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11:00 PM ET, June 17, 2011

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify, Gearing Up for U.S. Launch, Closes Its $1 Billion Round  —  More momentum for Spotify: The streaming music service has finalized a huge funding round that gives it a valuation of about $1 billion.  —  The European company has raised around $100 million from DST, Kleiner Perkins and Accel.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Following Departures, Murdoch's iPad Paper Makes A Big Hire  —  The Daily made a big hire Friday, scooping up Varietyâs Tom Lowry as the tablet publicationâs new business editor.  —  Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo announced the hire Friday in a memo to staff obtained by The Huffington Post.
John Cook / Gawker:
Gov. Chris Christie Claims Fox News Chief as Confidential Adviser  —  The office of Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is claiming that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is a confidential adviser whose interactions with the governor should remain secret under New Jersey's executive privilege.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Olbermann Wants to Make Current a 24-Hour News Network  —  With three days to go before the debut of his new show on Current TV, Keith Olbermann is simultaneously trying to lower and raise expectations.  In the short term, he'd like to lower them, particularly when it comes to ratings.
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Cable after Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann
Discussion: Poynter, On Media's Blog and TVNewser
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The kingdom and the power of David Carr  —  New York Times media reporter David Carr had a bad feeling during a photo shoot he was doing for Interview magazine early last month.  —  The photographer for the notoriously fashiony celebrity-on-celebrity Q-and-A magazine had taken a number …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS Shuffles CNET Editors  —  More management changes at CBS' digital arm: Veteran editor Dan Farber is once again running CNET News, a position he last held in 2008.  —  CNET editor in chief Scott Ard will stay on at the company, but will focus on CNET's reviews, which he had overseen prior to his promotion in 2009.
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:   CBS Interactive Picks Marc DeBevoise to Oversee Entertainment Sites
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
The Guardian needs an intervention  —  The Guardian and its Sunday title, The Observer have just announced a “digital-first” strategy.  However, this is not a triumphant announcement.  This is a burning platform admission.  —  Guardian News & Media, the parent company for both newspapers …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook PR: Tonight We Dine In Hell!  —  There's currently something going on in the outskirts of the tech world that's a bit sensitive, so no one really likes to talk about it: we (journalists, bloggers, etc) are at war with the PR industry.  —  That sentence alone will throw the PR flacks into a tizzy.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: The Average YouTube Viewer Watches 5 Hours Of Videos A Month  —  comScore has just released its monthly data on online video engagement, with 176 million U.S. Internet users watching online video content in May for an average of 15.9 hours per viewer.
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Why Twitter's media critics are missing the point  —  Media commentators have called Twitter 'smug, ‘intolerant’ and suggested that it's pointless but that's like saying the telephone is smug, writes Shane Richmond.  —  Twitter: scaring people in the media since 2006.
Mike Madden / City Desk:
City Paper Seeks Dismissal of Dan Snyder's Lawsuit  —  When Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder sued Washington City Paper's parent companies in February in New York courts over “The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder,” we said the suit had no merit.
Noah Davis / The Wire:
Meet Hearst's Secret Weapon Who's Making Magazine iPad Apps Pay  —  If Hearst Corporation figures out how to make magazine subscriptions pay on the iPad and other tablets, Jim Meigs will deserve plenty of the credit.  —  The editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics is one of the leaders …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC launches news app for TV  —  News app is first to deliver corporation's content direct to internet-connected TVs  —  The BBC has launched an app to allow the delivery of the corporation's news content direct to Samsung televisions in an attempt to position itself for the rise of internet-connected TV viewing.
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Thrillist Brings Discount Lap Dances to ‘Deals’ Party  —  Building a New Kind of Media Company With Less Media, More Commerce, Deals and Advertising  —  How's this for a daily deal: half off a steak dinner at Roberts', the steak house inside the Scores gentlemen's club on Manhattan's West Side …
 
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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
NPR Pushes Digital Initiative
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
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Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
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