brady: New D.C. Site to Rely on 3 Things for Delivering News on Every Block  —  People who visit Allbritton Communications' still-unnamed metro D.C. news site when it launches in June will see elements that have been employed elsewhere — aggregation, geocoding, community engagement — but not quite in this formula.
Lew Harris / The Wrap:
Exclusive: The Weinsteins Negotiate Window to Buy Miramax (updated)  —  By Sharon Waxman  —  No deal for the sale of Miramax is expected on Thursday, or Friday, according to an individual close to the negotiations.  —  The individual said that the situation was changing rapidly …
Hollywood Reporter:
Weinsteins to take back Miramax
Discussion: Movieline, Gawker and New York Magazine
Jacob Harris / Open:
How Often Is The Times Tweeted?  —  I recently had the honor of speaking at the Chirp conference, where I got to stammer nervously about @anywhere and share a fun statistic I figured out a few days earlier: Someone tweets a link to a New York Times story once every 4 seconds.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
First Look: FT's iPad App Is Just Around The Corner  —  We got a sneak peak at the Financial Times' forthcoming iPad app during a digital briefing by parent Pearson (NYSE: PSO).  It looks, well, a lot like you'd expect...  I spent 10 minutes playing with the app, some content for which managing …
Discussion: The Wire
Phoebe Connelly / American Prospect:
The Library of Congress Is Now Following You on Twitter  —  TAP talks with the Library about why they're archiving tweets, if you can opt out, and who gets to be the Twitter Librarian. … That's a very impressive-sounding title.  —  Well, the name is horrible.  It's shortened to NDIIPP.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NBC Profits Declined 49 Percent, Mostly Due To Olympics  —  Things were supposed to be getting better for TV broadcasters this quarter.... NBC Universal (NYSE: GE), essentially a footnote in parent General Electric's quarterly earnings until its merger with cable giant Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
McCann Sues MDC Partners, Kirshenbaum Bond For Allegedly Poaching Talent  —  Strongly Worded Lawsuit Centers on Lori Senecal, Says Agency Plotted to Steal Weight Watchers Account  —  NEW YORK ( — A bitter legal battle is brewing in adland, after Interpublic Group …
Discussion: Media Decoder
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Comcast and Starbucks Testing Home Page Takeover Plays at Major Newspapers  —  Home page takeover ads on newspaper sites are becoming increasingly commonplace.  In recent months, The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The Seattle Times are among names …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Could Marketers Take Google Off The Ad Media Plan?  —  What if Google disappeared?  While it's not likely it will abandon the search engine as their main advertising network, Chris Copeland, CEO at GroupM Search in the Americas, reminded Search Insider Summit attendees in Captiva , Fla. …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Boxee's TV app venturing out of the living room and onto iPhone and iPad  —  NEW YORK — In the next few months, you'll be able to take Boxee, the software designed to marry television with online video, to the bathroom, the bedroom and the park.  Boxee is working on versions of its application …
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Chicago News Cooperative to name Madison Dearborn's Canning chairman  —  John Canning, founder and chairman of the Chicago private-equity group Madison Dearborn Partners, is set to be announced Friday as the new board chairman of the nonprofit Chicago News Cooperative.
Discussion: Romenesko
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Editor and Publisher:
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Mark Ftizgerald / Editor and Publisher:
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Discussion: Gannett Blog and Fitz & Jen
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Discussion: Guardian
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Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter Online