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3:40 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
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.
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Behind Closed Doors, Broadcasters Battle Online Disclosure of Political Ad Buys  —  The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote April 27 on whether to require broadcast TV stations to post online public information about political ad buys.  Some form of the rule seems likely to pass …
David Teicher / AdAge:
Tumblr Tests New Tools for Users and Brands  —  Can the Company Be a Business Without Traditional Advertising?  Founder David Karp Explains  —  This may be Instagram's week, but through April, it's been the Year of Tumblr.  On Wednesday, the social platform announced a partnership with Spotify.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Bloomberg Businessweek goes magazine-y on the iPhone  —  Bloomberg Businessweek is testing a question: How well can magazine content work on the iPhone?  —  Magazine companies have jumped feet first into the iPad marketplace, attracted to the idea that a lean-back medium like magazines …
Discussion: The FJP
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
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.
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 …
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Ooyala boosts viewer engagement 4X with new, personalized, video discovery tools  —  If you've been by the websites of big names like ESPN, Rolling Stone or Victoria's Secret (not guilty) then you've probably watched video powered by Ooyala's white label service.
Discussion: Forbes, Multichannel, Beet.TV and VatorNews
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
Wikileaks announces new Assange TV show to be released on April 17 online  —  According to a statement on the Wikileaks Twitter account, Julian Assange has completed filming twelve episodes of his forthcoming show, “The World Tomorrow”.  The first episode will be aired on RT and released online …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
With Punch, Tablets Get Their Own Humor Magazine  —  Have you ever wanted a chance to dress Rick Santorum?  What about listening to a playlist of your favorite dictators tackling your favorite musical standards?  Now you can, thanks to a new iPad app called Punch.
Herb Greenberg / CNBC:
How My Job as a Business Journalist Has Changed  —  During college I was a copy boy at the Miami News.  The year: 1971.  One of my jobs every day, when I wasn't filling jars with rubber cement (don't ask!), was to get the closing stock quotes from a local broker and write them in pencil next …
Discussion: @ksablan
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 …
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
The Annotated Gawker Legal Threat: What Fox News Lawyers Fired Off at Their ‘Mole’ Problem
Discussion: Gawker and Forbes
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Fox News Shouldn't Sue Over the ‘Fox Mole’ (Analysis)
Discussion: Erik Wemple, Gawker, Forbes and TVNewser
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Discussion: Bloomberg
Steve Myers / Poynter:
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Discussion: Street Fight and Pew Internet
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Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: ZDNet and Fortune