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How Holy an Alliance? Booker "Partners" with Patch

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

Lost in the news that Twitter's Biz Stone was joining up with the merged AOL-HuffPo as a "strategic adviser for social impact" was word of another untraditional media joining-of-forces: AOL's local news site Patch.com is going to Newark, NJ, "in partnership with" Mayor Cory Booker. L.A. Times' James Rainey finds it fishy. Who knows, maybe defensive Newark Patchers will pull a TechCrunch and get off some early friendly fire.

Said Patch President Warren Webster, "We are very excited to work closely with Mayor Booker to bring neighborhood journalism, information and social interactivity to one of America's great cities."

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