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4:10 PM ET, March 30, 2011


 Top News: 
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Popular Science iPad Edition Has Sold 10,000 Subscriptions  —  Only Apple Knows Who's Subscribing, but They're Paying for Digital Content  —  Popular Science magazine sold the 10,000th subscription to its iPad edition sometime on Sunday, nearly six weeks after accepting Apple's terms for selling subs on its tablet.
The paidContent 50: The Most Successful Digital Media Companies In The U.S.  —  For all the endless debates about monetization, it's easy to lose sight of which companies are actually generating significant digital revenues.  Welcome to the paidContent 50, our inaugural list …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
I Want My iPad TV: The Slogan for a New Generation  —  When is an iPad not an iPad?  When it's a TV screen.  —  That distinction is becoming increasingly important as battle lines are being drawn between distributors like Time Warner Cable, which claim the right to broadcast live TV …
Larry Kramer / C-Scape:   First Shot Fired in The Great Media War
Lauren Rabaino /
How To Start Your Own Local News Site: Tips From a Berkeleyside Co-Founder  —  The prospect of starting your own news site is more viable an option than ever in the current media climate.  Traditional news organizations are plunging left and right, the tools for publishing are free and easy …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Tweet late, email early, and don't forget about Saturday: Using data to develop a social media strategy  —  Tweet more, and embrace the weekends.  —  That's according to Dan Zarrella, a social media researcher (with 33,000 followers himself).  Zarrella works for HubSpot …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Seeks Answer to Facebook With ‘Social Search’  —  Google Inc., seeing a threat from social-networking companies such as Facebook Inc., plans to allow people to reorder the way websites are ranked on its core Web-search engine based on which sites they and their friends like or find useful, said people familiar with the matter.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
James Murdoch Marked As News Corp. #3; Promoted To Deputy COO, Moving To NY  —  Following News Corp.'s win with the regulators over BSkyB (NYSE: BSY), James Murdoch is getting the corporate equivalent of a post-Super Bowl trip to Disney World: a promotion to the new role of deputy COO …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
UX Evolutions: News on iPad  —  When the iPad launched in April last year, news media companies were among the first to create applications for the new tablet device.  We're now a year into the iPad era and some of those news apps have dramatically changed how we consume news.
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Shooting video with the iPad2  —  Every time a new gadget comes on the market, someone tries to figure out if it's as good as or better than what came before.  There have been plenty of reviews of Apple's latest tablet, comparing it to the previous iteration and to similar devices.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Magazine Icon Roger Black: The iPad is Not a Magic Pony  —  The legendary magazine designer Roger Black sat in the lounge of his Fifth Avenue studio, rows of leather-bound volumes arrayed on the wall behind him.  At first glance they seemed like compendiums of classic literature …
Discussion: Poynter
Joanna Slater / Globe and Mail:
Out on bail, Conrad Black offers an oration on justice and journalism  —  NEW YORK— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail  —  Officially, the topic was the future of the newspaper industry.  But when Conrad Black took the microphone before an audience of investors on Tuesday …
Discussion: Poynter and
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Bloomberg's Bascobert: Bloomberg BusinessWeek Doesn't Need A Paywall  —  Last week, Bloomberg decided to reform the division that houses its TV, print, radio, mobile and digital media properties as part of the continuing quest to reach a more general business audience.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
MySpace CEO Mike Jones Swears There's A Growing Product Buried Under The Rubble Of A Failed Social Network  —  MySpace CEO Mike Jones swears that, buried under the rubble of the failed social network he gamely took over last year, he and his team have planted the roots of a new, perhaps smaller …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oprah ‘Tweets’ in a Bid for Viewers  —  Oprah Winfrey and her colleagues took to Twitter on Sunday night to promote a new episode of a show on OWN, her new cable channel.  Did the posting help her ratings?  —  Probably, but whether it helped in a meaningful way is open to interpretation.
Discussion: and Techdirt
MediaShift Idea Lab:
Why the New York Times' Pay Model is Similar to NPR and Spot.Us  —  From the launch of Spot.Us, I've always said the following:  — Anyone can tackle the crowdfunded journalism model.  In fact, NPR could do it tomorrow and blow me out of the water.  It's just about being transparent …
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Golden Delicious: Ruth Reichl to Run Gilt Groupe Foodie Site  —  We hear former Gourmet editor in chief Ruth Reichl is staffing up a food spin-off of Gilt Groupe, the luxury discount retailer Web site.  The project remains in stealth mode, but one might expect the site to look like the Gilt MANual blog …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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David Friedman / Slate:
What Was the New York Times Magazine Like 100 Years Ago?
Discussion: Poynter and The 6th Floor
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Amazon's Director Of Music Talks Cloud Drive: 'We Don't Believe We Need Licenses'
Emily Witt / New York Observer:
Twelve-Stepper: How Cary Goldstein Went From Publicist to Publisher
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Mediabrands Moves Toward Performance Comp, Cites Nielsen Deal
Sharon Elizabeth Samuel / New York Observer:
Hearst's Ellen Levine: An ‘IQ Snob’ with a ‘Cosmo’ Soft Spot
Mike Farrell / Broadcasting & Cable:
Bewkes: Time Warner's $26 Million Man
Discussion: Company Town
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
New York Times Gets Its Own Blog Wrong
Discussion:, UnBeige and GalleyCat
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Ilene Prusher / Christian Science Monitor:
Sexual attacks on journalists: Why foreign women are seen as fair game
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
TV Ad Spending Still Tops, But Web Growing Fast: Study
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
BBC website goes down, dubbed #bbcblackout (UPDATE, It's back)
Discussion: BBC and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cheap Beatles Songs = $1 Million Legal Bill
Discussion: Fast Company
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Taps Executive From Time Warner
Discussion: Mashable!
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New York Times follow-up on Cleveland, Texas rape story corrects, repeats original mistakes
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Explainer maps locate, contextualize and localize news from Libya, Japan
Discussion: Editors Weblog and newsplexer