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9:00 PM ET, April 4, 2012


 Top News: 
James Murdoch's BSkyB exit puts Rupert in firing line  —  (Reuters) - James Murdoch's exit from the chairmanship of BSkyB moves his father Rupert into the firing line in Britain, just as an inquiry into a phone-hacking scandal turns its focus on his peculiar influence in the country.
Discussion: Guardian
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News International misses deadline to file its accounts
Discussion: NPR and AllThingsD
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's American media immunity
Paul McNally /   QC defends scope of original phone-hacking prosecution
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
DPP says there was ‘pushback’ from Met over hacking investigation
Lucy Manning / ITV:
Report likely to accuse hacking witnesses of misleading parliament
Discussion: paidContent
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New high score: How the NYT created its “stupid game”  —  When Jon Huang was younger he was the type of kid who spent his time making mods for Duke Nukem 3D.  So it makes a kind of sense he's now turned The New York Times into its own kind of shoot 'em up.  —  Huang was the multimedia producer behind …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Stupid game lets you destroy parts of NYT story about stupid games  —  The Times has figured out a great way to increase time-on-site (and destroy our productivity) by illustrating a story about our obsession with “stupid games” with a game that lets you shoot and destroy parts of its website.
Media Decoder:
Marimow to Return as Editor of Philadelphia Inquirer  —  William K. Marimow, who served as top editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer from 2006 to 2010, will rejoin the paper in the same role in a move that is expected to be announced this afternoon.  —  His appointment comes days …
Paul Nussbaum /
PMN's new owners meet the employees, discuss the future
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Ben Smith: What I Read  —  How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all?  What sources can't they live without?  We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Reed Hastings Will Get His HBO Go as Comcast Nears Deal on Xbox  —  Updated Comcast and HBO are close to finalizing a deal to make the HBO Go app available on Xbox, according to several people familiar with the negotiations.  —  The app, which offers all of the pay cable channel's shows …
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Verge and Multichannel
Jim Romenesko:
Gannett announces 2Q furloughs for USA Today employees  —  Gannett community publishing division president Bob Dickey tells his employees that “I am happy to announce USCP [U.S. community publishing] will not institute furloughs in the second quarter.”
Discussion: Politico
David Barboza / New York Times:
Flattering News Coverage Has a Price in China  —  SHANGHAI — China is notorious for censoring politically delicate news coverage.  But it is more than willing to let flattering news about Western and Asian businesses appear in print and broadcast media — if the price is right.
Discussion: Reason and Media Decoder
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New ASNE figures show percentage of minorities in newspaper newsrooms continues to decline  —  The number of minorities in the U.S. is growing, but in newspaper newsrooms it continues to creep downward.  —  New ASNE figures show that the percentage of minorities in newsrooms is now 12.32 percent.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Zite, CNN Launch Publisher Program To Ease Cease-And-Desist Concerns  —  Last April Fools' Day, publishers from Time Inc. to the Washington Post Company sent fast-growing startup Zite an aggressive cease-and-desist letter.  The publishers weren't joking, accusing Zite's app …
Discussion: GigaOM, Poynter, Adweek, CNET and VentureBeat
Ruth Spencer / Guardian:
Fake tornado photos cause Twitter storm for Buzzfeed  —  The social news site Buzzfeed was criticised on Twitter for failing to check the authenticity of some tornado photos  —  Frightening TV footage and scenes of destruction captivated Americans for several hours late Tuesday afternoon …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Woodward and Bernstein: Could the Web generation uncover a Watergate-type scandal?  —  The gabby, gray-haired grand poobahs of journalism sprang from the back flaps of their book jackets onto a real-life panel Tuesday afternoon in the air-conditioned guts of the Marriott Wardman Park …
Discussion: ShortFormBlog
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Pottermore sold over $1.5m worth of Harry Potter e-books in 3 days  —  Pottermore sales were “considerably higher than I expected,” said Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne on a Radio Litopia show, “The Naked Book,” this afternoon.  —  Redmayne said Pottermore sold over £1 million worth of e-books …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Wall Street Journal:
Settlement With Some Publishers Near on E-Book Pricing  —  Talks to resolve U.S. and European price-fixing probes into e-books are heating up, with three international publishers inclined to settle the matter, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Apple Inc., another target …
Discussion: @tcarmody
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Can ‘Vice’ keep it real, after lauds from the media establishment's most establishmenty award-dealers?  —  Remember ten years ago, when Vice was mostly just this slick hipster rag that you'd pick up for free on the floor of some grimey record shop in the East Village, and maybe you'd skim through …
Discussion: Adweek
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Nonprofit status: A maybe for news orgs, a yes for the NFL  —  I like football, so I was interested in this piece over at Pro Football Talk that details the salary of National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.  (That's $11,554,000 — not bad.)  But then I was surprised …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Romney or Obama Have Anything to Say to the News Industry?  —  The president and his challenger both addressed a roomful of media executives with jokes and criticism rather than serious consideration.  —  Mitt Romney addressed the Newspaper Association of America on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Week
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Newspaper Guild of New York:
Thomson Reuters denies Pulitzer pursuit report, ‘Baron’ affirms it
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Associated Press:
Peabody Awards 2012: CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, Colbert Among Winners
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble agrees to carry some Amazon kids' books in its stores
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Former L.A. Times Editor Slams Paper For ‘Blaming Customers, Competition, Technology’
Discussion: LA Observed
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon says its Kindle Owners' Lending Library drives 229% more sales in backlist e-book titles
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reuters editor in chief received $2.7 million in 2011
Discussion: Reuters
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Uncomfortable Matt Lauer interview with Ryan Seacrest a collision of brands and offscreen talks
Discussion: Gothamist and The Raw Story
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