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8:15 AM ET, May 25, 2012


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New York Times:
New Orleans Newspaper Scales Back in Sign of Print Upheaval  —  The Times-Picayune, a 175-year-old fixture in New Orleans and a symbol of the city's gritty resilience during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, has buckled under the pressures of the modern newspaper market.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Dish Seeks Ruling on Feature That Skips All Commercials  —  6:50 p.m. |  Updated |  The Dish Network and three television networks filed opposing lawsuits on Thursday over Auto Hop, a feature that allows Dish subscribers to automatically skip all the advertising during most prime time shows.
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Sues Dish Network Over Auto Hop Ad-Skipper  —  Fox has sued Dish Network over its new Auto Hop service, which allows consumers to skip television ads.  Fox issued the following statement on Thursday: … The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday on behalf of Fox Broadcasting …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
NBCU Exploring Buyback of  —  Chris Matthews must be getting that tingling feeling down his leg again.  He and his colleagues may soon have a giant news site to call their own.  —  That's because NBCUniversal is in serious negotiations with Microsoft to buy back
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Warren Buffett and Newspapers: Infatuation or Cold Calculation?  —  Warren Buffett.  (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)  —  “For most newspapers in the United states, we would not buy them at any price,” -Warren Buffett in 2009.  —  “I've loved newspapers all my life …
Discussion: Lists
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why rich people are investing in newspapers, again
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Propaganda firm owner admits attacks on journalists  —  WASHINGTON - The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted Thursday that he was behind a series of websites used to discredit two USA TODAY journalists who had reported on the contractor.
New York Times:
Cameron Defends Handling of Murdoch Bid  —  LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday defended his handling of a contentious and ultimately doomed $12 billion bid by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation last year to take control of the country's most powerful and lucrative commercial television network.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Daily Caller gives gun promotion a shot  —  Whatever your take on the Daily Caller, give them this: They know their audience.  Not long after the conservative news site this morning announced a gun giveaway promotion, Publisher and CEO Neil Patel told me that “thousands” of people had entered themselves as contestants.
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Daily Caller giving away guns to readers now through Election Day
Discussion: New York Times
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A push to outlaw anonymous commenters in New York gets big eye-roll from digital media  —  One might have expected the news that several Republican state lawmakers in New York want to pass a law essentially banning anonymous comments on the web to be met with outrage.
Discussion: Erik Wemple, CNET and ThinkProgress
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Digital Notes: Pandora Revenues Grow, and Streaming Music's Global Drive  —  Pandora, which has been under scrutiny from investors since it went public almost a year ago, delivered some good financial news on Wednesday, and its stock price rose more than 13 percent by Thursday afternoon.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Associated Press:
Gunmen kill Somali journalist, bringing toll to 6 this year; ties Syria for deadliest in world  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia — A radio station producer says that gunmen in Somalia have killed a Somali journalist, the sixth to be slain in the country this year.  —  The death highlights …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Sean Hannity Signs New Deal At Fox News  —  Sean Hannity isn't going anywhere.  —  The Fox News host just signed a new multi-year contract with the network, it was announced Thursday.  He will continue his current role for at least four more years.  —  Hannity, who joined the network in 1996 …
Discussion: Multichannel and Mediaite
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