Thursday Edition 12/31/09

E&P CLOSING TODAY: Resurrection is possible, but not right away. Also: Last issue put to bed. [Editor & Publisher]

PROTECTING JOURNALISTS: When Congress acts, it should include bloggers. [LA Times editorial]

A shield law shouldn’t protect libelous gossip on a teenager’s MySpace page. But in the Internet era, not every public-spirited journalist works for a traditional newspaper or broadcast operation, and some don’t work at all in the sense of receiving a regular paycheck. The final version of this overdue law should reflect that reality.

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT: Apple’s tablet is expected next month. [Business Week]

DOING HARM: Sure, it’s Google’s promise, not Apple’s, but here’s another example that if the world is flat (economically), China’s on a different plane. [Mac World]

Apple appears to have blocked iPhone applications related to the Dalai Lama in its China App Store, making it the latest U.S. technology company to censor its services in China.

Those apps, which appear in most countries’ versions of the App Store, do not currently appear in the Chinese version…

“We continue to comply with local laws,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in an e-mail when asked about the missing apps. “Not all apps are available in every country.”

POGUE’S FAVES: Times columnist’s year’s best. [NY Times]

WHY  NEWSPAPERS ARE DYING: For one thing, they’re [still mostly] not free. [Examiner]

SAVING NEWSPAPERS: It’s saving journalism we should be talking about. 7 minutes.

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