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2:05 PM ET, June 6, 2011

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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.
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Katie Couric Joins Disney/ABC for 2012 Talk Show; ABC News President Welcomes Couric to News Division  —  ABC News President Ben Sherwood sent the following email to ABC News staff:  —  I'm pleased to share important news: Anne Sweeney is announcing at this hour that Katie Couric will join …
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 …
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 …
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 and SAI
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: FishbowlNY and 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 …
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
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.
Matylda Czarnecka / Poynter:
7 reasons why journalists make good entrepreneurs  —  Recently, there has been an increase in journalists pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities.  Some have gone in full-force and found ways to build their ideas, while others have hesitated, questioning whether their media background makes them suitable entrepreneurs.
iPhone Download Blog:
Newsstand Brings Newspapers and Magazines Directly to Your iPhone Courtesy of iOS 5  —  The second big iOS 5 enhancement announced at the 2011 WWDC was none other than Newsstand — a method to directly access magazines and newspaper content from your iPhone.
Discussion: MacStories
TechCentral:
Newsprint has a future - Google exec  —  Newspapers won't die out, but publishers need to recognise that they are in the journalism business, not the newsprint business, and must embrace a range of news delivery vehicles.  —  That's the view of Peter Barron, Google's director of external affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
 
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