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12:20 PM 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 a 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
Discussion: Forbes
A too-cosy world?  —  Readers may not be the ultimate winners in an e-book antitrust case
Discussion: NPR and Technology Review
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.”
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
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
The Annotated Gawker Legal Threat: What Fox News Lawyers Fired Off at Their ‘Mole’ Problem
Discussion: Gawker and Erik Wemple
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Fox News Shouldn't Sue Over the ‘Fox Mole’ (Analysis)
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.
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
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.
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
Surprise!  Copy Editors Are Destroying America's Newspapers (with PUNS)  —  The National Conference of the American Copy Editors Society has announced its headline contest winners and it is now clear who is destroying the media.  Among the many talented, hard-working winners …
Discussion: ACES and Poynter
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sun's Sunday edition loses 25% of sales  —  Paper falls to circulation of 2.4m, but remains comfortably ahead of nearest rival, the Mail on Sunday at 1.8m  —  Rupert Murdoch's Sunday edition of the Sun has reported a drop in sales of almost 25% to just over 2.4m in March …
Richard Gingras / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google's Richard Gingras: 8 questions that will help define the future of journalism  —  Editor's note: At TechRaking 2012 today — a conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View, sponsored by Google and the Center for Investigative Reporting — a group of journalism doers and thinkers …
Discussion: @charlesarthur and @chanders
Adam Hochberg / Poynter:
CNN's unedited epithets raise questions about when to use unfiltered hate speech  —  When Tulsa police arrested two men Sunday in connection with a shooting spree that targeted African-Americans, much of the media drew attention to a racist Facebook post apparently written by one of the suspects.
Discussion: mediaite
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon-owned Audible: Hey authors, want $20 million?  —  The Amazon-owned digital audiobooks site is launching a new program, “Audible Author Services,” that pays audiobook authors $1 per sale through,, and iTunes, out of a $20 million fund.
Discussion: The Digital Reader and Guardian
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.
Josh Stearns / Save the News:
Governments Around the World Grapple with Nonprofit Journalism  —  In Free Press' 2011 report on international models for public media, we noted how many of the changes we are witnessing in the American media landscape are also happening internationally.  Public media systems around the world …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Idea #5,704 to save newspapers: Newsprint made from recycled human waste  —  Israeli company Applied Clean Tech says it has developed a process that recycles “the cellulose in sludge” into paper.  That cellulose can be found in used toilet paper, among, well, other substances found in wastewater.
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Discussion: Associated Press
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Discussion: Street Fight and Pew Internet
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 Earlier Picks: 
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Discussion: ZDNet and Fortune
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:
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Discussion: The Corsair and Nieman Storyboard
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Dan Rosenblum / Capital New York:
As foreign desks disappear, journalists consider whether the U.S. is getting the global reporting it needs
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Warren Buffett Building Newspaper Empire?