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6:50 AM ET, May 24, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Did Ariana Huffington use stage to engage in market manipulation of AOL stock?  —  This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna Huffington, in a “Fireside Chat” made an interesting and possibly illegal statement concerning the stock of AOL.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: Paid Content Can Work  —  TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington took the stage today to interview AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.  It was actually at TechCrunch Disrupt New York last year where Armstrong first approached Arrington about buying TechCrunch.  We all know how that worked out.
Discussion: Future of Journalism and The Wire
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL Using TechCrunch as ‘Petri Dish’ for Transparency
Jeff Lehr / Joplin Globe:
Globe reporter joins neighborhood of survivors  —  JOPLIN, Mo. — My cat ran under the bed just as that terrible sky came huffing down from the west.  —  I dropped to my knees to try to coax him out.  To take him down to what protection a ground-floor foyer closet might offer.  —  But he just wouldn't come.
Discussion: Poynter
New York Times:   In TV Crew's Hunt for Twisters, More Than They Bargained For
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Frank Bruni Named Times Op-Ed Columnist  —  Frank Bruni, whose writing career at The New York Times has spanned two presidential campaigns, a pope and more than five years as chief restaurant critic, has been named an op-ed columnist.  —  Andrew M. Rosenthal, editor of the Opinion Pages …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Cheezburger CEO Planning WordPress-Style News 2.0 Software  —  Once you've built an empire of funny cat pictures and other user-generated comedy ephemera, what do you do next?  Ben Huh, CEO of the sprawling Cheezburger network of comedy websites, has begun discussing a side-project he's working on called The Moby Dick Project.
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Burdened by PBS Dues, Stations Consider Withdrawing  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Television executives who gathered here last week for PBS's annual meeting enthusiastically embraced projects such as the five-part “Women, War and Peace” and heard the actress Anna Deavere Smith speak so passionately …
Eli Pariser / New York Times:
When the Internet Thinks It Knows You  —  ONCE upon a time, the story goes, we lived in a broadcast society.  In that dusty pre-Internet age, the tools for sharing information weren't widely available.  If you wanted to share your thoughts with the masses, you had to own a printing press …
Kevin Hoffman / The Blotter:
DOA: Pioneer Press runs Tim Pawlenty presidential announcement on obit page  —  Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign is Dead On Arrival, according to his hometown newspaper.  —  The St. Paul Pioneer Press hilariously ran the announcement of T-Paw's presidential campaign on the Obituary page this morning.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Aside Magazine app runs on any tablet, shows what developers can do with HTML5  —  A pair of Berlin-based designers has released a prototype of what they call the world's first HTML5 magazine for tablets.  —  The project, called Aside Magazine, is an impressive demonstration of the design …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Reporting live from the scene of breaking news...on an iPhone  —  Earlier this month, as the president announced Osama bin Laden's demise, NPR's Robert Smith noticed on Twitter that revelers were congregating at Ground Zero.  He grabbed his gear and headed into Manhattan.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
U.K. Media Finally Start Ignoring Law That Prevents Them From Typing “Ryan Giggs” (Video)  —  Just about everyone in the U.K.-and lots of people outside of the country-knows that soccer star Ryan Giggs is rumored to have had an affair with a reality TV star.
Joshua Brustein / New York Times:
Fine Print Blurs Who's in Control of Online Photos  —  If you post a photo on the Web, it still belongs to you, right?  Well, be sure to read the fine print.  —  World Entertainment News Network, a news and photo agency, announced this month that it had become the “exclusive photo agency partner” …
Discussion: and Big Journalism
Paige Albiniak / Variety:
Media moguls don't heir plans  —  Street speculates about News Corp., Viacom exex  —  Retirement?  What retirement?  —  New Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch just hit 80.  Viacom and CBS topper Sumner Redstone turns 88 on May 27.  But neither mogul seems about to relinquish his perch atop a media empire.
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
What Is It With Adweek and Lady Editors?  —  First, Arianna Huffington is accused of using a courtesan's techniques.  Then Elizabeth Spiers's appointment as editor of the Observer is compared to a bad marriage.  And this week, even though Adweek admits Tina Brown has improved the content …
Discussion: Adweek, The Atlantic Wire and PSFK, Thanks:laureni
Nate Freeman / New York Observer:
Fate of Elaine's Out of Graydon Carter's Hands  —  Aging New York literati may still be praying for a savior to swoop in and save Elaine's, but Graydon Carter will not be making any eleventh-hour power purchases.  —  The Upper East Side ink-stained parlor announced it would close this Thursday …
Rep. Darrell Issa probing Baker-to-Comcast move  —  The chair of the House Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa (R-CA), says he believes that the move of FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker to Comcast/NBCU months after approving the joint venture that brought the two media giants together was done properly.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
By The Numbers: How Facebook Says Likes & Social Plugins Help Websites  —  Earlier this month, I wrote about how the promise of Facebook traffic has enticed millions of sites to use Facebook Like buttons and other Facebook social plugins.  But does following Facebook's socialist agenda really pay off?
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 More News: 
Tim Carmody / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Both the short and long of it: How sportswriting is taking over the web through innovation and adaptation
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Anchors Away to Joplin
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Really Bad Timing for Washingtonian
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
USA Network Buys New Yorker's Entire Newsstand-and-iPad Special Issue
Discussion: Poynter, FishbowlNY and
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox News Executives Dispute Quote About Palin
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Nabs a Few More Netflixers
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Li named editor as Ledbetter becomes op-ed editor
Discussion: @dylanbyers
 Earlier Picks: 
Ashley Norris / paidContent:UK:
The Future Of iPad Publishing - The Indies Are Coming
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Jean-Louis Gassée / Guardian:
Shift happens: the new way to watch film and TV
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Conde Nast's New Marketing-Services Division Aims at Non-Advertising Budgets
Discussion: Noted and MediaPost
Earl J. Wilkinson / INMA:
Surprise theme emerges from New York World Congress: culture trumps strategy
The National Magazine Award and Guantánamo: A Tall Tale Gets the Prize
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC Takes a Hollywood Turn
Discussion: DealBook and TVNewser
Wall Street Journal:
New Tools for Picking Hits TV Advertisers Consult Formulas That Weigh Social-Media Buzz, Economic Data
Discussion: The Corsair and Adweek
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
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