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11:20 AM ET, April 6, 2011


 Top News: 
New York Times:
CBS Executive Denies Being F.B.I. Informant  —  A CBS News executive angrily denied reports that he was a government informant during the Oklahoma City bombing investigation, saying Tuesday that reports that he had cooperated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and named a confidential source were “outrageous and untrue.”
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook Reaches Out to Journalists With Page, Workshops  —  In an attempt to promote the use of Facebook in the newsroom, Facebook has unveiled a new Facebook Page and meetup program for journalists.  —  The new Page, Journalists on Facebook, is intended to be a resource for journalists …
Discussion: GigaOM, eMedia Vitals and newsplexer
Facebook & social journalism
Discussion: Journalistics and, Thanks:malliegator
Stephen Battaglio /
The Biz: Meredith Vieira Expected to Leave NBC's Today  —  Meredith Vieira is expected to leave NBC's Today when her current contract expires later this year, according to a source familiar with her plans.  —  Vieira has been in discussions with NBC News executives for several months about extending her deal, which is up in September.
David Kaplan / paidContent: To Offer Incentive Pay For Meeting Quality Content Guidelines  —  Hyperlocal network has often been frustrated by being lumped in with the so-called “content farms.”  So, over the past year, it has been trying to find ways of highlighting the differences between …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Can a Content Farm Do Quality? How Examiner's Trying
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Gawker's Traffic Has Really Fallen Off Since The Redesign  —  How much longer will Nick Denton hang on to his redesign of Gawker properties?  He shows no signs of backing down, even though a quick look at Quantcast shows a pretty appreciable decline in unique visitors to his stable of properties.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers and Social Media: Still Not Really Getting It  —  Updated: Many traditional media entities have embraced social-media services like Twitter and Facebook and blogs — at least to some extent — as tools for reporting and journalism, using them to publish and curate news reports.
Discussion: Bloggasm
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DISH Wins Bankruptcy Auction, Buys Blockbuster Assets For $228M In Cash  —  DISH Network this morning announced that it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, which went belly up in September 2010.
Wall Street Journal:
Lions Gate Finalizing Netflix Deal to Stream All Seasons of “Mad Men”  —  Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., which produces the hit television series “Mad Men,” is finalizing a deal with Netflix Inc. to stream all seven seasons of the critically-acclaimed show about a 1960s advertising agency, according to people close to the situation.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
YES says no to cable app  —  The YES Network is saying no to Cablevision's new iPad app.  —  YES, the regional sports network for the New York Yankees and the New Jersey Nets, became the first programmer to publicly protest its inclusion in the app, which allows Cablevision's 3 million customers …
Discussion: Company Town and
Nodes - Quickish:
What Mark Cuban Is Talking About When He Talks About the “Role of Media for Sports Teams”  —  What is Mark Cuban really talking about when he talks about the “role of sports media for sports teams?”  —  Ticket sales.  —  That's it.  It's that simple.  Getting paying customers into the arena.
Markcuban / blog maverick:   Whats the role of media for sports teams ?
Mark Oppenheimer / Slate:
Save NPR!  But please, put PBS out of its misery.  —  It has been a bad time for the network of a million tote bags.  In October, NPR commentator Juan Williams was fired for saying that people in Muslim garb on airplanes frightened him.  Earlier this month, NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller …
How One Radio Reporter Ditched His Equipment for an iPhone 4  —  It's been more than a year since I packed away my laptop computer, digital recorders, microphones, cables and cameras, and began covering Washington, D.C. with only my iPhone.  —  When I first came to the top-rated all-news WTOP in 1997 …
Meg James / Company Town:
Univision gains on NBC, signaling shifts in population trends  —  Univision last week attracted more prime-time viewers than NBC, the second time in four weeks that the Spanish-language network edged out one of the Big Four.  —  Univision still trails NBC by a wide margin on a regular basis.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Why the evening news and the anchors no longer matter.  —  When the Associated Press confirmed today last week's speculations that Katie Couric's anchor contract at CBS would not be renewed when it expires on June 4, waves of relief washed over me.  Never again will the press force-feed …
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism:
The Future of Media, Publishing and Paid Content  —  The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism invites you to watch “The Future of Media, Publishing and Paid Content,” a conversation with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and Janet Robinson, live here at 7 p.m.
Discussion: paidContent and CJR
Why Arianna Huffington is Bill Keller's Somali Pirate … Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis and Felix Salmon (and Felix Salmon) and all sorts of people have been following and commenting on the New York Times' rhetorical war against Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post.  If you want a close look at it, you should read them.
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Akamai Expects Half of Premium Video will Be Consumed via Connected Devices in Three Years
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
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Murdoch lands £153m from Shine deal
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Jeff Greenfield Leaving CBS News
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Projo parent A.H. Belo's execs get $1.6M in bonuses
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Alleged Libyan rape victim Iman al-Obeidi breaks through to the international press
Discussion: New York Times
Omar L. Gallaga / Austin American-Statesman:
Former NPR chief optimistic about future of journalism
Discussion: Editors Weblog and Poynter
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Ad Kingpin Has Advice For Media, But He's Mostly Wrong
Discussion: Twist Image and digiday:DAILY, Thanks:mathewi
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Larry King Returning to the TV Interviewer Chair... on PBS
Meg James / Company Town:
Discovery's David Zaslav awarded $42.6 million in compensation in 2010
Discussion: MediaPost and
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Decline, plateau, decline: New data on The Daily suggests a social media decline and a tough road ahead

From Techmeme:

Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft unveils Bing generative search, which shows AI-generated answers with the sources used to create them, currently available to a small subset of users

Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Around 500 World of Warcraft workers vote to unionize with the CWA, bringing the number of unionized US gaming employees at Microsoft to around 1,750

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