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Morning Media Newsfeed: Apple Found Guilty | Hasselbeck’s Farewell | Newsweek Nears Sale


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Apple Colluded on eBook Prices, Judge Finds (Reuters)
In a sweeping rejection of Apple Inc’s strategy for selling electronic books on the Internet, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise eBook prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan found “compelling evidence” that Apple violated federal antitrust law by playing a “central role” in a conspiracy with the publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise eBook prices. GalleyCat “After carefully weighing the evidence, the court agreed with the Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general that executives at the highest levels of Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with five major publishers — Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster — to raise eBook prices,” the DOJ said in a statement. “Through [Wednesday's] court decision and previous settlements with five major publishers, consumers are again benefitting from retail price competition and paying less for their eBooks.” Fortune Apple has announced that it will appeal Cote’s decision. And if it’s to prevail in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals or — if it comes to that — the Supreme Court, it will be on the strength or weakness of her responses to the six major arguments Apple raised in its defense. NYT The verdict in the Apple case might have been a foregone conclusion, telegraphed by the judge herself, but it emphatically underlined how the traditional players in the book business have been upended. Only Amazon, led by Jeff Bezos, seems to have a plan. He is executing it with a skill that infuriates his competitors and rewards his stockholders. paidContent Judge Cote plans to schedule a separate hearing to determine damages and other consequences for Apple. These could be stayed pending appeal. Because all of the publishers in the case have settled and have entered into new agreements with Apple, it is unclear what kinds of changes Apple could be forced to make. There are a few possible answers, however, in a government pre-trial brief.

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Justine Rosenthal Departs Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Justine Rosenthal is leaving Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Capital New York reports that Rosenthal, who was editing Newsweek and The Daily Beast after Tunku Varadarajan left in March, will be succeeded by Richard Just, with help from Louise Roug.

In a note to staffers, Tina Brown said Rosenthal’s skills and determination will be missed:

Justine took over Newsweek at a challenging time for the company in November of 2011 and immediately took command, cultivating writers and creating memorable stories that made us all proud…

Under Justine’s editorship we were able to reverse Newsweek’s many years of decline and breathe life back into the magazine both as a print edition and in the stellar digital format that she and the team have continued to produce each week.

Roger Friedman Calls Out Tina Brown, Diane Dimond

For the briefest time Sunday morning, some alleged “news” published by UK’s Sunday Mirror newspaper about the late Michael Jackson was above The Drudge Report fold. But the multiple featured links quickly disappeared from Drudge, perhaps because the site’s Showbiz 411 pal Roger Friedman may have alerted that there was no substance to the sensational allegations.

This afternoon, Friedman is zeroing in on The Daily Beast article “The Story Behind The Latest Michael Jackson Bombshell:”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Zynga Lays Off 520 | Newsweek’s Poor Stats | Chris Cuomo’s Conflict?


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Zynga to Lay Off 520 Employees — 18 Percent of Staff — And Shutter New York And LA Offices (AllThingsD)
Zynga is laying off 18 percent of its workforce — which represents 520 employees — in a bid to reduce costs and more drastically restructure its troubled business toward mobile, according to sources close to the situation. Reuters One of the first firms to seize upon Facebook as a game-publishing platform years ago, Zynga has struggled to keep hold of players as people increasingly turn to their mobile devices — and games from Zynga’s rivals — for entertainment. Zynga’s chief executive, Mark Pincus, has shut studios, retired more than a dozen games and laid off hundreds of employees as part of a turnaround effort that focuses resources on developing mobile games. USA Today Two troubling trends have hit Zynga; for starters, fewer people are playing Zynga games, with the number of overall players dropping by more than 10 percent from last year. And those who are playing aren’t spending as much, with the company posting a first-quarter drop of about 30 percent from 2012. SocialTimes “None of us ever expected to face a day like today, especially when so much of our culture has been about growth… The scale that served us so well in building and delivering the leading social gaming service on the Web is now making it hard to successfully lead across mobile and multiplatform, which is where social games are going to be played,” said Pincus in an internal memo to employees. AppNewser Despite the layoffs, the company is still hiring in some positions across its locations. According to the company’s website, there are jobs available in its San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Beijing offices, among other places.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Howard Kurtz Fired | NY Mag Victorious | Norquist Edited Out


