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11:10 AM ET, March 8, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers  —  Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing  —  The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
PCC to close in wake of hacking scandal  —  Media watchdog will be replaced by transitional body until replacement is set up after Leveson inquiry  —  The Press Complaints Commission is to be shut down after 21 years, closing one of the most controversial chapters in the history of self regulation of the UK newspaper industry.
Discussion: Poynter
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Leveson wants more NightJack evidence
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
Simmons' $5M salary, ‘antics’ led to WNBC ditching her: sources  —  There were 5 million reasons to oust Sue Simmons — and they were all in her paycheck.  —  WNBC/Channel 4 refused to renew the nightly news anchor's contract because she makes a whopping $5 million annual salary …
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Save Sue Simmons: The Internet Campaign Begins  —  News broke today that beloved WNBC-4 anchor Sue Simmons wouldn't have her contract renewed after 32 years of work with the station, thereby breaking up the longest-serving local news anchor team (of Simmons and co-anchor Chuck Scarborough) in New York City.
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
New York TV news mainstay Sue Simmons to say farewell to WNBC audiences in June
Discussion: Capital New York
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
PRX hires Silicon Valley journopreneur Corey Ford to run the Public Media Accelerator  —  Corey Ford, a former Frontline documentarian who left public media to reinvent it in Silicon Valley, has been named director of the Public Media Accelerator, a $2.5 million incubator launched by PRX and funded by the Knight Foundation.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Inquirer: Rendell relinquishes lead in Philly papers purchase, as his group gets exclusive consideration  —  The group of local leaders interested in buying the Philadelphia papers is now being led by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who was asked to take over by former governor Ed Rendell, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Discussion: Philly.com
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Jim Romenesko:
Why Tony Auth is leaving the Philadelphia Inquirer  —  He adds: “I'm looking forward to the future” as digital artist in residence at NewsWorks.  (About that job title: “I made that up.")  “I have nothing but affection for the Inquirer and everybody there. ...  People who aren't in newspapers would say, ‘Oh you can work at home!’
Discussion: Washington Post and NewsWorks
Jean Kaplansky / Digital Book World:
The Shiny New iPad: What it Means for Publishers  —  Apple's announcement of the new iPad received a lot of attention today, but what does it mean for your business?  —  Advancements  —  Changes to the new iPad are primarily hardware-based.  The new key features are a quad-core A5X processor …
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Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:
Why I Probably Still Won't Get An iPad
Discussion: New York Times
@alexismadrigal:   It's funny that people think iPad stories generate ad revenue for media companies. That's not how it works.
Bloomberg:
Apple Unveils New IPad to Widen Tablet Lead
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HBO Deals Keep Fox, Universal Out of New iCloud Movie Service  —  As widely predicted, Apple has updated its Apple TV accessory.  This isn't an overhaul, but an update: The new box offers better resolution, and software upgrades.  —  The new device will support video in 1080p …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:   For Apple TV, subscription video service still missing
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's What a Netflix-Cable Deal Could Look Like: The One That Netflix Just Announced With Apple
Discussion: Techland, C21Media and /Film
Julie Moos / Poynter:
BreakingNews adds verticals on Twitter, website  —  BreakingNews is expanding this week with a new Twitter vertical on politics, while BreakingNews.com is also adding topical navigation.  @Breakingpol joins @breakingstorm (started during Hurricane Irene) and a UK feed to become …
Discussion: Inside
Heather Murphy / Slate:
In Defense of Instagram: Why News Photography Goes Well With Vintage-Filtered Cat Pics  —  The left half of this photo has been placed through an Instagram filter.  The right half has not. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.  —  If its critics are to be believed, Instagram is one of the best deals in the world.
Discussion: Poynter and The FJP
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Draws the Most ‘Super Tuesday’ Viewers  —  Fox News Channel easily out-rated its cable news rivals on Tuesday, the Super Tuesday night of primaries and caucuses in 10 states.  The channel even topped the only broadcast network, NBC, that produced a prime-time special about the primaries.
Discussion: Multichannel, MediaPost and Mediaite
Michael Hinkelman / Philly.com:
Strange bedfellows: Maher jumps to defense of Limbaugh  —  Liberal political talk show host Bill Maher has jumped to the defense of conservative radio jock Rush Limbaugh.  Maher, a comedian and host of HBO's “Real Time With Bill Maher,” defended Limbaugh through Twitter.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Summer Harlow / JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS:
UNESCO launches Women Make the News 2012 initiative to highlight rural women's access to information  —  The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has endorsed UNESCO's Women Make the News 2012 initiative, to be celebrated Thursday, March 8, in connection with International Women's Day.
Discussion: 10,000 Words
 
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Jim Romenesko:
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Natalie Peck / Hacking inquiry:
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