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9:55 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 …
Samantha Henig / The New Yorker Blog:
Postscript: Sidney Harman
Media Decoder:
For Newsweek's Future, More Questions
Discussion: The Wrap and DealBook
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.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Does HuffPo even need its unpaid bloggers anymore?
Discussion: The Wrap, Poynter and Mixed Media
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Huffington Post lawsuit: The bloggers' class action against Arianna's site is pure bunk.
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
Discussion: Poynter and New York Observer
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?
Anthony DeRosa:
Traditional media's refusal to enter the link economy  —  Blogger ethics tend to be better than traditional journalism ethics when it comes to linking to sources.  It's actually far more likely you won't find a single link in any articles in most mainstream news publications online.
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 …
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.
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 …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Spotify mulls plan to limit free music  —  Spotify is considering a plan to further cut back the amount of free music it offers to users and is expected to impose new limits perhaps as soon as this week, sources with knowledge of the plans told CNET.  —  Spotify, the online music service …
Discussion: Electronista
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
As GetGlue Hits 1 Million Users, Is Checking In Becoming Part of TV Ritual?  —  A lot of the stories on the future of “social” TV focus on the idea of a real-time conversation happening online, with viewers sharing thoughts and jokes while taking in their favorite shows.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Financial newsletter files plagiarism suit against competitor  —  Next Inning Technology Research, an online investment newsletter focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, has filed suit to stop the plagiarism of its content by New World Investor and its editor Michael Murphy.
Discussion: EE Times, Thanks:jspepper
Commented Out  —  Last week I had to shut down the comment thread for a post I wrote about The Daily when it turned into an unexpectedly snarky exchange on the merits of various approaches to iPad publishing.  To look at the twenty comments that were published before I shut it off …
C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
David Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen on the future of journalism beyond America's borders  —  Much of the discussion in the United States about the future of journalism has tended to revolve around a cluster of key themes: What are the business models for digital news?  Is there a market failure for journalism?
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
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
IPad and old media: a shotgun wedding  —  Commentary: Publishing isn't ready yet to make a commitment  — Front Page - News Viewer - Commentary - Markets - Investing - Personal Finance - Community - Games  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The magazine industry and the iPad are headed for a shotgun wedding.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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New York Post:
New AMI shake-up: Perel named Star editor
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sweeet!: Sugar Gets $15 Million More in New Funding From IVP and Sequoia
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Do women media stars know their own power?
Discussion: New York Observer
Joe Grimm / Poynter:
Live chat today: What are investors looking for in journalism startups?
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
NPR Launches New Facebook App As iPad Downloads Top 1 Million
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple To Launch Video-Focused Cloud Service, Jefferies Contends