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3:40 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.
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 …
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  —  A Q&A With the Legendary Magazine Editor on Next Week's Launch of  —  If you know anything at all about Jane Pratt, it will come as no surprise that among the expected guests at the Manhattan dinner party she's throwing next Tuesday …
Edward Wyatt / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Commissioner Defends Taking Comcast Job  —  WASHINGTON - A Federal Communications Commissioner who announced earlier this week that she was leaving the agency to join the lobbying operations of Comcast defended her actions on Friday, saying she had no contact with Comcast …
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 …
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 and FishbowlNY
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.
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.
Beth Krietsch / PRWeek US:
Burson-Marsteller and Facebook part ways
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Good News for Magazines: Popular Science iPad Subscribers Are 95% New Readers  —  What Conde Nast and Hearst Can Expect as They Start Selling iPad Subscriptions  —  What will Conde Nast, and Hearst soon after it, find as people start buying subscriptions to their magazines' iPad editions in Apple's App Store?
(Re)Structuring Journalism:
Good 'Nuff  —  I was talking to a veteran photographer at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong not long ago; we were discussing how once well-paid photo gigs (and contracts) were falling by the wayside.  More precisely, he was lamenting the days and talking about the unappreciated …
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
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
Associated Press:
White House: No more re-enactments of the president's speeches for news photographers  —  NEW YORK — The White House said it is ending its long-running practice of having presidents re-enact televised speeches for news photographers following major addresses to the country …
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
What's in a name?  Washingtonian renames and resurrects a story  —  This week's Notable Narrative,"What If Osama Bin Laden Had Been Captured?," recounts the interrogation of Saddam Hussein, taking readers through recent history to a more speculative present.
Rachel Aydt / Publishing Perspectives:
Tweets, Blogs and Books: How Online Writers and Publishers Still Rely on Each Other for a Payday  —  Tweeters and bloggers are teaching publishers new tricks, and each continues to profit from collaboration with the other.  —  Blogger.  Vlogger.  Tweeter.  Author.  Journalist.
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Tim Carmody / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Kara Swisher, Michael Arrington, and me: New conflicts, and new opportunities, for the tech press
Richard Tofel on the Changing Business of Journalism
Discussion: ProPublica
David L. Ulin / Los Angeles Times:
Literary journalism finds new platforms
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Lime Wire to pay record labels $105 million, ends suit
Discussion: Electronista and MediaMemo
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
TED's Gone Global: Videos Now in 88 Languages via Open Translation Project
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Scouted Multiple Reporters to Be His New Communications Director
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Teen Writing Site Figment Gets New Funding, Moves Into Book Publishing
Discussion: GalleyCat and PC Magazine
Vadim Lavrusik / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How journalists can make use of Facebook Pages
Discussion: Martin Stabe, Thanks:lavrusik
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Jim Lehrer On Leaving ‘PBS NewsHour’: ‘I may not be here physically, but I will always be here’
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Matt Drudge Hire Second Political Writer
Discussion: LA Observed, FishbowlNY and FishbowlDC
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune testing premium daily edition