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.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Goodbye to Her Colleagues at The View (TVNewser)
Wednesday was Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s last day on The View. Later this year, she will join Fox News as the co-host of Fox & Friends, replacing Gretchen Carlson, who is departing for her own afternoon program. To open Wednesday morning’s program, Hasselbeck walked out arm in arm with host Barbara Walters. “Barbara, I did some math last night, and I think that I have had over 3,000 days working by your side, I think it is fair to say that over the course of the decade, I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting and journalism,” Hasselbeck said. Daily Beast / Sexy Beast While it would be insane not to concede that Hasselbeck’s flippant, obstinate squawking of her personal beliefs and refusal to budge from her staunch platform during an argument was irritating, it would also be insane not to admit that those very things weren’t vital parts of what made the show work. Using Hasselbeck to ignite fiery debates has been critical to the show’s larger purpose. (Not to mention great television.) Vulture With all the drama surrounding The View this week, and with Walters set to exit the show next spring, it got us to thinking that maybe ABC — which has a giant deal with Couric and produces her talk show — already has a backup plan for the former Today superstar. As in, what if Couric is actually in line to replace Walters as the new grand dame on The View?
Newsweek Sale Nears Amid Staff Exodus (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
While the revolving door continues to turn at NewsBeast, an insider with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap that the “News” half of the name will likely soon be sold off to one of the several parties currently “very interested” in the Newsweek brand. An insider with knowledge of the situation said morale is understandably low on the Newsweek side of the company, with nearly everyone there either trying to leave NewsBeast entirely or find a spot at the Daily Beast. NY Observer Newsweek deputy editor Justine Rosenthal is leaving the digital-only publication, editor-in-chief Tina Brown announced Wednesday in a staff email first obtained by Capital. Richard Just will step in to replace Rosenthal. Rosenthal, who had been at NewsBeast since 2011, was promoted from executive editor to editorial director in December amid substantive layoffs, shortly after the magazine announced it would cease print publication. In April, Rosenthal replaced Tunku Varadarajan as editor of Newsweek Global. FishbowlNY In a note to staffers, Brown said Rosenthal’s skills and determination will be missed.
Al Gore Dismissed From Lawsuit Over Current TV Sale to Al Jazeera (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
On Tuesday, former U.S. vice president Al Gore scored a knockdown — if not yet a total knockout — when a San Francisco judge dismissed a $5 million lawsuit brought by media consultant John Terenzio, who alleged being cut out of Current TV’s $500 million sale to Al Jazeera.
Instagram Debuts Video Embeds, Could Alter Publishing Habits (Adweek)
Instagram on Wednesday made its three-weeks-old videos feature embeddable, giving publishers and marketers another option to Twitter Vine, YouTube and Vimeo when it comes to making content more multimedia. In other words, anybody can now grab an Instagram video or photo and post it on their own website, app or other digital platform. AllFacebook Instagram also offered some examples in an email of how its new embedding capability can be used: “Whether you are a news organization, brand, photographer, aspiring chef, or world traveler, embeddable photos and videos provide everyone a seamless way to amplify Instagram experiences and engage with communities outside of Instagram.”
Murdoch Agrees to Testify Before Parliament (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has agreed to testify before the British Parliament on remarks he made about journalists bribing police officers, according to a statement from News Corp. “Mr. Murdoch welcomes the opportunity to return to the Select Committee and answer their questions,” the company said in a statement. “He looks forward to clearing up any misconceptions as soon as possible.”
BuzzFeed Removes Story That Parodies The Site’s Lists (Poynter / MediaWire)
Joe Veix posted his listicle “The 10 DUMBEST BuzzFeed Lists You’re EMBARRASSED To Say You CLICKED” Tuesday, and the site took it down quickly, he says. BuzzFeed readers can create their own articles on the site after registering. In an exchange on Twitter, BuzzFeed community editor Cates Holderness told Veix the piece was “mean-spirited.” “We are totally game to make fun of ourselves as long as it’s all in good fun,” BuzzFeed spokesperson Ashley McCollum tells Poynter via email. “This time, it wasn’t so we decided to remove the post.”
