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9:50 PM ET, May 13, 2011


 Top News: 
Navneet Singh / Google News Blog:
Introducing “News near you” on Google News for mobile  —  Google News for mobile lets you keep up with the latest news, wherever you are.  Today we're excited to announce a new feature in the U.S. English edition called “News near you” that surfaces news relevant to the city you're in and surrounding areas.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
NewsBeast Loses Managing Editor Brekke Fletcher leaves for WSJ By Lucia Moses  —  It's one step forward, one step back for Tina Brown's Newsweek, which has lost a key hire even as its ad pages get a shot in the arm.  —  Brekke Fletcher, the Maxim managing editor who joined Brown's operation in December …
First Mover: Jane Pratt  —  Adweek: So, are you still sassy?  —  Jane Pratt: I don't think that ever really goes away.  Though my grandma, who is 104, keeps hoping I will get past it.  —  AW: How would you describe your new website,  —  JP: It's very, very personal.
Discussion: AdAge and FishbowlNY
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:   Love and Kisses, From Jane Pratt's New Website
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Twitter and Facebook publication banned for first time in injunction  —  High court judge issues order that specifically mentions social media as well as digital, TV, radio and print  —  A high court judge has issued an injunction which for the first time explicitly bans publication of information on Twitter and Facebook.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
British Courts Try to Stop the Tide of Social Media  —  Social media such as Twitter and Facebook makes anyone a publisher, and that's disrupting the media industry, but the legal system isn't much better off, since the courts like to control the flow of information almost as much as the media does.
Discussion: The Next Web and Telegraph, Thanks:ideagov
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Burson-Marsteller Deletes Critical Facebook Posts, Spares Google-Smear Flacks  —  Updated May 13, 2011 at 5 p.m. EDT with response from a Burson spokesperson, who acknowledged the deletion depicted above.  —  Just when it looked like the Facebook Burson-Marsteller black-ops anti-Google smear scandal …
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
The PR Hacks Behind Facebook's Google Smear  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The two PR hacks who ran Facebook's covert anti-Google smear campaign were new to the company, and will not be fired.  Dan Lyons on how their clumsy work exposed them, and Facebook's smug strategy for escaping the controversy.
Richard Tofel on the Changing Business of Journalism  —  General manager of the non-profit newsroom ProPublica and former assistant publisher of the Wall Street Journal tells us his predictions for the future of news Am I right to think, from the books you've chosen, that newspapers …
Discussion: ProPublica
Dominic Litten / Point to Point:
When All Else Fails, Journalism Blames ... SEO?
Edward Wyatt / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Commissioner Defends Taking Comcast Job  —  WASHINGTON — A Federal Communications commissioner who announced this week that she planned to join the lobbying office of Comcast defended her actions on Friday, saying she had no contact with Comcast about a potential job while the company's takeover …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu, Networks Close To New Deal  —  Hulu and its network TV owners are close to a new deal that will keep programs from NBC, Fox and ABC on the Web video site.  —  An agreement to extend the content licenses that owners News Corp., Disney and NBCUniversal signed two years ago …
Stephanie Nolen / Globe and Mail:
As India's literacy levels rise, newspapers thrive  —  New Delhi— From Friday's Globe and Mail  —  It took 64 years for the revered Indian newspaper NaiDunia to reach a circulation of 500,000 - a figure that would make most North American publishers swoon.  —  That was two years ago.
Discussion: Guardian
Amy Wicks / WWD Media Headlines:
Arianna Huffington v. The Times... L'Oréal's Digital Play...  ARIANNA V. THE TIMES: Arianna Huffington tossed another grenade in the direction of The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, during her luncheon address at a Gilt Groupe conference.  “The New York Times pay wall isn't working,” she claimed.
Discussion: Adweek, Runnin' Scared and FishbowlNY
Washington Post Shorts Triple as Declining Newspaper Loses Kaplan Bulwark  —  Investor bets against the stock of the Washington Post Co. (WPO) have more than tripled over the past year, as the government investigated the for-profit education business and the company's earnings dropped.
Discussion: Poynter
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Rabia Mehmood / At War:
Pakistan Loses Another Journalist
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Tim Carmody / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Scouted Multiple Reporters to Be His New Communications Director
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Salon's TableTalk shutdown: What we can learn from the story of a pioneering online community
Discussion: Salon Table Talk