The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung

1. U.S. State Department could enter into e-reader contract with Amazon (AppNewser)

2. Times-Picayune, Alabama papers go through mass layoffs (Poynter)

3. Amazon, Google among bidders of new Web names like .news and .lol (PaidContent)

4. Is the DOJ looking out for cord cutters? (GigaOm)

5. A look inside Michelle Obama’s Pinterest page (Atlantic Wire)

6. Should traditional media orgs be afraid of Twitter? (GigaOm)

7. The role of curation in newsrooms (Zombie Journalism)

8. Etsy aims to hire more female engineers (AllThingsD)