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6:40 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 Wrap and DealBook
Samantha Henig / The New Yorker Blog:
Postscript: Sidney Harman
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?  —  Ever since AOL bought The Huffington Post for $315 million back in February, the gossipy and politically minded news and aggregation site has come under fire for its vast roster of roughly 9,000 unpaid bloggers.
Discussion: Mixed Media, The Wrap and Poynter
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?
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: MediaPost, Online NewsHour and Noted, Thanks:cmmeetup
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
David Goldman /
Surprise!  Online TV is billion-dollar biz  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — As broadcasters and television networks try to figure out what to do with these newfangled Interwebs they've been hearing about, the limited TV content that actually is online is making quite a pretty penny.
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?
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Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
IPad and old media: a shotgun wedding
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sweeet!: Sugar Gets $15 Million More in New Funding From IVP and Sequoia
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Citizen Glenn Beck: The Former Fox Pundit Channels Orson Welles
Discussion: TVNewser, The Wire, Yahoo! News and Poynter
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
A call to copy-geeks  —  I love the copy desk.
Discussion: New York Times and Variety
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Federal aid story prompted Falwell to block Lynchburg paper
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Where's The Pulitzer Buzz?
Discussion: Gannett Blog