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4:55 AM ET, May 5, 2012


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Does AOL need HuffPo more than HuffPo needs AOL?  —  The plot seems to be thickening at AOL, at least when it comes to Arianna Huffington's role at the former portal.  She confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that her role within the company has been reduced, something that was the subject …
Discussion: paidContent
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Huffington's Role Shrinks at AOL  —  Executive Says Shift Will Free Her to Focus on Her Namesake News Site as It Gears Up to Expand Abroad  —  Arianna Huffington acknowledged Thursday that her portfolio at AOL Inc. is being scaled back to include only the Huffington Post …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
U.S. senator likely to be rebuffed in News Corp inquiry  —  (Reuters) - The British judicial inquiry investigating questionable reporting practices by Rupert Murdoch's media properties is unlikely to cooperate with a prominent U.S. senator's request for evidence of misconduct in the United States …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
David Cameron wins advance access to Leveson inquiry witness statements
Discussion: and Press Gazette
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Leveson Inquiry: Government makes ‘controversial’ last-minute bid for advance sight of Andy Coulson's evidence
Discussion: Huffington Post UK
Jim Romenesko:
New York Times confirms non-newsroom layoffs  —  I received multiple tips late Thursday about layoffs at the New York Times, including this report: … Another tipster says of Freeman: He was “one of the two go-to guys on news-department legal matters, from story vetting to fighting First Amendment cases.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
WaPo digital revenue drops in Q1  —  The Washington Post Co. newspaper division continues to struggle, nearly doubling its operating loss with drops in print circulation and advertising — and digital ad sales aren't picking up the slack.  —  The division, which includes the Washington Post and Slate …
Samantha Critchell / Associated Press:
Vogue bans too-skinny models from its pages  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Vogue magazine, perhaps the world's top arbiter of style, is making a statement about its own models: Too young and too thin is no longer in.  The 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world made a pact to project the image …
Michael Nunez / International Business Times:
Google News Adds Realtime Coverage, Google Plus Discussion: Is The Information Provided Actually Relevant?  —  Google News has added features that will give readers realtime data surrounding news stories, but the company has failed to acknowledge Twitter and Facebook once again.
Discussion: SlashGear, The Verge, CNET and TechCrunch
Jim Romenesko:
Juan Williams rethinks NPR  —  Juan Williams was quick to accept a few million bucks from Roger Ailes and jump to Fox News after NPR gave him the boot.  He then went on a non-stop NPR-bashing tour, accusing the radio network of being “elitist and white.”  —  Williams is singing a different tune …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico endorses post-first, check-later journalism  —  On April 20, New York Daily News photographer Todd Maisel was in Cartagena, Colombia, working on the story of the Secret Service scandal.  Amid his wanderings, he banged out a provocative tweet: … Quite an allegation.
Business Week:
Discovery's Oprah Problem  —  Oprah Winfrey stood before advertisers and media executives in New York last month and offered a humble assessment of her effort to create OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  Despite her popularity, the new cable channel attracts less than a 10th of the audience her syndicated TV show used to pull in.
Discussion: Company Town
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC News website stalwart Tim Weber to leave corporation after 20 years  —  Weber, who helped launch BBC News website, will leave corporation in June after 20 years  —  Tim Weber, who helped launch the BBC News website, is to leave the corporation after more than 20 years.
Discussion: The Next Web
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At the often stodgy National Magazine Awards, best disruptor of decorum goes to a tall guy from Dallas  —  “I feel like when we win, everybody wins,” said Time managing editor Rick Stengel in a ballroom at the New York Marriott Marquis Thursday night, accepting a National Magazine Award for magazine of the year, the evening's top honor.
David Freedlander / Politicker:
The Editorial Plea: How The New York Times Decides Who Wins and Loses Local Elections  —  With a few days to go before Election Day in 2010, State Senator Eric Schneiderman was locked in a tight Democratic primary for attorney general.  So his campaign released a television ad as rudimentary …
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