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3:15 AM ET, May 17, 2012


 Top News: 
Jack Shafer:
Candidate-press relations are, well, about as ‘sour’ as usual  —  Having secured the nominations of their parties, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have set their campaign throttles to late-spring idle with a speech here, a speech there, a commencement address over there, and fundraisers and soft TV appearances everywhere.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Reporters Blocked At Romney Event  —  Several reporters covering Mitt Romney described being blocked from a rope line on Wednesday and prevented from asking the candidate questions at a St. Petersburg, Fla., event.  —  “Romney campaign and Secret Service attempted to keep press off ropeline …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix launches sexy new web-based video player  —  Netflix just rolled out a completely revamped video player for browser-based viewing, and I gotta say, it's pretty slick: Not only does it come with lightbox-like text overlays while a video is paused, users can also preview entire seasons …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Jann Wenner: Why We're Putting Us Weekly on the IPad  —  Magazine Enters Game Despite Wenner's Previously Pronounced Lack of Expectations for the Device  —  Almost exactly a year after Jann Wenner said magazines were rushing to the iPad out of “insanity and insecurity and fear,” …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:   Laurie Fine To Sue ESPN For Libel
Gustavo Palencia / Reuters:
Murder of Honduran reporter blamed on drug gangs  —  (Reuters) - A prominent Honduran radio journalist was killed by drug gangs in retaliation for a government crackdown on cartels, the country's security minister said on Wednesday.  Alfredo Villatoro, a well-known media personality …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Software developer revives debate about whether journalists should learn to code  —  This week's debate in the software development community about whether everyone should learn to code shows that journalists aren't the only ones who have religious wars.  Developer Jeff Atwood started …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Viacom Gives Up Fight Against Time Warner Cable, Adds Channels to TWC iPad App  —  Customers of Time Warner Cable have some reason to rejoice today, as the cable company has gotten the go-ahead to add channels like MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central to its live streaming iPad app.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Turner Broadcasting invests in social video site Funny or Die  —  When Funny Or Die launched in April 2007 — a startup co-founded by Will Ferrell — it enjoyed an early-mover advantage in jumping on the wave of socially-shared video.  Today, it sports 1.7 million Facebook fans …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘The New Republic’ plans to establish a New York office  —  The New Republic will open up a New York office sometime in the coming months, Capital has learned.  —  Of course, the Beltway media-scene staple had its original offices here at its founding in 1914.
Jeffrey Van Camp / Digital Trends:
Internet radio on the rise thanks to social media and tablets, says study  —  A new study shows that Internet radio usage is up by huge margins all across the board, especially among those with a lot of money.  Suspiciously, this study is funded by an Internet radio advertising agency.
Discussion: WebProNews
Nick Pinto / Village Voice:
In The First Occupy Wall Street Protest Trial, Acquittal  —  The NYPD has arrested protesters and journalists thousands of times since Occupy Wall Street first began in September, but the case of Alexander Arbuckle was the first of them to actually go to trial.
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
Exclusive: LA Times Magazine is Shutting Down  —  Nearly three years after the LA Times Magazine was removed from control of the business end of the paper and put back under the LA Times' editorial umbrella, the monthly pub is being shut down.  FishbowlLA spoke with the mag's editor …
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:   LA Times Developing Quarterly Fashion Pub
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Adam Boulton says Brown's pyjama party was ‘bonkers’  —  The “slumber party” the former prime minister's wife Sarah Brown hosted for guests including Wendi Deng and Rebekah Brooks was “completely bonkers”, Sky News political editor Adam Boulton told the Leveson inquiry.
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Press Association:
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Discussion: Bloomberg
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