New York Times Cuts One of Its Three New York City Editions (Capital New York)
The New York Times has scrapped one of its New York editions, bringing down the number of editions it publishes every weekday from five to four, Capital has learned. The change went into effect with Tuesday’s paper, according to an internal memo. What does it mean for New Yorkers? More coverage of Mets and Yankees games in the morning paper, for one thing, since the deadline of the first New York edition has been pushed back from 10:15 to 10:45 p.m.
Harvard Professor Says Leaks Changed WikiLeaks’ Image (The Register Guard / AP)
An Army private’s leak of classified information to WikiLeaks changed how the public, the government and traditional news media perceived the anti-secrecy organization — from a legitimate journalistic enterprise to a group that supported terrorism, a Harvard law professor testified Wednesday.
Magazine Ad Pages Down Five Percent in First Half (FishbowlNY)
The year’s first-half ad page numbers — courtesy of the MPA — are out, and once again, it’s not pretty. Total consumer ad pages dropped 4.9 percent compared to the first half of 2012, and total ad revenue increased by a tiny 0.4 percent. Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Vogue, GQ, Elle, Men’s Fitness, Saveur and HGTV Magazine all had double-digit ad page growth. Meanwhile, some glossies saw double-digit ad page drops, like Businessweek, Golf World, Forbes, The Economist and Essence.
Greenwald Gets His Pincus Corrections (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
After a long, hard-fought campaign, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald has finally forced The Washington Post‘s Walter Pincus to issue corrections on an article that raised questions about Edward Snowden’s relationship with WikiLeaks. The corrections, which total three paragraphs and appear at the top of Pincus’ article, come after almost 36 hours of heavy pressure from Greenwald, the journalist who first broke the news about the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices.
Reader’s Digest Slashes Rate Base as Parent Nears Exit From Chapter 11 (Ad Age / Media News)
Reader’s Digest Association is slashing guaranteed circulation at its flagship Reader’s Digest magazine, nearly halving it to 3 million from 5.5 million, the company said Wednesday. The cut is part of a series moves intended to help Reader’s Digest Association, which plans to emerge from its latest bankruptcy at the end of July, return to profitability by 2014.
Zucker’s Changes at CNN Are Already Bearing Fruit (Adweek)
The good ship CNN is riding a little higher on the waves. After months of plummeting ratings and a high-profile game of C-suite musical chairs, the original cable news network is catching up to its competitors in the core demo and showing significant year-over-year gains. And while a fall resurrection of Crossfire and the June launch of the morning show New Day are drawing ink, president Jeff Zucker is making other, more subtle changes, too.
Blip Hires Former Tumblr And Gawker Editor Chris Mohney to Oversee Programming (TheWrap)
Blip has hired former Tumblr executive Chris Mohney as its vice president of programming, the digital video network said Wednesday. Blip created this position for Mohney, who will oversee all editorial content for the company’s site. Mohney most recently served as the editor-in-chief of Tumblr, where he pushed the company into hosting and creating video packages.
Kushner Launches A Newspaper War in The LBC (CJR / The Audit)
Aaron Kushner, the newspaper industry’s almost impossibly contrarian would-be savior, is launching a newspaper war with the MediaNews-owned Press-Telegram in Long Beach. Kushner is expanding his Orange County Register empire with a daily 16-page-plus Long Beach Register to be included with the mother paper. He’s even snagged a former Press-Telegram publisher to run the new edition.
BCharnley2 Ahhhh good point. Good question.
pauldinaseditor Of course they should!
Michael Harpe It depends on the situation… In a start-up there is always that risk so I think employees should go into the job prepared for the worst
Clint Corey In most cases, obviously.
Shawn Jones He handled it as best he could for the business, but I bet the employees let go had a worse week than he did.