Why Google now wants to save journalism

“Everyone knows that Google is killing the news business. Few people know how hard Google is trying to bring it back to life, or why the company now considers journalism’s survival crucial to its own prospects.” — The Atlantic

‘Bells and whistles’ for Vanity Fair iPad app

“The app for the June issue, which is expected to be available at the iTunes store starting Wednesday, will cost $4.99, the same price as a paper Vanity Fair.” — New York Times

Verizon Wireless joins with Google on new tablet

“The work is part of a deepening relationship between the largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers and Google, which has carved out a space in mobile devices with its Android operating system.” — Wall Street Journal

BBC more important than armed forces: report

“The BBC director general, Mark Thompson, today backed research suggesting that the corporation’s journalism output is more important to the country’s image overseas than the armed forces.” — The Guardian

Palin goes rogue again

“Sarah Palin’s new book has a title, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday. The Alaska ex-governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate, whose memoir Going Rogue has sold more than 2 million copies, has been working on a tribute to American values.” — Newser

The must-reads for journalism practitioners

“A magazine for emerging journalists produced by staff and students at Australian University La Trobe is compiling a guide to 100 articles every journalist should read.” — Journalism.co.uk

Playboy coming at you — in 3D

“Playboy readers who can only imagine what it would look like if a centerfold jumped right off the page are getting new specs to help them see into Hef’s world.” — ABC News

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