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Orange County Register Owner Bought By Private Firm (The Orange County Register)
The owner of The Orange County Register announced Monday that the paper has been bought by 2100 Trust LLC, a privately-held company led by a Massachusetts investor who previously planned to buy The Boston Globe. LA Observed The group is led by investor Aaron Kushner, who had tried to purchase The Boston Globe. No purchase price was announced by Register parent Freedom Communications. Also being sold to Kushner's group are the six remaining Freedom dailies and related properties. FishbowlLA Terms of the deal were not disclosed and it's expected to close in about 30 days. NYT / Media Decoder The Orange County Register, which started in 1905 as The Santa Ana Register, has won three Pulitzer Prizes over the years, according to the newspaper's website. But like many newspapers, it has been struggling with plummeting circulation recently. Data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations shows that readership from Monday to Friday declined to 183,595 in March 2012, compared with 285,914 in 2007. LA Times / Money & Co. The sale completes the process of dismantling Freedom Communications, which has been steadily selling off newspaper properties since emerging from bankruptcy protection in April 2010. The Boston Globe The company also sold eight TV stations last month to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $385 million, a deal that helped cover Freedom's debt. Poynter / MediaWire Freedom announced the sale of its broadcast division late last year. In November 2010, Poynter's Rick Edmonds tried to divine the company's strategy as it emerged from bankruptcy: "Might the strategy be to sell some of the properties, keep others and reposition the company by investing the proceeds in digital ventures?"

Apple's iOS 6 Includes Deep Facebook Integration (Mashable)
Facebook just became a bigger part of the Apple experience. TechCrunch Apple announced Monday at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2012 that Facebook will be deeply integrated into iOS 6, including single sign-on for apps, quick sharing from notifications, Siri integration, contact syncing, sharing buttons in the iTunes and App stores, communication with friends from Game Center, and a public API. AllFacebook Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook hinted at Facebook integration at AllThingsD's D10 Conference in late May, saying, "stay tuned." Inside Facebook An Apple-Facebook partnership has been speculated about for years, but past attempts at integration apparently fell through for Apple's Ping service and iOS 5. Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs called Facebook's terms "onerous" in the past. Now, either through leadership changes or growing necessity, the companies are apparently able to work together. The integration could help Apple and Facebook as they compete with Google, which offers its own mobile operating system and social network. Nieman Journalism Lab Here are three takeaways for news organizations from Apple's WWDC keynote.

A New Executive Director For ASNE (AJR)
Arnie Robbins, who stepped down as editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last month, will be the new executive director of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) starting July 9. ASNE Robbins served for 13 years as the editor and managing editor of the Post-Dispatch, resigning in May. He helped lead the newsroom's expansion from a primarily print operation to one that also excels at delivering content on tablets, smartphones and the newspaper's website. During this time, he was an active member of ASNE.

Joy Behar Will Debut A New Show On Current TV This Year (Mediaite)
After recently ending her program on HLN, Joy Behar is slated to pick up a time slot on Current TV. TVNewser The new show has a familiar working title (The Joy Behar Show) and will air at 6 p.m. on weekdays beginning in September. It will also be replayed later in the evening. THR / The Live Feed It will include a regular rotating round table of politicos, comedians and journalists. NY Daily News Brooklyn-born Behar, 69, previously hosted a news program of the same name on HLN, which was canceled in November. Her new show will focus on the latest headlines, pop culture, political events, social issues and anything else she cares to talk about. NYT / Media Decoder Current said Behar's show would be previewed during the week of June 18, when the 8 p.m. host Eliot Spitzer has a vacation. In Spitzer's place will be Joy Behar: One Week Only* Until the Fall.

Patch Sets Records For Traffic And Revenue (FishbowlNY)
Patch, AOL's network of hyperlocal news sites, enjoyed May quite a bit. According to a press release, last month brought record amounts of traffic and revenue to the venture. Capital New York The network of some 850 hyperlocal news sites, which was co-founded by Tim Armstrong in 2007 and acquired by AOL two years later when Armstrong became CEO, says it logged its highest traffic and revenue numbers to date last month, finishing May with 11.7 million users and a 14 percent revenue bump from its previous revenue record in November of 2011. Poynter / MediaWire The news comes at a propitious time for AOL's ambitious local-news initiative: Thursday's annual AOL shareholder meeting will be a showdown between CEO Armstrong and Starboard Value, the activist investment group that's been calling for the corporation to change its content-focused strategy.

