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Front page of the day. There’s a lot of front pages featuring world leaders kissing today. From the fake, to the slightly less fake:

Reuters won’t let Saleh reporter cover Yemen

“The Reuters news agency on Thursday defended the work of one of its Yemen correspondents amid outrage from opposition activists over his employment by the government as a personal translator to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.” — New York Times

Irish Independent‘s largest shareholder lashes out

“A fresh war of words has erupted at Ireland’s Independent News & Media after its largest shareholder launched an extraordinary broadside against his own newspapers. Denis O’Brien accused the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent of running ‘a prolonged, nasty, well-orchestrated campaign’ against him ‘across a range of issues’.” — The Guardian

Telstra launches digital arm

“Telstra is to consolidate its media business into a new digital division in a shake up revealed today by CEO David Thodey. The new unit will be known as Telstra Digital Media and will include Sensis, BigPond, Trading Post, IPTV and Foxtel, the pay-TV network in which Telstra owns a 50 per cent stake.” — The Australian

Four ways to build sustainable journalism startups

“In the current media landscape where online startups are looking to fill the void left by wilting traditional media, starting a business is only the beginning. Though first steps are important, many startups are starting to face problems in sustaining their enterprises.” — 10,000 words

The best time to tweet in the USA is 9am

“On a chart designed by self-described “multidisciplinary artist” Bård Edlund, the time of day when the most people will be awake to read your pithy tweet (at least on the East Coast) is at 9am.” — Atlantic Wire

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