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5:35 PM ET, May 8, 2011


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Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
The White House's Bedtime Bombshell  —  As Helene Cooper, a White House correspondent for The New York Times, recalled it:  —  “I was in pajamas on my couch watching a DVR recording of the royal wedding a little before 10 p.m. when the Washington weekend editor, David Joachim …
Felix Salmon:
The hermetic and arrogant New York Times  —  The NYT employs some of the smartest and ablest users and analysts of social media: it's probably the most sophisticated newspaper in America on that front.  And then it has dinosaurs like Bill Keller and Arthur Brisbane, whose respective columns …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Lessons from the Bin Laden coverage  —  One after the other, the newscycles of momentous events keep reshaping the digital information landscape.  The latest example of such alteration is the Bin Laden story, it just set a new reference point.  For traditional media, this raises …
Discussion: Mashable!, TUAW and The Atlantic Wire
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Tech Press: Screw Them All  —  Last week I wrote a post about my current investment policy at TechCrunch, and pointing out already disclosed financial conflicts of interest.  Our primary duty to readers, as I've said many times, is transparency.  To that end we will (as we always have) …
Lewis DVorkin /
Who's Doing It Right?  How SBNation Marries Talent and Technology in Sports  —  I'm often asked, “Who's doing it right?”  Or, “Who do you watch?”  Or, “Who's doing things you wish you were doing?”  —  It's a simple answer: SBNation, the sports blogging network, and its CEO, Jim Bankoff.
Michael Martin / The Business Insider:
How Social Media Is Affecting Investing And The Quality Of Financial Journalism … There were two great panels on social media and financial journalism that ran concurrently at the 2011 Milken Global Conference on Wednesday.  CNBC's John Carney was a panelist on “Financial Journalism: Watching the Watchdogs.”
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Loses Copyright Appeal Over Internet Links to Belgian Newspapers  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) lost an attempt to overturn a Belgian ruling that blocked it from publishing links to local newspapers on its online news service.  —  The Court of Appeal in Brussels on May 5 upheld …
Discussion: TeleRead
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Google News “Osama Death” Sample Highlights Some News Coverage Woes  —  Today, Google News did a post about the death of Osama bin Laden.  Disappointingly, it offered no statistics on what was most read, shared, topics most covered.  The post did share a “sample” of 100 links to coverage …
Discussion: Google News Blog
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Krishna Bharat on the evolution of Google News and the many virtues of “trusting in the algorithm”  —  In a blog entry just posted to the Google News blog, Google News' founder, Krishna Bharat, offers a fascinating comparison between Google's “coverage” of 9/11 and the news it provided of Osama bin Laden's death earlier this week.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Righthaven, Hoping To Turn Tide In Court, Hires Top NYC Copyright Lawyer  —  Controversial copyright-enforcement company Righthaven—which has worked with newspapers to file more than 250 copyright lawsuits against small websites—has not been faring well in court lately, to say the least.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
What Warner Music Sale Means for the Music Business  —  After three months of bidding, Warner Music was finally sold to Access Industries' Len Blavatnik for $3.3 billion.  Blavatnik, a Russian billionaire with a taste for deal-making is paying a premium of about a third over WMG's average share price …
Discussion: Forbes and Rolling Stone
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Why is social media still news?  —  It should no longer be surprising that social media plays a major part of every breaking news story, writes Emma Barnett.  —  During the last seven days, two huge events have dominated the media, both traditional and social alike: the royal wedding and the death of Osama bin Laden.
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Media Cloud, relaunched  —  Today, the Berkman Center is relaunching Media Cloud, a platform designed to let scholars, journalists and anyone interested in the world of media ask and answer quantitative questions about media attention.  For more than a year, we've been collecting roughly 50 …
Kelefa Sanneh / New Yorker:
The rise and rise of reality television.  —  On January 6, 1973, the anthropologist Margaret Mead published a startling little essay in TV Guide.  Her contribution, which wasn't mentioned on the cover, appeared in the back of the magazine, after the listings, tucked between an advertisement …
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
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