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10:25 AM ET, May 12, 2011

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Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Busted in Clumsy Smear on Google  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The social network secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about the search giant, The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons reveals—a caper that is blowing up in their face, and escalating their war.
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Smear Story Source Speaks: Facebook Wanted to Stab Google in the Back  —  Privacy advocate Christopher Soghoian broke open the story of how Facebook tried to use global PR giant Burson-Marsteller to smear Google in the press.  He was pitched to ghost-write the op-ed, but posted the email exchange online instead.
Edward Wyatt / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Commissioner Leaving to Join Comcast  —  8:02 p.m. |  Updated WASHINGTON — Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved a hotly contested merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who voted for the deal said on Wednesday that she would soon join Comcast's Washington lobbying office.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
InsideDeal!  WebMediaBrands Acquires Inside Network For $14 Million  —  When it comes to in-depth news about Facebook, there has been no better site than Inside Facebook.  In fact, the flagship site of Inside Network became so successful alongside the meteoric rise of Facebook …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times' Share of Newspaper Sites' Traffic Hits 12-Month Low  —  April Was a Quieter Month for News Than March, But Other Newspaper Sites Maintained Traffic Better  —  The pay wall introduced by The New York Times at the end of March is hurting traffic to its website, as expected, but perhaps within acceptable levels.
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Julie Moos / Poynter:   Yahoo grew unique visitors in April while New York Times, others declined
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Surprising Reason Publishers Are Finally Saying Yes to Apple  —  Earlier this week, I asked what had changed in the standoff between Apple and magazine publishers, who want to sell subscriptions to iPad editions in the iTunes store but, until last week, weren't prepared to accept Apple's rules.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The New York Times to Debut “UGC” Wedding Announcements This Weekend  —  The New York Times, which features a short article and photo of a couple of dozen newly-weds every Sunday in the Style section, will be adding short videos created by the couples.  The first user-generated video will be published this weekend.
Discussion: New York Times and Poynter
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How The New York Times Will Shake Up Its Weekly Section  —  NEW YORK — New York Times staffers in the editorial and news departments have been working for several months to reinvent the paper's “Week in Review” section, a Sunday staple for more than 75 years.
The Atlantic Online:
'Google Doesn't Laugh': Saving Witty Headlines in the Age of SEO  —  If online searches are literal, what happens to headlines that involve word play?  Copy editors fear they're going the way of the classified ad.  —  To Matthew Crowley, funny headlines are serious business.
Discussion: Poynter, The Awl and @ivantohelpyou
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CBSNews.com to debut social show 'What's Trending'  —  Next week, CBSNews.com will debut a new show called “What's Trending” that bridges a live, weekly webcast with social media interaction.  “What's Trending fills the gap as a broadcast show for the internet generation,” explains host and executive producer Shira Lazar.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of old dipsy-doo  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  Fifteen years ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education put up its first paywall.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Gawker sites see page views begin to return as Jezebel's April traffic bests last year's  —  Since Gawker Media relaunched its network of websites in February, there has been much talk about the immediate drop in unique visitors and page views.  But three months later, the numbers look a little different.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Is the iPad Just a New Way to Give Away Magazines?  —  In the last few days, there have been a flurry of deals that suggest that a level of détente between Apple and the Big Three Manhattan publishers (Condé Nast, Time Inc. and Hearst) has finally been reached.
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Nomad Editions, a Movie Studio For Tablet Magazines
 
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