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HBO Orders Slice Of Vice (Variety)
HBO has greenlit weekly newsmagazine Vice, which it has been developing through a partnership with the budding multimedia brand of the same name. TVNewser Vice magazine founder Shane Smith will host the program, which will be executive produced by Smith, comedian Bill Maher and Vice chief creative officer Eddy Moretti. THR / The Live Feed CNN's Fareed Zakaria will be a consultant for the weekly show. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media The series will feature the standard segments fans of Vice Media's online TV programming have come to expect: "Taliban child suicide bombers; North Korean slave labor camps; New York's underground voodoo heroin clinics; Somalian pirates; and Satanic dentists in the Pacific Northwest," per Thursday's press release from HBO. WSJ / Speakeasy The HBO partnership is just the latest beachhead on the media establishment for a company that has long sold itself on outsider status.

Veteran U.S. War Photographer Horst Faas Dies (Reuters)
Longtime Associated Press war photographer Horst Faas, known for his dramatic pictures of people embroiled in the violence of the Vietnam War, died on Thursday at age 79, the news agency said. NYT / AP A native of Germany who joined The Associated Press there in 1956, Faas photographed wars, revolutions, the Olympic Games and events in between. But he was best known for covering Vietnam, where he was severely wounded in 1967 and won four major photo awards including the first of his two Pulitzer Prizes. Washington Post A collection of photos taken by Faas.

President Obama Booked On The View, Returns To ABC Next Week (TVNewser)
President Obama will be making his second appearance on ABC in as many weeks next Tuesday, though this time it won't be for ABC News. Obama will be a guest on the ABC daytime program The View. The interview will be taped Monday as part of the show's "Red, White & View" campaign. Also, it's sweeps. CNN / Political Ticker Obama planned to announce his support for same-sex marriage during an appearance on ABC's The View next week, before comments Sunday by Vice President Joe Biden caused a timeline change, a top Democrat told CNN.

Tom Friedman Elected Co-Chair Of Pulitzer Prize Board (Capital New York)
Apparently the Pulitzer Prize board does not go into hibernation immediately after handing out all of the newspaper industry's top journalism awards every April. Instead, the 19-member board keeps itself busy naming new members and shuffling around the current ones. FishbowlNY The Pulitzer Board has named Tom Friedman of The New York Times its co-chair. Friedman will serve with Denver Post editor in chief Greg Moore. Both have been on the Pulitzer Board since 2004, and will succeed Jim Amoss, Kathleen Carroll and Ann Marie Lipinski. WSJ / AP Moore has been the Post's editor since going to Denver in June 2002. He joined the newspaper after 16 years at The Boston Globe, the last eight as managing editor. Friedman joined the Times in 1981 and has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work there. He has been the paper's foreign affairs columnist since 1995.

Lagardère Revenues Fall 12.5 Percent In Q1 (WWD / Memo Pad)
French media group Lagardère reported a 12.5 percent drop in sales in the first quarter to 1.58 billion Euros, or $2.1 billion. Reuters Lagardère posted a 5.3 percent like-for-like drop in sales at its broadcast media and magazine division. WSJ / Dow Jones French online shopping guide said Thursday that it has turned down French media company Lagardère's bid to buy the firm.

Washington Post Held Mitt Romney Bullying Story In Print Due To Obama Gay Marriage News (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The Washington Post's Jason Horowitz shook up the political world Thursday morning with a deeply reported story about Mitt Romney's prep school days, an account that included disturbing recollections from former classmates about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's behavior toward two students perceived to be gay. But Post print subscribers -- greeted Thursday by a two-column headline touting President Barack Obama's newly stated support for marriage equality, "Historic step by Obama on gay marriage" -- wouldn't find the 5,500-word piece in the paper, even though it was ready to go.

Twitter Buys Personalized Email Marketer RestEngine To Deliver Best Tweet Digests (TechCrunch)
Twitter has just finalized a deal to hire the team and buy the technology of RestEngine, a personalized email marketing service, which could help Twitter deliver email digests of great tweets you've missed. VentureBeat RestEngine is said to be especially adept at helping developers with targeting, filtering, and personalization, areas that Twitter has shown plenty of interest in of late. AllTwitter As Twitter has done with other aqui-hires, RestEngine will shut down, with clients migrated to other email providers. CNET Twitter's been on a buying and hiring spree in the past few months. Last month the company bought social media analytics startup Before that, the microblogging service bought Posterous, Summify, and TweetDeck.

