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11:00 PM ET, May 3, 2011

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Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
PBS plays Google's word game, transcribing thousands of hours of video into crawler-friendly text  —  Blogs and newspaper sites enjoy a built-in advantage when it comes to search-engine optimization.  They deal in words.  But a whole universe of audio and video content is practically invisible to Google.
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Chris Lehmann / Yahoo! News:
Bin Laden news finds pundits forsaking usual comfort zones  —  It's hardly a revelation to note that the cable and talk-radio commentariat is divided on many leading issues of the day.  But in the wake of the military raid claiming the life of Osama bin Laden, the range of pundit opinion …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Anatomy of a Fake Quotation  —  Yesterday, I saw a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. fly across my twitter feed: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.”  - Martin Luther King, Jr".  I was about to retweet it, but I hesitated.
New York Times:
Turning to Social Networks for News
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
KEITH URBAHN'S TWEET HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and The Blaze
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:   WATCH: Brian Williams Tells How He Learned Of Bin Laden's Death
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Ownership of TV Sets Falls in U.S.  —  For the first time in 20 years, the number of homes in the United States with television sets has dropped.  —  The Nielsen Company, which takes TV set ownership into account when it produces ratings, will tell television networks and advertisers …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Maybe It's Not Cord-Cutting, But Cord-Nevers: TV Ownership Drops
CBS News:
Scott Pelley named anchor of “CBS Evening News”  —  Award-winning “60 Minutes” correspondent to fill anchor chair vacated by Katie Couric  —  Scott Pelley, one the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism, has been named anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Reality TV: OpenCourt has begun its livestream of the judicial system  —  OpenCourt is about as real as reality TV can get when it doesn't involve Kardashians, real housewives, or people trapped on an island.  That's because OpenCourt, which launched yesterday, offers a view inside the legal system …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
How 4 people & their social network turned an unwitting witness to bin Laden's death into a citizen journalist  —  You've probably heard by now that an IT consultant in Pakistan used Twitter to share what he heard as Black Hawk helicopters swooped down on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Reporters Without Borders publishes ‘predators of press freedom’ list  —  Reporters Without Borders has released a list of 38 “predators of press freedom”, including political leaders, criminal organisations and militias from across the world.  —  The annual report by the press freedom group …
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
NBC launches round-the-clock local news channels in California, Dallas  —  NBC Universal announced Monday it is launching nonstop local news and information channels in Dallas, Miami and California to fulfill part of the of the local programming condition imposed by the Federal Communications Commission as part of the Comcast merger.
Discussion: MediaPost
Arem Duplessis / The 6th Floor:
The Making of a Cover  —  Our cover story on Sunday was about the American soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians.  Some reports have depicted them as a rogue unit, but our story goes deeper into the psyche of the American soldier and questions whether the killings are symptoms of a much larger issue.
Jeremy Greenfield / FINS.com:
The Risk Taker in Hearst's David Carey  —  David Carey had led a charmed life in magazine publishing — until the 2007 launch of Conde Nast Portfolio.  Two years and a reported $100 million later, the business publication went down in what Carey calls a “radioactive” environment for business publications.
Megan O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
85% Of Media Websites Now Use Online Video To Cover News  —  Is web video becoming the main format for online news?  According to a new survey by D S Simon it just may be.  According to the survey, 85 percent of online media websites are now using online video content to cover the news, jumping a third from last year.
Discussion: The Page
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Social Media Policies: Let's Talk About What You Should Do  —  Social media tools like Twitter and Facebook have been around for several years now, but some media organizations are still just getting around to figuring out how to handle them — and in many cases, as we've written before …
Discussion: MediaShift, Thanks:mathewi
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Losing Andrew Sullivan Didn't Hurt The Atlantic's Traffic  —  Andrew Sullivan.  Image via Wikipedia  —  For The Atlantic, the defection of Andrew Sullivan to The Daily Beast could easily have been a disaster.  After all, Sullivan's blog, the Daily Dish, averaged more than 1 million unique …
 
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Tara McKelvey / CJR:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Viacom Takes A Final Shot At YouTube
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Dan Frosch / New York Times:
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
If A Rumor Turns Out To Be True, Is It News?
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Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Fox Business Network Still Trying to Make Name for Itself in Cable Market
Discussion: The Wire
Madhumita Venkataramanan / Epicenter:
Tweeters Tilt at Canada Election Law
Discussion: CBC News and newsfeed.time.com
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Claim: Krugman is top prognosticator; Cal Thomas is the worst
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Wire