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1:45 PM 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.
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Will New Orleanians follow The Times-Picayune online after it cuts back on print?  —  Starting this fall, New Orleans will become the largest U.S. city to go without a daily newspaper, but it won't be the first.  —  That distinction is held by Ann Arbor, Mich. In 2009 …
John McQuaid / Forbes:
The Digital Future of The Times-Picayune
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Dish Network Doesn't Want to Blow Up TV.  It Wants to Pay Less for It.  —  Does Charlie Ergen really want to blow up the TV business, using his ad-skipping “Auto Hop” feature?  —  You can make that case, and if you want to hear an entertaining rendition of it, check out Peter Lauria's live-on-tape report from Times Square here.
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Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox, CBS, NBC Sue Dish Network Over AutoHop Ad-Skipper
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
BOMBSHELL: Business Insider Kinda Brilliant  —  A defense of the rapacious news aggregator.  —  Imagine a used car salesman who learns that the shiny Mercedes in his lot has a busted engine.  He tells his friends not to go near the lemon, but when he notices a long line of people coming in to see the car …
Journalism.co.uk:
NUJ may cut one fifth of staff in face of ‘severe financial crisis’  —  A leaked report to the union's National Executive Council states the union has ‘around £300,000 in cash’ said to be the equal of ‘three weeks running costs’  —  The National Union of Journalists is …
Discussion: Jon Slattery and Press Gazette
New York Times:
Albany Times Union Editor Says Police Targeted His Wife's Spa  —  ALBANY — In early spring, the police raided a spa near the Capitol, alleging that a masseuse was actually a prostitute.  —  It appeared to be a minor arrest, except that the spa's owner is the wife of the investigations editor at the local newspaper, The Times Union.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
The Indianapolis 500: a remarkable test-case in the future of transmedia programming  —  Sports and sports media compose a gigantic global business.  Neither are untouched by technology.  In many respects, sports are leading the way in bringing live video and information to alternate computing devices both inside and outside the home.
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.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
NBCU Exploring Buyback of MSNBC.com  —  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 MSNBC.com.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NY Times updates iPhone/iPad apps for customized reading  —  With today's updates to its flagship iPad and iPhone apps, The New York Times is adapting to a world of always-on but slower-than-you'd-like data networks.  —  The new versions, just approved by Apple and in the App Store, feature two key improvements.
Discussion: Felix
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why newspapers need to lose the ‘view from nowhere’  —  Billionaire investor Warren Buffett may be buying newspapers — a move that is probably as much about cash flow and real estate as it is a long-term investment thesis — but he can't possibly buy them all, and that leaves the rest …
 
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Associated Press:
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning military trial: group petitions for a more open court
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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