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1:40 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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Aljazeera:
Missing Al Jazeera reporter deported to Iran  —  Al Jazeera's Dorothy Parvaz, missing since arriving in Damascus almost two weeks ago, is now understood to be in Tehran.  —  Missing Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been deported from Syria to Iran, the network has learned.
USA Today:
Google deflects PR firm's attack of Gmail privacy  —  It's not as if Google lacks privacy controversies to quell.  —  Yet Burson-Marsteller, a top-five public relations firm, is attempting to pile more on.  —  Burson last week stepped up a whisper campaign to get top-tier media outlets …
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times' Share of Newspaper Sites' Traffic Hits 12-Month Low  —  April Was a Quieter Month for News Than March, But Other Newspaper Sites Maintained Traffic Better  —  The pay wall introduced by The New York Times at the end of March is hurting traffic to its website, as expected, but perhaps within acceptable levels.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Poynter
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Emily Bell / Guardian:
Why integration can be a barrier to innovation in the digital world
Discussion: paidContent, CJR and Adweek
Teri Evans / Entrepreneur.com:
Mashable's Pete Cashmore on Persistence  —  How he turned obstacles into an opportunity, why he's so obsessed with the Internet and a winning habit he learned from his father.  —  Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable.  —  'Trep Talk is a column on personal insights from the people behind the big ideas.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Is the iPad Just a New Way to Give Away Magazines?  —  In the last few days, there have been a flurry of deals that suggest that a level of détente between Apple and the Big Three Manhattan publishers (Condé Nast, Time Inc. and Hearst) has finally been reached.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
The news behind bars  —  Calvert Porter sits down behind the anchor desk and straightens his collar.  His co-anchor, Keith Williams, studies his script.  “Do you want a sound check?”  Porter asks.  14 Comments Weigh InCorrections?  Live Q&A, noon Yates: Broadcasting behind bars Ask Now “No, you're all right,” the cameraman says.
Discussion: Poynter
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
5 big problems with ‘Navigating News Online’ study  —  You might find some valid research in the Navigating News Online study published Monday by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a project of the Pew Foundation.  —  But the study needed lots of context that an organization committed to excellence in journalism should provide.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Wall Street Journal Deploying iPhone 4 Globally for News Gathering and Live Streaming  —  The Wall Street Journal is training its print reporters to use the iPhone 4 for video news gathering and live streaming via Skype Video, says Kevin Delaney, Managing Editor of the WSJ.com
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jason Fry / Poynter:
How valuable is your brand? 4 questions to determine whether to stay or go, plus how to keep your biggest stars happy  —  The age of the individual brand was inevitable, a natural consequence of the way digital media has remade our reading habits.  In print, columns have a home on a section front …
Victor Wong / paidContent:
How A ‘Business Class’ And ‘Economy Class’ For News Sites Would Look  —  Victor Wong is CEO of PaperG, an ad-tech company that provides online advertising platforms for local/hyperlocal publishers.  —  Oliver Reichenstein's “Business Class: Freemium for News?” has kicked off a lot …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Wenner Digital Chief Schwartz Returns To Reuters For Biz Dev Role  —  Steven Schwartz, who became Wenner Media's first chief digital officer about 2-and-a-half years ago, is leaving the Rolling Stone publisher to head up global business development for Reuters (NYSE: TRI) Media.
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Celebrity scoop faker stars in biopic  —  Tom Kummer outdid his rivals with fabricated exclusives - now documentary tells how he fooled German media  —  The Hollywood press pack just couldn't understand it.  How was a Swiss young buck persuading the world's biggest stars to lay bare …
Discussion: Jezebel
 
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Future of Media: Lots of Questions, But No Easy Answers
Discussion: CJR and Future of Journalism
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Joseph Alexiou / The Wire:
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