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2:50 AM ET, May 6, 2011

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fox ends contracts of Gingrich, Santorum  —  Fox News has terminated its contracts with former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum after the deadline for them to decide on presidential bids passed on May 1, a source familiar with the move told POLITICO.
TMZ.com:
Katie Couric On the Verge of $20 Million ABC Deal  —  Katie Couric and ABC television are on the verge of signing a $20 million deal, which would give Katie her own talk show, as well as significant involvement in ABC News — and the big casualty could be “General Hospital.”
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New York Post:
NBC exec out over ‘Couric link’
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Patch Become the Huffington Post of Local News?  —  Updated: AOL continues to pour millions of dollars into its Patch.com “hyperlocal” news project, the company confirmed on Wednesday as it released its latest financial statements.  But it's also rolling out an expansion of that project aimed …
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Hot Damn, AOL Is Making One Big, Expensive Bet on Patch
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Local Voices: Hyperlocal Blogging Comes to Patch
Discussion: MediaShift Idea Lab
The Atlantic Online:
The Wall Street Journal Launches a WikiLeaks Competitor, SafeHouse  —  The respected Washington, D.C.-based newspaper has built a site for securely uploading documents to its own internal servers  —  Once upon a time, WikiLeaks was just a place where a would-be whistleblower could submit documents …
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Why the man who tweeted Osama bin Laden raid is a citizen journalist  —  When I wrote earlier this week about how quickly people around the world learned that Sohaib Athar had “live tweeted” the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, I thought carefully before calling him a citizen journalist.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: IGN Buys UGO, Hearst Gets Equity In New Venture That Will Soon Spin Out  —  News Corp's IGN gaming and entertainment property has just acquired Hearst's gaming and entertainment property UGO, we've confirmed with the company.  And yes, the move is step one towards News Corp. spinning …
Amy Tennery / Mogulite:
Did CEO McGrath Hate “Electric Barbarellas” so Much She Left MTV?  —  She was the leader behind MTV's reality show boom, championing programs like “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom” — but, in an ironic turn of events, we suspect network veteran Judy McGrath is now ditching her CEO spot over true-life T.V.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
New: Google Showing Recent Stories From News Sites With News Snippet  —  Search for [news] or [new york times] or [fox news] or other queries that would bring up a popular news site and you will see a new search snippet displayed within the search results for these news sites.
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
A Tight Deadline, 4,000 Words, Then Ten Years of Waiting  —  A Q&A with Kate Zernike, Osama bin Laden's obituarist for the NYT  —  When the news of Osama bin Laden's death broke on Sunday night, every night editor's dream—or nightmare—came true at The New York Times …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
The (Cable) Empire Strikes Back  —  Pay TV is alive and well, and now has more subscribers than ever.  There was some consternation in the second and third quarters of last year, when the industry reported its first ever declines in the number of pay TV subscribers.
Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A place for Homicide Watch: Can a local blog fill some of the gaps in Washington, D.C.'s crime coverage?  —  While I was sitting with Laura and Chris Amico in their apartment in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, D.C., Chris suddenly sat upright and began reading aloud a comment that had just come …
Al Diamon / Al Diamon's blog:
Maine Papers: We Deserve Tax Dollars  —  Fuddy-duddy study: The Maine Press Association held a State House news conference on May 3 to announce that the state's newspaper industry is “an economic engine.”  To prove it, the group released a study by Planning Decisions Inc. of South Portland …
 
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Nico / nicoblog:
Tweet First, Verify Later? Real-time web, Social Media Curation and Verification
Discussion: Reuters Institute …, Thanks:nicolabruno
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Demand Media Reports A Better-Than-Expected Jump In Sales
Bloomberg:
IAC's Diller Says His ‘Failure’ With Deals Meant A New CEO Was Needed
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Five Washington Post departures announced today
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Runnin' Scared
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the new ABCs of journalism
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Publish New Line of Romances
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Twitter Blog:
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Harry McCracken / Time:
TV Everywhere? Cable on the Net Isn't There Yet
Discussion: Techland
The Steve Rubel Stream:
As Curators Proliferate, Media Brands Face Loyalty Crisis
Discussion: Folio, Thanks:steverubel