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10:50 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
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's American media immunity
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News International misses deadline to file its accounts
Discussion: NPR and AllThingsD
Paul McNally /
QC defends scope of original phone-hacking prosecution
Discussion: Press Gazette
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.
Jim Romenesko:
WSJ employees told to fill out code of conduct questionnaire  —  Employees of the Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones publications were reminded today to take the Dow Jones Code of Conduct Questionnaire.  Rupert Murdoch's company says it's “designed to remind all of us at Dow Jones …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reuters editor in chief received $2.7 million in 2011
Discussion: Reuters
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
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
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Huffington Gains More Control in AOL Revamping  —  One year after its acquisition by AOL, The Huffington Post has become a source of growth for the beleaguered company, which is still trying to shed its dial-up Internet image.  Now, in what Arianna Huffington characterizes as a move to keep …
Discussion: @mathewi
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: TeleRead and AllThingsD
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: Media Decoder and Reason
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
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why digital-native media will (almost) always win  —  Much of the traditional media business has been in the doldrums for some time now, a victim of declining circulation and the free-fall of print advertising that has sucked the oxygen out of many traditional business models.
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, Adweek, VentureBeat, CNET and Poynter
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
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yahoo Cuts 2,000 Jobs in ‘Urgent’ Restructuring  —  Purple people eater?  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)  —  The anticipated wave of layoffs at Yahoo has arrived, and it's as big as promised.  —  The Sunnywale, Calif.-based internet giant announced plans to eliminate 2,000 jobs, or about 14% of its workforce of 14,000.
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Settlement With Some Publishers Near on E-Book Pricing
Discussion: CNET and @tcarmody
Newspaper Guild of New York:
Thomson Reuters denies Pulitzer pursuit report, ‘Baron’ affirms it
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Can ‘Vice’ keep it real, after lauds from the media establishment's most establishmenty award-dealers?
Discussion: Adweek
Associated Press:
Peabody Awards 2012: CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, Colbert Among Winners
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Nonprofit status: A maybe for news orgs, a yes for the NFL
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Associated Press partners with Bambuser to bring citizen journalists' videos to the masses
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Instapaper, Readability and monetizing other people's content
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Needs to Find a Way to Monetize Big News Events
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
52 Magazines Launched In Early 2012