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9:45 AM ET, April 12, 2012


 Top News: 
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
DOJ is likely to lose e-book antitrust suit targeting Apple  —  Antitrust experts say feds have “far better case” for price fixing against publishers, three of which have settled, than they do against Apple.  —  Follow @declanm  —  Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday said the lawsuit …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Cut in E-Book Pricing by Amazon Is Set to Shake Rivals  —  The government's decision to pursue major publishers on antitrust charges has put the Internet retailer Amazon in a powerful position: the nation's largest bookseller may now get to decide how much an e-book will cost …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Justice Dept. Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing; 3 Publishers Settle
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Jeff Bezos Should Send Eric Holder a Christmas Card
Discussion:, CNET, CJR and Techland
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the E-books Press Conference
Joe Muto / Gawker:
Hi Roger.  It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole  —  Hi.  My name is Joe Muto.  I was the Fox Mole.  —  Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely... with pay, oddly enough.  —  They nailed me.
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Fox News Responds To Gawker Mole: 'Joe Muto Is Fired Effective April 12′  —  The Gawker “Fox News Mole” saga has unraveled itself at breakneck speeds today and continues to do so, as earlier tonight Joe Muto, formerly an associate producer at The O'Reilly Factor, wrote on Gawker that he had been indefinitely suspended with pay.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Fox Quickly Hunts Down Mole (My, That Didn't Take Long)  —  On Wednesday night, Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, seemed to be having a lovely time at The Hollywood Reporter's party at the Four Seasons in Manhattan for the “35 Media Movers Who Matter Most.”  —  And why wouldn't he?
Discussion: BuzzFeed, TVNewser and Gawker
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Patch Editor In Chief Brian Farnham Is Leaving AOL  —  The week of big news out of AOL continues: Brian Farnham, editor in chief of the Patch network of hyperlocal news sites, is leaving.  He announced his departure on a conference call with employees late Wednesday as well as in a blog post.
Discussion: Business Insider and The Wrap
Mike Giglio / The Daily Beast:
Phone-Hacking Scandal Comes to the U.S.  —  In an exclusive interview, a London lawyer reveals his plans to take on Murdoch on behalf of clients who believe their phones were hacked in America.  —  Fleet Street lawyer Mark Lewis is coming to America this week—and he's bringing the phone-hacking scandal with him.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
The Bay Citizen ends its relationship with NYT, but Texas Tribune lives on  —  Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, has confirmed a tweet from The Bay Citizen's Jeanne Carstensen saying that it is ending its relationship with The New York Times as of April 29.
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Met police ‘showed poor judgment’ in hiring former News of the World deputy  —  Former Scotland Yard press chief Dick Fedorcio criticised in wake of phone-hacking revelations for giving Neil Wallis contract  —  An independent report has criticised the Metropolitan police for “blurring” …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst Programs Its Brands for YouTube  —  Can print publishers hold their own in the unfamiliar world of high-quality TV?  Hearst, one of the publishers that have signed on to YouTube's quality content push, will soon provide some answers with its two forthcoming YouTube channels.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Its Flipboard Competitor Currents Global  —  Last December, Google launched Currents, its attempt at challenging popular mobile apps like Flipboard and Zite.  Since then, the company has added about 400 new publishers and over 14,000 self-published editions to its lineup .
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
The Daily What Founder Neetzan Zimmerman Grows Out of Memes, Moves to Gawker  —  Zimmerman.  —  In the age of the personal brand, it's surprising to come across a successful web proprietor who's not concerned with byline clout and self portraits, but Neetzan Zimmerman might be both the quietest and most obsessive blogger of his kind.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
‘Good Morning America’ Expanding to the Afternoon  —  ABC's “The Revolution” is being canceled and replaced by an extra hour of “Good Morning America,” in the afternoon.  The hour will broadcast live at 2pmET/1pmCT and will be hosted by members of the GMA team.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett expects paywall 'will be worth $100 million to us in 2013′  —  Having myself dished up many of those bad numbers, I took that to heart, put aside skepticism, looked for hopeful signs and found at least three:  —  DEMYSTIFYING INNOVATION.  The industry is coming to terms …
Discussion: Garcia Media
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
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Peg Brickley / Wall Street Journal:
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Jim Romenesko:
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Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The Seattle Times Takes On Hometown Amazon
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Will the next Apple TV be launched with Dish or DirecTV?
Discussion: App Advice
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
How politicians use Twitter to route around the media
Bryan M. Wolfe / App Advice:
Zite's Acquisition By CNN Proves Not All Takeovers Are Bad
Claire Davenport / Reuters:
EU receives proposals to close e-book probe
Discussion: paidContent and PR Newswire
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Photojournalist sues cop, Suffolk County, N.Y., over right to videotape police
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Thanks:@myersnews
Dylan Byers / Politico:
National Review drops another for racism
CBC News:
CBC cancels shows, slashes 88 news jobs