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10:45 AM ET, May 26, 2013


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sweeping Leak Inquiries Reveal How Wide a Net U.S. Has Cast  —  WASHINGTON — Even before the F.B.I. conducted 550 interviews of officials and seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters in a leak investigation connected to a 2012 article about a Yemen bomb plot …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Press Sees Chilling Effect in Justice Dept. Inquiries  —  President Obama's conciliatory gesture toward the press this week — a review of Justice Department investigations involving journalists — struck some national security reporters as closing the door after the sources have already bolted.
Discussion: @coreyhutchins and Boing Boing
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Syrian Electronic Army compromises Sky News Android app  —  EXCLUSIVE: A screen capture provided to The Desk by a hacker with the Syrian Electronic Army purports to show the developer dashboard for several BSkyB Android applications.  —  The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility …
Discussion: The Verge
National Updates:
Syrian Electronic Army compromises Sky Android apps  —  The Sky News Android app on Google Play Credit: Google  —  The Syrian Electronic Army appear to have compromised several Sky Android applications.  —  A tweet by @SkyHelpTeam said: “We are aware that the Android apps of Sky+ …
ITV News Twitter account hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
Discussion: The Desk, Mashable and AllThingsD
Globe and Mail:
Globe investigation: The Ford family's history with drug dealing  —  This investigative report reveals that:  — Another brother, Randy, was also involved in the drug trade and was once charged in relation to a drug-related kidnapping.  —  In the 1980s, anyone wanting to buy hashish had to know where to go.
Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Gawker's bid to give $200,000 to Canadian drug dealers hits slight snag
Discussion: FP Passport, Gawker and Mediaite
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
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Whole Bluth And Nothing But The Bluth: An ‘Arrested Development’ FAQ  —  “I've made a huge mistake.”  “There's always money in the banana stand.”  “Motherboy.”  If you don't understand why the people around you have lately taken to uttering these phrases and then simpering …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Business Insider
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
The real origins of Tumblr  —  Email Follow!/fernalfonso
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
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 …
Adam Rifkin / AllThingsD:
Why Tumblr Was a Massive Steal for Yahoo  —  The blockbuster acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo for $1.1 billion — all cash — has been portrayed as a gigantic gamble on the part of the acquirer.  However, for those of us who believe there can be specific guidelines around the valuation of interest graphs …
Alan Murray / Pew Research Center:
Introducing Fact Tank  —  Welcome to Fact Tank, a new, real-time platform from the Pew Research Center, dedicated to finding news in the numbers.  —  Fact Tank will build on the Pew Research Center's unique brand of data journalism.  For years, our teams of writers and social scientists …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
WikiLeaks Donations Down to a Trickle  —  As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange approaches the one-year anniversary of his confinement in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, a report released Wednesday reveals that donations to the secret-spilling site have dwindled to a trickle.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yet Another Hulu Bidder!  Yahoo Is In, Too.  —  Add one more name to the Hulu bidding derby: Yahoo, which just announced plans to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion, has made an offer on the video website as well.  —  The Web giant submitted a bid for the video site this morning, according to a person familiar with process.
KKR, Silver Lake Said to Join Bidding for Hulu Online Video Site
Discussion: Variety, The Next Web and Mashable
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Government should reopen talks on press regulation, says Alan Rusbridger
Discussion: Big News
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. to take up to $1.4-billion write-down in publishing
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Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and paidContent
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Haynes Johnson, longtime Washington Post journalist, dies at 81
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Emilio Garcia-Ruiz named managing editor of The Washington Post