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12:00 PM ET, April 11, 2012


 Top News: 
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Hachette  —  The U.S. sued Apple Inc. (AAPL), Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York district court, claiming the publishers colluded to fix eBook prices.  CBS Corp. (CBS)'s Simon & Schuster …
U.S. Said to Reach Accord With 3 Publishers on eBooks  —  CBS Corp. (CBS)'s Simon & Schuster, Lagardère SCA's Hachette Book Group and News Corp. (NWSA)'s HarperCollins have agreed to settle allegations that they conspired with Apple Inc. to set prices of digital books, two people familiar with the matter said.
The Fox Mole / Gawker:
Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current Fox News Channel Employee  —  What follows is the inaugural column of a person we are calling The Fox Mole—a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Is Said to Have a Mole  —  Fox News apparently has a leak.  —  The news and gossip Web site Gawker posted a column on Tuesday from a person who it says is a “longstanding, current employee of Fox News Channel.”  The anonymous person “will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches …
Discussion: Gawker
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Some big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon  —  At least two of the big-six publishers are refusing to sign new annual contracts with Amazon.  Though that could end with their “buy” buttons being turned off, it is more likely for now that the feud will result in less promotion of their titles on Amazon's website.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube adds pay-per-view to live streaming  —  YouTube is adding monetization options to its live streaming platform, including the ability for publishers to charge for live events.  The new feature was announced on YouTube's publisher blog Tuesday:
Rosie Gray / Buzzfeed:
How No One Broke The Santorum Dropout Story  —  The news that Rick Santorum was suspending his presidential campaign broke today with a tweet from a Bloomberg News reporter who cited a Washington Post story with the scoop.  The tweet was retweeted by other Bloomberg reporters and soon everyone …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Bloomberg Broke The Washington Post's Santorum Scoop
Discussion: Poynter
Globe and Mail:
Facebook's latest intrusion: Apps that 'tell everyone what I'm reading'  —  In the past few days, a couple of headlines from different news organizations caught my attention on Facebook: “Supermodels without Photoshop,” read one.  “Kate Moss's daughter in Vogue airbrushing blunder,” read another.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify launches Play Button for websites to stream music  —  Tumblr support for bloggers alongside big media websites, but no brands allowed  —  Spotify founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon want to become ‘the OS of music’  —  Spotify has unveiled its latest attempt to beef …
Michael P. Hill / NewscastStudio Blog:
Missouri interactive newscast canceled  —  KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia/Jefferson City, Mo., is canceling its much ballyhooed interactive newscast, U_News, sources tell NewscastStudio.  —  The show's last day is Friday, April 20.  —  The show, which was promoted heavily …
Martin Baron / New York Times:
High-Impact Journalism  —  To the Editor:  —  In “Newspaper Barons Resurface” (Media Equation column, April 9), David Carr equates newspapers with a used Humvee, “a hulking beast that has lost relevance in a changed landscape.”  —  Clever, but let's take a look.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Wavii Launches In Public Beta, Aiming To Be Your Big Data News Aggregator Of Choice  —  After years, yes years, in various states of stealth mode, Seattle-based personalized news aggregation startup Wavii is finally launching to wide scale public consumption.
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
Chicago Indy Ad Network Shutting Down After Poor Sales  —  The Chicago Independent Advertising Network is shutting down six months after it opened for business.  —  Business manager Mike Fourcher, who publishes the Brown Line Media hyperlocal news sites on Chicago's North Side (all ChiAd members) …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Dylan Byers / Politico:
National Review drops another for racism  —  For the second time this week, the National Review has severed its ties with a contributor because of racism.  —  Over the weekend, it was John Derbyshire.  Today, it's University of Illinois professor emeritus Robert Weissberg.
CBC News:
CBC cancels shows, slashes 88 news jobs  —  The one-hour TV news program Connect with Mark Kelley, the radio show Dispatches and drama programming on Radio One will be eliminated as part of cost-cutting measures to CBC English Services to cope with planned budget cuts, the public broadcaster announced Tuesday.
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