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3:25 PM ET, May 20, 2011

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Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Katie Couric is closing in on a deal with ABC for an afternoon talk show  —  One of the most high-profile media courtships may soon be consummated: Katie Couric is closing in on a deal with Walt Disney Co.'s ABC to host an afternoon talk show.  —  Couric, who anchored the CBS Evening News …
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Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Quiet Departure Is Stark Contrast to Heralded Arrival  —  “CBS Evening News” bade farewell to its anchor, Katie Couric, on Thursday with a five-minute highlights reel and a rendition of the Beatles ballad “In My Life,” but there wasn't much sadness on the set.
The Huffington Post:   Katie Couric Signs Off ‘CBS Evening News’
Carly Carioli / Phlog:
Google abandons master-plan to archive the world's newspapers  —  In an email today to publishers including the Boston Phoenix, Google told partners in its News Archive project that it would cease accepting, scanning, and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
From Schoolhouse Rock to ‘The Fracking Song,’ explainers as ‘acts of empathy’  —  In all the years he's been playing the guitar and keyboard, David Holmes never pictured himself recording a song about hydraulic fractured drilling.  —  But Holmes, a journalism student in New York University's …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Breaking: Liberty Media Offers Nearly $1 Billion For Barnes & Noble  —  Bankrupt Borders needs a sale the most but Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), which put itself in play last August, is the book retailer with a serious suitor—and they don't come much more serious than John Malone.
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Insane! John Malone Offers to Buy Barnes & Noble
Discussion: USA Today, bookforum.com and GalleyCat
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
After Layoffs, ‘Pink Slip’ Virus Hits Dow Jones  —  Dow Jones has been battling the nasty “pink slip” computer virus all week.  And its arrival just days after two dozen or so techs were laid off has led to speculation that the company was a victim of sabotage.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Noah Davis / The Wire:
ELIZABETH SPIERS: 'New York Observer Was Sluggish When I Got Here And Now It's Back On Track'  —  The visual metaphor is obvious.  —  Last week, Elizabeth Spiers — Gawker founder, Breaking Media founder, and currently editor-in-chief of the New York Observer — posted a picture …
Discussion: @iwantmedia and FishbowlNY
Mark Little / Storyful:
The Human Algorithm  —  When I became a reporter, almost 20 years ago, my job was to dig up scarce, precious facts and deliver them to a passive audience.  Today, scarcity has been replaced by an unimaginable surplus and that audience is actively building its own newsroom.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big Content rips into Google, the “corporate imperialist”  —  The knives are out for Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.  Within hours of making comments to UK media during a press conference, major US rightsholders attempted to brand Google as an arrogant, out-of-control company bent …
Reinventing the Newsroom:
Where Papers' Linking Problems Begin  —  Why aren't news organizations better about linking?  That question reverberates in digital-journalism circles periodically, and since the link is one of the more fundamental tenets of the web, if not the fundamental tenet, a failure to link …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Twitter sued for ‘breaking’ UK super injunction.  Oh yes.  —  We've been watching the British legal system turn itself into knots for the last couple of weeks, largely due to the ability of Twitter users to break just about any legal ‘super injunction’ a ‘celebrity’ (usually footballers) …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Internet and telco TV eat away at cable TV market share  —  According to new data from ABI Research, internet TV and and television services run by telecoms - such as Verizon or AT&T— are slowly eating away at cable TV's market share.  Cable TV subscriptions dropped from 72% in 2009 to 69% in 2010 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Tablets Tip Future To First Digital Profit  —  Future says tablet magazine sales of over £100,000 ($161863.16) per month pushed its digital activities in to their first ever profit during the first half of this year.  —  Although publishers often cite growing digital revenue …
Discussion: Media Week
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Evolution of TechCrunchTV: A Slick NY Studio and the Power of Videoblogging  —  Launched just over a year ago, now with 1700 videos and millions of streams, TechCrunchTV is expanding with new programming, a state-of-the-art studio at the Aol headquarters in Manhattan and a focus on videoblogging.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the missing link  —  Picture Pre-Tablet Man (or Woman).  Let's go back to the time before Palm Pilots, at the dawn of consumer digital civilization itself, a time of AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve.  Hunched heavily by the analog world on his shoulders …
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Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
How to Make It Easy for Newspapers to Link on the Web
Thanks:p2chairman
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
The CW to reward viewers for watching commercials  —  At its upfront presentation today, the CW network announced an unique partnership with the shopping app Shopkick.  The app serves up shopping deals and special rewards for users who visit top retailers like Target and Home Depot.
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
The Barbarian Group at the Gate!  How Long Will ‘The Daily’ Stay Top Secret?  —  Since its launch three months ago, the goings-on at tablet newspaper The Daily have been kept tightly under wraps by News Corp's—not to mention Apple's—trademark wall of secrecy and non-disclosure agreements.
Gena Chung / American Journalism Review:
Continuing the Struggle  —  Her husband, editor of a newspaper in Sri Lanka, was gunned down.  Now in exile in New York City, Sonali Samarasinghe presses forward with their fight for press freedom and justice in their native country.  Posted: Friday, May 20 2011
 
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Brian Morrissey / digiday:DAILY:
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Ryan Chittum / CJR:
A HuffPost Scoop, Overlooked By the Mainstream Press
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Steve Green / VEGAS INC:
Denver judge stays all Righthaven cases in Colorado
Fort Gordon Signal:
Fallen Army journalist honored at Newseum
The Atlantic Online:
South African Journalist Anton Hammerl Killed in Libya
Discussion: Lens, Yahoo! News, FishbowlNY and Adweek
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Twitpic changes reveal conflict as users, journalists, photo sharing services have competing goals
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Paul Bradshaw / BBC College of Journalism Blog:
bbcsms: A changing audience or changing audience expectations?
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Wenner Media, Publisher of Rolling Stone, Names a New Chief Digital Officer
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Expands Ad Performance Guarantees, Helping Magazines' Push for Audience Recognition
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Conversation, the startup Australian news site, wants to bring academic expertise to breaking news
Discussion: J-Source
Carol Marie Cropper / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Honolulu Says Aloha To Add-Free Experiment
Discussion: Future of Journalism
 

 
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Apple:
Celebrity photo theft was a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions”

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Banks: Credit Card Breach at Home Depot

Mark Scott / New York Times:
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