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10:45 AM ET, June 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Backs Away From Aiding Media  —  WASHINGTON—Two years ago, the FCC and FTC launched reviews of the media industry with an eye toward changes in laws or tax code that could help struggling traditional media companies.  Since then, the federal government's interest in helping the newspaper industry appears to be waning.
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
Anna Peele / Esquire:
Times Director Saw Keller ‘About to Throw in the Towel’  —  When Andrew Rossi began quietly documenting the New York Times in 2010, he had no idea the Iraq war would end, Wikileaks would expose government secrets, and the Times would roll out a new paywall, effectively symbolizing the marriage of old and new media.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Financial Times shuns the App Store, but not the iPad  —  The Financial Times has launched a new, subscription-based iPad app, but you won't find it in Apple's App Store.  The app is a touch-optimized, HTML5-powered newspaper that runs in the browser.  —  And it's slick.
Rob O'Regan / eMedia Vitals:   Zinio addressing ‘content exploration’ for iPad newsstand app
Financial Times:
The new FT app for iPad and iPhone
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.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Crook / Crikey:
Kohler quits CEO gig to focus on journalism  —  Business Spectator and Eureka Report figurehead Alan Kohler has stepped down as CEO to focus on journalism and strategy, as the websites' controlling company hires fresh blood to expand its burgeoning finance news empire.
New York Times:
New TV Hit Hums Along Online, Too  —  LOS ANGELES — At home here on Saturday afternoon, Paul Telegdy, who heads up reality programming for NBC, directed his Web browser to a real-time search engine of Twitter messages and checked in on “The Voice,” the Tuesday night singing competition …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Wall Street Journal has 200K Subscribers to Mobile Apps, Tablets and eReaders  —  Digital consumption is growing at the Wall Street Journal Network, where some 200,000 subscriptions to mobile Apps, tablets and eReaders have been sold, according the General Manager Alisa Bowen.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
News Corp. general counsel Lon Jacobs to leave media giant  —  Lawrence “Lon” Jacobs, the general counsel of media giant News Corp. and a close confidant to Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is expected to leave the company, a person familiar with the matter said.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Applying the brakes on KNBC's California Nonstop  —  The new channel focusing on L.A. and regional happenings suffers from the realities of today's media: not enough time, staff and money.  —  The logo for “NBC California Nonstop.”  —  KNBC-TV has a new 24-hour news and feature station called California Nonstop.
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 and
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.
Discussion: Deadspin
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: TVNewser and Future of Journalism
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
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