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2:35 PM ET, April 4, 2012


 Top News: 
Paul McNally /
QC defends scope of original phone-hacking prosecution  —  The leading counsel in the prosecution of Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman for intercepting voicemails in 2006 has defended the decision not to broaden the scope of the trial to include other potential victims or suspects.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's American media immunity
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
DPP says there was ‘pushback’ from Met over hacking investigation
Lucy Manning / ITV:
Report likely to accuse hacking witnesses of misleading parliament
Discussion: paidContent
Marc Berman / New York Post:
Keith needed ‘Diva’ limos e-mails reveal  —  Liberal bloviator Keith Olbermann spent his last days at Current TV driving colleagues nuts with rants about “smelly” drivers who had the audacity to talk to him, according to startling e-mails obtained by The Post.
Discussion: Capital New York and Mediaite
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann on Joining Current TV: 'I Didn't Think the Whole Thing Through'
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reuters editor in chief received $2.7 million in 2011  —  Stephen J. Adler, the editor in chief of Reuters, received total compensation of $2.7 million in 2011, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  Adler, who joined the company in 2010 after a stint as editor …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:   Ex-Thomson Reuters CEO Glocer gets nearly $20 million
David Barboza / New York Times:
Flattering News Coverage Has a Price in China  —  SHANGHAI — China is notorious for censoring politically delicate news coverage.  But it is more than willing to let flattering news about Western and Asian businesses appear in print and broadcast media — if the price is right.
Discussion: Reason and Media Decoder
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Hearst, Conde Nast, Meredith Launch “Netflix For Magazines”  —  Remember Next Issue Media, the “Hulu for Digital Magazines” consortium made up of the biggest names in publishing?  It has finally delivered something worth talking about: Call it Netflix for Magazines.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Instapaper, Readability and monetizing other people's content  —  There's been a minor furor brewing in the digital-content sphere over the past few days involving Readability, an app and web service that allows readers to save content from any website and read it later …
Matt Buchanan / Buzzfeed:   When Republishing Goes Really Wrong: The Random Longreads Generator
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Reed Hastings Will Get His HBO Go as Comcast Nears Deal on Xbox  —  Comcast and Time Warner are close to finalizing a deal to make the HBO Go app available on Xbox, according to several people familiar with the negotiations.  —  The app, which offers all of the pay cable channel's shows …
Discussion: The Verge
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New ASNE figures show percentage of minorities in newspaper newsrooms continues to decline  —  The number of minorities in the U.S. is growing, but in newspaper newsrooms it continues to creep downward.  —  New ASNE figures show that the percentage of minorities in newsrooms is now 12.32 percent.
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Woodward and Bernstein: Could the Web generation uncover a Watergate-type scandal?  —  The gabby, gray-haired grand poobahs of journalism sprang from the back flaps of their book jackets onto a real-life panel Tuesday afternoon in the air-conditioned guts of the Marriott Wardman Park …
Discussion: ShortFormBlog
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Zite, CNN Launch Publisher Program To Ease Cease-And-Desist Concerns  —  Last April Fools' Day, publishers from Time Inc. to the Washington Post Company sent fast-growing startup Zite an aggressive cease-and-desist letter.  The publishers weren't joking, accusing Zite's app …
Discussion: Adweek, Poynter, VentureBeat, GigaOM and CNET
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Associated Press partners with Bambuser to bring citizen journalists' videos to the masses  —  Video-broadcasting service Bambuser was one of our top media apps of 2011, partly due to the role it played in helping to mobilize citizen journalists across the Middle East during the various periods of political uprisings.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Stupid game lets you destroy parts of NYT story about stupid games  —  The Times has figured out a great way to increase time-on-site (and destroy our productivity) by illustrating a story about our obsession with “stupid games” with a game that lets you shoot and destroy parts of its website.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Company Town:
YouTube strikes movie rental deal with Paramount  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube has struck a movie-rental deal with a fifth major Hollywood studio, Paramount Pictures, adding 500 new titles to its expanding online library.  —  The addition of Paramount's films brings YouTube's rental library …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Former L.A. Times Editor Slams Paper For ‘Blaming Customers, Competition, Technology’  —  How badly does former Los Angeles Times editor Matt Welch think the paper is doing?  —  Its “attitude is killing the host,” he tweeted last weekend.  —  I called him on Tuesday to ask him what he meant.
Discussion: LA Observed
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Nonprofit status: A maybe for news orgs, a yes for the NFL  —  I like football, so I was interested in this piece over at Pro Football Talk that details the salary of National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.  (That's $11,554,000 — not bad.)  But then I was surprised …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble agrees to carry some Amazon kids' books in its stores
Ruth Spencer / Guardian:
Fake tornado photos cause Twitter storm for Buzzfeed
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Paul Nussbaum /
PMN's new owners meet the employees, discuss the future
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yahoo Cuts 2,000 Jobs in ‘Urgent’ Restructuring
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon says its Kindle Owners' Lending Library drives 229% more sales in backlist e-book titles
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Uncomfortable Matt Lauer interview with Ryan Seacrest a collision of brands and offscreen talks
Discussion: Gothamist and The Raw Story
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Needs to Find a Way to Monetize Big News Events
 Earlier Picks: 
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Why the Denver Post is putting more local news on A1
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Why Variety's street value has plummeted in 4 years
Andy Boyle:
Stop Calling It A Blog, Please
Justin D. Martin / CJR:
Which Countries Jail the Most Journalists Per Capita?
Discussion: Guardian
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
The Verge interview: David Carr on curation, crowdsourcing, and the future of journalism
Read it Later:
Read It Later's Secret: Our Users Love Video, Too
Discussion: Poynter, The Next Web and The Verge, Thanks:@markarms