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11:40 AM ET, May 14, 2011


 Top News: 
Zev Chafets / New York Times:
Jim Cramer Hits an All-Time High  —  Elks Lodge 1246 is located on the floor above Tony's Clip Joint in Summit, N.J., a small town about 40 minutes from Wall Street.  On a chilly Monday evening in February, I climbed the musty stairwell to the clubhouse and walked in on a scene right …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: Steve Forbes Says Pay Walls Can't Pay The Way  —  “Even if you have a successful paywall, the revenue you get will not come close to matching what you're going to get on the advertising side,” Forbes Media chairman and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes told paidContent:UK.
Tim Carmody / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Kara Swisher, Michael Arrington, and me: New conflicts, and new opportunities, for the tech press  —  Changing technology is changing journalism in more ways than we can probably even understand.  One of those changes concerns the definitions of “journalist” and “journalism” themselves …
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 …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
New Bill Would Criminalize Illegal TV Show Streaming  —  Currently, felony status only applies to uploads and downloads  —  A bipartisan trio of Senators Thursday introduced a bill that would make illegally streaming TV shows or movies a felony.  —  The bill (S. 978) was introduced …
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
CEO Tim Armstrong on AOL's turnaround  —  NEW YORK — A lot has changed at AOL as it tries to shed the vestiges of its '90s image: the iconic “You've got mail” greeting and the promotional CDs stuffed into mailboxes across the country.  —  The company has engaged in an artsy rebranding …
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.
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
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Twitter and Facebook publication banned for first time in injunction
Dominic Litten / Point to Point:
When All Else Fails, Journalism Blames ... SEO?  —  If you read about SEO as much as I do, you'll see it get blamed - or worse, marginalized - for many things and reasons.  —  Price.  Pandas.  Pestilence.  You name it.  We even see it die on a regular basis.
Richard Tofel on the Changing Business of Journalism
Discussion: ProPublica
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
When's Katie Couric's Last Day?  —  NEW YORK — Katie Couric plans to announce on Friday's “CBS Evening News” that her last night anchoring the broadcast will be Thursday, May 19, according to a CBS source.  —  Two weeks ago, Couric ended speculation about whether or not she'd stay at the newscast in an interview with People magazine.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Rabia Mehmood / At War:
Pakistan Loses Another Journalist  —  “You better come to your senses.”  This was the last threat received by Pakistani journalist Nasrullah Afridi days before he was killed in a car bomb blast in Peshawar on May 10, his friend and colleague Sher Khan said in a telephone interview.
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: Runnin' Scared, Adweek and FishbowlNY
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 …
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