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10:05 AM ET, May 6, 2011

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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Don't Leak to the Wall Street Journal's New Wikileaks Knockoff  —  The Wall Street Journal is trying to make a play for whistleblowers with its very own Wikileaks clone, SafeHouse.  But SafeHouse is the opposite of safe, thanks to basic security flaws and fine print that lets the Journal rat on leakers.
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Can The Wall Street Journal Replace WikiLeaks?  —  NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal wasn't on the receiving end of major WikiLeaks document dumps on Iraq, Afghanistan, the State Dept. and Guantanamo Bay.  But the Journal may have found a way to cut out the middleman and convince leakers to go straight to the paper's editors.
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 …
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.
Peter Stevenson / New York Times:
Tina Brown Is Still Hungry for Buzz  —  Around sunset on a recent spring evening in Manhattan, a nervous-looking young woman was clutching a clipboard outside the entrance to the East 57th Street apartment belonging to Tina Brown and Harry Evans.  Guests were shown into a large room filled …
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Poynter
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Swears He's Not Going to Kill HBO: “We Compete Like Football and Baseball”  —  So we've heard what Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes thinks about Netflix.  What does Reed Hastings think about Time Warner?  —  He's full of good will, too!
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Does Posting Things to Twitter Make You a Journalist?  —  There's been a lot of discussion about what the U.S. military strike on Osama bin Laden's compound says about the state of the media today, and the latest debate is whether Sohaib Athar — the Pakistani resident who live-tweeted the raid — is a journalist or not.
Discussion: WebProNews and Poynter
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
As If The Switch From AOL News To HuffPo Isn't Confusing Enough  —  AOL News, consistently among the top news sites, is making way for The Huffington Post, a victim of the $315 million acquisition of the younger site.  It's confusing enough right now for those used to going to the site …
Discussion: Cision and BuzzFeed
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’
Bloomberg:
Washington Post Profit Declines 67% as Kaplan Education Enrollment Drops  —  Washington Post Co. (WPO) said first-quarter profit fell 67 percent after revenue declined in its Kaplan education unit, which has come under government scrutiny.  —  Net income fell to $15.2 million, or $1.87 a share …
Discussion: paidContent
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube is Managing Graphic, Violent Videos from the Middle East with Community Help  —  SAN BRUNO, CA — YouTube has been an essential platform for videos of street violence in the Middle East, mostly camera phone uploads of events not covered by the news media.
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.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Condé leapfrogs Hearst in iPad digital mag derby  —  Conde Nast is very close to a deal to begin selling digital subscriptions via Apple's iPad.  —  The New Yorker will become the first publication from the S.I. Newhouse, Jr., empire to be available via subscription on the popular tablet …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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 …
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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Nico / nicoblog:
Tweet First, Verify Later? Real-time web, Social Media Curation and Verification
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
The (Cable) Empire Strikes Back
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?
Al Diamon / Al Diamon's blog:
Maine Papers: We Deserve Tax Dollars
Discussion: MediaPost and On Media's Blog
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
A Tight Deadline, 4,000 Words, Then Ten Years of Waiting
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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
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

 
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