Edward Wyatt / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Commissioner Leaving to Join Comcast — 8:02 p.m. | Updated WASHINGTON — Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved a hotly contested merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who voted for the deal said on Wednesday that she would soon join Comcast's Washington lobbying office.
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Kbachman / Adweek: FCC Commissioner Baker Headed for NBCU Obama will need to fill two seats on FCC By Katy Bachman
John Eggerton / Multichannel News: Baker Said To Be Exiting FCC for Comcast/NBCU
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: FCC Commissioner Goes Through Revolving Door, Comes Out As Comcast Lobbyist
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: FCC commissioner leaves for Comcast
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: Commissioner Leaving FCC to Join Comcast-NBCU
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable: Baker to Leave FCC on June 3
John Eggerton / Multichannel: FCC Commissioner Baker To Join NBCU
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: What Bias? FCC Commissioner Leaving To Become Comcast Exec
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: Former FCC Commissioner Who Voted for Comcast's NBC Takeover Is Joining Comcast as an Exec
Four Months After Approving Merger, FCC Commissioner Joins NBCUniversal — Only in D.C. — A mere four months after voting in favor of Comcast's controversial $13.75 billion purchase of NBC-Universal, Meredith Attwell Baker, the Republican commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission …
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable: Baker React: She will Be Missed
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times' Share of Newspaper Sites' Traffic Hits 12-Month Low — April Was a Quieter Month for News Than March, But Other Newspaper Sites Maintained Traffic Better — The pay wall introduced by The New York Times at the end of March is hurting traffic to its website, as expected, but perhaps within acceptable levels.
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter: NYT share of newspaper sites' traffic hits 12-month low
Erik Sass / MediaPost: ‘NYT’ Traffic Declines With Pay Wall
Steffen Konrath / Future of Journalism: New York Times' share of newspaper traffic dropped to 10.6pc
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared: New York Times Traffic Down 24% From Paywall; Erik Wemple to Washington Post
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Post-Paywall, NYT Share Of Newspaper Web Traffic Drops
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: The New York Times' Traffic Drops 24 Percent in April
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Yahoo grew unique visitors in April while New York Times, others declined — Yahoo!, USA Today, ABC News and Advance saw unique visitors to their websites grow in April compared to March, while all other sites saw declines, data from comScore shows. — To determine the most viewed news websites …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post: How The New York Times Will Shake Up Its Weekly Section
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
InsideDeal! WebMediaBrands Acquires Inside Network For $14 Million — When it comes to in-depth news about Facebook, there has been no better site than Inside Facebook. In fact, the flagship site of Inside Network became so successful alongside the meteoric rise of Facebook …
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Steve Smith / MinOnline: WebMediaBrands Acquires Inside Network for $14 Million
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: WebMediaBrands Buys Inside Network For $14 Million
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect: Inside Network Sells for $14M to WebMediaBrands
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Social network monitoring firm Inside Network sold for $14M
Megan McCarthy / @megan: It's so exciting to see good friends reach a huge successful milestone in their careers. Hooray!
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Surprising Reason Publishers Are Finally Saying Yes to Apple — Earlier this week, I asked what had changed in the standoff between Apple and magazine publishers, who want to sell subscriptions to iPad editions in the iTunes store but, until last week, weren't prepared to accept Apple's rules.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: Surprise: 50% of iPad subscribers click “Allow”
Steffen Konrath / Future of Journalism: Apple's iPhone/iPad subscription model: why publishers say “yes” now
A.T. Faust III / App Advice: Worried Publishers Finally Face, Embrace Apple's Brave New World
Mike Schramm / TUAW: Half of iPad subscribers willing to share information
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider: Publishers relieved to see half of iPad subscribers opt in to share data
The Atlantic Online:
'Google Doesn't Laugh': Saving Witty Headlines in the Age of SEO — If online searches are literal, what happens to headlines that involve word play? Copy editors fear they're going the way of the classified ad. — To Matthew Crowley, funny headlines are serious business.
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Erik Wemple to Washington Post — Erik Wemple, one of the most fearsome media reporters on the Washington Post beat during his days at City Paper, is leaving the editorship of TBD to take a job at the paper he long covered, a source at the Washington Post confirms.
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Wemple quits as TBD.com editor to join Washington Post
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News: Two big moves at WaPo
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Washington Post's Harshest Critic Goes to Work for Washington Post
The Atlantic Wire:
The New York Times's Bill Keller Riles Up Twitter — New York Times executive editor Bill Keller likes things stirred-up, as his recent public spats with The Huffington Post and Fox News demonstrated. This afternoon he took the fight to Twitter, posting a message to his seldom used …
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Michael Calderone / @mlcalderone: Waiting for response from @brianstelter RT @nytkeller #TwitterMakesYouStupid. discuss.
Foster Kamer / @weareyourfek: #TwitterIsForLovers. discuss. cc @nytkeller @emmagkeller @kimkardashian @reggie_bush
Bill Keller / @nytkeller: #TwitterMakesYouStupid. discuss.
Jeff Jarvis / @jeffjarvis: Bill. The NYT no longer tells us what to discuss. Twitter does. ;-) RT @nytkeller: #TwitterMakesYouStupid. discuss.
Emma Gilbey Keller / @emmagkeller: My husband just tweeted!
David Carr / @carr2n: TwitterMakesYouStupid Naw, in proper doses, #TheTwitter makes you smart. A human-enabled RSS that puts you ahead of the news and the curve.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The New York Times to Debut “UGC” Wedding Announcements This Weekend — The New York Times, which features a short article and photo of a couple of dozen newly-weds every Sunday in the Style section, will be adding short videos created by the couples. The first user-generated video will be published this weekend.
Discussion: New York Times
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Michael Moore, Ken Burns Tapped as Contributors for Keith Olbermann's Current TV Show — “Countdown” will return to TV on Current June 20, and host Keith Olbermann is lining up a stable of contributors to appear regularly on the program. — TVNewser has learned that filmmaker Michael Moore …
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Joseph Alexiou / The Wire: LEANING LEFT: Keith Olbermann Recruits A Motley Cast Of Characters For His New Show
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable: Ken Burns, Michael Moore Join Olbermann's Current TV Show
Burgess Everett / On Media's Blog: Moore, Burns to contribute to ‘Countdown’
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CBSNews.com to debut social show 'What's Trending' — Next week, CBSNews.com will debut a new show called “What's Trending” that bridges a live, weekly webcast with social media interaction. “What's Trending fills the gap as a broadcast show for the internet generation,” explains host and executive producer Shira Lazar.
Discussion: CBS News
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Jezebel's April traffic bests last year's as Gawker sites see page views begin to return — Since Gawker Media relaunched its network of websites in February, there has been much talk about the immediate drop in unique visitors and page views. But three months later, the numbers look a little different.