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3:55 PM ET, May 26, 2011


 Top News: 
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
ABC Deal Close for Katie Couric  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The network is nearing an agreement with Katie Couric after upping the ante on a lucrative syndication offer.  Howard Kurtz reports on the behind-the-scenes bidding for Couric's daytime show.  —  When Katie Couric started looking …
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Huffington-ization Of AOL Continues With Daily Finance Reset
Discussion: The Wire and FishbowlNY
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Takes Online Rivals' Technology for a Spin  —  Comcast Corp., facing a growing threat from online video services, is fighting fire with fire.  —  The country's largest cable-service provider soon will start testing a new way to deliver its television channels, co-opting …
Noah Davis / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Magazine Editors Are 100% Sure Tumblrs Are Driving Subscriptions, But They Can't Prove It  —  The stunning success of Tumblr continues to filter its way across the internet landscape.  —  The rapidly maturing microblogging platform recently passed 250 million page views per day, shocking even founder David Karp.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Zuckerberg: All Of Media Should Go Social Like Games Have  —  Facebook won't try to offer music, movie or book services - but CEO Mark Zuckerberg has grand pronouncements for those sectors nevertheless. … Whilst almost religiously celebrating internet users' ability to share …
Lauren Goode / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Groupon Founders Turn To Financial News With Benzinga Investment  —  In their latest investment through a separate seed fund, two Groupon founders are turning their attention towards a new area: financial news. … Lightbank, the seed fund created by Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell …
Discussion: and DailyDeal Media
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Topolsky and Bankoff on Engadget, SB Nation, and the new tech site that's bringing them together  —  There can be a very real “through the looking glass” feel to working on a site that covers technology, especially when you start contemplating the technology of publishing.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Ed Schultz Apologizes On The Ed Show For Calling Laura Ingraham A ‘Right-Wing Slut’  —  MSNBC's Ed Schultz, suspended by MSNBC Wednesday evening for calling conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his nationally syndicated radio show, addressed his comments …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo, The Wall Street Journal and the Daily News Finding Revenue from Ashton Kutcher-backed SeatGeek  —  SeatGeek, the New York-based marketplace for premium tickets for sporting and entertainment events, is driving revenue for big publishers including Yahoo, The Wall Street Journal …
Jessica Roy / 10,000 Words:
Humans vs. Cyborgs: Four Ways @NYTimes Has Changed This Week  —  On Monday, New York Times social media editors Lexi Mainland and Liz Heron announced from the @NYTimes account that all week long, they would be engaging in a social experiment: the automated @NYTimes Twitter account …
Brian McGrory / Boston Globe:
Connors joins group of investors looking to purchase Globe  —  (Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff/File 2008)  —  Prominent Boston businessman Jack Connors has joined a group of investors preparing an offer to buy The Boston Globe, adding new credibility to an investment team that has worked for over a year to raise funds.
The Huffington Post:
Family Of Journalist Killed In Libya Trying To Get Body Home  —  JOHANNESBURG — The family of a South African photographer slain while covering turmoil in Libya is pleading with South Africa's president to help bring his remains home.  —  Bronwyn Friedlander, a spokeswoman for the family of Anton Hammerl …
Callum Borchers / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Online News Competition A Big Deal In Big D  —  Dallas-Fort Worth features a fragmented online news market, in which many outfits thrive in their chosen subjects, however narrow.  Even those that are part of Dallas-Fort Worth's “Big Six” — the major newspaper and TV sites — display penchants for local and niche content.
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Longreads is becoming more social (and making a play at sustainability)  —  Last month, Rolling Stone brought three of its reporters to a Manhattan bookstore for a standing-room-only conversation about long-form journalism.  The event was co-hosted by a hashtag.
Podcast: Richard Tofel on the Future of News  —  ProPublica General Manager Richard Tofel joins the podcast this week to discuss the future of the news industry and where ProPublica's work fits in as a leading nonprofit outlet.  —  Although Tofel emphasizes that ProPublica alone cannot save …
Discussion: Poynter
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Matt Kinsman / Folio:
B-to-B Publishers Say E-Media, Sales Expenses To Increase the Most in 2011
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
SPIN Magazine Sends Cease & Desist To Twitter User @SPIN
Discussion: Betabeat and The Snitch, Thanks:spin
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Publishers turn to digital business services to offset declining ad revenue
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
DMGT: Profits tumble in regions but rise for Daily Mail
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent:UK
Jason / Nokia Conversations:
CNN and Nokia announce plans to collaborate to deliver mobile news and rich mapping
Discussion: CNN
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Future of TV? ‘American Idol’ taps Facebook events
 Earlier Picks: 
Les Luchter / MediaPost:
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Kate Murphy / New York Times:
My Blog Is Also Paying My Bills
Financial Times:
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Matt Silverman / Mashable!:
Can Modern Mobile Web Apps Loosen Apple's Grip on Tablet Publishing?
Discussion: Editors Weblog, Thanks:laureni
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
‘Free’ New York Times Twitter feed appears to be shut down (The Cutline)
Discussion: MediaPost, Poynter and ReadWriteWeb