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7:45 PM ET, May 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Tumblrs for Cool: Board Approves $1.1 Billion Deal as Expected  —  The Yahoo board has approved a massive $1.1 billion all-cash deal to buy Tumblr.  —  Sources close to the board said the deal was a foregone conclusion and was an unanimous vote by the Silicon Valley Internet giant.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Tumblr Brand Will Remain — With Mostly “Hands-Off” Product Approach by Yahoo's Mayer  —  According to numerous sources close to the situation, the Tumblr brand will continue on in the wake of its $1.1 billion acquisition by Yahoo.  —  That includes definitive promises by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer …
Discussion: Forbes, Business Insider and Mashable
The Huffington Post:
AP CEO: DOJ's Seizure Of Phone Records Was ‘Unconstitutional’  —  WASHINGTON — The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records “unconstitutional” and said the news cooperative …
Jack Marshall / Digiday:
Pitchfork Opts Out of the Pageview Rat Race  —  Pitchfork was one of few media outlets granted access to dance music duo Daft Punk ahead of its highly anticipated new album Random Access Memories.  Determined to make the most of the opportunity, the online music mag ditched …
Discussion: @zee and Pitchfork
Emran Hossain / The Huffington Post:
Bangladeshi Bloggers Face Constant Death Threats Since Arrest  —  WASHINGTON — Even though Rasel Parvez is out of prison, he isn't out of danger.  —  “They have pushed my life to a state in which I cannot walk free.  I remain in self-confinement day after day, and my social relations are mostly snapped …
Andrew Romano / The Daily Beast:
Why You're Addicted to TV  —  The Revolution is being televised.  Anyone who enjoys even the most casual relationship with a television set is probably aware that How We Watch TV has been changing in recent years.  “Binge watching,” as scores of breathless critics have christened it …
Nicholas Thompson / The New Yorker Blog:
Julius Genachowski Leaves the F.C.C.  —  After four and a half years running the F.C.C., Julius Genachowski is stepping down on Friday.  He's had an eventful time: dealing with net neutrality, spectrum auctions, mergers, and David Ortiz's exhortative expletive on national TV.
Discussion: The Verge
Wall Street Journal:
Social Media Pose New Riddle for CIA  —  Effective spycraft has long called for cover—a job, family or routine that would keep a government agent from drawing undue attention.  Now, that calculation extends to spies' use of social media.  —  Only in the past few years …
Discussion: MoneyBeat and The Verge
John Cook / Gawker:
(Update) We Are Raising $200,000 to Buy and Publish the Rob Ford Crack Tape  —  As you may have heard, Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, smokes crack cocaine.  We've seen a video of him smoking crack cocaine, and the people who have the video would like to sell it.  Through the miracle of crowdfunding, you can help.
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Why Hearst Wants in on Google Glass  —  Google Glass has already gotten a reputation as a geek-guy thing, but Hearst doesn't think that's going to be the case in the long run.  —  The publisher is the first magazine to have a Google Glass app.  Elle will join The New York Times …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CNN Peeks at Google Glass with News Alerts App
Discussion: AdAge and ZDNet
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