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9:45 PM ET, March 26, 2011


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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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Nielsen Numbers Reveal FOX Business Has A Very Long Haul Ahead If It Wants To Compete With CNBC  —  After three-and-a-half years on the air Fox Business Network will become a full service client of Nielsen on Monday.  —  Short version: The public will finally know how many people are actually tuning into Fox Business.
Mexico media agree drug war reporting guidelines  —  The initiative is the first of its kind in Mexico  —  Many of Mexico's leading news organisations have agreed common guidelines on how to cover drug-related violence.  —  Newspapers and broadcasters agreed not to glorify drug traffickers or publish cartel propaganda.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Still Hiring-But Not Launching Yet-In the U.S.  —  Most Americans still can't access Spotify.  But some of them can get jobs from the European music streaming service, which is continuing to staff up its New York office in advance of a U.S. launch.  —  The company has brought …
Discussion: PC Magazine, SAI and MediaPost
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Journal Register's open advisory meeting: Bell, Jarvis, and Rosen put those new media maxims to the test  —  We watchers of media — analysts, theorists, pundits, what you will — make assumptions about journalism that have become, along the way, tenets: Openness and transparency will engender trust. …
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