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6:05 PM ET, April 5, 2012


 Top News: 
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Keith Olbermann Files Lawsuit Against Current TV  —  Sources say the suit was filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court.  —  Keith Olbermann  —  The war of words between Keith Olbermann and Current TV is now officially a legal battle, with the fired anchor filing …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Current TV Disputes Reuters Report They're In Danger Of Being Dropped By Time Warner
Discussion: @peterlauria3
Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’  —  Sky News has admitted that one of its senior executives authorised a journalist to conduct email hacking on two separate occasions that it said were “in the public interest” - even though intercepting emails is a prima facie breach of the Computer Misuse Act …
John Ryley / Sky News:
A CASE OF DOUBLE STANDARDS?  —  The Guardian today published an appraisal of a story story broadcast by Sky News almost four years ago.  In the 2008 case of Anne Darwin, whose “canoe man” husband John Darwin faked his own death as part of an insurance fraud, we provided the police with emails …
Discussion: National Updates and Reuters
Josephine Moulds / Guardian:   BSkyB shares plunge after Sky News admits email hacking
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Actually, Arianna Huffington Has Been Demoted  —  Despite a story in today's New York Times headlined: “Huffington Gains More Control in AOL Revamping,” Arianna Huffington has in recent weeks seen a “narrowing” of her job at AOL, a source close to AOL tells us.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Huffington Gains More Control in AOL Revamping  —  One year after its acquisition by AOL, The Huffington Post has become a source of growth for the beleaguered company, which is still trying to shed its dial-up Internet image.  Now, in what Arianna Huffington characterizes as a move to keep …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Assange: PCC stood by as I was libelled  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has launched an attack on the Press Complaints Commission, claiming he has been subjected to inaccurate and negative media coverage “possibly on a scale not seen since the abuse of the McCanns”.
Discussion: BBC and
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Julian Assange's Talk Show Debuts Next Week; Watch the Promo  —  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been known to make big promises that don't always pan out, but his plan to host a current events talk show on “Russia Today” doesn't seem to be one of them.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Court Says Viacom vs. YouTube Copyright Fight Will Go Another Round  —  The long-running Viacom versus YouTube copyright fight will keep going a while longer: A federal court has overturned an earlier victory for Google and its giant video site, and has ordered the two sides to retry the case.
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wait — so how many newspapers have paywalls?  —  It can be hard to measure something that keeps growing.  —  Just over two weeks ago, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism reported that there are roughly 150 dailies in the United States that now have some form of digital subscription service.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Gannett offers 594 buyouts, begins accepting offers this week  —  This February Gannett said it would offer buyouts to employees in its newspaper division.  In a memo to staff then, Bob Dickey, who is head of the company's U.S. community publishing division, said that 785 people met …
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Associated Press:
USA Today Begins More Staff Furloughs To Cut Costs
Discussion: MediaPost and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Google: No more e-books for indie booksellers  —  Google is ending the program that allows independent booksellers to sell Google e-books through their websites.  It is a big blow for small bookstores seeking to compete against Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  —  The full letter that the American …
Rachel McAthy /
Leveson inquiry: Brooks granted core participant status  —  Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been granted core participant status for module three of the inquiry  —  Brooks's previous application for core participant status in module one was rejected
Discussion: Guardian
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   NoW closure cost Murdoch nearly £250m
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newsroom staffing hits 34-year low  —  The number of journalists working at U.S. newspapers today is at the lowest point since the American Society of News Editors began its annual newsroom census in 1978.  —  Newspapers now employ 40,600 editors and reporters vs. a peak of 56,900 …
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Anders Gyllenhaal, Ex-Miami Herald Editor, Made Almost $1.3 Million at McClatchy Last Year  —  At the Miami Herald, staffers are facing two weeks of unpaid furloughs this year and a hiring freeze has left key jobs unfilled for months.  The paper's parent company, McClatchy …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Goes Bilingual In The U.S. Kindle Store With Launch Of Spanish ‘Tienda Kindle’  —  Amazon has been making some big strides in extending its footprint outside of the U.S. with its Kindle e-readers and Kindle bookstore, but today it took a step to improve how it caters to Spanish speakers closer to home …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A new framework for innovation in journalism: How a computer scientist would do it  —  What if journalism were invented today?  How would a computer scientist go about building it, improving it, iterating it?  —  He might start by mapping out some fundamental questions: What are the project's values and goals?
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
A Ratings Victory for ‘Good Morning America’  —  The showdown this week between the “Today” show and “Good Morning America” tilted in ABC's favor for the first time on Wednesday, when “Good Morning America” beat its NBC rival in the ratings by 87,000 viewers.
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 More News: 
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Times and Sunday Times publisher cuts annual losses to £11.6m
Ian Simpson / Reuters:
One-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books as market booms - survey
Discussion: Pew Internet
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In deadly Mogadishu blast, 10 journalists wounded
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Bill Marimow will take new approach to old job as Philadelphia Inquirer editor
SportsBusiness Daily:
Will Fox launch all-sports network?
Canada's CBC to cut jobs, take more ads as funds cut
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
More Newspapers Hopeful About Paid Content, Thanks to Tablets
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
USA Today Bets on Adaptive Mobile
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As TV Viewing Habits Change, Political Ads Adapt
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Guardian
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Newspapers erect pay walls in hunt for new revenue
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why digital-native media will (almost) always win
Jim Romenesko:
WSJ employees told to fill out code of conduct questionnaire
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Ben Smith: What I Read
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Pottermore sold over $1.5m worth of Harry Potter e-books in 3 days
Discussion: TeleRead and AllThingsD

From Techmeme:

Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

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