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9:20 AM ET, May 9, 2012


 Top News: 
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.
Discussion: Business Insider and Betabeat
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Offers Up an Earnings Beat, But a Disappointing Ad Number  —  First look at AOL's earnings: Revenue of $529 million and earnings of 22 cents a share.  Wall Street was looking for $527 million and 7 cents a share.  —  The earnings beat is nice for AOL.
John Fahey / Press Association:
Milly Dowler's deleted messages to stay a mystery  —  The truth about how murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone messages were deleted may never emerge, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.  The now defunct News of the World admitted hacking the 13-year-old's mobile phone but it remains unknown whether …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News International misses another accounting deadline  —  News International has missed another deadline to file its accounts with Companies House.  —  The company, which trades under the name of NI Group Ltd, is now facing a fine for failing to comply with the legal requirement to post its accounts for the year up to 30 June 2011.
Rupert Murdoch's big backer sounds News Corp warning  —  Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the second-biggest shareholder in Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, has revealed his frustration with the fallout from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and admitted that it is harming the reputation …
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
David Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks before she quit NI, claims biography
Free Press:   70,000 Petition Congress to Hold Hearings on News Corp. Corruption
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
An Editor's Dangerous Mea Culpa  —  In a most unusual editor's note on the Chronicle of Higher Education website last night, Editor Liz McMillen apologizes profusely for what turned out to be a controversial post written by now fired “Brainstorm” blogger, former WSJ editor and Harvard graduate Naomi Schaefer Riley.
Discussion: GalleyCat
Jim Romenesko:   Chronicle of Higher Education ousts blogger over black studies post
Christopher Shea / Wall St Journal:
Chronicle of an Academic-Media Firestorm
Discussion:, ArtsBeat and MetaFilter
Keach Hagey / Digits:
LA Times Developer Begins Archiving Newspaper Websites  —  Newspaper front pages are considered such an important mirror of American culture that they get their own rotating daily museum exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  —  But there has never been an equivalent archive for the more ephemeral …
Discussion: Poynter
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
Elyssa Pachico / Christian Science Monitor:
Is French journalist kidnapped in Colombia a prisoner of war?
Discussion: Colombia Reports
Dan Mitchell / SF Weekly:
Desperate Newspapers Pin Hopes on Annoyed Readers  —  News publishers have always treated readers like commodities — because that's what readers are.  The real customers for publishers aren't readers, but advertisers.  Readers are the product.  It's not quite that simple, of course …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Guardian: Yep, it was “major changes” by Facebook that caused drop in social reader traffic
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Ongo, an attempt at a pan-media paywalled aggregator, is closing  —  Less than a year and a half after launch, the subscription aggregation startup Ongo — a newspaper-industry effort to create a pan-media subscription system — is shutting down.  It'll close its doors by month's end …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Demand Media raises outlook on first-quarter revenue beat  —  (Reuters) - Demand Media Inc (DMD.N) reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and raised its 2012 outlook, suggesting it is finally moving past changes that Google made to its search engine that hobbled the company last year.
Gail Shister / The Philly Post:
Wendy Ruderman Talks About Why She's Leaving the Daily News  —  How bad are things at the Daily News?  New York Times-bound Wendy Ruderman, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, is urging her colleagues to jump ship.  “I hate to say it, but if people at the Daily News aren't looking, they should be …
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Nobody Seems to Understand What Jeff Bezos is Doing.  Does He?  —  A couple months ago, realizing it would be futile to hold out any longer against the tsunami of pop cultural peer pressure, I decided to go ahead and read The Hunger Games.  I jumped over to Amazon, searched for the Kindle edition …
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 …
Maurice Chammah / The Huffington Post:
Should Journalists Be Protected?  —  Thursday was World Press Freedom Day.  On Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) published an article listing the arrests, injuries, and assaults of at least eighteen journalists covering recent clashes near the Egyptian Ministry of Defense.
Discussion: World Now
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Katherine Fung / Huffington Post:
New York Times Journalists Demand End To Contract Negotiations
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone-hacking scandal: Glenn Mulcaire denies protecting News International
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Steering Murdoch in Scandal, Klein Put School Goals Aside
Discussion: CJR and Capital New York
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Tom Brokaw Doubles Down On WHCD: 'If You Go, It'll Steal Your Soul'
Discussion: Mediaite and Chickaboomer