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6:50 AM ET, June 6, 2011


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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).
Discussion: Guardian and Future of Journalism
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
A Force Behind the Gaga Effect  —  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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
Emma Brockes / Guardian:
A life in writing: Janet Malcolm  —  'I hammer it out sentence by sentence and it takes a long time.  That's what the work is, right?  To make the reader think it is not hard to do'  —  “In most interviews,” writes Janet Malcolm in The Silent Woman, her 1993 book about Sylvia Plath …
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.
Discussion: @espiers
John Koblin / WWD Media Headlines:
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Film directors are embracing TV  —  Let the major movie studios have their superheroes and pirates.  Cable TV has become more innovative, and top moviemakers such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Gus Van Sant are taking advantage.  —  Director Curtis Hanson, standing, with Paul Giamatti …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Twitter Like Speech or Like Writing?  The Answer Is Yes  —  Is Twitter like a spoken conversation, the kind you would have with friends and/or strangers in a bar?  Or is it more like a written discussion — like online forums or chat rooms used to be in the early days of the Internet?
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Will the iPad tablet really be the cure for newspapers' ills?  —  Murdoch backed the Daily on iPad with $30m, but no one knows how this page-turner will end  —  Only a few months ago they seemed to offer salvation.  As print newspapers and magazines faded, so tablets (led by the iPad) …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Elizabeth A. Harris / The Lede:
As Web Returns, Syrians Post More Video of Friday's Protests and Clashes  —  On Saturday, after Syria's government restored the Internet access it had cut off on Friday, in an attempt to disrupt the communications of protest organizers, Syrian activists were able to upload video of Friday's demonstrations and clashes to the Web.
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