The Morning Lowdown 06-08-11


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»  The $315 million merger between AOL (NYSE: AOL) and Huffington Post has brought a lot of negative scrutiny since the deal was signed and the drumbeat has only continued to gain volume. If it has just passed the honeymoon period, things may be rockier still as insiders dish more and more aggressively. (Forbes’ Mixed Media, Gawker)

»  New TV Hit, The Voice, Hums Along Online, Too (NYT)

»  FCC Backs Away From Aiding Media (WSJ)

»  Keith Olbermann Breaks Silence On MSNBC (NSDQ: CMCSA) Exit; Could Earn $100M at Current TV (THR, see our earlier coverage of Olbermann speaking at pc2011 in this video and this live blog item.)

»  Aegis Group plc, currently considering a sale of its Synovate research operation, has acquired ICUC Moderation Services, a social media intelligence specialist. (Release)

»  Twitter as media: What happens when anyone can publish? (GigaOm/Mathew Ingram)

»  eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) Mobile Transactions To Hit $4 Billion In 2011 (Mediapost)

»  New York Observer to emphasize long-form, scoops with new web design (Yahoo’s The Cutline)

»  Newspaper Guild wants to know how freelancers are faring (Romenesko)

»  Newhouse School Announces Winners In Fifth Annual Mirror Awards — which included handing out trophies to several online-only publications, such as Best Single Article, Digital Media to Jim Hopkins’ Gannett Blog. (Release)

»  Terence Kawaja, creator of the famed slide that categorized the messy world of ad technology, has spun out several more landscape slides. In all some 1,200 companies are covered across seven “Lumascapes,” named after Kawaja’s investment banking firm. (Digiday)

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