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11:55 AM ET, May 20, 2011


 Top News: 
Carly Carioli / Phlog:
Google abandons master-plan to archive the world's newspapers  —  In an email today to publishers including the Boston Phoenix, Google told partners in its News Archive project that it would cease accepting, scanning, and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Quiet Departure Is Stark Contrast to Heralded Arrival  —  “CBS Evening News” bade farewell to its anchor, Katie Couric, on Thursday with a five-minute highlights reel and a rendition of the Beatles ballad “In My Life,” but there wasn't much sadness on the set.
The Huffington Post:
Katie Couric Signs Off ‘CBS Evening News’
Discussion: Company Town, Adweek, Mediaite and TV Squad
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Breaking: Liberty Media Offers Nearly $1 Billion For Barnes & Noble  —  Bankrupt Borders needs a sale the most but Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), which put itself in play last August, is the book retailer with a serious suitor—and they don't come much more serious than John Malone.
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Insane! John Malone Offers to Buy Barnes & Noble
Discussion: and GalleyCat
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
From Schoolhouse Rock to ‘The Fracking Song,’ explainers as ‘acts of empathy’  —  In all the years he's been playing the guitar and keyboard, David Holmes never pictured himself recording a song about hydraulic fractured drilling.  —  But Holmes, a journalism student in New York University's …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the missing link  —  Picture Pre-Tablet Man (or Woman).  Let's go back to the time before Palm Pilots, at the dawn of consumer digital civilization itself, a time of AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve.  Hunched heavily by the analog world on his shoulders …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
How to Make It Easy for Newspapers to Link on the Web
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big Content rips into Google, the “corporate imperialist”  —  The knives are out for Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.  Within hours of making comments to UK media during a press conference, major US rightsholders attempted to brand Google as an arrogant, out-of-control company bent …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
After Layoffs, ‘Pink Slip’ Virus Hits Dow Jones  —  Dow Jones has been battling the nasty “pink slip” computer virus all week.  And its arrival just days after two dozen or so techs were laid off has led to speculation that the company was a victim of sabotage.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
The Atlantic Online:
South African Journalist Anton Hammerl Killed in Libya  —  Long thought to be alive in government captivity, the freelance photographer was shot by forces loyal to Qaddafi over six weeks ago  —  Freelance photographer Anton Lazarus Hammerl, a South African who also held Austrian citizenship …
Discussion: Lens, FishbowlNY, Yahoo! News and Adweek
Noah Davis / The Wire:
ELIZABETH SPIERS: 'New York Observer Was Sluggish When I Got Here And Now It's Back On Track'  —  The visual metaphor is obvious.  —  Last week, Elizabeth Spiers — Gawker founder, Breaking Media founder, and currently editor-in-chief of the New York Observer — posted a picture …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @iwantmedia
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times CEO: We Jumped Onto the Horse of Change  —  If Twitter makes you stupid, as New York Times executive editor Bill Keller believes, then the Times is extinguishing more brain cells than any other newspaper — and CEO Janet Robinson is darn happy about that.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
The CW to reward viewers for watching commercials  —  At its upfront presentation today, the CW network announced an unique partnership with the shopping app Shopkick.  The app serves up shopping deals and special rewards for users who visit top retailers like Target and Home Depot.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Future of Media: Brands Are Publishers Now Too  —  As if newspapers and magazine publishers didn't have enough problems already, what with declining advertising revenue and the difficulty of getting readers to pay via iPad apps and paywalls, the number of competitors they face is expanding almost daily …
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
The Barbarian Group at the Gate!  How Long Will ‘The Daily’ Stay Top Secret?  —  Since its launch three months ago, the goings-on at tablet newspaper The Daily have been kept tightly under wraps by News Corp's—not to mention Apple's—trademark wall of secrecy and non-disclosure agreements.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Tablets Tip Future To First Digital Profit  —  Future says tablet magazine sales of over £100,000 ($161863.16) per month pushed its digital activities in to their first ever profit during the first half of this year.  —  Although publishers often cite growing digital revenue …
Discussion: Media Week
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
A HuffPost Scoop, Overlooked By the Mainstream Press  —  HUD finds big banks defrauded taxpayers, but few follow the story  —  Shahien Nasiripour scored a foreclosure-fraud scandal scoop for The Huffington Post on Monday, reporting that audits of the mortgage industry conducted …
Discussion: Fortune and Rortybomb
Steve Green / VEGAS INC:
Denver judge stays all Righthaven cases in Colorado  —  A federal judge in Colorado today said there are serious questions about the validity of the Righthaven LLC/Denver Post copyright infringement lawsuits there, and he put them all on hold.  —  Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane in Denver …
Fort Gordon Signal:
Fallen Army journalist honored at Newseum  —  WASHINGTON — Staff Sgt. James Hunter is remembered for lots of things.  His fellow Soldiers will tell you he was a hard worker, selfless and dedicated to his Soldiers and their mission.  His family will tell you that he loved Kentucky basketball and, above all else, he loved his country.
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Twitpic changes reveal conflict as users, journalists, photo sharing services have competing goals
Paul Bradshaw / BBC College of Journalism Blog:
bbcsms: A changing audience or changing audience expectations?
Discussion: BBC
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Wenner Media, Publisher of Rolling Stone, Names a New Chief Digital Officer
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Expands Ad Performance Guarantees, Helping Magazines' Push for Audience Recognition
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Conversation, the startup Australian news site, wants to bring academic expertise to breaking news
Discussion: J-Source
Carol Marie Cropper / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Honolulu Says Aloha To Add-Free Experiment
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Twitter is essential for journalists - but they still rely on the PR machine
Noleary / Adweek:
Eric Schmidt Named Cannes' Media Person of the Year