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2:40 PM ET, March 3, 2012


 Top News: 
Paul Smalera / MediaFile:
Content everywhere?  More like content nowhere  —  Will Big Media and Big Tech companies ever stop punishing their biggest fans?  —  Like many people, I woke up yesterday and reached for my iPad for my morning hit of news, entertainment and information, so I could start my day.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Court Filings Suggest Google Fighting Feds Over Megaupload Emails  —  A pair of cryptic court filings surfaced in Virginia this week that suggest Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is in a fight with the federal government over Megaupload, the file-sharing site that was shut down in a dramatic raid in January.
Discussion: CNET
Erik Wemple:
Breitbart on journalism: ‘Anybody’ can do it  —  One of the wonders of Andrew Breitbart was how many personas he could fit into a single hide.  Though a product of liberal west Los Angeles, he became one of the right's leading crusaders.  And when prompted, he could recite the catechism …
Michael Kelley / The Digital Shift:
Librarians Feel Sticker Shock as Price for Random House Ebooks Rises as Much as 300 Percent  —  A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market  —  (This story has been updated to clarify the meaning of “simultaneity” and include remarks from the North Texas Library Partners.)
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
After years of cutbacks, some publications add book coverage  —  Dan Kois will edit the Slate Book Review, which bows Saturday.  He tells The New York Times that despite newspapers fleeing book coverage, he thinks there's an appetite for writing about books.
Mike Armstrong /
Rendell: The bids to purchase PMN are in  —  The bids to buy Philadelphia Media Network Inc. are in.  —  At least, that's what former Gov. Ed Rendell told a political blogger before an appearance on MSNBC Friday, according to a blog post on the website Politico.
Discussion: Politico
Jim Romenesko:
USA Today sports staff told to reapply for jobs  —  Jim Hopkins has some of the story on his Gannett blog, but he doesn't seem to have it all.  Some posters there have said the ME was away on vacation when the announcement was made.  —  I have asked USA Today spokeswoman Heidi Zimmerman for comment.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:
Palace Coup At Your Wonkette  —  Weep, weep, Wonkette, for your fallen prince Ken Layne.  Okay, that's enough.  Oh, I see I might have scared you, since there is apparently a surfeit of youngish people falling over dead these days.  (Davy Jones, you were the girl that I knew somewhere!)
Discussion: LA Observed
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Report: Advertisers Respond To Rush Limbaugh Calling Sandra Fluke A ‘Slut’  —  Whenever any media personality makes an offensive or controversial comment — as radio host Rush Limbaugh did when he referred to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” …
Jennifer Weiner / Guardian:
Institutional sexism of books world needs new girls' network  —  Womens' entry to the present old boys' club is not the only solution to gender inequality  —  For those of us who pay attention, the Vida count was Groundhog Day all over again: new year, same dismal statistics …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Google wins libel case over Blogger comments  —  Man took action after comments were written about him on the London Muslim section of Google's website  —  A former Tory local council candidate has failed in his libel action against Google over comments posted about him on a blog.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Will Sell Some E-Books Beyond The Kindle Store  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) hasn't made many friends in the traditional publishing world.  Until now it's sold Amazon Publishing e-books exclusively in the Kindle Store, and Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) and other chains have said they'll refuse …
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