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9:00 AM ET, April 15, 2011


 Top News: 
Mark Milian / CNN:
Facebook trying to ‘friend’ journalists  —  New York (CNN) — Facebook is taking major steps to ensure that its News Feeds contain more actual news.  —  The social media giant is hiring someone to build relationships with reporters and news organizations.  The new hire also will help …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Flipboard Confirms $50 Million Funding at $200 Million Valuation  —  Late last month, BoomTown posted about a huge venture funding effort by the high-profile and even more highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, Flipboard.  —  Today, its co-founder …
Harry McCracken / Time:
Personalized Magazine Apps: Cutting the Web Down to Size
Discussion: Techland
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Flipboard Gets Oprah
Kelly Reeves / The Outbrain Blog:
Outbrain Study Gives Insight Into Content Discovery Trends Across the Web's Leading Publishers  —  We're excited to announce our inaugural study on how people discover and engage with content on the web!  —  In the first quarter of 2011, for the first time ever, we decided to analyze …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Search Engine Land, Thanks:nitwitty
Sharon Shahid / Newseum:
Handwritten Newspapers From Ravaged Japan at Newseum  —  When the worst earthquake in Japan's history and the subsequent tsunami knocked out all power in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, editors at the Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun, the city's daily newspaper, printed news of the disaster the only way they could: by pen and paper.
Discussion: Poynter and MediaVidea
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the digital cafeteria  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  Here's how newspapers sell what they do to would-be readers.
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Would You Sign My Kindle?  —  SITTING at a table in a Barnes & Noble in St. Petersburg, Fla., T. J. Waters was signing copies of his book “Hyperformance” when a fan standing in line with the eBook version walked up and said, “It's too bad you can't sign my Kindle.”
Discussion: TeleRead and Techland
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
No Bob Woodward, Google Did Not Kill Newspapers  —  The tombstone of Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt will read “I killed newspapers,” Bob Woodward said yesterday.  With all due respect to the celebrated reporter and author, this is a misguided way of looking at Google, or newspapers, for at least three reasons.
Andrew Hammond / Reuters:
Gulf media find their red line in uprisings: Bahrain  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - Pan-Arab broadcasters who played a key role reporting Arab uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are helping dynastic rulers police the gates of the Gulf to stop the revolts from spreading on their patch, analysts say.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Source Interlink, American Media set licensing deal for Soap Opera Weekly, other titles  —  Source Interlink is shedding staff and turning its struggling soap opera titles, along with a handful of other magazines, to American Media Inc.  —  Soap Opera Weekly, Soap Opera Digest …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Newsweek's Future: Sidney's Gone, What About Barry?  —  This morning's papers were full of hand-wringing about what will happen to Newsweek now that its savior, stereo magnate Sidney Harman, has passed away.  After all, Harman bought the magazine for $1 and assumed a reported $47 million in debt …
Tim Currie / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What works for news orgs on Foursquare?  Opinion, reviews, evergreens, but maybe not the news  —  Editor's Note: At the International Symposium on Online Journalism earlier this month, one of the most interesting papers presented was from Tim Currie, an assistant journalism professor …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and WebProNews
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Targeted TV Provider Invidi Closes $49 Million Round With DirecTV  —  TV ad targeter Invidi Technologies has closed a whopping $49 million fourth round with the addition of DirecTV (NYSE: DTV) as an investor.  The investment is a further vote of confidence in the ability of addressable TV finally making …
The Huffington Post:
Daily News Owner: Trump Never ‘Saved’ Paper  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump didn't care much for the Daily News' cover on Monday that mocked his presidential aspirations as a circus act, complete with clown make-up.  The “Sideshow Don” headline referred to Senior White House Adviser David Plouffe's dismissive …
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Altoona Becomes ‘Pom Wonderful’ — For a Price  —  The filmmaker Morgan Spurlock in Times Square.  His new documentary, “The Greatest Story Ever Sold,” explores product placement.  —  The documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has found another catchy way to promote his next release …
Discussion: Gawker
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Call The Lawyers: Bamboom Wants to Be Netflix for Broadcasters
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Selma Kalousek / Salon:
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Chris Saad:
NYT Paywall, Huffpo Lawsuit - Symptoms of the same misconception
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Dish, Thanks:chrissaad
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Former ABC News boss David Westin to head up News Licensing Group
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Former Newsweek Editor Meacham Switches Teams
Discussion: Poynter, MediaPost and FishbowlNY
David Bauder / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Company Town
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
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Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Six Lessons for News Publishers from Seth Godin
Discussion: eMedia Vitals