Item 1: Items from five Gawker Inc. blogs, including Defamer, will be featured on Yahoo! News. The Huffington Post already has a deal with Yahoo.
Item 2: Open Source Media, the new moniker for the El Segundo-based, mostly right-wing blog consortium formerly known as Pajamas Media, is doing a day of panels, debates and live-blogged events at New York's Rainbow Room. Judith Miller is the featured attraction, along with blogging pioneer Instapundit. David Corn and Marc Cooper of the The Nation are trying to give the group some left-side perspective, but so far they are outsiders—yet hopeful. Angeleno blogs featured on the site's initial list of "top 25 contributors" include co-founders Roger L. Simon and Charles Johnson, the Volokh Conspiracy, Tammy Bruce, Cathy Seipp and Amy Alkon. Jill Stewart is the Western U.S. editor and Hillary Johnson is the news editor; the news so far on the site is from Associated Press. OSM is supposed to be a national advertising vehicle, but as far as I can tell the member sites aren't running any new ads yet. Note from the founders.