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10:40 AM ET, April 20, 2012

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Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor  —  WASHINGTON - A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.  —  Sponsored Links
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Erik Wemple:
USA Today alleges harassment scheme  —  USA Today Washington Enterprise Editor Ray Locker says that the worst thing they said about him was that he “was in bed with the Taliban.”  —  Who would say that about Locker?  He doesn't know.  But what he does know is a timeline …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Staffers Protest Contract Negotiations, Pensions (VIDEO)  —  New York Times staffers have put out a new video speaking out against the ongoing contract negotiations with the paper's management — particularly proposed changes to their pension plans.
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Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The New York Times Company in 2015  —  Trendlines—as of right now—don't point to its demise  —  Will The New York Times Company survive as a stand-alone firm past 2015?  —  That's unknowable, of course.  A lot can happen between now and then.  But extrapolating from current trends can give us an idea of where things are going.
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Business troubles show signs of deepening despite strong 1st quarter at New York Times Company
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Will Sulzberger be the next Times Company C.E.O.? He doesn't quite say ‘no’
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: News International faces nearly 50 new claims  —  Civil claimants now include Sir John Major's former daughter-in-law, Lord Blencathra and former union leader Andy Gilchrist  —  The number of new civil claims for damages over alleged News of the World phone hacking faced …
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Murdoch's News Corp facing growing legal threat in US
Rachel Swan / East Bay Express:
The San Francisco Examiner Closes in on Purchase of San Francisco Bay Guardian  —  The owners of the San Francisco Examiner are on the cusp of buying the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  Bay Guardian Executive Editor Tim Redmond told the Express this afternoon that he's “optimistic” the deal will be signed soon.
Business Week:
The DOJ's Publishing Lawsuit May Doom Digital Rights Management  —  In the days following the announcement of the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against publishers accused of colluding with Apple (AAPL) to raise e-book prices, much of the U.S. publishing industry decamped to the U.K. for the annual London Book Fair.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu Announces Four More Original Series, Bringing Total Lineup To Seven  —  Hulu has been having a busy week.  On Tuesday, the company announced a new deal for advertisers, which now charges them only for ad completions, and today at Hulu's upfronts, the company announced the arrival of even more original shows.
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Online News Startups Struggle to Break Even in Western Europe  —  A viable business model remains as elusive overseas as it is in the U.S.  —  Last year, in a research project titled “The Business of Digital Journalism,” the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism set …
Dawn:
Senior Dawn journalist Murtaza Razvi found dead  —  Dawn's Senior Assistant Editor and Magazines Editor Murtaza Razvi was murdered in Karachi.  —  KARACHI: Murtaza Razvi, a senior assistant editor and head of magazines at Dawn, was murdered in the early hours of Thursday, in Karachi.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Larry Kirshbaum shares many more details on how Amazon Publishing will work  —  Last week, Amazon New York publisher Larry Kirshbaum — the publishing industry veteran hired to oversee the launch of the NY imprint's first list this fall — sat down for an interview with writer …
Rohin Dhar / Priceonomics:
The Kindle Index  —  “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”  —  Some people like to read.  Other people do not.  Since the age of Confucius, the people in the former camp have been judging those in the latter harshly.
 
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