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7:50 PM ET, June 15, 2012

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Gives Podcasts a Gentle Push Out of iTunes  —  Podcasts were supposed to be a big deal several years ago, but that boom never happened.  Now there's at least anecdotal evidence that the format is actually picking up steam, as creators, listeners and advertisers warm to the format.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
WSJ launches political show as newspapers double down on video  —  Late this morning, the Wall Street Journal began streaming an interview with a haggard-looking David Axelrod to browsers and mobile devices across the land.  The senior adviser to President Obama was appearing on the inaugural episode of …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and FishbowlNY
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Is Doing Its Own Tablet.  How Do You Like Them Apples?  —  Tired of losing ground to the iPad, Microsoft is poised to serve up its own entry in the suddenly booming tablet market.  —  After signaling for months that it would attack the market only through its traditional hardware partners …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang: Why We Changed Our Minds About the iPad  —  Need to Sell iPad Subscriptions ‘Was Obvious for Me,’ New CEO Says  —  Time Inc. on Thursday ended its long refusal to sell iPad subscriptions in the App Store, deciding that earlier concerns over Apple's power and policies weren't worth the missed opportunity.
Discussion: @carr2n, Business Insider and Adweek
BBC:
NeverSeconds blogger Martha Payne school dinner photo ban lifted  —  Martha's NeverSeconds blog started as a writing project with her dad  —  A council has lifted its controversial ban on a nine-year-old girl taking photographs of her school meals.  —  Martha Payne, from Argyll …
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
The Secret to ‘Ailing’ CNN's Success  —  Vanilla cable news channel CNN is ceaselessly derided for its rock-bottom primetime ratings and gimmicky presentation but the middle-of-the-road network is actually a profit-generating behemoth.  Still, you wouldn't get that from the latest …
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Michael Massing / CJR:
How far can CNN sink?
Discussion: Mediaite
Media Decoder:
Sports Illustrated to Cut Editorial Staff  —  Weeks before the Olympics and the start of N.F.L. Training Camp, Sports Illustrated is cutting editorial staff through buyouts and possible layoffs.  —  Terry McDonell, editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, has asked reporters and editors to volunteer for buyout packages by June 21.
Discussion: WWD and Bloomberg
Reuters:
YouTube chief mulls paid subscription  —  (Reuters)-YouTube is exploring selling subscriptions to access to some of its video offerings, potentially providing a way for certain cable channels to be available outside the traditional “bundles” offered by cable network providers, said YouTube boss Salar Kamangar.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Daily News America’ to launch by end of June  —  The latest Daily News digital editor, Ted Young, arrived in the paper's newsroom this week, and he already appears to have made a splash.  —  Readers of dailynews.com today may have noticed a design feature that's not all that common on the homepage …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Can somebody please tell Brett Anderson's replacement he's no longer laid off?  —  Food critic Brett Anderson has been un-laid off following some ouchy press (1, 2) for his current and perhaps future employer, The Times-Picayune.  Anderson said Tuesday that he had been told he was out of a job because he had a Nieman fellowship.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The New York Post bumps price to $1  —  Hold the presses: The New York Post is getting a price bump.  —  On Monday, the Post will bump its weekday newsstand price from 75 cents to a dollar, a subscription services representative with the company confirms.  The Saturday newsstand price …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services  —  The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk.  Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
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News organizations ask Supreme Court for live audio, video coverage of health care ruling