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7:20 AM ET, June 6, 2012


 Top News: 
Ann Friedman:
About GOOD and on to TOMORROW  —  On March 8, 2011, the day after I accepted the job as executive editor of GOOD, I sent a 5:15 a.m. Gchat message to my core lady: “woke up at 5am in a sweat about how hard it's gonna be to actually run a magazine.”  —  While it certainly wasn't the easiest year …
Alysia Santo / CJR:
GOOD Mag to be ‘a Reddit for social good’ (updated)  —  Ex-staffers at work on a new publication  —  GOOD magazine fired six of its nine-person editorial staff on Friday—and two others accepted buyouts—as part of a move from being a journalism-focused outlet to a community engagement platform.
Hello Tomorrow  —  “What is best in life?”  This is our colleague Cord Jefferson's refrain.  This brilliant little rhetorical question has a way of stopping everyone in the moment—usually a drunken moment, always a really great moment—to make sure we all recognize and remember it.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
How things went bad at GOOD magazine & what's next for it and fired staff  —  Max Schorr isn't interested in engaging in what he calls “he said/she said back and forth” with the former staffers of GOOD, the magazine he cofounded that laid off most of its editorial staff last Friday.
Discussion: The Informer and Erik Wemple
Howard Owens / CJR:
How David Simon is wrong about paywalls  —  Let me count the ways.  Ten, in fact.  —  David Simon is a talented writer and storyteller, but is he qualified to give advice to publishers about how to save their dying industry?  —  As qualified as anybody else, I suppose.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Pandora is lobbying Congress to keep online radio royalties low  —  Pandora has reportedly spent more than $50,000 during the first quarter alone on two lobbying firms to keep royalties for online radio low.  —  Pandora has reportedly spent more than $50,000 this year lobbying Congress …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What happens when a newspaper is just another digital voice?  —  The fact that print is declining as a medium for journalism, and that newspapers are going to have to deal with that in a variety of ways, was brought home with a thud recently when Advance Publications and Postmedia announced …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘New Yorker’ digital editor Nicholas Thompson on the rapidly expanding  —  The New Yorker's website is starting to take shape under the direction of Nicholas Thompson.  —  “We are indeed expanding,” said Thompson, who made a rare move from the magazine's print side several months ago to a job as editor of
Discussion: Wired and GalleyCat
Erik Maza / WWD:
David Remnick Looks Into the Future
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Donald Trump is done with USA Today  —  Donald Trump tweeted this afternoon: … We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK).  Please read our guidelines here before commenting.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The American Prospect doesn't need angels  —  GQ's Marin Cogan reports today on the fate of The American Prospect, which recently told readers that if it couldn't raise $200,000, it was going to die.  —  It's not a terribly pretty picture: “On a recent Monday afternoon …
Marin Cogan / GQ:
“I'm sort of fatalistic ... It's in rich peoples' hands now”: The Last Days of The American Prospect?
Discussion: and Politico
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Barbara Walters Apologizes for Helping Aide to Assad of Syria  —  In the months after her exclusive interview last year with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Barbara Walters tried to intercede to get a job for a former aide of his, who Ms. Walters acknowledged helped arrange the interview.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
E-Publishing May Be Doing Everything Right, But We Can't Ignore The Spectre Of Piracy  —  I'm a full supporter of e-books, e-book devices, and agree (mostly) with this excellent WSJ assessment by Rob Reid of the the e-book business.  In short, Reid points out that 10 years ago this month …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Techdirt
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Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Clear Channel and Taylor Swift's Label Agree to Reinvent Royalty System
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN taps The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza
Jack Shafer:
The great newspaper liquidation
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Steve Kroft on Romney and Obama as TV guests, and the amazing challenge of filling job openings at ‘60 Minutes’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jim Romenesko:
New York Times Magazine editor: I don't think print will vanish
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Dish/AMC fight breaks bad, channels banished to the 9,000s
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
For The New York Times, India Ink is a step toward figuring out how to please a global audience
Discussion: India Ink and New York Times
 Earlier Picks: 
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New York Times' latest hire part of evolving social media team
Discussion: Gawker and The New York Observer
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kobo launches e-book self-publishing platform, “Writing Life”
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Yer A Wizard, Sony: PlayStation Introduces Wonderbook, The AR Ebook For Kids Complete With Harry Potter Content
Discussion: WebProNews and Pocket-lint
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Atlantic, Economist Duke It Out for Elites
Discussion: Poynter and Talking Biz News
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Tribune search for CEO

From Techmeme:

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries

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