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1:00 AM ET, April 21, 2011


 Top News: 
C.J. Chivers / New York Times:
‘Restrepo’ Director Is Killed While Working in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, the conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the film “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded …
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Oscar Nominated Documentary Filmmaker And Photographer Killed In Libya*  —  *This post has been updated.  —  Oscar nominated director Tim Hetherington and Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer Chris Hondros were killed earlier today in Libya.  Two other photographers were injured, one seriously.   Almost Dawn in Libya: Chris & Tim, Heading Home.
Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books  —  Customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries to read on Kindle and free Kindle reading apps  —  Whispersyncing of notes, highlights and last page read to work for Kindle library books
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Amazon Launches Library Lending, But Who Owns the Books?
Discussion: paidContent, TechCrunch and Jacket Copy, Thanks:thibetian
Jessica Roy / 10,000 Words:
The 5 Best iPad Apps For Consuming The News That's Important To You  —  With the recent release of the iPad 2, the Apple App Store is swarming with new and updated apps tailored for interactive news consumption.  Some of the most compelling news apps are those that take a familiar concept …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Magazine Publishers Scramble To Streamline Their App Production  —  Magazine publishers are not only trying to pack more features and content into their apps—they're also trying to design for an ever-growing variety of devices and formats.  The result is wreaking havoc with traditional print …
New York Observer:
Sarah Douglas Named Culture Editor of ‘The New York Observer’  —  Elizabeth Spiers announced this morning that Sarah Douglas has been named culture editor of The New York Observer.  —  Ms. Douglas is currently a staff writer at Art+Auction magazine and its affiliate web site,
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Covering (and Working for) Bloomberg  —  Henry Goldman writes his articles on a Bloomberg terminal.  His paychecks are stamped Bloomberg L.P. His company ID badge: Bloomberg.  And the subject of his stories?  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  —  Mr. Goldman is Bloomberg's man on Mr. Bloomberg.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Washington Post Launches Trove, A Personalized Social News Site  —  The Washington Post Company this morning debuted its free, personalized, social news site and aggregator Trove in public beta.  —  First reported to be in the works and nearing launch by The Wall Street Journal in February 2011 …
Susannah Breslin / Pink Slipped:
How Your Journalism Sausage Gets Made, Part One … The other day, I came across a post by a young journalist and recent college grad advising other young journalists who are recent college grads on how to get hired for an online journalism job after graduating.
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Chasing pageviews with values: How the Christian Science Monitor has adjusted to a web-first, SEO'd world  —  Editor's note: At the International Symposium on Online Journalism earlier this month, one of my favorite papers presented was by Drury's Jonathan Groves and Carrie Brown-Smith of the University of Memphis.
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Andrew Breitbart To Mediaite: Yes, He's After The ‘Institutional Right,’ Too  —  Andrew Breitbart isn't angry; he's just enlightened.  That's the message of his contentiously-titled new book, Righteous Indignation, a work that may look and sound like the fruit of rage, but at its core …
Media General:
Media General Reports First-Quarter 2011 Results, Provides Outlook  —  RICHMOND, Va. - Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG) today reported an operating loss in the first quarter of 2011 of $4.2 milllion, compared with operating profit of $8.7 million in the first quarter last year.
Discussion: Poynter, NetNewsCheck Latest and TVSpy
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Reader's Digest Buys Haven Home Media  —  Online vertical network joins RDA's Family Handyman, Fresh Home  —  The Reader's Digest Association today announced the acquisition of Haven Home Media, an online vertical network serving the do-it-yourself home and shelter category.
Discussion: MediaPost and paidContent
Andrea Morabito / B&C:
NBC News Brings the Monarch into the Digital Age  —  The royal wedding may still be more than a week away, but the conversation around the upcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has already started trending on Twitter.  —  Last week alone, 43,000 tweets mentioned the impending royal nuptials.
Discussion: The Wire and
Steven I. Weiss / Slate:
A Baltimore Sun photographer who took a buyout, started a blog, and changed the photography business forever. … Like This Story … - Can Rich People Who Think They're Undertaxed Really Send the IRS Extra Money?  - Christopher Hitchens' Advice to Kate Middleton …
Teemu Henriksson / Editors Weblog:
Big Issue aspires to turn its vendors into citizen journalists  —  Homeless people who sell The Big Issue magazine are to be equipped with smartphones so that they can act as news gatherers in their communities, the charity announced, according to Press Gazette.
Discussion: Poynter
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Tesco acquires majority of Blinkbox to take Internet-on-TV mainstream  —  Back in January Amazon acquired pan-European movie rental and streaming service LoveFilm at a rumoured valuation of $312 million.  —  Today Tesco, the world's third largest retailer and a UK high street giant …
Discussion: Electronista
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Gawker's Traffic Numbers Are Worse Than Anyone Anticipated  —  When Gawker launched an aggressive redesign back in early February, the tech blogs were waiting to see what would happen.  How would readers respond?  (The assumption was that the reaction would be negative …
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Surprising Straight Talk About the Politics of AOL-Huffpo
Discussion: Poynter, FishbowlNY and On Media's Blog
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
WSJ: Leak killed Gibbs's Facebook talks
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Does commentary belong in local newscasts?
Discussion: WLTX-TV
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The writing on the wall: Why news organizations are turning to outside moderators for help with comments
Discussion: Poynter
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Tag a TV Ad, Get a Free Pepsi
Matt DeRienzo / NewspaperTurnaround.Com:
Why our small-town daily is adding a full-time curator
Discussion: LocalNewser
 Earlier Picks: 
Louis Gray:
Physical Media Has To Go. I'm Digital Only From Here.
Discussion: Techland
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquires Location-Based Media And Advertising Company WHERE
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Lebedev to launch Saturday i
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why Subscription May Not Be The Panacea In Entertainment
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HBO Go app set to stream its way to iPhones, iPads and Android devices
Mohan Ramkumar / The Next Web:
CNN App launches for Android phones
Discussion: Gizmodo
Donald R. Winslow / Lens:
The Pulitzer Eddie Adams Didn't Want
Discussion: Poynter and Future of Journalism