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3:05 AM ET, May 1, 2011


 Top News: 
Sarah Devlin / Mediaite:
Obama Takes On Trump And Birthers At The White House Correspondents Dinner  —  President Obama was introduced with an intentionally cheesy video package (picture Barney Stinson's video resume from “How I Met Your Mother") set to Rick Derringer's “I Am A Real American” and featuring …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How the journalist prom got out of control
Discussion: Poynter, Gawker, Salon and MetaFilter
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Twitter Introduces Text Ads  —  Twitter is experimenting with sponsored text-ads on their website that show-up just after the “trends” section.  The first round of text-ads mainly promoted Twitter apps and other services built around the Twitter ecosystem but that is no longer the case.
Discussion: Technologizer
All Things Digital:
Early Adopter: Facebook Snags a Journalist, But What Will Vadim Lavrusik Do?  [Voices]  —  By Drake Martinet, Associate Editor, All Things Digital  —  Tech giants have always gobbled up journalists and media types, but most of those folks end up in the PR department.
Tj Raphael / Folio:
Bloomberg Businessweek App Gets Personal With Users  —  Functionality includes the ability to share content.  —  Bloomberg Businessweek is giving readers an up-close look into its content production with podcasts from columnists and video interviews with editors.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:'s Breaking News traces info to its source  —  There are some news events whose coverage is planned far — far, far — in advance of the events themselves.  Those are exceptions, though: Most of the time, news is unscripted and unpredictable — breaking, appropriately enough, through the fabric of daily routine.
Latoya Peterson / Poynter:
Twitter does not need an editor, just time to evolve  —  Are tragic movie deaths considered newsworthy?  What about Twitter users' penchant to Rise and Grind?  Social media has blurred the boundaries of traditional news organizations by allowing journalists and taste-makers to patch into a daily conversation around trends.
Wall Street Journal:
NBCU Chief Pushes More Cross-Marketing  —  While Rivals Streamline, Burke Pushes Cross-Marketing Project at NBCU  —  As he eases into the role of chief of Comcast Corp.'s NBCU, Steve Burke is doubling down on an idea that's fallen out of favor in the media business: synergy.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Team Up to Blow Up the Book  —  Former Apple engineers Kimon Tsinteris (left) and Mike Matas teamed up with Al Gore to create a new publishing platform called Push Pop Press.  Photo: Jon Snyder/  —  What do you do after working for Apple …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
OnSwipe Wants to Reinvent Content for Tablets  —  Jason Baptiste, co-founder and CEO of New York-based startup OnSwipe, has a slide in the pitch presentation that he does for VCs and others interested in the company that simply says: “Apps are bull****.”  That's a succinct expression of OnSwipe's view on apps for content.
Casey Ross / Boston Globe:
Businessman prepares bid to buy Globe  —  A Wellesley businessman is preparing to offer more than $200 million to buy The Boston Globe from its longtime owner, The New York Times Co., according to a person briefed on the plan.  —  Aaron Kushner, an entrepreneur who has spent months researching …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ hires new Money & Investing editor  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Francesco Guerrera, the finance editor of the Financial Times, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal to be its new Money & Investing editor, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.
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Andrew Damstedt / American Journalism Review:
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Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
REVEALED: Columnists Join Bloomberg's New Opinion Stable
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Matt Shanahan / Digital Equilibrium:
Why Online News Revenue will Never Equal Newspaper Revenue
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