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2:25 PM ET, April 13, 2011


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
Sidney Harman 1918-2011  —  Sidney Harman died last night of complications from acute myeloid leukemia at the young age of almost 93.  He first learned of his illness one month ago and remained vigorously engaged as Executive Chairman of Newsweek, and Chairman of the Academy for Polymathic Study …
Media Decoder:
For Newsweek's Future, More Questions
Discussion: The Daily Beast and DealBook
Associated Press:
AP Mistakenly Reports on Fake GE Press Release  —  AP mistakenly publishes story about General Electric that was based on a fake press release  —  The Associated Press mistakenly published a story Wednesday about General Electric Co. that was based on a fake press release.
Joe Weisenthal / The Wire:
WHOOPS: AP Falls For Hoax Press Release Saying That GE Will Repay Government $3.8 Billion Tax Break  —  Original post: The AP just fell for a hoax press release, which claimed that GE would repay the government the $3.8 billion tax loss carryforward it received.
‘Yes Men’ claim hoax GE tax press release  —  AP says it was duped by document made to look like it came from GE  —  Below:  —  Latest market data  —  General Electric Co., embroiled in controversy over its low 2010 U.S. tax bill, was the subject of a hoax press release claiming …
Meghan Peters / Mashable!:
How Paywalls Are Changing News Organizations' Social Media Strategies  —  The recent launch of The New York Times paywall has prompted debates about the viability and fairness of paying for news online.  Are publications unrealistic about subscription prices?  Should the community rally to support journalism?
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
Why Social Media Reinvigorates the Market for Quality Journalism  —  Social media has created a human filter for quality content.  The social web, like the old water cooler, favors conversations around news and even in-depth journalism that may not otherwise receive the exposure it deserves.
Discussion:, Noted and Online NewsHour, Thanks:cmmeetup
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Huffington Post lawsuit: The bloggers' class action against Arianna's site is pure bunk. … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Press Box … - Why Obama and Reid Were Smart To Use D.C. as a Bargaining Chip- Hitchens: How Has Robert Mugabe Been Able To Rule Zimbabwe for So Long?
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
AOL's Huffington to Add News Staff in Local Site Revamp  —  AOL Inc. (AOL), seeking to revive sales growth after buying the Huffington Post, is hiring as many as 800 full-time employees at local-news operations across the country and reducing the use of freelancers.
Discussion: Noted, Digits, Epicenter and Techdirt
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Charles Laufer, Founder of Tiger Beat, Dies at 87  —  Charles Laufer, who as a high school teacher in 1955 despaired that his students had nothing entertaining to read and responded with magazines aimed at teenage girls desperate to know much, much more about the lives of their favorite cute stars …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and PopEater
Andy Isaacson / The Atlantic Online:
Are You Following a Bot?  —  How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter  —  ONE DAY LAST February, a Twitter user in California named Billy received a tweet from @JamesMTitus, identified in his profile as a “24 year old dude” from Christchurch, New Zealand, who had the avatar of a tabby cat.
Discussion: SAI and Scocca
New York Post:
CNN tries ‘diverse’ approach  —  CNN brass are scrambling to find a new host for their troubled 7 p.m. timeslot, and trying to win back the African-American and Hispanic viewers sources say they've lost since the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  Hoping to accomplish both things at once …
New York Post:
New AMI shake-up: Perel named Star editor  —  In the latest shake-up to rock American Media Inc., Candace Trunzo was given the heave-ho as editor-in-chief of Star Magazine after four years and replaced by Radar Online editor David Perel.  —  AMI also hired Jose Lambiet …
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Star Editor Out  —  On Monday night, American Media ceo David …
Discussion: Adweek, FishbowlNY, MinOnline and Gawker
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sweeet!:  Sugar Gets $15 Million More in New Funding From IVP and Sequoia  —  Sassy women-focused content site, Sugar Inc., has raised another $15 million in late-stage venture funding from new investor Institutional Venture Partners, as well as its original one, Sequoia Capital.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple To Launch Video-Focused Cloud Service, Jefferies Contends  —  Apple (AAPL) “is about to launch a new video-focused cloud-based service,” Jefferies analyst Peter Misek asserts in a research note this morning.  He thinks that Apple will offer a subscription-based service …
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Online Ad Revenue Continues to Rise  —  Internet advertising revenue continues to rise, according to a report released Wednesday by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  —  Advertising revenue for the full year reached a record high of $26 billion, a 15 percent increase over 2009.
Discussion: TechCrunch and FishbowlNY
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL Jumps To No. 2 Spot In comScore Online Video Rankings  —  Online video views continue to rise.  ComScore has released data from its Video Metrix service, showing that 174 million Internet users in the United States watched online video content in March for an average of 14.8 hours per viewer.
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
NPR Launches New Facebook App As iPad Downloads Top 1 Million  —  They're app-happy over at NPR these days, with over 1 million people having downloaded the organization's iPad app over the last year and plans to introduce a new Facebook app that will let NPR listeners meet each other on Facebook and play trivia games.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
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Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Do women media stars know their own power?
Discussion: New York Observer
Joe Grimm / Poynter:
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Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
How The New Yorker Learned to Stop Worrying About Facebook and Love the Weak Tie
Discussion: The New Yorker Blog
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Former CNN Anchor Tony Harris Now Anchoring For Al Jazeera English
Noah Davis / The Wire:
Here Are The 6(!) Ads In Newsweek's Latest Issue
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Runnin' Scared and Gawker
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Bid duel likely for Orange County Register
Discussion: Poynter, Company Town and LA Observed