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2:25 PM ET, June 10, 2011


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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Huffpo Tops NY Times in Traffic, But With a Huge Asterisk  —  Unique visitors, in thousands, for AOL, Huffpo and  Source: comScore  —  Arianna Huffington has The New York Times in her crosshairs, and she's packing some major artillery: Her site now has more traffic than the Times.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Top news sites lose unique visitors in May, while traffic peaks for many  —  Early reports Thursday about Huffington Post surpassing The New York Times website in traffic illustrate a critical misunderstanding: unique visitors do not equal page views.  —  In fact, during the month …
Discussion: Financial Post and Editors Weblog
Alex Salkever / Street Fight:
Patch's Main Problem?  Paltry Pay  —  When I was working at AOL a few years back, the recruiter for came through the West Coast offices and I spoke to her a bit about building out the fast-growing hyperlocal news blog company that is something of a bet-the-future venture …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Confessions Of A Patch Editor: “The Model Isn't Sustainable”  —  AOL's network of local news sites, Patch, has about 830 editors.  —  Over the past couple days - after we published Confessions Of Patch Salesperson: “It's Been A Disaster” - several of them have emailed us to complain about their jobs.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Which will save AOL: Huffington Post or Patch?
Discussion: VatorNews, SAI and The Atlantic Wire
Maureen Farrell / Scaling Up:
Former Time Warner CEO on “delicious ironies” of AOL-HuffPo Merger  —  Don't expect former Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin to call up Tim Armstrong with advice on AOL's buyout of the Huffington Post.  “I've made it a practice recalling the time when I was CEO and calls that I would get not to talk …
Discussion: Reuters, The Wire and Market Wire
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.
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.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian iPhone app attracts more than 400,000 downloads  —  Latest figures also reveal newspaper's mobile website accounts for more than 10% of total digital traffic  —  The Guardian's iPhone app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times since its launch in January …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Sarah Palin Email Saga  —  Mother Jones requested Palin's gubernatorial emails during the 2008 election.  Almost three years later, the wait is over.  —  Today, at 9 a.m. local time in Juneau, the state of Alaska is scheduled to release 24,199 pages of emails Sarah Palin sent …
Maria Popova / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship  —  Editor's Note: Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curation of “cross-disciplinary interestingness” that scours the world of the web and beyond for share-worthy tidbits.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal Executives Huddle for First Retreat Under Comcast … Days after NBCUniversal successfully won U.S. television rights to the Olympics until 2020, top company executives are holed up in Santa Barbara for the first strategy-planning retreat under the new Comcast ownership, according to sources.
Discussion: The Corsair
James Robinson / Guardian:
Times is biggest year-on-year faller |  May ABCs  —  National dailies hit by year-on-year comparison with general election month  —  Most daily national newspapers suffered a hangover in May from the general election in the same month last year, as circulation fell year on year compared with a strong month in May 2010.
Discussion: Media Week and The Wire
Noah Davis / The Wire:
Bonnie Fuller: ‘Celebrity Couples Can Be Role Models’  —  In a midtown office bathed in light that is as fluorescent as her site,, is pink, Bonnie Fuller and a staffer debate the merits of the relationship between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Rob Gurwitt /
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” fundraiser …
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
The editorial dilemma of Huma's pregnancy  —  The news that Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant had been known and agonized over in newsrooms, including this one, for more than 24 hours before it was reported on Wednesday night.  —  It presented one of the toughest editorial dilemmas in recent memory.
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