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12:35 PM 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 …
Debbie Galant / Baristanet:
Coffee With ... David Carr  —  In a town full of media stars, David Carr still stands out.  Media columnist for The New York Times, Carr is also a prolific Tweeter with 324,431 followers and a Klout score of 66.  In 2008, he came out with a memoir about his years as an alcoholic and drug addict …
Discussion: The Wire, Talking Biz News and Poynter
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.
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: SAI and eMedia Vitals
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Paul Begala to Join Newsweek  —  This week's Daily Intel-style Newsweek cover, in which Mitt Romney's head is Photoshopped onto the body of Elder Price from Book of Mormon.  —  Political commentator and Democratic strategist Paul Begala has joined Newsweek and Daily Beast as a columnist.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Quora effect?  Hacks/Hackers weighs the future of the niche Q&A  —  The broad goal of Hacks/Hackers is to connect journalists and programmers so they can learn from each other.  So it made sense for the group to provide, in addition to in-person meetups and hackathons …
Deseret News:
Missing faith: Getting religion in the newsroom  —  Selling heaven wasn't easy.  —  But in early 2005, ABC News producer Rob Wallace knew he had the perfect subject for a Barbara Walters television special.  His idea was to examine the effect of belief in heaven on the way people lived their lives.
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
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
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.
Adweek:
Advice From The Onion's Tech Team Hey editors, listen to your developers!  By Erin Griffith  —  The Onion's tech team doesn't like Willy Wonka's model.  —  Too many publications approach their developers as though they were little more than Oompa Loompas, interchangeable drones …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Ex-Clear Channel Digital Head Evan Harrison Lands At Billboard Giant Van Wagner  —  Evan Harrison, who left his post running digital for Clear Channel Radio in March, has a new job.  He's now chief creative officer at Van Wagner, the privately held billboard giant.
Discussion: paidContent
 
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Penry Price to Leave Google for Startup Media6Degrees
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