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2:45 PM ET, May 19, 2013


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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Tumblrs for Cool: Board Approves $1.1 Billion Deal as Expected  —  The Yahoo board has approved a massive $1.1 billion all-cash deal to buy Tumblr.  —  Sources close to the board said the deal was a foregone conclusion and was an unanimous vote by the Silicon Valley Internet giant.
ABC News' Jonathan Karl addresses criticism on reporting of the Benghazi talking points controversy  —  On the Sunday, May 19 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, host Howard Kurtz read a statement from Jonathan Karl, chief White House Correspondent for ABC News in response to his reporting …
Discussion: @thestalwart and @mlcalderone
Emran Hossain / The Huffington Post:
Bangladeshi Bloggers Face Constant Death Threats Since Arrest  —  WASHINGTON — Even though Rasel Parvez is out of prison, he isn't out of danger.  —  “They have pushed my life to a state in which I cannot walk free.  I remain in self-confinement day after day, and my social relations are mostly snapped …
Andrew Romano / The Daily Beast:
Why You're Addicted to TV  —  The Revolution is being televised.  Anyone who enjoys even the most casual relationship with a television set is probably aware that How We Watch TV has been changing in recent years.  “Binge watching,” as scores of breathless critics have christened it …
Wall Street Journal:
Social Media Pose New Riddle for CIA  —  Effective spycraft has long called for cover—a job, family or routine that would keep a government agent from drawing undue attention.  Now, that calculation extends to spies' use of social media.  —  Only in the past few years …
Discussion: MoneyBeat and The Verge
John Cook / Gawker:
(Update) We Are Raising $200,000 to Buy and Publish the Rob Ford Crack Tape  —  As you may have heard, Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, smokes crack cocaine.  We've seen a video of him smoking crack cocaine, and the people who have the video would like to sell it.  Through the miracle of crowdfunding, you can help.
Nicholas Thompson / The New Yorker Blog:
Julius Genachowski Leaves the F.C.C.  —  After four and a half years running the F.C.C., Julius Genachowski is stepping down on Friday.  He's had an eventful time: dealing with net neutrality, spectrum auctions, mergers, and David Ortiz's exhortative expletive on national TV.
Discussion: The Verge
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Why Hearst Wants in on Google Glass  —  Google Glass has already gotten a reputation as a geek-guy thing, but Hearst doesn't think that's going to be the case in the long run.  —  The publisher is the first magazine to have a Google Glass app.  Elle will join The New York Times …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CNN Peeks at Google Glass with News Alerts App
Discussion: AdAge and ZDNet
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Site Is Attacked by Hackers  —  The New York Times Company was a victim of online attacks earlier this week that slowed down The New York Times Web site and limited access to articles and other types of content.  —  According to Danielle Rhoades Ha, a company spokeswoman …
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
How Google beat Apple to a streaming music service  —  Sources say iRadio is still mired in licensing talks and may not be ready for WWDC  —  Google's long-rumored Play Music All Access service is already out the door, while Apple's iRadio is still bogged down in licensing talks.
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