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5:25 AM ET, June 10, 2011


 Top News: 
New York Times:
A Federal Study Finds That Local Reporting Has Waned  —  An explosion of online news sources in recent years has not produced a corresponding increase in reporting, particularly quality local reporting, a federal study of the media has found.  —  Coverage of state governments and municipalities …
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
FCC says news outlets could make money from online ad tracking  —  A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report released Thursday encourages policymakers to see the benefits in behavioral advertising as a debate rages in Washington on how to regulate online tracking to protect the personal data of consumers.
Discussion: paidContent, Media News and Free Press, Thanks:gnagesh
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:   No Federal Bailout for Journalism
Derek Willis / The Caucus:
Help Us Review the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records  —  On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin's e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska.  Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails …
Ryan Kellett / Washington Post:
Help analyze the Palin e-mails  —  UPDATE: We have had a strong response to our crowdsourcing call-out on the Palin e-mails.  We've reconsidered our approach and now would like to invite comments and annotations from any interested readers.  —  Here's how to participate:Over 24,000 e-mail messages …
The Atlantic Wire:
The Huffington Post Passes The New York Times in Traffic  —  According to a Huffington Post editor who asked not to be named, passed in traffic last month.  The May numbers reflect a boost seen by a number of news sites.  (With 10 million unique visitors …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Which will save AOL: Huffington Post or Patch?  —  AOL, which is trying desperately to manufacture a new business model as its legacy businesses continue to collapse, has made two gigantic and potentially life-altering bets over the past year.  One is the $315 million it spent to buy …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Huffpo Tops NY Times in Traffic, But With a Huge Asterisk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires AdMeld For $400 Million  —  AdMeld, an advertising optimization platform for publishers, has been acquired by Google for around $400 million according to multiple sources.  The company, which launched in 2007, has raised just $30 million in venture capital from Foundry Group …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions [Apple Confirms]  —  Apple has quietly changed its guidelines on the pricing of In-App Subscriptions on the App Store.  There are no longer any requirements that a subscription be the “same price or less than it is offered outside the app”.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Apple makes its subscription rules more friendly to news organizations; but were they really the target?
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Next Web and TeleRead
Jxpaton / Digital First:
WAN IFRA International Newsroom Summit: How The Crowd Saved Our Company  —  Good morning.  —  As career journalists and managers we have entered a new era where what we know and what we traditionally do has finally found its value in the marketplace and that value is about zero.
YouTube in Network Deal Talks With Operators, Manufacturers  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s YouTube division said it is in talks with all major mobile operators on an agreement to pool efforts to reduce the impact of video content on telecommunications networks.  —  YouTube, the world's …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
Rob Gurwitt /
Can nonprofit news survive?  —  Only four years old, the nonprofit online news site MinnPost has yet to match its cross-town rival, the venerable Minneapolis Star Tribune, for size, budget or readership.  But it sure can bring out big names for a party.  —  At MinnPost's April 1 “MinnRoast” …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Jonathan Askin / The Huffington Post:
New Jersey's “Too Much Media” Opinion Might Mean Too Little New Media  —  New Jersey was the breeding ground for so many great advances in communications and media — from the phonograph to the movie camera, from the tape recorder to the transistor, from the first experiments with news …
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
AddThis tracks real-time content sharing  —  Publishers trying to track their social media footprint are challenged by the increasing number of ways users can share content.  Clearspring's AddThis, a popular sharing platform for publishers, recently added new functionality for tracking …
Discussion: Mashable!
Bob Garfield / IEEE Spectrum:
The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized  —  Stratospheric valuations for social media titans assume vast advertising revenue that will never arrive  —  This is part of IEEE Spectrum's special report on the battle for the future of the social Web.  —  First thing you do, tear this article …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
5 reasons broadcasters pay licensing fees for stories and why it corrupts journalism  —  When Ann Coulter congratulated ABC News for its reporting on the Anthony Weiner story, her high praise was this: “You guys own the Weiner story.”  She may not have meant it literally, but she could have.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?  —  We certainly suspected this when New York City first announced that it was running a series of silly and misleading videos as part of a media campaign to “Stop Piracy in NYC,” but now it's been confirmed …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Jill Abramson: Our Lady of Gray  —  The climb to Valhalla is treacherous—but lawyers, babies, Howell Raines and a barreling truck couldn't keep Jill Abramson down.  —  LAST THURSDAY, Jill Abramson compared her appointment to executive editor of The New York Times to “ascending to Valhalla …
Discussion: Folio, Yahoo! News and CJR
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:   Who'll Get The New York Times' Top Washington Job?
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
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