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9:15 AM ET, May 24, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / Media Decoder:
New Orleans Paper Said to Face Deep Cuts and May Cut Back Publication  —  The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule …
Kevin Allman / The Gambit:
Times-Picayune employees in shock as extent of Newhouse cuts begins to emerge  —  Tonight, in private homes, on porches and at least one bar, employees of The Times-Picayune gathered to collectively absorb the shock of a New York Times report that the paper is about to undergo a massive restructuring …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon bans Kindle Store spam (finally)  —  Amazon is finally banning some of the junkier content in the Kindle Store.  —  The company is making new rules on public domain and “other non-exclusive content.”  Seth Godin got an e-mail highlighting the new rules (because he's a Kindle author …
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Leveson Inquiry: DCMS exchanged 799 texts with News Corp during BskyB bid  —  Between June 2010, when the bid was announced, and July 2011, when it was abandoned because of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, Mr Michel also exchanged 191 telephone calls and 158 emails with Mr Hunt's department …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Hunt's permanent secretary to appear on Friday
Discussion: Press Gazette and Guardian
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Survey: NPR's listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed  —  People who watch no news at all can answer more questions about international current events than people who watch cable news, a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind finds.
David Kravets / Wired:
New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech  —  Did you hear the one about the New York state lawmakers who forgot about the First Amendment in the name of combating cyberbullying and “baseless political attacks”?  —  Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why rich people are investing in newspapers, again  —  In March, Chris Hughes paid around $5 million for a majority share of The New Republic.  On Sunday The New York Times reported he'd be doubling the magazine's staff and hiring former editor Franklin Foer to edit the magazine once again.
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Wrapports buys the Reader  —  Wrapports LLC, the collection of high-flying investors who own the Sun-Times and Sun-Times Media, have added the Reader to their stable, buying this 41-year-old weekly-which the Wrapports news release chooses to call “iconic”—for slightly under $3 million.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
It's official: Chicago Reader sold to Sun-Times parent
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Time and Newsweek Magazine Covers Catch Eyes and Clicks  —  Who knew there could be so much controversy left in the subject of breast-feeding?  —  The recent Time magazine cover featuring an attractive 26-year-old mother suckled by her 3-year-old son — with the headline “Are You Mom Enough?”
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Esquire to Publish E-Books Devoted to Men's Fiction  —  That creaky label “women's fiction” tends to conjure up images of novels about family, career or relationships.  But men's fiction?  —  Esquire magazine will try to define it in June with a new push into publishing fiction …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
This Was Inevitable: Huffington Post + Oprah Coming  —  While it might seem as though Web content queen Arianna Huffington could soon launch a moon edition of her eponymous Huffington Post — perhaps HuffPo Lunar — the AOL-owned unit's next effort will be an Oprah Winfrey section on the huge online publishing platform.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple: U.S. e-book lawsuit “fundamentally flawed”  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc is rejecting charges that it conspired to fix prices of electronic books, calling the U.S. government's antitrust lawsuit a “fundamentally flawed” endeavor that could discourage competition and harm consumers.
Discussion: CNET, 9to5Mac and GigaOM
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hachette is offering new e-books to some libraries  —  Hachette, which has not made new e-books available to libraries since 2010, is reconsidering the idea.  In a pilot program starting this spring (which, the publisher is working with two e-book distributors to bring a …
Michael Roberts / The Latest Word:
Denver Post program delivers ex-subscribers ads but not newspaper  —  Even as it planned sweeping copy-editor layoffs, the Denver Post touted a circulation leap, albeit one taking place mainly online.  Indeed, the number of physical papers being delivered keeps sliding — hence “Sunday Select …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Katharine Zaleski leaves Washington Post  —  Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli announced to staff today that Katharine Zaleski, the Washington Post's executive director of digital news, will be leaving the news organization to join Planet Daily, where she'll be managing editor.
Jim Romenesko:
Larry Platt resigns as Philadelphia Daily News editor  —  Philadelphia Daily News editor Larry Platt says he's leaving the paper after just a year and a half.  “I never looked at this gig as a long-term play for me,” he tells his staff.  Larry Platt “I have long loved the Daily News …
Discussion: Politico, Off Mic, @ckrewson and
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
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Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
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Erik Wemple:
Washington Times takes de Borchgrave's recent columns offline
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
Piers Morgan “showed journalist how to hack phone”
 Earlier Picks: 
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Lord Justice Leveson discusses role of bloggers
Discussion: Press Gazette, Guardian and Guardian
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hachette lets you read free chapters from upcoming books on Facebook
Discussion: Bookseller news
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon Prime acquires access to Paramount films
Jim Romenesko:
McClatchy to begin ‘robust test’ of pay model
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
If Video Sites Could Act Like Cable Companies
Discussion: Poynter and The Verge