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9:55 AM ET, June 18, 2011

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Oliver Miller / thefastertimes.com:
AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out  —  I got the job through a friend.  The job was this: I would write about TV for a section of the AOL Television website.  In theory, this sounded great.  In exchange for writing about “The Simpsons” and other TV shows, I would be making $35,000 a year …
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.
Matt Wardman / Anna Raccoon:
Won't talk to bloggers, no more, no more  —  We live in interesting times for independent news media.  The regional media has been in crisis for years, and councils which used to run their own newspapers have been slapped down by Eric Pickles.  —  There has been an explosion of local news blogs …
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.
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.
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Riches to rags as Guardian bleeds £33m in a year  —  The Guardian, propped up by a car magazine, faces going out of print after warning of a cash crisis and the threat of more redundancies.  —  When The Guardian celebrated its centenary in 1921, its most revered editor …
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.
Strawberry Saroyan / New York Times:
Magazine Preview: Storyseller  —  Amanda Hocking, the star of self-publishing, was sitting in the front seat of her Ford Escape earlier this spring when she spotted a messenger delivering flowers to her home in Austin, Minn. She watched her best friend and roommate, Eric Goldman, get the door.
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.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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.
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
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.
 
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