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The Morning Fix: Cuts at ABC, LA Screenings underway, and (of course) Twitter news

May 27, 2009 |  6:47 am

After the coffee. Before charging the Prius.

Did AT&T help Kris Allen in his upset win on Fox's "American Idol?" The New York Times, following up on a story in last week's Arkansas Gazette, says the phone company provided free cell phones and instructions on block voting via text messages that attendees of gatherings in Arkansas used to vote for Allen.

Deadline Hollywood Daily says there will be cutbacks at ABC as a result of the merging of the network and studio's programming operations. ABC consolidated the two operations under Steve McPherson back in January. The Hollywood Reporter weighs in on the situation as well.

The LA Screenings, where international broadcasters buy new shows that they hope won't get lost in translation is in full swing. While the buzz on this season's crop of new shows is good, the money spent will be less. The Los Angeles Times

The economy is in the tank and the Internet is gobbling up your readers so what's the solution? Raise prices! The New York Times is going to $2 per copy at newsstands starting in June. Several other papers are boosting their price as well. Sometimes it works, but there are risks. Bloomberg

So Facebook's worth $10 billion? Not so fast says BreakingViews' Rob Cox.

Didn't think we'd have a Twitter free day at the Morning Fix, did you? The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital conference kicked off with...Twitter! The co-CEOS  Biz Stone and Evan Williams talked about the site's huge growth eventual plans to be profitable. Oh, and no plans to sell it.

Finally, in today's Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara looks at how the Emmys can be...watchable.

--Joe Flint