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11:45 AM ET, May 12, 2015

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Internal memo from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong on Verizon takeover  —  In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong]  —  So this just happened.  AOL, owner of TechCrunch, is getting acquired: U.S. carrier Verizon said in a statement that it is buying the company for $4.4 billion, or $50 per share.
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Verizon to acquire AOL at $50 per share at an estimated total value of $4.4B, Tim Armstrong to continue leading AOL operations  —  Verizon to Acquire AOL  —  Deal Creates Unique and Scaled Digital Media Platforms for Consumers, Advertisers and Partners  —  NEW YORK - Taking another significant step …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: AOL in talks to spin off HuffPost, primarily with Axel Springer, at a valuation over $1B  —  AOL Has Been in Talks to Spin Off HuffPost as Part of Verizon Acquisition Deal  —  According to numerous sources, while it has been negotiating its deal to sell to Verizon …
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon's AOL acquisition suggests its telecom carrier empire is crumbling more than it shows the power of the physical network  —  Verizon-AOL: A War of All Against All  —  Surprising deal suggests a crumbling empire more than it shows the power of the network
Brent Lang / Variety:
AOL Shares Surge 18% After Verizon Deal  —  Shares of AOL surged more than 18% in pre-market trading Tuesday after news broke that Verizon Communications is buying the digital player for $4.4 billion in cash.  —  AOL's stock was trading at $50.26, which is above the $50 a share that Verizon …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation invests $1 million in creator-driven podcast collective Radiotopia  —  A little over a year ago, a group of public radio-minded podcast producers banded together with an idea: to combine their powers to grow a shared audience and develop a better business model for fledgling audio entrepreneurs.
BBC:
Secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das hacked to death in Bangladesh, in third such attack this year  —  Bangladesh blogger Ananta Bijoy Das hacked to death  —  A secular blogger in Bangladesh has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since the start of the year, police say.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
In first public comments on Brian Williams. NBC News Chief Andy Lack promises resolution “soon”  —  NBC News Chief Andy Lack: 'We're Playing Hurt' Over Brian Williams  —  In his first public comments about the saga, NBC News chief Andy Lack acknowledged the damage done to the network by the Brian Williams scandal.
Discussion: The Wrap, TVNewser and @tvnewslab
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
New questions about bin Laden's death and burial highlight lack of attribution in earlier Vanity Fair reporting  —  Why didn't Vanity Fair tell readers it hadn't seen bin Laden burial photos?  —  Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has shaken Washington with a massive piece, titled …
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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
New report by veteran journalist Seymour Hersh on Osama Bin Laden's death prompts doubt, conflicting reports, and a partial NBC confirmation
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
ESPN President John Skipper on Bill Simmons: “It Was Business”  —  The chatter at ESPN's upfront presentation Tuesday morning centered on Bill Simmons, conspicuously absent since ESPN president John Skipper abruptly announced Friday that he would not renew Simmons' contract.
Discussion: Poynter, New York Times and Mediaite
Brian Flood / Adweek:
ESPN to announce deal with Cablevision that lets advertisers access multiscreen audience data  —  ESPN and Cablevision Are Set to Announce a Game-Changing Data Deal  —  ESPN will announce a first-of-its-kind data deal with a cable TV provider at its upfront presentation tomorrow.
Discussion: FierceCable
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Warner Music Says Streaming Revenue Has Passed Downloads  —  Here's another sign that the music industry has shifted from selling songs to selling subscriptions: Warner Music Group says that last quarter, streaming music revenue passed revenue from selling downloads.
 
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Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal:
Report finds Google is still the largest media owner; 136% bigger than the second-largest, Disney, up from 115% last year
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Associated Press curates stories in book form, including current and historical news, has published 18 paperbacks and e-books since March
David Weinberger / Slate:
NPR opens API to authorized developers to build device-specific versions of NPR One streaming player
Discussion: NPR.org, @fkbarrett and RAIN News
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Instagram says it erred in shutting down The Shade Room, a TMZ-style publication that had 700k followers
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Interview with Sarah Alvarez, founder of Pilotwire, a project that caters to low income news consumers
Natan Edelsburg / The Drum:
The Drum announces Found Remote, a dedicated source for social TV news led by Exec Editor Natan Edelsburg, in US expansion
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg Politics co-host Mark Halperin apologizes to presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz for interview questions focusing on his Cuban heritage
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Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling sentenced to three and a half years in prison on espionage charges for leaking info to New York Times reporter James Risen
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
New Al Jazeera America CEO Al Anstey promises no news spin and a focus on integrity
Discussion: The Wrap and Politico
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO's Game of Thrones breaks TV piracy records: latest episode downloaded 2.2M times worldwide, less than 12 hours after airing on TV
Discussion: Forbes