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8:45 PM ET, April 20, 2010


 Top News: 
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Apple Didn't Leak the iPhone—and Why That Matters  —  A controlled leak?  The lost iPhone planted by Apple?  You have no idea how Apple PR works—and how, like it or not, Gizmodo finally beat them at their own game.  —  The only way the iPhone 4 was a controlled leak is if Apple …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Gizmodo's iPhone Scoop: The Nick Denton Interview  —  ​Maybe you heard, but yesterday, Gawker Media's gadget site Gizmodo published quite a story.  It might be short of hyperbole to note their “get” of a new iPhone prototype as one of the biggest scoops in tech reporting history.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Apple Could Sue Gawker Over ‘Lost’ iPhone Story
Discussion: Gizmodo and Oddly Together
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How Apple Lost the Next iPhone
Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
Bill Gates on Journalism and Social Media (and the iPad, too)  —  Bill Gates strikes me as a guy who rarely says anything other than what he wants to say.  And these days he's largely talking about the big, multi-billion dollar philanthropic work of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Dow Jones Suing For Headlines “Misappropriation”  —  The news producers are getting antsier against the aggregators day-by-day, and who else but Rupert Murdoch to lead the charge.  Dow Jones, part of News Corp (NYSE: NWS). has filed a lawsuit against, the “live” …
Sam Bayard /
Breaking News: Dow Jones Files “Hot News” Case Against
Discussion: Business Wire and Fitz & Jen
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hitler Is Very Upset That Constantin Film Is Taking Down Hitler Parodies  —  For my money, memes on the Internet don't get any better than the Hitler one.  You know, the one in which you take some current event (the more mundane, the better) and shove it into the scene from the German film Downfall …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Nielsen: Facebook's Ads Work Pretty Well  —  When Social Ads Collide With Stated Interests, Awareness Goes Up  —  BATAVIA, Ohio ( — It pays to have fans on Facebook if you want your ads to work there too, according to the first public study to come out of the collaboration of Nielsen Co. and Facebook.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Forbes Offers Media Bloggers Chance to Work For Free  —  Forbes is seeking to put together a top-flight team of media bloggers!  They offer bloggers the chance to write for “millions of Forbes readers.”  In return, bloggers get no money.  Sound good?  —  Sad to see such an established name falling …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Apple approves Pulitzer winner's iPhone app; cartoonist now free to mock the powerful on cell phones  —  Big update on the Mark Fiore story: His editorial cartoon app, NewsToons, is finally available for sale in the iTunes App Store.  The app — smartly marketed as “the app Steve Jobs was talking about!”
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert To Stay on Comedy Central Through 2012 Election  —  With Conan O'Brien about to change the calculus of late-night cable programming, the Comedy Central channel has made a move to lock up its two dominant stars, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Jason Fell / Folio:
Reedtown Massacre Reveals the Future of the Trade Media Business  —  The trade media business, such as it was, has been ripped apart and largely destroyed by Google.  The musical chairs game that private equity players have been playing is finally out of seats and many household names …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Buys The Domain For Its Twitter-Like Microblogging Site  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is apparently still going full-force with its Twitter competitor, Yahoo Meme.  The company has now bought up the oh-so-clever domain name,, from the .ME domain registry, which is based in the country of Montenegro.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Tom Shales on TV: Is Larry King's CNN reign nearing its end?  —  “Respected U.S. newsman Larry King has filed for divorce from his country-singer wife, Shawn Southwick,” the wire service story says dryly.  It seems simple enough until you stop to wonder: Is “respected U.S. newsman Larry King” …
Discussion: Romenesko, Gawker, TVNewser and
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
MediaBugs Launches with Plan to ‘Fix the News’ by Tracking Mistakes, Corrections  —  MediaBugs — an open-source, correction-tracking service — plans to launch publicly today with the goal of helping to build trust between journalists and the audiences they serve.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tumblr Raises Another $5 Million From Spark and Union Square.  Now It Wants Your Money.  —  Who wants to bet on a Web company with lots of users but very little revenue?  The same people who bet on it before.  Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures have poured another $5 million into Tumblr …
The Wire:
News Corp Will Reap An Additional $1 Billion Making People Pay For Content, Says Macquarie (NWS)  —  After meeting with News Corp management, Macquarie is reiterating their positive stance on the company, and highlighting the enormous revenue opportunities ahead.  —  Macquarie's Ben Stretch:
Discussion: George Dearing
John Koblin / New York Observer:
The New Yorker Names Nicholas Thompson Senior Editor  —  Nicholas Thompson is going to be a senior editor at The New Yorker.  He starts on May 3.  —  Mr. Thompson, who has been a senior editor at Wired, is the third editor to be hired by the New Yorker in the last eight months.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Tunes Up Its Pitch For Local Ad Dollars  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is renewing its push for the ad dollars of local businesses with an overhaul of its Local Business Center, which it is now calling Google Places.  Via the Local Business Center, businesses have for more than eight months …
Bill Mitchell / Poynter Online:
Xconomy Detroit Tracks Innovative Ventures with Innovative Journalism  —  Xconomy is a journalism startup with a look and feel that's part trade pub, part community blog and part old-fashioned news wire.  —  Focused on coverage of high-tech innovation, the site was launched in Boston in 2007 …
Katie Goldsmith / New York Magazine:
Anna Wintour Discusses Fashion Bloggers, Irving Penn, and Hamish Bowles's Surfing Lesson  —  Vogue's March feature on style bloggers may have been one indication that Anna Wintour embraces her fashion-obsessed Internet counterparts.  But last night at Pratt Institute, where she spoke …
Discussion: Gawker, New York Observer and Racked NY
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Eggers tells editors how much he loves the print edition  —  “I don't know what I would do if I didn't have two, three daily papers a day to read,” Dave Eggers said at last week's ASNE conference.  “I don't want to read online.  I don't want to wake up and look at a screen. ...
Discussion: Gawker
NetNewsCheck Latest:
Local TV Grew Web Sales Faster Than Papers  —  Local TV stations grew online revenues by 10 percent in 2009 and outpaced newspapers to grow overall market share, according to a report released today by the Television Bureau of Advertising.  —  “In a year where the IAC reported flat revenue internet revenues …
Editor and Publisher:
Journal Register Papers Sign on With Hyperlocal Complaint Portal SeeClickFix  —  CHICAGO Journal Register launched SeeClickFix — the portal that allows citizens to report on hyperlocal problems like litter, potholes and even speeding cars — at the Websites of all its 18 daily newspapers Tuesday.
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