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6:55 PM ET, May 9, 2012


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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% …
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.
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.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Why Doesn't AOL Just Sell The Huffington Post?  —  (Image credit: Getty Images for AOL via @daylife)  —  There's not much of AOL that's not in play these days, one way or another.  In response to a report that the company is looking to sell TechCrunch and Engadget, chairman Tim Armstrong …
Discussion: paidContent
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp.'s Chase Carey defends boss Rupert Murdoch, as price tag on phone-hack scandal reaches nearly $170 M.  —  News Corp. president and chief operating officer Chase Carey offered an impassioned defense of his boss, Rupert Murdoch, on Wednesday afternoon.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   News Corp.'s hacking tab so far this year: $167 Million
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
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:   New update: Ustream now says its up and running again
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
ABC Bungles Obama Gay Marriage Scoop  —  President Obama's announcement of his support for same-sex marriages this afternoon was touted as a major win for network TV, getting the scoop over cable and the noisy clamor of the Internet.  Yet, what looked to be an airtight scoop for the network appears …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Robin Roberts interview with Obama a coup for ‘Good Morning America’
Discussion: Erik Wemple and Capital New York
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.
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
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Sun-Times parent to buy Chicago Reader for $3 million  —  (Crain's) — Wrapports LLC, the parent of the Chicago Sun-Times, is poised to purchase the Chicago Reader as soon as next week for about $3 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction.
Bill Dedman /
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: GalleyCat and Publishers Weekly
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 …
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