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9:45 AM ET, June 6, 2011

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Newsweek:
Roger Ailes Plays Nice  —  The Fox News honcho responds to a media drubbing.  —  Roger Ailes, the combative conservative behind Fox News, is sounding strangely reasonable these days, going easy on top Democrats—even Hillary Clinton!—and subtly distancing himself from the inflammatory Glenn Beck.
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 …
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.
Discussion: PopEater
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: Jon Slattery
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).
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
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.
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.
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).
Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
How Do You Measure the Value of a Branded Web Series?  —  In the web series world, creators often rely on brands to get their content funded.  The level of branding in a series varies wildly, from characters on The Guild occasionally using Sprint phones to Illeana Douglas working at an Ikea …
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Can Comenta.TV bring TV's second screeners to a single platform?  —  Americans are using Internet and TV together more and more, according to a recent study.  The same “second screen” phenomenon is happening in Latin America: TV viewers live-comment the shows they are watching.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
 
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