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3:40 PM ET, May 9, 2012

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TechCrunch:
Status Update  —  So first thing's first: We're not being sold!  Instead, we've just hired a bunch of brilliant writers and a new COO.  Also, we've seen a resurgence of community support (with over a thousand people attending our NYC meetup last night, for example), are back around 12% …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Sources Say AOL Seeking Buyers for Engadget and TechCrunch, Arrington “Not In The Least Bit Interested”  —  We weren't sure about this one at first, but now we have two independent sources confirming that AOL is exploring the sale of its cornerstone technology sites Engadget and TechCrunch.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Tim Armstrong Says AOL Plans to Invest in TechCrunch and Engadget, Not Sell Them  —  Domestic Display Advertising Falls as Activist Investor Seeks Shakeup  —  AOL reported a 4% drop in average monthly visitors to AOL owned-and-operated properties, when it reported first-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
DDOS attack: Ustream down, Bambuser under heavy load  —  Updated.  Ustream has been unavailable this morning, and Bambuser has been under a heavy load of unusual traffic due to what looks like a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack against both live streaming providers.
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET and Business Insider
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ustream Says Russian Citizen Journalist Is The Focus Of Today's DDoS Attack  —  Developing story: Ustream has sent out some details on the DDoS attack that is currently attacking its system — which was reported on earlier by GigaOm, along with another DDoS attack on Bambuser.
Janko Roettgers / @jank0:
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry obsessed with print, claims Mail Online publisher  —  The publisher of Mail Online has urged the Leveson inquiry to stop “obsessing” with the “last war” over print media and to concentrate on the real “elephant in the room” - the battle for internet readers.
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David Leigh / Guardian:
Milly Dowler: truth about deletion of messages may never be known
Discussion: Guardian
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News International misses another accounting deadline
Discussion: Press Association
Bill Dedman / msnbc.com:
Conservative author Jonah Goldberg drops claim of two Pulitzer nominations  —  On the dust jacket of his new book, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,” best-selling conservative author and commentator Jonah Goldberg is described as having “twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.”
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon snags another book industry vet: Sara Nelson, former Publishers Weekly EIC  —  Just about a year after it hired publishing industry vet Larry Kirshbaum to launch a New York-based imprint and office, Amazon is announcing a new high-profile hire: Sara Nelson, the former books editor for Oprah's …
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The making of a brand-new iPad magazine that's already sick of the Internet  —  Jim Windolf, a contributing editor and writer for Vanity Fair, was sitting in a large, multi-desk cubicle in a warren of similar cubicles in a 10th floor office on West 27th Street on a rainy afternoon, explaining his new project.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Britain to Seek Curbs to ‘Libel Tourism’  —  PARIS — Even as the British government delves into evidence of excesses at its notorious tabloids, it appears ready to offer new legal protection for serious journalism.  —  In a traditional speech to open a new session of Parliament …
Voice of America:
Chinese Official Questioned About Al Jazeera Reporter's Expulsion  —  Al Jazeera English announced Tuesday that its Beijing correspondent Melissa Chan did not have her visa renewed.  That is in effect, an expulsion from China.  The following is a transcript of some of the questions and answers …
Reuters:
Romeo Langlois: Colombia Won't Negotiate With FARC Rebels Over Kidnapped French Reporter  —  Colombia on Tuesday rejected a call by FARC rebels to debate freedom of information and news media bias as a condition for the release of a French reporter they hold hostage.
Discussion: BBC
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Elyssa Pachico / Christian Science Monitor:
Is French journalist kidnapped in Colombia a prisoner of war?
Discussion: Colombia Reports
 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AOL earnings reports tell history of Patch since 2009
Discussion: Mixed Media and Reuters
Maurice Chammah / The Huffington Post:
Should Journalists Be Protected?  —  Thursday was World Press Freedom Day.
Discussion: World Now
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Nobody Seems to Understand What Jeff Bezos is Doing. Does He?
Discussion: GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
Gail Shister / The Philly Post:
Wendy Ruderman Talks About Why She's Leaving the Daily News
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Dan Mitchell / SF Weekly:
Desperate Newspapers Pin Hopes on Annoyed Readers
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Keach Hagey / Digits:
LA Times Developer Begins Archiving Newspaper Websites
Discussion: Capital New York and Poynter
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Demand Media raises outlook on first-quarter revenue beat
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
David Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks before she quit NI, claims biography
Discussion: Guardian