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11:40 AM ET, May 30, 2013


 Top News: 
US media execs rebuff Holder's closed-door wiretap scandal meeting  —  Several significant US news organizations reject the Department of Justice's proposal to discuss off-the-record ‘new guidelines’ in light of the reporter wiretapping scandal.  Last week President Obama urged the DOJ to search a consensus with the media.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Which Media Outlets Will Be At DOJ's Off-The-Record Meeting?  —  Media executives and editors are divided over whether to attend an off-the-record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss guidelines for dealing with journalists in leak investigations, an issue that's gotten a lot …
Discussion: TVNewser, Erik Wemple and Mediaite
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Is Said to Consider More Sponsored Stories  —  New York Times Co. (NYT), looking to imitate the business models used by startups such as BuzzFeed Inc., is considering letting advertisers sponsor more stories on its website, two people with knowledge of the situation said.
Discussion: Adweek, paidContent, @peretti and Poynter
The Social Media Editor is Dead  —  By April 19, the manhunt for two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon had been ongoing for four days, and the Twitterati were growing weary.  —  Brian Ries, of The Daily Beast, confessed he was “so tired.”  Huffington Post's Craig Kanalley saw …
Jim Romenesko:
Liz Heron is named Wall Street Journal emerging media editor  —  Liz Heron, who left the New York Times last year to lead the Wall Street Journal's social media team, has been promoted to emerging media editor for the Journal and Dow Jones.  —  “In this newly created role …
Discussion: @lexinyt
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Is Quartz the Very Model of a Modern Publisher?  —  Eight months ago, Atlantic Media placed a bet that a digital-first, mobile-oriented publication geared to business executives on the go would be a hit.  The results, so far, point to a publication on the rise.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Netflix boss: BBC is holding back UK children's shows  —  Ted Sarandos says corporation restricts UK licensing for up to five years, forcing streaming service to buy US shows instead  —  Ted Sarandos, Netflix's content chief, has accused the BBC of stifling the potential of homegrown children's shows …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   BBC accused of acting like a ‘thug’ towards local papers
Steve Jordon / Omaha World-Herald:
Warren Buffett's media group to buy Roanoke, Va., newspaper  —  The Roanoke (Va.) Times will become part of Warren Buffett's newspaper group.  —  BH Media Group, an Omaha-based division of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said Thursday that it would purchase The Times from Landmark Media Enterprises of Norfolk, Va., for an undisclosed price.
Discussion: The Roanoke Times and Poynter
Sharon Terlep / Wall Street Journal:
Dish Increases Its Bid for Clearwire  —  Dish Network Corp. has increased its bid for mobile-broadband operator Clearwire Corp., topping the offer Sprint Nextel Corp. raised last week.  —  Late Wednesday, Dish offered to acquire Clearwire for $4.40 a share in cash, a 29% premium over Sprint's offer of $3.40 a share.
Discussion: The Verge, CNET, GeekWire and AllThingsD
Terry Heaton / Street Fight:
Report: Pureplays Using Legacy Media as a Farm System for Sales Staff  —  Local media companies need to do something to protect their digital sales assets or run the risk of losing them to pureplay* web companies.  That's just one of the findings of a new study being released tomorrow by Borrell Associates …
Kelly E. Christensen / INMA:
Dallas Morning News encourages innovation by funding employee ideas  —  Employees can earn up to US$25,000 for revenue-generating ideas, such as two recent winners: an E-books option for special sections and custom publishing customers and a collectible sports poster series.
Media Hawk / The Commentator:
The Guardian has opened a coffee shop.  No, it's not a joke.  —  Wanting a steaming cup to go with their steaming journalism?  Well now you've got a place to go, London...  Deep in the murky, hipster-ridden depths of London's Shoreditch emerges a new beast dedicated to bringing you bitter …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Honolulu Civil Beat and Huffington Post join forces for new Hawaii site  —  Cross Pierre Omidyar's serious-minded Honolulu Civil Beat with Arianna Huffington's traffic-driving wizardry, and what do you get?  We'll soon see this fall with the launch of HuffPost Hawaii, a joint venture the two groups announced today.
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Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

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Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

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