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5:05 PM ET, April 1, 2010


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NYT readies a free iPad app for those who don't want to pay; plus first looks at NPR, WSJ, AP, Bloomberg, and USA Today on iPad  —  The New York Times may be preparing to charge a lot for its primary iPad app, but it looks like they're also willing to provide a limited, free alternative …
Media Buyer Planner:
CBS, ABC to Stream Free TV Content to iPad; Print Media Prepares, Too  —  CBS and ABC have inked deals with Apple to stream TV shows free of charge to users of the iPad, complete with commercial breaks - similar to the way they are streamed on the networks' own websites.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC Sitcom “Modern Family” Gives iPad A Serious Product Placement Slot (AAPL)
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Latest Rising Stars of Gossip Blogs  —  IT had all the elements for the perfect tabloid gossip item — a clash between star financial journalists, big egos and a surprise ouster that had Wall Street buzzing: Henry Blodget, the well-known disgraced-analyst-turned-financial- pundit and co-founder …
New York Times:
Successes (and Some Growing Pains) at Hulu  —  Hulu, the popular and free online video hub, has some things to celebrate as it heads into its third year.  —  The site, a venture of NBC Universal, the News Corporation and the Walt Disney Company, has been profitable for two quarters …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Hulu's Revenue Kimono Opens: $100 Million Revenues in 2009; Profitable
Michael Rose / TUAW:   Hulu coming to iPad... sometime, eventually
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
WSJ cuts prices in battle with New York Times  —  The Wall Street Journal is cutting new subscription prices by as much as 80 percent in some cases as it prepares to confront its rival, the New York Times, with a New York City edition.  —  The move comes amid a plunge in U.S. newspaper circulation …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Reuters' Imaginary WSJ/NYT Price War  —  Reuters gets a story on the upcoming Wall Street Journal/New York Times Battle for New York all wrong.  And PaidContent amplifies it.  —  Here's the Reuters headline: … And PaidContent's hed: … Infuriating, if true.  Good thing it's not.
Discussion: paidContent
Clay Shirky:
The Collapse of Complex Business Models  —  I gave a talk in Edinburgh last year to a group of TV executives gathered for an annual conference.  From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn't whether the internet was going to alter their business, it was about the mode and tempo of that alteration.
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
New York Times Company Sells Small Part of Its Red Sox Holdings  —  The New York Times Company said Wednesday that it has sold a small slice of its minority ownership of the Boston Red Sox and related properties.  —  The company sold a 1.18 percent share in New England Sports Ventures to Henry F. McCance, a venture capitalist.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon e-Book Deal Mirrors iPad  —  Two major book publishers have struck new electronic-book pricing deals with Inc., just days before the launch of Apple Inc.'s much anticipated iPad tablet device.  —  The agreements, with CBS Corp.'s Simon & Schuster and News Corp.'s HarperCollins Publishers …
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Newsweek Staff to Lose New Offices  —  Newsweek staffers, having suffered through layoffs and the struggle for the title's future, have to endure yet another loss: their new offices.  —  Scarcely a year after they moved from their unglamorous Midtown offices to cushier Tribeca digs …
Discussion: National Review and The Wire
Pew Internet:
The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future  —  By an overwhelming margin, technology experts and stakeholders participating in a survey fielded by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center believe that innovative forms …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
John Cook Leaving Gawker for Yahoo News  —  Woah.  After we just got word from sources familiar with the matter that Gawker's investigative reporter John Cook will be leaving at the end of April to go work for Yahoo News, it was then confirmed by Gawker publisher Nick Denton …
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Wants To Hire More ‘Content Object’ Makers (AOL)  —  AOL is hiring an managing editor to run their Real Estate sites, according to this Gorkana posting.  The chosen one will work on sites like and  —  Unfortunately AOL makes the job sound like the person …
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
3 principles for reporters and bloggers in a networked era  —  Dina Rickman posed a question to me this week about the role of a reporter in our current networked age.  I thought I'd expand on my response, shown above.  Depending on your point of view, this is either a draft manifesto …
Discussion: and Kirk LaPointe's …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Joanna Shields moves to Facebook  —  The former Bebo president has left Shine after just a few months to join Facebook as a vice-president of sales and business development  —  The former Bebo president Joanna Shields has joined Facebook in a senior European role, leaving the venture …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
How to plug the $17B newspaper sales gap  —  This column originally was published in the March edition of Editor & Publisher Magazine and is being reprinted with permission.  To subscribe to the magazine so you can see the full array of industry coverage when it first appears in print, click here.
Gabriel Sherman / GQ Magazine: GQ:
The Citywide Leader in Sports?  —  More than thirty years after its very first SportsCenter, ESPN is a colossus—bigger, stronger, and faster than its scrappy founders could have possibly imagined.  Now, by thinking smaller, it's thinking bigger than ever  —  IT'S AN UNUSUALLY BLUSTERY Friday …
Discussion: Romenesko
Temp X /
How to Beat the Paywall  —  I am not a computer hacker.  The last computer programming class I took was Pascal, and I think I got a C.  —  That's why I am as shocked as you are that I figured out a very simple way to bypass Variety's new subscription thingy.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Hell And Damnation!  Vatican Launches War Of Words With NYT  —  Happy Easter weekend.  The Vatican is not taking the latest round of shattering sex abuse revelations quietly.  Last week the New York Times published a series of damning stories last week about the Church's long-term cover …
Discussion: Reuters, The Awl and Think Progress
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Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
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Editor and Publisher:
Les Hinton of ‘The Wall Street Journal’ Named E&P's Publisher of the Year
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Breaking: Penguin Has Not Reached eBook Agreement with Amazon
Chicago Breaking Business:
Tribune Co. buys more time for reorganization plan
Leonard Pitts Jr /
Anonymity brings out the worst instincts
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and Gawker
Trevor Butterworth / Forbes:
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Anne-Sylvaine Chassany / Bloomberg:
EMI Licensing Talks With Universal, Sony Said to End
Frank James / NPR Blogs:
Fox Defends New Palin Show's Use Of Canned Interviews
Discussion: TVNewser, Mediaite and Hot Air
Eric Deggans /
Journalist, TV writer and social critic David Mills dies in New Orleans
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Jay Leno Tells Joy Behar “I Got Screwed” (And So Did Conan)
Discussion:,, Gawker and The Wrap