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1:55 PM ET, April 28, 2011

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Trying to Debunk a Theory, the News Media Extended Its Life  —  The facts about Barack Obama's birth never wavered.  But the more the fraudulent theories were debated and dispelled in major news media outlets, the more people seemed to believe them.  —  The conspiracy theories …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC's Burnett Is Said Ready to Jump to CNN  —  The CNBC anchor Erin Burnett is poised to sign a long-term contract with CNN, according to three people with knowledge of her plans.  —  The signing will represent a shift to general news anchoring for Ms. Burnett, who has shown interest …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Update To My Investment Policy  —  Before TechCrunch I was an occasional angel investor, going back to the mid 1990s.  I've also made investments since TechCrunch, in companies like Dogster, DanceJam, Seesmic and Daylife.  Some people have seen this as a conflict of interest, which it of course is.
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Tom Foremski / IMHO Blog| ZDNet:
Is it OK for AOL's Techcrunch Editors to invest in companies they write about?
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Celeb Baby Bump: Slate Editor and Pregnant Media Vanguard Award Winner David Plotz (PHOTOS)  —  A Q&A on Slate's Old Print Editions, Current Fresca Fellowships and Advanced Age of 15  —  As part of our continuing series of talks with Media Vanguard Award winners, today we present …
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Joel Meares / CJR:
The Royals Ban Satirical Coverage of Kate and Wills' Big Day  —  A video feed rule change and CJR's call for a royal boycott  —  Finally, CJR finds a Royal Wedding angle.  —  It comes to us all the way from Sydney, Australia, where the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Network …
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
How the AP will cover the Royal Wedding
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Marco.org:
Why Instapaper Free is taking an extended vacation  —  Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store1 for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app.  Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.
Aida Alami / New York Times:
Web Offers a Voice to Journalists in Morocco  —  CASABLANCA — After the Moroccan journalist Ali Lmrabet wrote about the king's real estate holdings in 2001, he was tried in court on defamation charges and the article cost him his career: His satirical magazine, Demain, a symbol of the independent press, was shut down.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Want to keep mobile users engaged longer?  Just add audio  —  NPR's iPhone, iPad, and Android apps have together surpassed five million downloads, an impressive number — but most of their users never stream audio.  When they do listen, however, they are far more engaged.
Discussion: MediaPost and eMedia Vitals
The Daily:
Auto-racing heir Penske poised to add Variety to his empire  —  Jay Penske, the heir to the Detroit car-racing clan, is mulling a bid to buy Variety from the Amsterdam-based Reed Elsevier company, sources say.  —  Penske, 30, already has an Internet media conglomerate with Movieline …
Noah Davis / The Wire:
This Startup Just Solved Every Publication's Paywall Problem — And It Is Using The Huffington Post As Proof  —  Suppose you are a web publisher who wants to institute a pay wall.  You could spend millions on developing one like The New York Times.  —  Or you could call Tiny Pass.
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Thomson Reuters revenue rises, plans divestitures  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - News and information provider Thomson Reuters Corp's revenue growth accelerated in the first quarter as it reaped the benefits of heavy spending on new products, and the company said it plans to sell two more businesses to fund further investment.
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
New Siblings NBC News, E! Link Hands to Boost Content  —  Tuning In: But NBC News Won't Become NBC NE!ws  —  The only “e” in NBC News has long been lower-case and never carried an exclamation point with it.  In recent days, however, a new iteration of that vowel has begun to surface: E!
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Jersey Shore No Laughing Matter At Viacom; Helps Push Revs Up 20 Percent  —  A strong quarter from Viacom (NYSE: VIA), thanks to home entertainment, television licensing and domestic advertising combined with a 50 percent increase in film revenues.  Domestic advertising was up 11 percent …
Simon Owens / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Is About To Change The Way Advertisers Measure Success  —  Greg Rogers wasn't interested in speaking to me about click-through rates.  —  We were sitting in a conference room in AOL's New York City headquarters with Rogers' computer hooked up to a projector.  “We don't care about the clicks,” he told me.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
The Realtime Web: RealTidbits Teams With Echo To Breathe New Life Into Forums  —  RealTidbits, a San Diego-based product development company, today announces the release of its RealTime Forum, an embeddable widget that allows you to add a dynamic stream and to build a realtime community on your company's website.
Thanks:chrissaad
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Blurb Releases iPhone App for Creative Storytellers  —  Blurb, a veteran self-publishing startup for do-it-yourself book makers, is launching Blurb Mobile for iPhone and iPod Touch Thursday to let users tell stories in a whole new way.  —  The application invites users to create mobile …
Adweek:
Reader's Digest Looking to Unload Web's Top Food Site?  Allrecipes.com had become company's digital jewel By Lucia Moses  —  The struggles of Reader's Digest magazine have grabbed headlines in recent years, but a food website may have been a bigger factor in Mary Berner's departure as CEO of Reader's Digest Association.
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Finding the value in Guardian local ‘experiment’
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MediaShift Idea Lab:
'There's No Problem!' Newsrooms in Denial About Rampant Errors
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ahead of Earnings Next Week, Demand Media Shares Drastic Dip Due to Googley Panda-Monium
Yvette Kantrow / The Huffington Post:
The Maginot Media  —  Nearly three years after the financial …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Journalists call for independent investigation of Protess controversy at Medill
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Experiments With News, Acquires Mobile Start-up
Kevin Ryan / AdAge:
Will Google's Search Ad Previews Break The Click?
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Copps Lays Into Local News ‘Evisceration’
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Ian Burrell / The Independent:
What now for those buying anonymity?
Discussion: BBC
Katie Feola / Adweek:
The New York Times Has Not Sunk...Yet Sulzberger talks up company at annual meeting
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and FishbowlNY
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalism Gets Better the More People Who Do It
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Jesse Thorn on making your own thing in public radio (while still being able to feed your family)
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast in Talks to Offer On-Demand Movies 6 to 8 Weeks After Theaters
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Why newspaper ad sales are not recovering
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Jeffrey Benzing / American Journalism Review:
On the Front Lines  —  Former TBD.com honcho Jim Brady is helping …
 

 
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