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3:15 PM ET, June 1, 2013


 Top News: 
Kenneth Irby / Poynter:
John White on Sun-Times layoffs: ‘It was as if they pushed a button and deleted a whole culture’  —  John White's 44-year career at The Chicago Sun-Times has been rooted in faith and professionalism.  It's a career he refers to as “an assignment from God.”  —  Earlier this week …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
To the dauntless lensmen  —  The Sun-Times was wrong and right when it fired its entire photo department.  —  Wrong: Images are more important than ever.  Look at this page: Medium practically forces us to include a photo with every post.  On Google+ posts sans images get little love.
Discussion: paidContent, Taking Note and Guardian
Hunch About Bloomberg Brought Rivals Together  —  Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase are usually bitter rivals, competing for lucrative banking and trading business.  But one day in April, the Wall Street titans found common ground: frustration with the Bloomberg news and financial data empire.
Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology:
Is there a Social-Media Fueled Protest Style?  An Analysis From #jan25 to #geziparki  —  When I tell people I study social media, politics and social movements, I often get a version of the question: “But there were protests before Facebook.”  Sure, I say, but how did people hear about it?
Discussion: The Verge and Boing Boing
DirecTV Said Among 3 Hulu Bidders at $1 Billion or More  —  DirecTV (DTV), the second-biggest U.S. pay-TV service, and two other bidders are each offering at least $1 billion for Hulu LLC, the online video website, said people with knowledge of the bid.  —  The other two couldn't be identified immediately.
Ben Flanagan / English:
Adel al-Toraifi: Why newspaper editors should be CEOs, not columnists  —  When Adel al-Toraifi was appointed editor-in-chief of Asharq al-Awsat, the world's biggest pan-Arab newspaper, one of the last things on his mind was writing.  —  Launched in London in 1978, the newspaper is printed …
David Ingram / Reuters:
After news editor boycott, U.S. attorney general loosens rules  —  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder loosened his rules for speaking with media editors on Friday during a second day of meetings with them about his Justice Department's handling of investigations that involve reporters, the editors said.
The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education:   Holder to Meet With Journalists of Color
Peter Sterne / The New York Observer:
Atlantic Media Fails Hacking Test  —  Earlier today, everyone at Atlantic Media received an email warning them to “reverify” their Google Apps account.  But the email wasn't actually sent from Google, it was from Atlantic Media's Chief Technology Officer Tom Cochran, who wanted to test …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
The Guardian profile: Deborah Turness  —  After nearly 10 years in charge of ITV News, the new president of NBC News is expected to shake up the US media scene  —  Not many television executives get their kicks away from the glare of the studio lights by going rally driving.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
As TV Falls Apart, Tumblr And Twitter Aim To Pick Up The Pieces  —  For years, it's been said that Internet use would cut into the time U.S. consumers spend watching television.  Today, those premonitions are beginning to reach the tipping point.  TV ratings have dropped by 50 percent over the last decade.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Journal site Xanga tries to fend off an impending shutdown with fundraising drive  —  It's a sad day for the old internet.  Xanga — which has long tagged behind LiveJournal as a journaling platform — is running out of time: in a blog post, the team behind it said they'll be forced to shut …
Discussion: Valleywag and Betabeat
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Cord-Cutters Lop Off Internet Service More Than TV  —  For all the fuss over Americans dropping their cable subscriptions in favor of Internet video, another type of cord cutting appears to be more common.  —  Hundreds of thousands of Americans canceled their home Internet service last year …
Discussion: BGR and MarketingVox News & Trends
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Appeals Court Affirms Decision to Deny Nexstar Injunction Against Time Warner Cable
Discussion: Variety
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Discussion: The New York Observer
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Austin Tice's family will return to Beirut
Associated Press:
Ugandan police end occupation of newspaper they seized over a general's controversial letter
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Time Warner CEO Sells 81% of Direct Holdings in Company
Discussion: Bloomberg