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Justice Dept. Defends Seizure of AP Phone Records (NYT)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday defended the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of telephone records of Associated Press journalists, describing the article by the AP that prompted a criminal investigation as among “the top two or three most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen” in a 35-year career. “It put the American people at risk, and that is not hyperbole,” he said in an apparent reference to an article on May 7, 2012, that disclosed the foiling of a terrorist plot by Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen to bomb an airliner. The Washington Post / Opinions The usual reason for keeping a subpoena secret is that the target would otherwise try to destroy documents. In this case, the AP could not have done so even if it wanted to, since the relevant records were in the possession of its phone service providers. Without even giving AP a chance to weigh in, we don’t see how the department could intelligently weigh its prosecutorial needs against this broad subpoena’s chilling effect on reporters and their sources. HuffPost / The Backstory Associated Press Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee was among the journalists targeted in the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of phone records that has drawn widespread condemnation from members of the media and free speech advocates, an AP spokeswoman confirmed to The Huffington Post. FishbowlNY The Department of Justice is trying to brush off the secret accessing of AP editors’ and reporters’ phone records. The agency already sent one bland letter to the AP about the incident, and Tuesday, it sent another. According to AP CEO and president Gary Pruitt, both letters from the DOJ basically said “Meh,” and not much else about the scary over-extension of the government. B&C Society of Professional Journalists president Sonny Albarado has condemned the Justice Department’s alleged secret collection of AP reporter and editor phone records and said it highlights the need for a federal shield law. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Associated Press Media Editors Association has joined other journalists in condemning the Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press phone records, calling it part of the Obama administration’s “continuing witch hunt for leaks and whistleblowers.” TVNewser Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said this may be the least of President Obama’s worries. “I don’t think that’s going to amount to much,” O’Reilly said of the phone taps. “It looks like they went through the warrant process and they had authorization to look at these records — the Justice Department did. But President Obama, he’s got some problems now. He better start to get control of the situation because there’s a lot of stuff going on.”
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New York’s new iPad app — complete with a subscription option — debuts on Monday. What is worth noting is its streaming integration of NYMag.com content, combined with the magazine’s pieces, all in one place.
At the top of the app is a regularly updated feed of digital content. That feed is refreshed with about 20 of the site’s best posts and breaking news each day. That content is free to anyone who downloads the app. If you want to access the print content, you simply swipe the app and they appear. New York calls this its “window pane” feature. Print subscribers can access the magazine pieces for free, while everyone else will be prompted to purchase a digital subscription.
While all of New York’s content can be found at the magazine’s web site, the app’s updating feed feature sitting alongside everything the magazine has to offer might tempt people to step away from the laptop, and pick up their iPad.
The Atlantic Wire has a new look. On the iPad, at least. The site has launched a new HTML5 web app — touch.theatlanticwire.com — that is specifically designed for the Apple tablet.
The Atlantic Wire decided to venture into iPad web apps because its audience increasingly comes via iPads and other tablets. According to internal stats, from 2011 to 2012, the number of readers visiting The Atlantic Wire via a tablet increased by 210 percent.
“As we see increased tablet adoption rates among our readers, we are actively experimenting with technologies that help us create great experiences in a media landscape with more and more choice,” said Kimberly Lau, vice president and general manager for Atlantic Digital, in a statement. “We believe the future of digital publishing will require a multiple-platform, multiple-product strategy where users can access Atlantic content whenever and however they want it.”
If you’re an iPad user, give the new app a try. When the New York Times launched their HTML5 based web app for the iPad, we loved it. It provides a slicker experience than the typical app.
The New York Times has launched an HTML 5 web app (app.nytimes.com) for the iPad. The app is available to subscribers and organizes content in four ways: Times Wire, a live feed of the latest news and media; All Sections, which is pretty self-explanatory; Trending, a collection of the hottest Times articles on Twitter; and Today’s Paper, an assortment of the day’s offerings, just like they appear in print.
By providing a way to get the Times on the iPad other than the Times’ app, it’s worth wondering if this is step one in the paper’s plan to abandon its iOS app completely. The Times has to pay Apple a whopping 30 percent of its app earnings for using Apple’s subscription service, so directing readers to a web app would cut that cost out.
Denise Warren, senior vice president and chief advertising officer for The New York Times Media Group, said in a statement that “We are working constantly to develop new products that distribute our content in innovative ways, and this web-based app is just one example of that.”
We’ll see if it’s also an example of the Times dodging Apple’s fees.
Huffington — the iPad magazine from The Huffington Post — launched only a little over a month ago, and things have already begun to change. According to Capital New York, Huffington is switching to a free app starting today.
Huffington used to be priced at 99 cents per issue, $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year. This is a pretty sudden turn of events for a magazine that Arianna Huffington once described as “stories… in a beautiful setting like jewels.”
But everyone likes free jewels, right?
Time Inc. has finally brought all 20 of its consumer magazines to Apple’s Newsstand. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are now available for the iPad version of Time’s brands, including the popular Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Real Simple and Essence. Those who are subscribing to print versions can access the iPad versions for free.
Apple’s Newsstand service is a welcome addition to the Time Inc. magazines, if only for how convenient it is for readers. Laura Lang, CEO of Time Inc., was obviously pleased to announce the digital upgrade.
“It’s an important step toward fulfilling our goal of being everywhere consumers want us to be,” said Lang. “People love reading our digital magazines already on iPad and we are confident we can deliver an even greater consumer experience on Newsstand with digital subscriptions.”
CNNMoney has launched an iPad app. The app features a simple layout and allows users to sort what news appeals to them the most. Those who use CNNMoney’s website to monitor stocks can access their information as well.
The app also carries content from CNNMoney’s site, so if you’re an avid reader, you won’t miss anything by using the app instead. Additionally, the app comes equipped with push notifications, though if you’re not particularly skilled at working the market, you might want to turn those off.
CNNMoney’s app is free and available in iTunes now.
Over the past several days, complaints about how bad magazines look on the iPad have been rolling in. The reason, according to Mashable, is that the older magazine apps simply weren’t built to handle the new iPad’s high resolution “retina display,” so everything looks blurry.
Publishers are now racing to update the apps so that they’re compatible with the technology, but there are drawbacks: the new apps will be significantly larger files, which means longer download times and less memory available for other things.
For new iPad owners who want to read magazines, it’s going to be a hard knock life.
[Image via Mashable]
The worst thing a magazine can do when designing an iPad app is to forget that people are using an iPad to read it. It sounds crazy, but it happens. A magazine is great, but when we’re using an iPad, we want to swipe, scroll, tap and gently caress (okay, maybe that’s just us). Newsweek’s new iPad app, which just went live, makes sure that happens.
Dirk Barnett, Newsweek’s Creative Director, told us back in November that he wanted to make sure the iPad expanded on the strong design elements in the magazine, and he definitely succeeded. Barnett, along with the bow tie appreciating Mueller Twins, have created something special. The images are bold and the overall look is uncluttered, yet extremely engaging.
If you read the Wall Street Journal online, there’s a very good chance that you’re looking at this via an iPad, Mac or something that Apple makes. We’re taking that leap of faith because according to the Journal, eight out of ten of its most-viewed corporate stories this year were related to Apple in some way.
The number one most-viewed story on the Journal’s site this year was its Steve Jobs obituary. Other Apple-centric pieces included Sprint and Verizon finally getting the iPhone, news about the iPad, the underwhelming debut of the iPhone 4S and Jobs quitting as CEO.
The only non-Apple stories were about Borders closing all of its stores and Paul Allen attacking Bill Gates. Do better next year Apple fans. Jobs wouldn’t be happy with anything less than complete domination.