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4:10 PM ET, April 26, 2010


 Top News: 
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Wall Street Journal Says It's Up to You, New York, New York  —  The Wall Street Journal's much-anticipated New York edition hit the doorsteps of the city and brought with it the first broadsheet newspaper competition in decades.  —  Soon after buying The Wall Street Journal in 2007 …
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
New York Times Executives Belittle Murdoch's Wall Street Journal To Advertisers In Staff Memo (NYT)  —  As the Wall Street Journal paper-bombs the city with their new New York section, New York Times' top executives publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Janet Robinson send out a message to their staffers.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Its Local Brawl With The NYT, The WSJ Pulls Out Some Foursquare Badges  —  The Wall Street Journal introduced a metro section today for Greater New York in Rupert Murdoch's ongoing efforts to go after the New York Times.  The top story right now is “Rats Mob The Upper East Side” (seriously).
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
NY's paper tigers
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
So What's in the New Journal New York Section, Debuting Today?
Editor and Publisher:
Growing ‘Wall St. Journal’ Tops Daily Circulation List  —  CHICAGO On the same day it launched its “Greater New York” edition, The Wall Street Journal Monday topped the list of the nation's largest-circulation daily newspapers.  The Journal was the only daily among the 10 largest to gain circulation …
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
US newspaper circulation down 8.7 percent  —  US newspaper circulation down 8.7 percent; pace of decline eases  —  Related Quotes  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Circulation continues to drop at U.S. newspapers.  —  Figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show average weekday …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Revolution Will Be Commercialized  —  Sarah Palin is already president of right-wing America—and it's a position with a very big salary.  —  On the morning of July 3, 2009, a national holiday, Sarah Palin placed a call to her communications director and told her that she wanted to hold …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Bloomberg and Businessweek Mesh Gingerly  —  When Bloomberg L.P. bought Businessweek in December, a group of the magazine's writers, who were being transferred to the Bloomberg newswire, attended a two-week training session.  They learned that the terminals, costing about $20,000 a year …
Discussion: Romenesko
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Yahoo's Identity Heft  —  Web publisher to tap more journos to help find its ‘voice’  —  Yahoo is on the verge of hiring more traditional journalists as it plans to aggressively beef up original content for its top verticals, including news, business and entertainment.
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
What Is Conde Nast Doing Making Kenneth Cole's YouTube Ads?  —  Under Threat, Media Push Further Into Agency Territory  —  NEW YORK ( — Could the day soon arrive when a marketer will consider NBC Universal, Meredith Corp. or Conde Nast alongside BBDO, Wieden & Kennedy or JWT …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: How Gizmodo Monetized an iPhone Spectacle  —  We all know that advertisers need to pay for clicks to keep the Web spinning.  But what does it mean when publishers start paying for them as well?  —  I'm not talking about some seedy click-mills in the Far East …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Tribune Company Finds An Audience For Homegrown Hyperlocal News Site ChicagoNow  —  As AOL pours $50 million into its hyperlocal news site to expand its sites around the country, smaller competitors are maintaining confidence that their platforms can survive AOL's aggressive content strategy.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Jacqueline Reis / Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
T&G plans paid website  —  Print subscribers read free  —  WORCESTER — The Telegram & Gazette will begin charging some online readers for locally produced news content on its website,, starting this summer.  —  Newspaper subscribers will continue to be able to access all content at no charge.
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
The Simpsons Stand Behind South Park with Help of Bart's Chalkboard [Video]  —  The Simpsons and South Park have made fun of each other in the past, but tonight's Simpsons opened with a quick but touching show of inter-cartoon support, courtesy of Bart's chalkboard.
Financial Times:
Buy-out firms prepare to float Nielsen  —  Nielsen, the world's largest TV and consumer measurement company, will begin auditioning bankers next month for one of the largest US initial public offerings in recent years
Discussion: Washington Post and DealBook
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
EveryBlock Partners With SeeClickFix To Add Local Complaints To Its Feeds  —  EveryBlock—the MSNBC Interactive-owned hyperlocal aggregator—is bulking up its site with data from SeeClickFix, a startup that lets anybody report an issue in need of government action in their community.
Discussion: WebNewser, ReadWriteWeb and SeeClickFix
Teddy Wayne / New York Times:
Drilling Down: Internet Eclipses Magazines in Ad Revenue in 2009  —  For the first time, marketers spent more in 2009 on Internet advertising than in magazines, according to a report from ZenithOptimedia, which said online ad spending would rapidly close ground on newspapers.
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
'America's Got Talent' pacts with YouTube  —  Acts can submit videos to be voted on; 12 to perform on show  —  NBC and the producers of “America's Got Talent” are partnering with YouTube to put the show's audition process online.  —  Starting Monday, acts can upload their videos onto …
Discussion: and Show Tracker
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Techmeme's Media Spinoff Hits100K Monthly Uniques Since March Launch  —  Techmeme, considered by many as the most authoritative tech news aggregator, spun off a media news site called Mediagazer in early March.  —  Since its launch, it has quickly garnered 100,000 unique monthly visitors …
Discussion: WebNewser
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google to Eliminate Agency Search Fees  —  Along With New Certification Program, Change Is Part of Web Giant's Charm Offensive for Bigger Ad Budgets  —  NEW YORK ( — Google will announce Monday it is eliminating the fees it has long charged agencies to tap into its search ad auction system …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sex Ads Seen Adding Revenue to Craigslist  —  Craigslist, one of the most popular Web sites in the United States, is on track to increase its revenue 22 percent this year, largely from its controversial sex advertisements.  That financial success is reviving scrutiny from law-enforcement officials …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Re-intermediating the web: A chat on Italy's online news culture with La Repubblica's Vittorio Zambardino  —  I spent the past few days in Perugia, Italy, for the International Journalism Festival.  One of the benefits of a conference like this (even one whose attendance numbers have been hampered …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Ad Startup FreeWheel Raises $16.8M From Turner, Disney And Others  —  Video advertising company FreeWheel has raised $16.8 million in funding from Disney's Steamboat Ventures, and existing investors, including Turner Broadcasting System, Battery Ventures, and Foundation Capital.
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Michael Wolff / Newser:
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Alex Alvarez / FishbowlNY:
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Bill Dwyre / Los Angeles Times:
Pat Tillman film a haunting blindside
Discussion: LA Observed
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Apple Allows NewsToons, Bending Rules for Editorial Cartoon
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Discussion: NewTeeVee
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
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TheWrap Raises $2 Million in Second Round, From Maveron, Others
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Matthew Bell / The Independent:
‘I want to see the decomposing corpse,’ says bureau chief
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Random House Cedes Some E-Rights to Styron Clan
Discussion: TeleRead