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5:50 AM ET, March 27, 2011


 Top News: 
Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Washington's New Brat Pack Masters Media  —  ONE winter evening, Brian Beutler, 28, a reporter for the online publication Talking Points Memo, sat with his friend and roommate Dave Weigel, 29, a political reporter for Slate and a contributor to MSNBC, at a coffee shop on U Street.
Ann Friedman:
Washington's Lady Journos Have Been Here All Along  —  Lady journo Ann Friedman, now the executive editor of GOOD magazine, at work on an angry blog post.  —  One sweltering DC evening many months ago, Ann Friedman, 29, then an editor for The American Prospect, sat with her friends Annie Lowrey …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Traditional News Outlets — Living Among the Guerrillas  —  Has anyone actually seen James O'Keefe and Julian Assange together?  Are we quite sure that the right-wing prankster who brought down the leadership of National Public Radio and the anarchic leaker aren't split personalities of the same guy …
Jon Bruner / Datanaut:
Tim O'Reilly on Piracy, Tinkering, and the Future of the Book  —  Tim O'Reilly has removed anti-piracy measures from his e-books.  “We're delighted when people who can't afford our books don't pay us for them, if they go out and do something useful with that information,” he says.
Discussion: TeleRead
Tim Carmody / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Lessons for journalism from the Google Books decision, across Europe and here in the US  —  On Tuesday, US Judge Denny Chin rejected a settlement agreement between Google, the Association of American Publishers, and the Authors Guild for a 2005 lawsuit over the search giant's full-text scanning and displays of copyrighted books.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Book Deal May Be Dead, But Google Is Still Right  —  The Google book settlement — which the search giant signed with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers in 2008, after a dispute over the company's scanning of books — was struck down by a judge this week as too far-reaching …
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:mathewi
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Libyan Woman Struggles to Tell Media of Her Rape  —  TRIPOLI — A Libyan woman burst into the hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli Saturday morning and fought off security forces as she told journalists that she had been raped and beaten by members of the Qaddafi militia.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Katie Couric Plots CBS Exit  —  The CBS Evening News anchor is very likely to leave in June and Scott Pelley is a top contender to replace her but CBS is looking both within and outside the network, Howard Kurtz reports.  —  The search is on for Katie Couric's successor.
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Document: GCI paid $52K to insure Dubow's life; loads of pricey benefits for other top brass, too  —  Last year, Gannett gave CEO Craig Dubow a platinum package of extra benefits — including use of the company jet, plus personal legal and financial services — worth nearly $160,000.
Discussion: MediaPost and Etaoin Shrdlu
SXSW Showcases Rise of Multiplatform Storytelling and Collaborative Filmmaking  —  South By Southwest (SXSW) is an annual gathering of interactive, film and music creatives, executives and marketers in Austin.  It is the ideal setting to explore multiplatform storytelling …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Inundated With News, Many Find It Difficult to Keep Up on Libya  —  DENVER — Talk about the fog of war.  —  Many Americans find themselves scratching their heads about America's military intervention in Libya, and part of the reason, they say, can be summed up in one word: overload.
Discussion: Political Punch
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
Is Sharing More Valuable for Publishers on Facebook or Twitter?  [STATS]  —  In the age of micropublishing, how many people are actually reading what you tweet or share on Facebook?  And more importantly, how does the click-per-share ratio compare between the two very different social platforms …
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Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Nielsen Numbers Reveal FOX Business Has A Very Long Haul Ahead If It Wants To Compete With CNBC
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Journal Register's open advisory meeting: Bell, Jarvis, and Rosen put those new media maxims to the test
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Still Hiring-But Not Launching Yet-In the U.S.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Is Syria the next danger zone for journalists?
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Herbert resigns as New York Times columnist
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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Why HuffPo's British Empire Dreams Could Fall Flat
Jack Shafer / Slate:
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