Google Settles Lawsuits Brought By French Authors And Publishers (WSJ)
Google Inc.'s effort to digitize the world's books inched forward Monday, as the search giant said it had struck deals with French authors and publishers that end six years of litigation and open the way to sell out-of-print French books online. Bloomberg The Syndicat National de l'Edition, which represents more than 600 publishers, and the SGDL Society of Authors agreed with Google to end litigation over Google's scanning of copyright-protected books without permission. NYT Google agreed to set up a "framework" agreement under which publishers would be able to offer digital versions of their works for Google to sell. AppNewser Meanwhile in the United States, the Author's Guild is still pursuing a book scanning lawsuit. Last month, Google asked the Authors Guild to drop their lawsuit claiming that the guild cannot represent "the owners of book's copyrights."

Phone Hacking: Met Refers Files On Five Journalists To CPS (The Guardian)
Scotland Yard has referred files relating to five journalists arrested on suspicion of phone hacking to prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced. The journalists' cases are the first to be referred to the CPS to consider whether charges should be brought solely on allegations of phone hacking. BBC News So far, only one of the 12 files passed to the CPS has led to prosecutions. In May, prosecutors authorized charges against former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband, Charlie.

Berkeley J-School Dean To Be Named This Week (
A Romenesko tipster says the committee looking for a new Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism dean invited the four finalists to meet the community and give presentations last month. I'm told that Berkeley will announce the new journalism dean this week.

Tracking Viewers From TV To Computer To Smartphone (NYT / Media Decoder)
A consortium of media owners, advertisers and media agencies says it is pleased with the results of two pilot tests, commissioned more than a year ago, that are intended to help improve and modernize the way video viewership habits are measured -- all the better to cash in on those new habits. LA Times / Tech Now The study by ComScore Inc. and the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement found that people who watch TV online in addition to the traditional way spend more time consuming the content. According to the study of 10,000 consumers, people who view programming through TV and online spend 25 percent more time viewing than those who engage only through regular television. Multichannel News According to Arbitron's study, 91.7 percent of TV viewers are using PCs and mobile devices as second and third screens to access video content and 35.5 percent use all three screens.

What Makes Something Go Viral? The Internet According To Gawker's Neetzan Zimmerman (Nieman Journalism Lab)
In March, I wrote about Gawker's new quantity-over-quality experiment. Each day, one Gawker staffer was tasked with pageview-chasing duty, a quest to post enough cat videos, Miley Cyrus pics, and local news ephemera to keep the clicks coming en masse. That staffer's work would free up others to work on longer, more involved pieces. Pageview duty rotated, because -- who could stare too long into the Internet's bright raw id and not go blind? Neetzan Zimmerman, apparently.

Internet Ad Revenue Hits $8.4 Billion In First Quarter (AdAge / Digital)
Internet ad revenue grew to $8.4 billion in the first quarter this year, a 15 percent increase over the $7.3 billion booked in the same period last year, according to the latest Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Internet Advertising Revenue Report. GigaOM But between the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011, revenues increased 23 percent, the IAB reported last year, indicating a slower growth rate. Folio: Last year's first-quarter revenue was also topped by the previous quarter, by about $0.2 billion. Forbes / The New Persuaders IAB didn't provide a reason for the slowing growth, but ad folks across the spectrum of advertisers, agencies, and publishers have noted caution on the part of marketers as the economy has appeared to stall in recent months.

Coming Attractions: Upload Cinema Moves Online Video From The Laptop To The Theater (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Watching online videos can be a social experience, in the same way sharing any story, slideshow, or Internet curio is social. But if you step inside the confines of Upload Cinema, those same videos become a true shared experience. Since 2008, Upload Cinema has been gathering audiences in movie theaters in Europe to sit down for a night of, well, communal YouTube.

Raha Lewis Heads To People Magazine (FishbowlLA)
Looks like LA Times Magazine exile Raha Lewis has landed on her feet. Lewis is People magazine's newest staff writer on the entertainment beat. She's been with the mag since late May.

The Superintendent's Racy Emails: Where's The Public-Private Line Between Exposé And Overexposure? (CJR / Behind The News)
In early May, Nancy Sebring, the superintendent of the Des Moines public school system, abruptly resigned; her resignation was accepted by the school board in a closed meeting. In reaction to the May 10 Des Moines Register story that reported Sebring's resignation, one reader commented: "Something doesn't smell right about all of this."

Max Dickstein Leaves amNewYork (FishbowlNY)
Max Dickstein is leaving amNewYork to take a spot at the New York Daily News as an assistant sports editor. Dickstein had been with amNewYork since 2007.

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