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1:20 PM ET, May 12, 2011

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Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Busted in Clumsy Smear on Google  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The social network secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about the search giant, The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons reveals—a caper that is blowing up in their face, and escalating their war.
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Smear Story Source Speaks: Facebook Wanted to Stab Google in the Back  —  Privacy advocate Christopher Soghoian broke open the story of how Facebook tried to use global PR giant Burson-Marsteller to smear Google in the press.  He was pitched to ghost-write the op-ed, but posted the email exchange online instead.
Edward Wyatt / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Commissioner Leaving to Join Comcast  —  8:02 p.m. |  Updated WASHINGTON — Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved a hotly contested merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who voted for the deal said on Wednesday that she would soon join Comcast's Washington lobbying office.
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Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Jim Lehrer steps down from regular anchor role on ‘PBS NewsHour’  —  Jim Lehrer will no longer be part of the regular daily anchor rotation on “PBS NewsHour,” starting June 6.  —  The PBS veteran will continue to appear on many Friday broadcasts of the news program, moderating the weekly analysis …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
InsideDeal!  WebMediaBrands Acquires Inside Network For $14 Million  —  When it comes to in-depth news about Facebook, there has been no better site than Inside Facebook.  In fact, the flagship site of Inside Network became so successful alongside the meteoric rise of Facebook …
American Journalism Review:
A Haven for Hyperlocal  —  Street Fight hopes to help the burgeoning hyperlocal industry figure out what works and what doesn't.  Posted: Wed, May 12, 2011 By Jeffrey Benzing
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The New York Times to Debut “UGC” Wedding Announcements This Weekend  —  The New York Times, which features a short article and photo of a couple of dozen newly-weds every Sunday in the Style section, will be adding short videos created by the couples.  The first user-generated video will be published this weekend.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, New York Times and Poynter
Mary Hamilton / Metamedia:
How do you make local news on Twitter engaging?  —  Like this:  —  Web poll (modern!) what gets your goat on Norfolk's roads?  Vote here.  It's like AV, but more fun - http://bit.ly/ltuXcW  —  about 18 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite  —  @EveningNews  —  Norwich Evening News
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Surprising Reason Publishers Are Finally Saying Yes to Apple  —  Earlier this week, I asked what had changed in the standoff between Apple and magazine publishers, who want to sell subscriptions to iPad editions in the iTunes store but, until last week, weren't prepared to accept Apple's rules.
Lauren Rabaino / 10,000 Words:
ProPublica and NYU release music-video “explainer” with investigative series  —  Forget simple kinetic type as a storytelling technique.  ProPublica and New York University's Studio 20 have taken it a step further today with the release of their music-video explainer: a fun …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How The New York Times Will Shake Up Its Weekly Section  —  NEW YORK — New York Times staffers in the editorial and news departments have been working for several months to reinvent the paper's “Week in Review” section, a Sunday staple for more than 75 years.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Gawker sites see page views begin to return as Jezebel's April traffic bests last year's  —  Since Gawker Media relaunched its network of websites in February, there has been much talk about the immediate drop in unique visitors and page views.  But three months later, the numbers look a little different.
Discussion: Bloggasm
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Video Interview: Forbes CEO Perlis On The Free Web In The Free Market  —  Forbes Media today unveiled a new localised print edition for Europe.  —  Following the announcement, recently-appointed CEO Mike Perlis told me why the publisher regards a free website, not a tablet magazine, as the way to build its global business...
The Atlantic Wire:
The New York Times's Bill Keller Riles Up Twitter  —  New York Times executive editor Bill Keller likes things stirred-up, as his recent public spats with The Huffington Post and Fox News demonstrated.  This afternoon he took the fight to Twitter, posting a message to his seldom used …
 
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
For Hype Machine, iPhone is Cash Register, Android is Sandbox
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CBSNews.com to debut social show 'What's Trending'
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Yahoo grew unique visitors in April while New York Times, others declined
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Erik Wemple to Washington Post
Discussion: Poynter, Yahoo! News and Gawker
The Atlantic Online:
'Google Doesn't Laugh': Saving Witty Headlines in the Age of SEO
Discussion: Poynter, The Awl and @ivantohelpyou
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Kerry A. Dolan / Forbes.com:
News Corp. Ups Stake In Prince Alwaleed's Media Group Rotana
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Nomad Editions, a Movie Studio For Tablet Magazines
Victor Wong / paidContent:
How A ‘Business Class’ And ‘Economy Class’ For News Sites Would Look
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