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2:45 AM ET, May 21, 2011

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Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Katie Couric is closing in on a deal with ABC for an afternoon talk show  —  One of the most high-profile media courtships may soon be consummated: Katie Couric is closing in on a deal with Walt Disney Co.'s ABC to host an afternoon talk show.  —  Couric, who anchored the CBS Evening News …
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Jim Rainey / The Big Picture:
Schwarzenegger child: How Gawker named wrong ‘baby mama’  —  The story of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the household worker who bore his child more than a decade ago has created something like the Fog of War, I suggested the other day.  When fact, fiction and journalistic standards blur …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
On Copyright, Eric Schmidt Is Right and Britain Is Wrong  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt has been taking some flak from large media and content companies for comments he made about copyright in Britain, where the authorities have been considering a rewrite of the country's 300-year-old copyright laws.
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Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
bbcsms - Technology and Innovation  —  Nic Newman  —  Social media is your friend, not your competitor.  Visits to news sites is growing at about the same rate as social media visits.  —  So who is losing?  —  Search is starting to fall as a source of information - being replaced by social discovery.
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Gregory Ferenstein / Fast Company:
Meet Facebook's Journalist Ambassador (Yes, We Said Ambassador)  —  A 25-year-old Columbia Professor of Journalism, Vadim Lavrusik, is Mark Zuckerberg's media macher.  —  Facebook now accounts for more than 5% of traffic for many major news outlets.  As the Internet floods users with options …
Discussion: Poynter
New York Post:
Battle over Condé Nast office space at 1 WTC  —  When Condé Nast finally moves into its new downtown digs at 1 WTC, many of the denizens of the city's glitziest publishing house will be in a for a rude surprise: the new office plan calls for open floor seating in the 1 million square feet of office space.
Lauren Rabaino / 10,000 Words:
A reporter's view on the news industry's broken commenting system  —  News comments are broken.  It was a popular topic of last night's Hacks/Hackers Seattle meetup and the driving notion behind one of the Knight-Mozilla News Challenge, which asks, “How can we reinvent online news discussions?”.
Discussion: TVSpy, eBookNewser and FishbowlNY
Mark Little / Storyful:
The Human Algorithm  —  When I became a reporter, almost 20 years ago, my job was to dig up scarce, precious facts and deliver them to a passive audience.  Today, scarcity has been replaced by an unimaginable surplus and that audience is actively building its own newsroom.
Discussion: GigaOM
Gena Chung / American Journalism Review:
Continuing the Struggle  —  Her husband, editor of a newspaper in Sri Lanka, was gunned down.  Now in exile in New York City, Sonali Samarasinghe presses forward with their fight for press freedom and justice in their native country.  Posted: Friday, May 20 2011
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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Hyperlocal Network Main Street Connect Buys CentralMassNews  —  Main Street Connect, which owns 10 hyperlocal news sites in Connecticut, is expanding its portfolio significantly: The company has just picked up CentralMassNews, which owns ten local news sites in central Massachusetts.
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.
 
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
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