OC Register News Mob Going To Disneyland (California Adventure Actually) (LA Observed)
Remember when we posted the memo about the Orange County Register deploying a news mob to cover the Los Angeles Angels' season opener? It worked so well that the newspaper is using the news mob tactic again -- this time to swarm the re-opening next month of Disney's California Adventure. Keith Sharon, who coordinated the Register's Angels news mob coverage: "Disney's California Adventure will re-open to the public in June with a new Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, rides and a restaurant. The Register will have photographers, videographers and reporters from sports, real estate, pop culture, theater, food, OC Moms, retail, cities, crime, features, travel, social issues -- and virtually every department in our news organization -- covering the event."

Here's Why Facebook Is Okay With Time's Breastfeeding Cover (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Time magazine managing editor Rick Stengel is hoping big retail chains like Walmart and Kroger's won't ban or hide the new issue of his magazine, which features a young mother breastfeeding her unsettlingly non-young son. Will he get his wish? I don't know. What I do know is that until a few months ago, Time's cover would have stood a fair chance of getting scrubbed from Facebook, a site that is, generally speaking, a lot less conservative than a Walmart.

New DVR Wipes Out Ads (WSJ)
Commercial-free prime-time shows -- the Holy Grail of TV watchers -- has come to Dish Network Corp. And it's likely to wreak holy havoc. B&C Dish Network said it is introducing a new feature on its DVRs called Auto Hop that allows customers to skip all commercials for most recorded high-definition programs shown on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC when watched the day after they air. TechCrunch You see, that new Auto Hop functionality only works as part of the DVR's PrimeTime Anytime feature, which can automatically record and store primetime TV programs from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in HD for up to eight days. That's admittedly a pretty cool concept on its own -- users are stripped of the need to set up recordings and make plans around their favorite network television shows, as their box just stores all of it -- and Auto Hop makes it less of a headache whenever people actually get to sit down and veg out. Forbes / The Tech Trade Dish Network Thursday announced a new feature for its satellite TV subscribers that seems destined to make it the most hated company in the television business.

Nick Denton Says Gawker Will Remain Independent (
"We've been doing this nearly 10 years," Gawker chief Nick Denton tells his staff. "I'm not nearly ready to retire yet -- or cash in. But we need to recognize there's a new generation of management at Gawker Media." GigaOM In an internal memo on Thursday, Denton announced the formation of a new sales unit that will focus on helping advertisers and brands take part in the new commenting system. Gawker is also launching a content-driven commerce arm that will focus on affiliate links and in-page transactions.

Why The Atlantic No Longer Cares About SEO (Mashable)
The number of online news consumers has grown consistently over the past half-decade, yet not every publication has gotten the same lift as The Atlantic, whose Web audience has catapulted from approximately 500,000 to 13.4 million monthly visitors since taking down its paywall in early 2008.

Washington Post Finishes Digg Deal (AllThingsD)
The Washington Post has closed its deal to acquire some of Digg's technology staff, who will go to work for SocialCode, a Washington Post subsidiary that helps marketers buy ads on Facebook and Twitter. Washington Post SocialCode, which was launched in January 2011, did not acquire the domain, service or technology. But members of Digg's leadership team will be taking lead roles at SocialCode.

Amazon Preps Three New Blogs To Compete In Tech, Geek Culture And Photography (The Daily)
According to multiple sources in the Seattle area, Amazon is poised to launch a trio of blogs. One will be designed to compete in the tech news space with websites like Gizmodo and The Verge, while the others will cover geek culture and digital photography apps. GigaOM Amazon already has eight under-the-radar blogs: books blog Omnivoracious, Kindle blog Daily Kindle Post, culinary blog Al Dente, cars blog Car Lust, movies blog Armchair Commentary, music blog ChordStrike and gadget blog End User. Most of these blogs appear to be updated somewhat regularly, but End User and ChordStrike haven't published new posts since last year.

Today Back On Top (TVNewser)
The ping pong match between Today and Good Morning America swings back to Today. The NBC News morning show won the week of April 30 in both total viewers and younger viewers.

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