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2:55 PM ET, May 27, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Plans for American Al Jazeera Channel Shifting Focus to U.S. News  —  While it has a foreign name, the forthcoming Al Jazeera cable channel in the United States wants to be American through and through.  —  When Al Jazeera's owners in Qatar acquired Al Gore's Current TV in January …
Discussion: @howardmortman
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
News Corp. Says It Was Not Told of Subpoena for Reporter's Phone Records  —  News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.
Discussion: The Verge
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
DOJ Notified News Corp. About Phone-Record Seizure  —  The Justice Department notified the parent company of Fox News more than two years ago about its seizure of phone records belonging to one of its reporters, a Fox official said Saturday.  —  The parent company, News Corp . …
Discussion: CNN and The Next Web
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Bid for Hulu in $600M to $800M Range — Even as It Preps Other Big Deals in Mobile and Communications  —  According to numerous sources close to the situation, Yahoo has bid from $600 million to $800 million for the premium video site Hulu.  —  The reason for the wide range is due …
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Behind Twitter's Savvy Embrace of TV  —  Internet companies for the past decade plus have looked at TV with a mix of envy and disdain.  The envy springs from the $120 billion the TV industry rakes in annually, a number that reliably climbs even as Internet execs scream hysterically with their Mary Meeker time-spent slides in hand.
Discussion: @chloes
Katharine Viner / Guardian:
Welcome to Guardian Australia  —  Thank you for joining us on the day we launch our new digital edition.  We hope you will take part in its success  —  Today we launch Guardian Australia, the Guardian's third international digital edition, focusing our unique style of journalism on this vast and fascinating country.
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
Sniper kills Syrian journalist from pro-government TV  —  (Reuters) - Sniper fire killed a well-known Syrian journalist working for a pro-government television channel near the Lebanese-Syrian border on Monday, the state news agency said.  —  Yara Abbas, a reporter for the al-Ikhbariya news channel …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware, ransomware and trojans to attack pirates!  —  The hilariously named “Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property” has finally released its report, an 84-page tome that's pretty bonkers.
Discussion: The Next Web, BGR and TorrentFreak
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Syrian Electronic Army: pro-government propaganda, or just trolling for lulz?  —  Hacker group is efficient, but it may not be effective  —  On May 4th, a series of odd tweets went out to the 5 million or so followers of the E! News Twitter account.  “Exclusive!  Justin Bieber to E!online: I'm a gay,” read the first one.
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
The Big Items on the FCC's To-Do List  —  Did anyone really think that Julius Genachowski wouldn't leave the media ownership rules for the next guy?  Or the always-in-court, nearly impossible to legally defend broadcast indecency rules?  Even with 11th-hour pushes to take on both …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of value exchange and Google Surveys  —  What happens when a reader hits the paywall?  —  Only a small percentage slap their foreheads, say “Why didn't I subscribe earlier?” and pay up.  Most go away; some will come back next month when the meter resets.
Discussion: Street Fight
Kevin Davis / NetNewsCheck Latest:
INN Starts Backing Nonprofit News Startups  —  After a 19-month wait to secure its own 501(c)3 status, the Investigative News Network has started to sponsor nonprofit news projects.  “Fiscal sponsorship allows these early-stage nonprofits to accept donations from philanthropists and foundations …
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Discussion: Big News
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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Emilio Garcia-Ruiz named managing editor of The Washington Post
The Lens:
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Discussion: Poynter