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11:40 AM ET, May 23, 2011

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Elephant in the Green Room  —  The circus Roger Ailes created at Fox News made his network $900 million last year.  But it may have lost him something more important: the next election.  —  On Monday afternoon, March 28, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes summoned Glenn Beck to a meeting …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Conde Nast's New Marketing-Services Division Aims at Non-Advertising Budgets  —  Ideactive Will Offer Services Such as App Development  —  Conde Nast, the publisher of magazines such as Glamour and The New Yorker, is trying to move further beyond its core business of ad-page sales with a new marketing services division.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
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Amy Wicks / WWD Media Headlines:   Condé Nast Gets Digitally Active
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck to Offer Discount Deals  —  As he prepares to leave his daily Fox News talk show later this year, conservative television host Glenn Beck is entering the e-commerce business.  —  On Monday, Mercury Radio Arts, Mr. Beck's production company, plans to announce a new website called Markdown.com …
Discussion: The Wire, Mediaite, TVNewser and Gawker
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek Adds Schama to Roster of Writers  —  If Tina Brown can't return Newsweek to profitability, it won't be for lack of ability to attract talent.  —  The magazine will Monday announce that the editor has grabbed another boldface name in Simon Schama, the U.K.-born historian …
Discussion: Adweek, FishbowlNY and Poynter
The Independent:
30,000 Twitter users could face legal action over gag breaches  —  The attempt to use super-injunctions to gag the media in the internet age reached new levels of absurdity yesterday.  —  A Scottish newspaper became the first mainstream British publication to identify the Premier League footballer …
Discussion: Guardian, Adweek, BBC and Forbes.com
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Chris Hastings / Daily Mail:
An international TV star, a pop singer, an author and a comedian …
Discussion: New York Times and @pkafka
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Female Magazine Fans Flock to Nook Color  —  Even as the iPad remains the favorite son of the magazine business, publishers are discovering that the Barnes & Noble Nook Color is a very promising younger daughter.  —  The Nook Color has surprised publishers of women's magazines like O …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Revealed: The Huffington Post Wanted To Buy TechCrunch Back In The Day  —  My boss, Michael Arrington, sat down with his boss (and my boss as well), Arianna Huffington for a brief chat at TechCrunch Disrupt, where Huffington revealed that she tried to ‘merge’ the Huffington Post' with TechCrunch before AOL bought us last September.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Betabeat
Wall Street Journal:
New Tools for Picking Hits TV Advertisers Consult Formulas That Weigh Social-Media Buzz, Economic Data  —  The animated series “South Park” on Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central ranks 211 by number of TV viewers but, according to one ad firm's reckoning, it's really No. 4.
Discussion: Adweek
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Tired, Testy, Even Rumpled: French Reporters on the Big Story  —  They're weary and disheveled, overworked, underrested and above all cranky — some say they haven't had a drop of red wine for days.  —  Legions of French journalists were imported at great haste last week to cover news …
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC Takes a Hollywood Turn  —  Every few minutes in “Too Big to Fail,” the film about the darkest days of the financial crisis in 2008 that will have its premiere Monday on HBO, something happens that once seemed unbelievable.  Banks collapse.  Balance sheets crumble.
Discussion: DealBook
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
How the NY Times' social media strategy is evolving  —  Social media is always in a state of change, and the New York Times is adapting with it, explains the news organization's social media editor, Liz Heron, at the BBC's Social Media Summit (video).  There are lots of good lessons in here for TV, as well.
Discussion: SAI and Editors Weblog
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Phone hacking: journalist's lawsuit against NoW revives ‘spying’ claims  —  Dennis Rice launches proceedings alleging that his voicemail messages were intercepted while working at the Mail on Sunday  —  A leading tabloid journalist has joined those suing the News of the World for allegedly hacking …
Discussion: The First Post
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
One View of the News World  —  When Xinhua, the official government news agency of China, wanted to upgrade from its old office in Queens, it sought out a space that matched its ambitions.  So it leased the top floor of a skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, one with commanding views of the headquarters …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Media & tech: Reconcilable Differences  —  Media and tech worlds must work together.  There is not a shred of a doubt about it.  The former have lost the dual battle for growth and economic performance; the latter are attracting eyeballs and endless funding.  Still.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Guardian:
Shift happens: the new way to watch film and TV  —  The rise of online film rental and streaming services such as Netflix signals a broader shift in the way we consume television  —  Behold Netflix.  This really is a special company, one that was long adored by its customers for its DVD rental service by mail.
 
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TechCrunch:
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