The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Leandro Oliva.

1. How we read, not what we read, may be contributing to our information overload (NiemanLab)

2. Why pushing for a paywall at the Washington Post completely misses the point (GigaOM)

3. Guardian and BBC battle for traffic in the Big Apple (paidContent)

4. Old media, new tricks: Can the NYTs R&D lab tech-heads help save the battered news brand? (AdWeek)

5. Cox Media Group to launch website for ‘heartland conservatives’ (Romenesko)