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10:15 AM ET, June 6, 2011

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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Plays Nice  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The Fox News honcho responds to a media drubbing.  In the current issue of Newsweek, Howard Kurtz on the liberal antagonist's more complicated side.  —  Roger Ailes, the combative conservative behind Fox News, is sounding strangely reasonable these days …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
For Couric, ABC's Pitch Proved Best  —  On Feb. 8, executives from NBC, including Steve Burke, the new chief executive, and Steve Capus, the president of news, made their way to the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan, prepared to make a pitch to bring their one-time news star, Katie Couric, back into the network fold.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
A Force Behind Lady Gaga Inc.  —  Soon after Apple started its music-centric social network Ping last year, Steven P. Jobs reached out to Lady Gaga and her business manager, Troy Carter, for feedback.  —  At the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Lady Gaga peppered Mr. Jobs …
Adweek:
Huffington Post Takes ‘Top Talent’ from NYT and BBC  —  On Monday, the Huffington Post will formally announce two recent additions to its team from the New York Times and the BBC that, executives say, confirm Huffpo's ability to attract top talent.  —  Jason Fields, former head of User Experience …
Discussion: Poynter and Jon Slattery
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Video Start-Ups Seek to Carve Out a Place Beside YouTube  —  CHICAGO — For many Internet users, YouTube is synonymous with online video.  But Mike Michaud and several friends who live in suburban Chicago are trying to change that.  —  Mr. Michaud co-owns Channel Awesome …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Is YouTube Killing Music Piracy?  —  The music industry has witnessed some dramatic changes in recent years, even when piracy is left out of the picture.  In just a decade the Internet and the MP3 revolution have redefined people's music consumption habits.
Discussion: ringtonia.com
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Analyzing the metered model  —  The metered model deserves a closer look.  One the dirtiest little secrets of the online media business is the actual number of truly loyal readers — as opposed to fly-bys.  No one really wants to know (let alone let anyone else know).
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Penry Price to Leave Google for Startup Media6Degrees  —  Google's Best-Known Sales Exec and Onetime Deputy to Tim Armstrong Leaves After Seven Years  —  Penry Price, one of Google's best-known sales executives, is leaving the company after seven years to join startup Media6Degrees as president.
John Koblin / WWD:
Glamour Magazine Off to a Bumpy Start in 2011  —  Cindi Leive's Glamour has gotten off to a bumpy start in 2011.  Condé Nast's cash cow has dropped 17 percent off newsstand sales through the first four months of the year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Rapid Report.
Discussion: Adweek
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Pulling Out Weeds Online  —  As Digital-Ad Techniques Proliferate, Specialists Aim to Simplify the Landscape  —  Seeking to milk the huge growth in online advertising, a rush of technology firms have emerged in recent years pitching an array of techniques for buying, targeting and measuring digital ads.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Tabloid King Spills His Guts!  —  David Perel is stretched out on the couch in a conference room in the Manhattan headquarters of American Media Inc., the parent company of the celebrity magazine Star, where he's just taken over as editor.  It's a rare slow news day for him …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Yahoo's Levinsohn: 'I'm Not Crazy'  —  Three Junes ago, Ross Levinsohn and his investment partner Jon Miller were caught up in the drama of Yahoo as Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) tried to acquire the company.  Their names, individually and separately, were bandied about as possible board members or candidates to run Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).
 
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