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7:50 AM ET, May 8, 2012

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John Herrman / Buzzfeed:
Facebook Social Readers Are All Collapsing  —  The Washington Post was the first publication to experiment with a “frictionless” social reader app, which launched last year.  If you use Facebook you've probably come across it: it manifests as a clustered list of stories that are almost …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Decline Of Reader Apps Likely Due To News Feed Changes, Shows Facebook Controls The Traffic Faucet  —  No, Facebook news reader apps aren't declining because users suddenly got fed up with auto-sharing.  The user loss is likely due to the transition to “trending articles” …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
China Expels Al Jazeera Channel  —  BEIJING — Al Jazeera, the satellite broadcasting network, was forced by the Chinese authorities to close its China news operations of its English-language channel on Monday, the first such action in almost 14 years and the strongest sign yet …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Andy Coulson wins leave to appeal over ruling on legal fees  —  Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has won permission to appeal against a high court ruling that News International is not liable to pay his potential legal fees over the phone-hacking scandal.
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The Independent:
IoS exclusive: Coulson owned News Corp shares while at No 10  —  Andy Coulson held shares in News Corporation while he was David Cameron's head of communications at Downing Street, at a time when the Government was deciding whether to approve the company's takeover of BSkyB, it is revealed today.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalism: Dying by a thousand cuts, or being reinvented?  —  There are plenty of warning signs about the ongoing disruption in the media industry, and everyone is looking for someone to blame.  But when it comes to their journalistic competition, many traditional outlets still seem …
Discussion: Poynter
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Pernicious Myth That Slideshows Drive ‘Traffic’  —  Readers aren't stupid.  They know when your product is cheap.  —  For a time, people measured site ‘traffic’ by the number of page views on that site.  So, any time someone opened a page on that publication, it counted as one.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Atlantic Names Its New Business News Site: ‘Quartz.’ Quartz?  Yep.  Quartz.  —  Naming a new website in the year 2012 requires a fair amount of creativity and compromise.  All the obvious good domains have been taken, and plenty of the bad ones, too.  —  Atlantic Media went heavy …
Richard Blackden / Telegraph:
Warren Buffett tells Omaha gathering he may buy more newspapers  —  Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said that he may buy more newspapers even though the profits they make will be “nothing like the old days.”  —  Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, eats a Dairy Queen ice cream bar …
Jim Romenesko:
Milwaukee Police Department website corrects media errors  —  The Milwaukee Police Department says its The Source website “provides the whole story — the one that television, radio and newspapers don't have space or time to provide their audiences.”  Also, “we'll correct the news stories …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
A Closer Look At Chorus, The Next-Generation Publishing Platform That Runs Vox Media  —  The modern online newsroom is a 24/7 operation.  It needs power tools to work efficiently, like modern carpenters need electric drills to build houses.  The problem is that most content management systems …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Vox Product, Thanks:@ry_hudson
Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile:
Netflix: The New Arch-Frenemy  —  Albanian Army marching in Tirana's main square (Photo: Reuters)  —  The Albanian Army is coming everyone, watch out!  —  We're only into week 1 of big media companies reporting their quarterly earnings and the most prominent name hasn't been CBS Corp …
Eduardo Garcia / Reuters:
Colombia rebels want media debate for Frenchman's release  —  Colombia's leftist FARC rebels demanded a debate on freedom of information Monday as a first step toward the release of a French reporter kidnapped nine days ago, as they accused the government of manipulating journalists.
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William Neuman / New York Times:
Colombia Rebels Confirm Kidnapping of French Journalist
 
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