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11:25 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 …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blogging for HuffPo Is Like Writing Open-Source Code  —  There's been a lot of sturm und drang recently about the lawsuit that some bloggers have launched against The Huffington Post, arguing they deserve to be compensated for their writing, despite having agreed to provide their work knowing full well they wouldn't be paid.
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's Newest iPad Issue Boasts Its Best Feature Yet: Free  —  Remember when iPad magazine apps-and Wired's app in particular-were big news?  That was a year ago.  —  Now Wired would like to remind you that it's still publishing on the iPad, and the Conde Nast title is offering a pretty …
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 …
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: Mediaite, Poynter and MediaVidea
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Kurt Bardella Joins Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller … The Daily Caller has hired Kurt Bardella, the former spokesman for Republican Rep. Darrell Issa who was fired last month following a leaked email controversy, as the site's new communications director.  —  Neil Patel, who co-founded …
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
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
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Should a journalism school be hosting ‘off the record’ public events?  Graydon Carter thinks so!  —  On Thursday evenings in the winter and spring, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism hosts a lecture series.  The idea is for established magazine editors to share informal observations …
Discussion: Poynter
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.
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: New York Observer and Gawker
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 …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Call The Lawyers: Bamboom Wants to Be Netflix for Broadcasters
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Tim Currie / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What works for news orgs on Foursquare? Opinion, reviews, evergreens, but maybe not the news
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and WebProNews
Selma Kalousek / Salon:
How I almost lost my marriage in a war zone
Chris Saad:
NYT Paywall, Huffpo Lawsuit - Symptoms of the same misconception
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Thanks:chrissaad
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Meet The Guy Who Has Totally Reinvented Bloomberg Businessweek's Design
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Discovery launching network for rich men in Sept.
Discussion: Company Town