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3:05 AM ET, June 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL After the Honeymoon  —  Arianna Huffington.  Image by Getty Images for AOL via @daylife  —  What happens when you mix the ambition of Arianna Huffington with the desperation of Tim Armstrong?  AOL shareholders will soon find out.  —  AOL Chairman Tim Armstrong seemed to find his ideal mate in Arianna Huffington.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Implosion of the Huffington Post-AOL Merger
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Financial Times:
The new FT app for iPad and iPhone  —  We have launched a new, faster, more complete app for the iPad and iPhone which is available via your browser rather than from an app store.  —  We're encouraging our readers to switch immediately to the new FT web app, as many new features and sections will be added over the coming weeks.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter as media: What happens when anyone can publish?  —  We often take for granted what Twitter and other social-media tools offer in terms of instant publishing, until someone live-tweets a historic event like the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound or a congressman torpedoes his political career with an ill-advised photo.
New York Times:
A Conservative Blogger Looks for Legitimacy  —  When Meagan Broussard asked one of her friends what she should do about an intimate online relationship she had been having with Representative Anthony D. Weiner, the friend, a Republican, told her to go to Andrew Breitbart.
Joel Meares / CJR:
The Man Who Cried Scandal
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Keith Olbermann Breaks Silence On MSNBC Exit; Could Earn $100M at Current TV … For the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, out in Los Angeles and New York on Thursday, Keith Olbermann sat down with senior writer Marisa Guthrie in his first wide-ranging interview since leaving MSNBC …
The Lede:
After Report of Disappearance, Questions About Syrian-American Blogger  —  7:17 p.m. Update: After this post about the author of the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus was published, Andy Carvin, an NPR journalist and expert at debunking Internet rumors, pointed out that none of the reports of the arrest …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
NBC Wins U.S. Television Rights to Four More Olympics  —  Since 2000, no network has carried the Olympics but NBC.  But when NBC Universal was bought by Comcast this year, there was doubt that it had the passion for the Olympics that led the network's former parent, General Electric …
Discussion: TVSpy and Inside TV
Committee to Protect Journalists:
The silencing crime: Sexual violence and journalists  —  Few cases of sexual assault against journalists have ever been documented, a product of powerful cultural and professional stigmas.  But now dozens of journalists are coming forward to say they have been sexually abused in the course of their work.
Discussion: Poynter, J-Source and Jon Slattery
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
When crime victims tweet, new and old dilemmas meet for news organizations
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Don't call it retirement: An exit interview with Bill Kling, public radio's original entrepreneur  —  As he prepares to step down from the top of American Public Media, his job for the last 44 years, I recently made the mistake of congratulating Bill Kling on his retirement.
Discussion: SPJ News and LA Observed
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Why the Web Could Make Glenn Beck Richer Than TV Ever Did  —  For a guy who always seems to think the apocalypse is just around the corner, Glenn Beck has been doing some pretty keen thinking about the digital future.  His next venture, announced this morning, has a business model …
Newhouse School Announces Winners In Fifth Annual Mirror Awards  —  The Newhouse School today presented seven awards at the fifth annual Mirror Awards luncheon honoring excellence in media industry reporting.  The event, emceed by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New York Observer to emphasize long-form, scoops with new web design  —  Change has been perhaps the most reliable constant at the New York Observer in recent years.  In the past two years alone, the Manhattan weekly blew through three top editors and about as many redesigns in print and online.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Will Leitch / New York Magazine:
Tommy Craggs, Tom Scocca Talk Deadspin, Grantland, and Pink Gorillas  —  A couple of weeks ago, Deadspin senior editor Tommy Craggs met with ESPN executive vice-president John Walsh to assuage Walsh's fears about hiring Craggs for Bill Simmons's Grantland site, which launches tomorrow.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Five years of GigaOM: The story of us [Video]  —  On May 30, 2006, after nearly five years as my personal blog, we incorporated GigaOM, the company.  Just 24 hours later, our investors, True Ventures, wired me the seed money to get going.  They also presented me with a check in an envelope that had three simple words: Live the dream.
Discussion: Om.Is.Me and AdPulp
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
CW Becomes 2nd Network to Finish ‘Upfront’ Sales  —  CW, the home of series like “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries,” has become the second broadcast television network to complete its upfront advertising sales before the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
Discussion: Company Town and MediaPost
Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Pilates approach: How CNN is trouncing its competitors on the web  —  For the past several years, news outlets that cover the media industry have focused predominantly on television ratings when reporting on the cable news wars — a metric that, at least until recently, has been almost exclusively dominated by the Fox News Channel.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Scott Pelley debut: A newscast with sense of purpose  —  The TV news gods gave “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and his bosses a real test on Pelley's first day at the anchor desk Monday.  They handed them in Anthony Weiner's surreal press conference an off-the-wall …
Discussion: New York Times and B&C
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 More News: 
Allen McDuffee / Washington Post:
Former NYT columnist Bob Herbert joins Demos
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Legal battle looms over new venture StarGreetz, whose backers include Hollywood heavyweights
James Robinson / Guardian:
NoW apologises to Miller for phone hacking
Discussion: Crikey, Press Gazette and PopEater
Variety Group buys TVtracker
Discussion: paidContent
Rob O'Regan / eMedia Vitals:
Zinio addressing ‘content exploration’ for iPad newsstand app
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
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Media Buyers Don't Know Jack About Jill
Reporters Committee News:
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