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8:55 AM ET, April 7, 2011

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Fires Moviefone Editor Who Offered Fired Freelancers the Chance to Work for, Um, Free  —  Yesterday, AOL's Huffington Post Media Group got into hot water after the top editor at its Moviefone unit sent a memo to freelancers it was in the midst of firing, offering them an opportunity to …
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Anne Thompson / Thompson on Hollywood:
AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job  —  Online movie brands Moviefone and Cinematical are caught in the chaos brought on by new AOL media mogul Arianna Huffington and her new editorial lieutenant, ex-New York Times editor Montorio, as they overhaul AOL's entertainment coverage.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Recap genre not so lucrative after all: AOL TV freelancers are next to go
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   AOL Axes Freelancers. Time to Dust Off the WARN Act?
Jeffrey Benzing / American Journalism Review:
“Too Amazing To Turn Down”  —  Why high-profile journalists are leaving prestigious news outlets like the New York Times to join The Huffington Post.  Posted: Tue, April 5, 2011  —  Jeffrey Benzing (jbenzing@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  What do you get when you take a handful …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and On Media's Blog
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Remaking AOL in Huffington's Image  —  Web Portal's New Editor Sweeps In With Cookies, Big Ideas to Turn Passions Into News—and Money  —  The Huffington Post made a name for itself through a formula of buzzy political commentary splashed with celebrity gossip and traffic-grabbing tricks.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Glenn Beck to End Daily Fox News Program  —  Glenn Beck will end his daily Fox News Channel program later this year.  —  His departure was jointly announced in a statement on Wednesday by Fox and Mr. Beck's company, Mercury Radio Arts.  The statement did not specify an end date for the show …
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Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Here's The Real Reason Glenn Beck And Fox News Are Parting Ways
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Revamp YouTube With ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions that allow people to watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ AdAgeDigital: Twitter's Bain: Twitter Beats Facebook In Driving Purchases  —  Six months after Adam Bain was hired by Twitter from News Corp.'s Fox Audience Network, the microblog's president of revenue offered the audience Ad Age Digital conference a little bit of what's he's learned …
Discussion: AdAge and Future of Journalism
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Irina Slutsky / AdAge:   Twitter to Offer Marketers More Tools to Target, Track Followers
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Labor Panel to Press Reuters Over Reaction to Twitter Post  —  In what would be the first government case against an employer involving Twitter, the National Labor Relations Board told Thomson Reuters on Wednesday that it planned to file a civil complaint accusing the company of illegally reprimanding …
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Poynter
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
More data on The Daily: What's prime time for iPad use?  And which stories get tweeted the most?  —  Yesterday, I wrote about a fascinating set of data I'd obtained with the help of the folks at PostRank: Every tweet generated from within The Daily iPad app from launch through March 31.
Susannah Breslin / Pink Slipped:
How to Become a Forbes Blogger  —  I've been a Forbes blogger for a little over a month.  —  How did I become a Forbes blogger?  —  What have I learned?  —  Let's find out.  —  TIP #1: Know somebody.  —  Before I was a blogger at Forbes, I was a blogger at True/Slant.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and LA Observed
ETonline:
Source: Matt Lauer Leaving the ‘Today’ Show  —  As headlines have Meredith Vieira leaving the “Today” show, a source tells ET and The Insider that Matt Lauer has notified his NBC bosses that he will be resigning from the “Today” show when his contract expires on December 31, 2012.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: YouTube's Tom Pickett and Lance Podell on YT's Fast Expanding Creator Network  —  With the acquisition of Next New Networks, YouTube aims to expand its legion of independent content creator by many thousands, creating both short and long form programming in various verticals says Tom Pickett …
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Cable TV Tunes In Apps  —  Executives Look to Tablets to Bolster Audience as More Viewers Turn to Web  —  A group of high-ranking cable television executives met with Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs in Silicon Valley last April to discuss how to make more movies and TV shows available …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix's Three-Pronged Approach to Content Acquisition  —  Through a couple of deals with Lionsgate, Netflix acquired rights to stream all seven seasons of AMC hit series Mad Men.  The first four seasons of the hit AMC series will begin streaming this summer, with subsequent seasons beginning …
 
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Erin Sherbert / The Snitch:
Reuters Sued: S.F. Bloggers Demand Overtime, Meal Pay
Discussion: Poynter
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Accel Bets on Hollywood With $40 Million Legendary Pictures Deal
Discussion: Forbes, The Wrap and VentureBeat
The Smoking Gun:
Like ABC, Fox Had FBI Mole In Its Midst
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Can CNN's Piers Morgan Tweet His Way to Ratings Success?
Discussion: Show Tracker
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Twitter's new search favors Groupon's many accounts over local media organization accounts
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New name, new mission: NPR Digital Services expands, hoping to help streamline local journalism
Discussion: WBUR
 Earlier Picks: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former AOL Media Exec Marty Moe to Join Engadget Gang of Eight at SB Nation
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Tom Freston's Bet on Vice and the Future of Media
Discussion: rbr.com and MediaPost
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Shelley Ross's Lengthy Rebuttal to Anything Mean Ever Said About Her
Meg James / Company Town:
Univision gains on NBC, signaling shifts in population trends
Discussion: MIJE.org, Fast Company and TVWeek.com
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Gawker's Traffic Has Really Fallen Off Since The Redesign
Discussion: FishbowlNY and SAI
Nodes - Quickish:
What Mark Cuban Is Talking About When He Talks About the “Role of Media for Sports Teams”
Discussion: SBNation.com