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5:10 PM ET, May 15, 2011

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Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
What's Trending: A Sneak Peek at CBS News's Social News Experiment  —  The first thing you're told about What's Trending is that “we're not calling it a web show.”  Those are the words of host Shira Lazar, who instead refers to the series launching this Tuesday as an interactive TV show …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
The Other Torture Debate  —  IT wasn't long after Osama bin Laden's killing that the arguing began: did the Bush administration's torture policy produce essential intelligence that led the United States to Bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan?  —  Bush administration figures weighed in “yes” …
Discussion: Media Nation
Sarah A. Topol / The Daily Beast:
The Mideast's Forgotten Journalist Prisoners  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, dozens of journalists have been detained.  Sarah Topol talks to the families as they desperately wait for their loved ones.  —  Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz told her fiancé …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
News Corp. Will Disclose Its Political Donations  —  Beginning this summer, the News Corporation, the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, will announce each year all the political contributions it has made.  —  The move comes after the company was highlighted for donating $1.25 million …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
The BBC's revamped blogs are a road crash  —  I've been watching the revamp of the BBC's blogs with a mix of horror and awe.  It feels as if they've decided to go back and make all the mistakes that most big media organisations make the first time they try social media.  Maybe they feel they missed out.
Discussion: BBC
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
You Think Hollywood Is Rough?  Welcome to the Chaos, Excitement and Danger of Nollywood  —  It was when they pulled out the machetes that I started to worry.  —  I'd seen men with machetes in Africa before, but they were rusty, practical tools used for clearing away brush by the side of the highway.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
The Bestsellers: Fortune Article ‘Inside Apple’ Beats Out Full-Length Books  —  Among the usual suspects like Michael Connelly and James Patterson on the top 10 list of paid Kindle bestsellers this week was something of a surprise: Inside Apple—From Steve Jobs Down to the Janitor …
 
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