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Daily Beast Drops Howard Kurtz (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Daily Beast is dropping Howard Kurtz, the veteran media critic who made headlines this week for his erroneous report about NBA star Jason Collins. “The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company,” Tina Brown, the site’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement sent to Politico. The decision comes after Kurtz published a blog post that falsely asserted that Collins, who announced he was gay in an article for Sports Illustrated, had neglected to mention his previous engagement to a woman. In fact, Collins mentioned that engagement in the article and in a subsequent interview with ABC News. The Daily Beast retracted that post on Thursday morning. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Following Brown’s announcement, Kurtz tweeted: “I’ve enjoyed my time at the Daily Beast but as we began to move in different directions, both sides agreed it was best to part company.” He added: “This was in the works for some time, but want to wish all my colleagues continued success with a terrific website.” TVNewser Kurtz joined the Daily Beast in October 2010, after leaving The Washington Post. His tenure at the Daily Beast includes some big interviews with the likes of Roger Ailes and Matt Lauer, but was also filled with controversy. We wrote about a ridiculous item he filed about TV coverage of the primaries, and he emailed a Daily Beast colleague to discourage her from writing about Anderson Cooper’s sexuality. He also was reluctant to give credit when others broke stories, and was loathe to correct errors, a number of which were in his big interview with Lauer. The Wrap / WaxWord Howard Kurtz and his weekly Reliable Sources media talk show are under review after his firing from the Daily Beast over erroneous reporting, a CNN spokeswoman told The Wrap on Thursday. “We are reviewing it,” the spokeswoman told The Wrap. Jeff Zucker, the new chieftain at CNN is “supportive” of Kurtz’s show, but the network is unhappy with the error and is reviewing it, the spokeswoman said. Another senior executive at Turner said that there was no planned change with the show, but that it would ultimately be Zucker’s decision. HuffPost / The Backstory Despite his claim that he is merely a contributor, there are rumors that Kurtz has a larger role in the Daily Download. According to one media executive who spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity, Kurtz characterized himself as a partner in the Daily Download during a conversation last year. Separately, a journalist who was approached by Kurtz to work at Daily Download told HuffPost that he presented the site as a start-up he was developing along with editor-in-chief Lauren Ashburn. Read more

The Daily Beast Fires Howard Kurtz

The Daily Beast just dropped the axe on Howard Kurtz. Tina Brown tweeted, “The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company. We wish him well.”

Kurtz has been under fire recently for an idiotic column he penned on Jason Collins. In the piece, Kurtz tried to “get” Collins by claiming that he “wasn’t telling the whole story” because Collins didn’t say in his coming out tale that he was engaged to a woman.

Except that Collins did. Which made Kurtz’s entire “slam” of Collins look absolutely horrible. It was so bad The Daily Beast issued a formal retraction of the column and apologized. And now the company has retracted Kurtz’s employment.

Barry Diller Admits Buying Newsweek Was a Mistake

The “Most Honest And Unintentionally Depressing Answer Of The Day” award goes to Barry Diller, IAC’s chairman. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Diller admits that buying Newsweek was a mistake, and even adds that the all-digital NewsBeast isn’t likely to succeed:

For a news magazine, which is a bit of an odd phrase today, it was not possible to print it any longer. We said we will offer digital products. We have a very solid newsroom. We will see. I do not have great expectations. I wish I had not bought Newsweek. It was a mistake.

Okay! Now, get to work Tina Brown and crew! Or don’t.

Nico Hines Joins Daily Beast as London Editor

Nico Hines has joined The Daily Beast as its new London editor. Hines comes to the site from The Times (of London), where he had worked since 2006. He most recently served as the paper’s Washington correspondent.

In a memo announcing the move, Tina Brown wrote that Hines is “a first-rate reporter whose wit and flair will be right at home on The Beast.”

The full note from Brown is below.

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Tina Brown Kicks Off Women in the World 2013 with Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and More

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Credit: Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown for Newsweek Daily Beast

For the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, Tina Brown and Newsweek Daily Beast gathered remarkable women of all stripes to highlight their sisters around the globe and provide solutions to atrocities like the honor killings in Pakistan and the tens of thousands of rapes in Syria.

In her opening remarks Thursday at Lincoln Center, Brown urged everyone in attendance to take Sheryl Sandberg‘s advice a step further and “lean ON” companies and governments to do a better job at protecting and propelling women forward. Read more

Tina Brown: ‘We Do Not Have Enough Respect for Content Anymore’

Tina Brown, in an appearance on Bloomberg TV’s Market Makers, said that the business side of journalism basically ruins everything. At one point she said that the focus on numbers is “soul destroying” and that “We do not have enough respect for content anymore.”

“There is less respect for the editorial process then there ever was amongst business folks,” continued Brown. “The people who write the checks basically think there is less of a sense that editorial people can have some integrity and stay aloof and say, ‘this is business and this is news,’ and many people in media profession feel like too much of that has been eroded, and there must be some respect for the integrity of news or we will be a very ill-informed nation.”

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