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5:45 PM ET, June 11, 2012

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
A Sports Aggregator Finds a Home: Gannett Buys Quickish  —  The folks at Gannett, the newspaper publisher best known as the people who bring you USA Today, also want to be known for online sports.  Here's another move in that direction: The company's USA Today Sports Media Group has acquired Quickish …
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Politico to Expand Its Subscription Service  —  Just as print publications across North America are cutting newsroom staff and daily publication schedules, Politico is expanding.  —  This week, the news outlet is starting to hire 20 more reporters and editors to help increase its coverage on the economy and military.
New York Times:
Syrian Conflict Cracks Carefully Polished Image of Assad  —  For some journalists, Syria has been one of the least hospitable countries in the Middle East, a place where reporters — if they can get in — are routinely harassed and threatened as they try to uncover the repression that has propped up the Assad government for decades.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Orange County Register sold to Aaron Kushner group  —  The Orange County Register has been sold to 2100 Trust LLC.  The newspaper had been owned by Freedom Communications, which announced the sale of its newspapers in Texas and in the Midwest last month and of its newspapers in North Carolina and in Florida on June 1.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Robin Roberts Will Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant  —  “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will undergo a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with a form of leukemia.  On the show this morning, an emotional Roberts explained she was diagnosed with the cancer following treatment …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Met refers files on five journalists to CPS  —  Scotland Yard has referred files relating to five journalists arrested on suspicion of phone hacking to prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.  The journalists' cases are the first to be referred to the CPS …
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Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
Introducing GigaOM Books  —  Here at GigaOM, we've followed the tectonic shifts happening in book publishing pretty closely.  From Laura Owen's great daily analysis of all things e-books to Mathew's thoughtful takes on how publishers are adapting, to the occasional analysis from yours truly …
Will Sommer / Washington City Paper:
TBD Loses Its Last Employee  —  Allbritton's long-ailing TBD experiment is even closer to meeting its demise.  Since May, TBD's staff has consisted of transportation blogger John Hendel, down from 35 editorial employees at its height in 2010.  Now Hendel, who writes the TBD On Foot blog …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Beck Renews His Radio Deal  —  Glenn Beck, who departed Fox News last year and started his own Internet television network, is sticking with his radio network partner.  —  His company, Mercury Radio Arts, will announce on Monday that it has renewed its contract with Premiere Networks …
Jaquetta White / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Times-Picayune advertisers voice opposition to newspaper's planned changes  —  Several major Times-Picayune advertisers have added their names to the list of business and civic leaders opposing a plan to reduce publication of the dailly newspaper to three days a week.
Discussion: Bayoubuzz.com
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Dan Mitchell / Fortune:   Profits aren't the only consideration for newspapers
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Why is the U.S. State Department paying Amazon $16.5 million for Kindles?  —  The U.S. State Department has signed a no-bid, $16.5 million contract with Amazon to provide Kindle Touches- 2,500 of them to start, preloaded with 50 titles each — for its overseas language-education programs.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Here's why Apple didn't open up Apple TV  —  There were plenty of rumors ahead of today's WWDC keynote that Apple would announce some kind of update to its Apple TV platform.  And while pundits have long been speculating about the launch of a full-blown TV set, the latest round of rumors …
Discussion: AllThingsD, Shiny Objects and BGR
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
A New Executive Director for ASNE  —  Arnie Robbins, who stepped down as editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last month, will be the new executive director of the American Society of News Editors starting July 9.  Current executive director Richard Karpel, appointed in 2009 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Patching up?  Tim Armstrong's hyperlocal-news baby has numbers to brandish against hostile shareholders  —  AOL's Patch has been taking a beating lately thanks to Starboard Capital, an investor group that thinks the costly community-journalism venture should be shut down.
 
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