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10:55 AM ET, May 1, 2013


 Top News: 
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
The Company That's Buying Up All the Key Pieces of the Online News Ecosystem  —  Betaworks has its tentacles in nearly every part of how stories are made, read, and measured.  —  In the past couple years, an ecology of sorts has come into being among online news sites.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Former Times-Picayune editors will lead Baton Rouge Advocate, which has a new owner  —  Former New Orleans Times-Picayune managing editors Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs will serve as General Manager and Editor, respectively, of the Baton Rouge Advocate, which announced it had been purchased …
The Advocate:
Georges buys The Advocate  —  John Georges, who took over a small family company and transformed it into a billion-dollar business, completed a deal Tuesday to buy The Advocate, the largest daily newspaper in Louisiana.  The Advocate, which dates back 171 years and serves readers from Lafayette …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Revenues, Subscription Dollars Down  —  Later this year Time Warner is supposed to jettison Time Inc., its iconic publishing arm.  Today's earnings results illustrate why.  And they also make it tough to imagine Time Inc.'s appeal to public investors.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Brian Fung / The Atlantic Online:
Retwact: A Tool for Fixing Twitter's Misinformation Problem  —  Can an enterprising developer striking out on his own solve one of the social network's biggest flaws?  —  Even worse than the pornbots and trolls, one of Twitter's enduring drawbacks is that there's no reliable way to issue corrections with the service.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and The Next Web
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
The Atlantic launches a new ebook division; will sell e-singles and curated collections  —  The Atlantic is launching an ebooks division that will publish e-singles and curated collections of content from the magazine's archives.  The first e-single is only available through Amazon's Kindle Singles store …
Maureen Farrell /
Peter Thiel: Twitter will outlast the New York Times  —  Tech visionaries Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen disagree on the promise of Twitter, but both see a relatively long lifespan for the social media firm.  At least in Internet years.  —  In a debate with Andreessen …
Sarah Marshall /
Washington Post trials ThingLink Mobile  —  The Washington Post is the first news outlet to use a pre-release version of the ThingLink Mobile app, creating interactive images of the White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  The Washington Post is the first news outlet to use ThingLink Mobile, a new iOS app due to launch next month.
Discussion: Mediashift
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Owner Considers Sale Of TV Stations  —  NEW YORK — Robert Allbritton, chairman of Politico parent company Allbritton Communications, notified staff Wednesday that the company is considering the sale of its two Washington, D.C.-area channels, ABC affiliate WJLA-7 and NewsChannel 8 …
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Craigslist Owns What You Did Last Summer  —  Did you post an ad on craigslist between July 26, 2012 and August 8, 2012?  If so, bad news for you.  Turns out that craigslist, and not you, owns that ad.  In other words, if you try to repost it to another site, you could actually be infringing craigslist's copyright.
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNET, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Netflix losing almost 1,800 titles from its streaming library  —  Netflix may have more original programming coming in the months ahead, but the company is also going to be losing quite a few titles as well.  According to InstantWatcher, a site that catalogs the comings and goings …
Erik Wemple:
Father of New York Post ‘Bag Man’ seeks legal counsel  —  El Houssein Barhoum is the father of one of the young men depicted on the April 18 cover of the New York Post.  “Bag Men,” read the headline, with this explanation: “Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.”
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
DreamWorks Animation acquires teen-targeted YouTube network AwesomenessTV for $33m  —  DreamWorks on Wednesday announced it has agreed to acquire YouTube teen network AwesomenessTV, which has already signed up over 55,000 channels, for $33 million.  The media company currently aggregates …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast Profit Rises After Cable Rates Increase  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), the largest U.S. cable company and the majority owner of NBC, said first-quarter profit rose 17 percent as U.S. residential video subscriber revenue increased at the highest rate in four years.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Following pilot, Hachette will make all of its ebooks available to libraries nationwide  —  Hachette announced Wednesday that it will make all of its ebooks, including new titles, available to libraries nationwide.  New ebooks will be priced at three times the cost of the print version, but a library only has to buy a copy once.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
YouTube goes to Washington  —  YouTube extends a friendly smile and some enhanced features to Congress as it quietly encroaches on C-Span's turf.  —  Google's popular video channel and its public policy group have teamed up to provide members of Congress with feature-enhanced video channels today.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Scraps Deal for French Video Site  —  By SAM SCHECHNER in Paris and AMIR EFRATI in San Francisco  —  Dailymotion was on track to be the first big acquisition for Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, after her company signed a provisional deal to buy control of the online-video website from France Télécom SA.
Christine Dobby / Financial Post:
Postmedia eliminates publisher positions as part of wider restructuring  —  Canada's largest chain of big-city English-language daily newspapers is eliminating the role of local publishers at its papers as part of a move to centralize more of the company's business operations.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Twitter ads now available for all U.S. users  —  The microblogging site opened up advertising to all businesses, not just those who were invited, like in the past.  —  NEW YORK—Twitter on Tuesday opened up advertising on its site to all businesses and individuals, rather than limiting …
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Peter Delevett / SiliconBeat:
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Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
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John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
What Would Happen To The Media If Facebook Collapsed?
Discussion: The Droid Guy and BGR
John Cook / GeekWire:
Cheezburger cuts 35% of staff as it looks to make transition from desktop to mobile
Discussion: Valleywag
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Name Wheeler to Head FCC
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL's Video Hat Trick: A Slate Of Original Content, Be On Creative Studio, And A Deal …
Jim Romenesko:
North Carolina alt-weekly Rhino Times folds after 21 years
Dominic Ponsford /
Chartered Institute of Journalists legal challenge for Privy Council over Royal Charter
Discussion: Jon Slattery and Guardian
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Times-Picayune plans new ‘street’ tabloid for previous non-print days