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7:50 PM ET, May 25, 2011


 Top News: 
Om Malik /
Reed Elsevier Leads $6M Investment in GigaOM  —  Reed Elsevier Ventures — the London-based venture arm of Reed Elsevier, one of the largest publishing companies — is leading a $6 million investment in the parent company behind GigaOM,, GigaOM Events and GigaOM Pro.
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Facebook To Launch Music Service With Spotify  —  .  —  Facebook has partnered with Spotify on a music-streaming service that could be launched in as little as two weeks, sources close to the deal have told Forbes.  —  The integrated service is currently going through testing …
Eliot Van Buskirk /
Report: Facebook and Spotify Plan To Help Friends Listen Together
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Glenn Beck Planning Web TV Channel GBTV, Tagline: ‘The Truth Lives Here’  —  Outgoing Fox News host Glenn Beck and his company, Mercury Radio Arts, are developing a new service called “GBTV,” which will be a web-based TV channel, according to sources familiar with the matter as well as trademark applications filed by the company.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘The Daily’ Is About To Hit A Million Downloads  —  This next panel I'm very excited about, tablet publishing.  We've got the publisher of The Daily, Greg Clayme and CEO of Betaworks, John Borthwick, who until recently was also the CEO of one of the Betaworks ' companies, bitly …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Will Publishers Choose the Open Web Over Apple's Walled Garden?  —  More and more magazine publishers are signing up with Apple to offer subscriptions through their iPad apps, including Conde Nast — which rolled out in-app subscriptions for Wired and GQ today — and Hearst.
Matt Silverman / Mashable!:
Can Modern Mobile Web Apps Loosen Apple's Grip on Tablet Publishing?  —  By now there's little question that the iPad has defined the modern tablet, and media companies have tackled the promising concept of digital subscription publishing with varying degrees of success.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Bloomberg's Tyrangiel: Website Revamp Represents Best Bid For Influence  —  The remaking of into a more appealing news site for a general business professional and major brand advertisers is being fully rolled out this morning with a heavy dose of opinion.
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory  —  The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history.  Inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network  —  By  —  At the Fox News holiday party the year the network overtook archrival CNN in the cable ratings …
Glynnis MacNicol / SAI:
HuffPo Employees Flee AOL After “Brutal” “Awful” “Worst Few Weeks”  —  Since Aol purchased the Huffington Post from Arianna Huffington in February for $315 million most of the subsequent coverage has focused on the widespread layoffs of Aol employees; the hiring of experienced reporters …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Dies Unexpectedly at Age 65  —  Veteran journalist Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening.  He was 65 years old.  —  Haines, founding anchor of CNBC's morning show “Squawk Box,” was co-anchor of the network's “Squawk on the Street” …
Zeke Turner / WWD:
E-commerce Luring Top Editorial Talent  —  Susan Lyne, Ruth Reichl and Kevin Ryan  —  Photo By Jimi Celeste/  —  Last week, Ruth Reichl got herself into a sticky situation.  —  It was Wednesday night on West 26th Street and the former Gourmet editor in chief …
Tom Acitelli / New York Observer:
Sulzberger on The Times' Print Lifers.... Dueling Water Analogies for Web Media  —  It's Day Two at the e-G8 tech summit in Paris, and the main event is a standing-room-only panel going on now (8:52 a.m. New York time) about disintermediation ("Is the Internet Relaunching or Killing the Media? …
Discussion: Betabeat and Editors Weblog
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
‘Free’ New York Times Twitter feed appears to be shut down (The Cutline)
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Is Six Years Old and Huge: Three Billion Views a Day  —  Last year YouTube made a big deal of its fifth birthday, with a special Web site, special messages from the likes of Conan O'Brien, etc.  —  This year's commemoration is more muted.  Basically, just a blog post that notes that the site is really, really big.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Duke 'Reporter's Lab' aims to bring new tools to investigative reporting  —  Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy has launched The Reporter's Lab to modernize the difficult, often drudging work of deep-dive investigations.  “For professional and pro-am journalists …
Financial Times:
Digital media need Oprah's tastemaking touch  —  The more urgent question for publishers and for content owners is whether the daytime talkshow queen can replicate her influence online, or whether anyone else can recreate it
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Martha Stewart to Rejoin Martha Stewart Living Board  —  Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is about to get a lot more of the Martha Stewart touch: She is expected to rejoin its board of directors in the third quarter of this year, the company announced Wednesday.  —  Related Articles:
Noreen Malone / Slate:
Em dashes—why writers should use them more sparingly.  —  According to the Associated Press Stylebook—Slate's bible for all things punctuation- and grammar-related—there are two main prose uses—the abrupt change and the series within a phrase—for the em dash.
Discussion: Change of Subject
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Ujala Sehgal / FishbowlNY:
New York Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Huffington Post to Proceed
Discussion: paidContent
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Jann Wenner Pulls Out of Authorized Bio
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The Great British Battle Between Privacy and the Press
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL's Crandall Returns To Wenner Media As Head Of Digital Content
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