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2:34 AM ET, April 4, 2011


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Team From Engadget Makes Jump to SB Nation  —  In 2005, Jim Bankoff was working at AOL as executive vice president in charge of products and programming.  He decided that AOL needed to move aggressively into news if the business, then still a portal clinging to dial-up customers …
Associated Press:
AP source: Couric leaving news anchor post  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is leaving her anchor post at “CBS Evening News” less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast.  —  A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity …
Discussion: LA Observed
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Cablevision Launches Optimum for iPad: 300 Channels And VOD  —  Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) tossed a pebblein the water compared to the iPad app launched today by Cablevision (NYSE: CVC).  Optimum Live TV for iPad offers the cable operator's digital subscribers streaming access …
Bret J. Schulte / CJR:
The Hacker, Off the Couch  —  Brian Boyer and the rise of “hacker-journalists”  —  Back in May 2007, Brian Boyer was just another computer guy short-circuiting from ennui sitting on a friend's couch, reading blogs.  Then he noticed a post on BoingBoing about Northwestern University's Medill School …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Communication Paradox  —  Remember The West Wing, the cult TV series?  Its last episodes describe the end of President Jed Bartlet's term and portray his Chief of Staff and former Press Secretary, C.J. Craig, deluged with job offers as she struggles with the emotions of leaving her beloved President.
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Standards That Everyone Can See  —  LAST week The Times reached a strategic frontier with the full introduction of paid subscriptions for digital access to its content.  Perhaps less visibly, but also importantly, the newsroom has moved toward a remarkable integration of its print and electronic operations.
Discussion: Rhetorica
Felix Salmon:
NYT vs HuffPo, cont.  —  The NYT's declared war on the Huffington Post shows no sign of dissipating, and as ever the new-look NYT Magazine is at the front lines of the attack.  Andrew Goldman's interview with Arianna Huffington is quite astonishing, but first it's worth looking at other news of the week.
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Interpublic discloses stake in Facebook  —  Interpublic, the advertising group, has emerged as an unlikely beneficiary of the surging value of Facebook.  —  The company owns a stake in the social network that is today valued at somewhere between $200m and $300m, depending on Facebook's valuation and the actual size of the stake.
Click to Buy That Handbag in Vogue as Fashion Magazines Become E-Tailers  —  Vogue and Elle have long influenced what clothes and handbags image-conscious consumers buy.  Now, in a bid to reverse flagging sales and stay relevant, fashion magazines may sell the products they feature in their articles.
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
What is Robert Thomson doing at the Wall Street Journal?  —  What is Robert Thomson doing at the Wall Street Journal?  —  Read the full text of this article in the digital edition (subscription required), or on our iPad app.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Sorry, Bloggers, but Huffpo Isn't Like a Comedy Club  —  Michael Walker, writing in the Los Angeles Times, compares the Newspaper Guild-led boycott of the Huffington Post to the famous 1979 boycott of the Comedy Store, the seminal L.A. stand-up venue.  Like Arianna Huffington …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Daily Dot Wants to Be the Web's Hometown Paper  —  People often talk about how the social web makes the Internet seem like a small town, and now former VentureBeat and Valleywag editor Owen Thomas says he wants to give the web “its own hometown newspaper” called The Daily Dot.
Discussion: Poynter, The Huffington Post and The Wire, Thanks:davidfg
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