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6:00 AM ET, May 20, 2011


 Top News: 
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 …
Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
How to Make It Easy for Newspapers to Link on the Web
Discussion: GigaOMGigaOM, Thanks:p2chairman
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
The Atlantic Online:
Did the New York Public Library Just Build the Magazine App of the Future?  —  The new Biblion app could be a model for how to present information on the tablet  —  Silicon Valley watcher Tom Foremski likes to say that “every company is a media company” in the Internet age.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Dick Ebersol to Leave NBC Sports  —  Dick Ebersol, who has run NBC Sports since 1989 and engineered the network's bids to acquire the rights to more Olympics than any other, resigned on Thursday when he said he could not come to an agreement on a new contract. Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Print Books  —  Kindle with Special Offers for only $114 is already the bestselling member of the Kindle family  —  (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon began selling hardcover and paperback books in July 1995.  Twelve years later in November 2007 …
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.
Alex Leo / MediaFile:
Bill Keller's war on the Internet keeps the Times down  —  It seems every time Bill Keller takes pen to paper (or hand to keyboard) these days it's to express displeasure with some aspect of the Internet.  Last week he tweeted “#TwitterMakesYouStupid. discuss.”
Bill Keller's blind spots
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
Carol Marie Cropper / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Honolulu Says Aloha To Add-Free Experiment  —  Hawaii's palm trees and gentle breezes have given rise to one of the nation's boldest experiments in online news.  Honolulu Civil Beat, founded by eBay creator Pierre Omidyar, is vying to take its place among the usual newspaper and TV sites in the Honolulu online arena.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Twitpic changes reveal conflict as users, journalists, photo sharing services have competing goals  —  The popular photo-sharing service Twitpic this month took more control over the photos that millions of Twitter users upload to its site each month.  —  Although it provoked an outcry …
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
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 …
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Conversation, the startup Australian news site, wants to bring academic expertise to breaking news  —  What would happen if you had close to 1,000 academics available to contribute to the breaking news cycle?  Would it change the course, and the discourse, of news?  —  Andrew Jaspan thinks it will.
Discussion: J-Source
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.
The Atlantic Wire:
What We've Learned So Far from Radical Transparency  —  The reason for our experiment in transparency, moving the editorial conversation that keeps the site running out into the open, was primarily that we couldn't think of a good reason not to do it.  If anything it would be interesting …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Wenner Media, Publisher of Rolling Stone, Names a New Chief Digital Officer  —  Michael Bloom Succeeds Steven Schwartz  —  Rolling Stone and Us Weekly publisher Wenner Media has named Michael Bloom its new chief digital officer, a role that's enjoying a bit of resurgence at media companies even as it evolves.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Tom Cleary / Westport News:
Tech writer David Pogue, wife, charged in Westport dispute  —  David Pogue, the New York Times technology columnist and CBS News correspondent, speaks at the Technology Today Business Forum at the Courtyard by Marriott in Shelton, Conn. Thursday, May 19th 2011.
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Paul Bradshaw / BBC College of Journalism Blog:
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