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9:30 AM ET, February 16, 2011


 Top News: 
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Subscription Rules Raise Possible Antitrust Issues  —  Apple Inc.'s new subscription service could draw antitrust scrutiny, according to law professors.  —  Apple will allow magazines, newspapers and other publishers to sell subscriptions of varying lengths to users of Apple's popular iPad, iTouch and iPhone products.
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Apple's New Subscription Rules Could Kill Streaming Music Services  —  Apple today introduced the ability to let app developers charge for in-app content on a subscription basis.  While this development is a major boon for developers looking for new ways to monetize their products …
Trudy Muller / Apple:
Apple Launches Subscriptions on the App Store
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Updated: Apple's Subs Rules Could Suck $1 Million From Financial Times
CBS News:
CBS News' Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests  —  CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Separated From Her Crew And Brutally Assaulted on Day Mubarak Stepped Down  —  On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering …
Foster Kamer / Esquire:
Lara Logan Assaulted in Egypt: Notes from the Night Before
Discussion: Media Decoder, Mediaite and Yahoo! News
Dan Duray / New York Observer:
From Mudslinger to Maverick!  The Transformation of Kenneth Lerer  —  Just trust me.  It's Kenneth Lerer's favorite line, and the 58-year-old general partner at Lerer Ventures and co-founder of the Huffington Post—"Kenny," as he's known to friends—employs it convincingly.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Grabs Microsoft Global Ad Head Carolyn Everson  —  Apparently, it's not only in Google's pond where Facebook fishes for talent-the social networking giant has recruited Microsoft's global advertising head Carolyn Everson as one of its top sales execs.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Is a not-for-profit news website in the cards for L.A.?  —  Venture capitalist and former Times Mirror executive Tom Unterman is ‘very hopeful’ about launching the venture.  First hurdle: $10 million.  —  I've been wondering for a couple of years whether someone would bring Los Angeles …
Discussion: Reuters and Poynter
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
WPP to Unveil Interactive Ad Network  —  Advertising giant WPP PLC is preparing to unveil a new interactive ad agency network called Possible Worldwide, part of a broader push to reposition its business to tap global growth in digital ad dollars.  —  The network will stitch together four digital ad agencies …
Discussion: AdPulp
Kunur Patel / AdAge:   WPP to Roll Up Digital Agencies Into New Unit
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Competing for the Cover of the Rolling Stone  —  AS Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show famously sang in 1973, getting “your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone” signaled that a band had officially arrived.  But for the first time in its 44-year history, Rolling Stone editors are ceding …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Freedom Communications releases social media policy to staff  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  The Orange County Register parent says it “encourages its associates to participate in these [social] media as a means of generating interest in the Company's products and services and creating business opportunities …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and WebNewser
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Premium VOD Is Doomed If This Piracy Study Is Correct  —  A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study casts serious doubt on consumer willingness to pay for movies on digital platforms.  Warning: Film-industy executives interested in reading further may want to first increase dosage of any anti-depressants they might be taking.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Maureen Tkacik / New York Observer:
The O'Donnell Factor: A Hill Hack Goes Prime-Time Wacko  —  Last week, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell devoted an unseemly share of his airtime to blasting Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly for his “relentless barrage of interruptions” of Barack Obama during Mr. O'Reilly's pre-Super Bowl interview with the president.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
1,900 copies: How a top-selling Kindle Single is generating new audiences for ProPublica  —  Listing the eight big trends journalism will see over the next year, Josh highlighted the increasing role that the singles model will play in the news.  He was talking about the disaggregation …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Panelists Tout Addressable Ads As Industry's ‘Holy Grail’  —  But with implementation years off, 2011 will be the year of interactivity  —  New York — While the “holy grail” of advertising, addressable television, may be years off from becoming mainstream, it seems 2011 is going to be the year of the interactive ad.
Discussion: Multichannel
Adam Pasick / New York Magazine:
Daily Editor Rallies the Troops  —  Jesse Angelo, editor-in-chief of Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only tabloid, The Daily, sent out a memo to his editorial team this week, urging them to go beyond “scraping the web and the wires” and do some actual reporting: … The memo continues:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want To Buy Into A Hollywood Movie?  Now You Can  —  A company called Audience Productions has filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and are selling $10/share preferred stock to people who want to invest in the movie they're creating.  —  The movie is called “Lydia Slotnick Unplugged”:
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Have Media Companies Destroyed Their Copyrights With The ‘Share’ Button?  —  Righthaven has become controversial by taking a sue-first-ask-questions-later approach to copyright enforcement on behalf of its newspaper clients, which include MediaNews Group as well as the smaller chain that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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