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9:50 AM ET, April 13, 2012


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Fires Back at the Feds, Amazon  —  Nearly two days after the Department of Justice filed antitrust charges against Apple and major book publishers, Apple is responding.  Here's comment from Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr: … Apple's response is similar to ones made by Penguin Group and MacMillan …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Antitrust Settlement Hits Barnes & Noble Shares  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. bore the brunt of Wednesday's antitrust settlement between the U.S. government and three major book publishers, losing 6.4% of its market value on Thursday alone and tumbling 17% this month.
Michael Bobelian / Forbes:   The Irony Of The Government's Antitrust Case Against Apple And Five Publishers
John Cook / Gawker:
Here's a Picture of Bill O'Reilly With a Topless Woman Along With the Fox News Legal Threat Meant to Quash It  —  Hey, look what just came in through the Gawker mailbag from the good people at Epstein Becker & Green P.C.: “Gawker should immediately stop publishing information and videos …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The ‘Fox News Mole’ Only Cost Gawker $5,000  —  What's the going rate for inducing someone to commit career suicide?  Apparently you can do it for five grand, as long as that person has a sufficiently large ax to grind against his employer.  —  Gawker's John Cook tells …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Fox News Shouldn't Sue Over the ‘Fox Mole’ (Analysis)
Melody Guyton Butts / Durham Herald-Sun:
Ailes lectures young journalists  —  CHAPEL HILL - Fox News chief Roger Ailes offered more than a few words of advice Thursday in a room filled mostly with young journalists, starting with a recommendation that elicited at least a few eye rolls: “I think you ought to change your major.”
Dan Watson / CJR:
Unpublishing Requests Are on the Rise  —  As more content shifts from print to web, journalists are seeing rising requests from sources to remove stories  —  I recently encountered a sticky conundrum as editor of a student-run digital news website at the University of Southern California.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
‘NightJack’ sues Times over email hacking  —  Detective seeks aggravated damages from paper for breach of confidence, misuse of private information and deceit  —  The Lancashire detective exposed by the Times as the author of the NightJack police blog has filed a legal claim against Times Newspapers at the high court.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Study: 7 in 10 local news readers wouldn't greatly miss their hometown paper  —  Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project  —  Pew's latest report, a deep dive into the characteristics of people who closely follow local news, is one of those glass-half-full/half-empty situations.
Discussion: Street Fight and Pew Internet
Pew Internet:
72% of Americans follow local news closely
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Michael Holden / Reuters:
UK police judgment poor in News Corp hacking case: report  —  (Reuters) - Senior London police staff linked to the News Corp phone hacking scandal showed poor judgment, took bad decisions and got too close to journalists working for Rupert Murdoch's newspapers, an independent watchdog said on Thursday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Khristopher Brooks / The Huffington Post:
How to Get Fired Before Your First Day  —  Most college students hope to land a nice-paying job in their field of study immediately after graduation.  —  And for the most part, I was headed in that direction.  I finished my last two classes of graduate school at New York University …
Discussion: 10,000 Words and B2B Memes
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
YouTube opens Partner program to all: every creator in 20 countries can now monetize video  —  YouTube's long been a good friend to video producers who create popular content.  They become Partners, gain exclusive privileges, and can choose to run advertising on their videos for a cut of the resulting profit.
WordPress completely dominates top 100 blogs  —  WordPress is no doubt a very popular web publishing platform for blogs and other types of websites.  But just how popular is it?  —  We just completed a study and found that WordPress is in use by 48% of the top 100 blogs in the world.
Ken Wheaton / AdAge:
Court Declares Public TV's Ban on Political Ads Unconstitutional  —  Says There Is No Evidence It Would Harm Programming  —  Will your children be accosted by ads from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama while watching “Sesame Street”?  A court ruling today makes it a possibility (even if it isn't a strong one).
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Josh Stearns / Save the News:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Idea #5,704 to save newspapers: Newsprint made from recycled human waste
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
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PEN American Center:
Top PEN Prize to Honor Eskinder Nega, Jailed Ethiopian Journalist and Blogger
Jim Romenesko:
Why SF Weekly's tech circle jerk story is a hit
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
How 5 news sites monitor, moderate conversation about Trayvon Martin stories
Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Web Piracy Bills ‘Dead’ in U.S. From Lobbying, Dodd Says
Discussion: ZDNet and Fortune
 Earlier Picks: 
Chris Fusco / Chicago Sun Times:
Don Hayner retires as Chicago Sun-Times editor
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Will someone please buy ‘The Village Voice’ back from Phoenix?
Lucy Madison / The Awl:
How 25 National Magazine Award Nominations Went To 25 Male Writers
Discussion: Nieman Storyboard
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Farewell, App Store? Netizine Turns Magazines Into Social Networks, Runs On HTML5
Dan Rosenblum / Capital New York:
As foreign desks disappear, journalists consider whether the U.S. is getting the global reporting it needs
David Benoit / Deal Journal:
Warren Buffett Building Newspaper Empire?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sarah Marshall /
How the Texas Tribune is making $5K a month from Google microsurveys
Discussion: The Next Web and eMedia Vitals
Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
REPORT: Disappointing First Quarter for the Magazine Industry
Discussion: and AdAge