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9:55 AM ET, April 14, 2011


 Top News: 
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
About That Lawsuit...  The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the “dumbest lawsuit ever” — I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Does HuffPo even need its unpaid bloggers anymore?
Discussion:, Poynter and MediaPost
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Harman Family to Keep Its Stake in Newsweek  —  In the weeks before his death, Sidney Harman acted every bit the proud new business owner he was.  He took part in meetings.  When he could not be there in person, he dialed in by video conference.  He answered his own phone when colleagues called.
Discussion: Poynter and Wall Street Journal
Samantha Henig / The New Yorker Blog:
Postscript: Sidney Harman
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Web Advertising Eclipsed Newspapers in 2010  —  Web advertising in the U.S. resumed double-digit growth in 2010, outpacing traditional media and surpassing newspaper ad revenue for the first time, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  —  In an annual report prepared …
Discussion: Street Fight
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 …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Six Lessons for News Publishers from Seth Godin  —  Seth Godin is the marketer's marketer, somewhere beyond guru.  —  He's now poking the edges of publishing.  After 13 bestsellers, manufactured and sold through the traditional industry, he's causing quite a stir in the book world …
Mark Colvin / ABC News:
Journalism's new wave: the world in a tweet  —  One steamy night in February 1974, I went with friends to hear the great blues guitarist B B King in concert at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion.  —  All went well until, an hour or so in, King collapsed on stage and had to be carried off.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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?
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Should TV get on Tumblr?  KABC gives it a try  —  Tumblr is a relatively unexplored world for media organizations — especially in television — but today there's a new TV station giving Tumblr a try.  KABC in Los Angeles just debuted this Tumblr a few days ago with the goal to provide …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Glenn Beck Set To Hire 50 People By Year's End  —  In the midst of a segment about why it's a bad idea to overtax the rich — they create jobs — Glenn Beck dropped this little nugget: He plans to hire an additional 50 people by the end of the year.  —  Since the recession hit I've hired an additional 40 people.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Rolling Stone's Will Dana on long-form: ‘Quality will win out in the end’  —  The mobile consumption of long-form journalism has become something of a trend lately.  And where trends in journalism go, panel discussions are sure to follow.  —  There was one last month, which convened David Remnick …
Forbes Blogs /
Zynga Says No To Ads, Yes To In-Game Promotions  —  Zynga does not run any advertisements in its games, but it is running large customized in-game campaigns for advertisers to reach Zynga's 250 million users.  —  “We don't sell advertising,” said Manny Anekal, global director of brand advertising …
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
Rethinking the jobs newspapers do  —  UPDATE: Thanks for the great response on Twitter and elsewhere.  Welcome visitors from Nieman Lab and Media Gazer.  Please feel free to add your ideas below in the comments.  I do think that print has a purpose.  We just need to rethink what that is.
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Woodward blames Web for newspaper ills  —  The U.S. Internet search engine Google is killing newspapers, investigative reporter Bob Woodward says.  —  Speaking at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., Tuesday night, Woodward said he once told Eric Schmidt, then chief executive officer of Google …
Discussion: Lisle Patch
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.
‘Yes Men’ claim hoax GE tax press release
Discussion: Poynter and New York Observer
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IPad and old media: a shotgun wedding
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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David Goldman /
Surprise! Online TV is billion-dollar biz
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Andy Isaacson / The Atlantic Online:
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