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8:55 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
A too-cosy world?  —  Readers may not be the ultimate winners in an e-book antitrust case
Discussion: NPR and Technology Review
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Cut in E-Book Pricing by Amazon Is Set to Shake Rivals
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
DOJ is likely to lose e-book antitrust suit targeting Apple
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 …
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
The Annotated Gawker Legal Threat: What Fox News Lawyers Fired Off at Their ‘Mole’ Problem  —  Well, it wasn't long, but Gawker's Fox News Mole, Joe Muto, was nabbed.  Meanwhile, sometime after Fox News chief Roger Ailes joked to the New York Times' David Carr about the incident ("'I am the Fox Mole,' he told me, then quickly added.
Discussion: Gawker, Erik Wemple and Mediaite
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Fox News Shouldn't Sue Over the ‘Fox Mole’ (Analysis)
Discussion: Gawker and The Huffington Post
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: Pew Internet
Pew Internet:
72% of Americans follow local news closely
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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
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
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.”
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).
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 …
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Digital Notes: Updating Digital Royalties, and a Peek Under Pandora's Hood  —  A Royalties Deal: The music industry has never been accused of moving too fast when it comes to new technologies.  On Wednesday, after months of negotiations, the major trade groups representing labels …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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PEN American Center:
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Jim Romenesko:
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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
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?
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Over 2/3 of U.S. libraries offer e-books; 28% lend e-readers
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich Unloads on Fox News in Private Meeting