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1:30 PM ET, May 24, 2012

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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Times-Picayune to publish three days a week, cut staff  —  A memo from Times-Picayune publisher Ashton Phelps Jr. confirms that the newspaper will cease daily publication, moving to three days a week in the fall: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  The memo also confirms staff cuts, though it doesn't say how large they will be.
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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
New Orleans Times-Picayunes Faces Deep Cuts, Will End Daily Publication  —  The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the paper that became internationally famous for its courageous reporting during Hurricane Katrina, is facing steep cuts and will end its 175-year history of daily publication, the paper announced Thursday.
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Leveson Inquiry: Jeremy Hunt memo shows he backed News Corp bid for BSkyB before taking charge of decision  —  The Culture Secretary told the Prime Minister it would be “totally wrong” for the Government to “cave in” to News Corp's opponents and instead allow it to help the UK “lead the way” in the media industry.
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Reuters:
UK minister leaked information in Sky deal - News Corp  —  The UK minister in charge of approving News Corp's bid for BSkyB passed on information about the process to Murdoch's media empire through his aide, a News Corp lobbyist insisted, brushing off denials by the government.
Discussion: Telegraph
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Slams Professors Who Claimed Its Viewers Were Ill-Informed  —  The cable channel was mum the first time around, but now that Fairleigh Dickinson University has released a follow-up study that disparages its audience, FNC is striking back with some observations of its own.
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Survey: NPR's listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon bans Kindle Store spam (finally)  —  Amazon is finally banning some of the junkier content in the Kindle Store, including “content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of that content.”  —  The company is making new rules on public domain and “other non-exclusive content.”
Bobbie Johnson / paidContent:
New ‘radically simplified’ WordPress is on the way  —  Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress and Automattic (see disclosure) says that the service is preparing for a significant change of direction — by releasing a much simpler version designed to work on mobile.
Discussion: Beet.TV and The Next Web
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Warren Buffett Won't Stop Buying Newspapers Until He's Dead  —  Warren Buffett is going to buy more newspapers.  Yes, in addition to the 63 his Berkshire Hathaway Media Group scooped up last week.  In a letter sent to the editors and publishers of those publications, Buffett says he …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Daily Caller giving away guns to readers now through Election Day  —  The Daily Caller, the conservative website founded by Tucker Carlson, has launched an unusual publicity stunt to say the least: Now through Nov. 6—Election Day—the Washington, D.C.-based site will give away a handgun a week.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why rich people are investing in newspapers, again  —  In March, Chris Hughes paid around $5 million for a majority share of The New Republic.  On Sunday The New York Times reported he'd be doubling the magazine's staff and hiring former editor Franklin Foer to edit the magazine once again.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Time and Newsweek Magazine Covers Catch Eyes and Clicks  —  Who knew there could be so much controversy left in the subject of breast-feeding?  —  The recent Time magazine cover featuring an attractive 26-year-old mother suckled by her 3-year-old son — with the headline “Are You Mom Enough?”
Discussion: FishbowlNY and magCulture.com/blog
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Esquire to Publish E-Books Devoted to Men's Fiction  —  That creaky label “women's fiction” tends to conjure up images of novels about family, career or relationships.  But men's fiction?  —  Esquire magazine will try to define it in June with a new push into publishing fiction …
 
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hachette is offering new e-books to some libraries
Michael Roberts / The Latest Word:
Denver Post program delivers ex-subscribers ads but not newspaper
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple: U.S. e-book lawsuit “fundamentally flawed”
Discussion: CNET, 9to5Mac and GigaOM
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New Woodward book to focus on Obama's handling of economy
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Digital story-telling and the rise of the new publishers
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New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech
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Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Over the Aereo: Killer Diller Just Might Help Viewers Cut the Cord At Last
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Inventor of Wireless Remote Dies: Clunky Technology Lives On
Discussion: New York Times, CNET and Hit & Run
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Mexico Arrests Suspect In Journalist's Killing
Reuters:
NBCUniversal plans 5,500 hours of Olympics TV coverage
Erik Wemple:
Washington Times takes de Borchgrave's recent columns offline
Discussion: @jackshafer, The Corsair and FishbowlDC
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Wrapports buys the Reader
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poynter
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Piers Morgan “showed journalist how to hack phone”