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9:15 AM ET, May 25, 2010


 Top News: 
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
UK Times' Paid Sites Will Turn Search Engines Away From Stories  —  The Times and Sunday Times' upcoming paid sites will not allow their articles to appear in search engines like Google (NSDQ: GOOG).  That was one nugget gleaned during a preview of the attractive forthcoming relaunches Monday night.
Tim Bradshaw /
Behind the Times' new paywall  —  The time is near for putting to the test Rupert Murdoch's rhetoric about the value of digital journalism and the evils of Google.  The Times and the Sunday Times will unveil their new (separate) websites to the public “imminently” - perhaps as soon as Tuesday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times Plans a Blogger-Friendly Pay Wall.  Link All You Like!  —  Will the pay wall the New York Times (NYT) is building scare away the paper's natural allies — bloggers who like to link to the site?  —  Daily Finance's Jeff Bercovici floats the scenario, by pointing to some eye-popping statistics.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Will the New York Times' Pay Wall Chase Away Bloggers?  —  Everyone who publishes news online would like to be able to get paid for it by readers.  But the balance of risk versus reward isn't the same for every publisher.  Some, like The New York Times (NYT), have far more to lose by erecting a pay wall …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Publish2 Wants To Disrupt The Associated Press With An Online News Exchange  —  Online news aggregation and curation startup Publish2 is today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference launching a new product dubbed Publish2 News Exchange, with the ambitious goal of disrupting the entire reason for being of The Associated Press.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Why is Facebook's Propaganda in the Washington Post?  —  The Washington Post ran a de facto Facebook press release in its op-ed section today.  It was a bizarre decision; the newspaper's already embroiled in one ethics scandal, so why cuddle up to a close, public friend of the paper?
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Mark Zuckerberg's Weird, PR-Speak Facebook Op-Ed in the Washington Post
Jason Fell / Folio:
Media's Ad/Edit Relationship Is Getting Increasingly More Hazy  —  ASME takes issue with Shape's May issue.  —  A content producer—whether a magazine editor or a network producer—would like to believe that the content they create can be distributed to consumers without input or intrusion from the advertising side of the business.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:   ASME Eyes Celeb Rules
Poynter Online:
Peters to cover newspapers, magazines for NYT  —  The Media Desk is delighted and relieved to announce that we've found the perfect reporter to replace Richard Perez-Pena on the newspaper beat.  Jeremy W. Peters, an alumni of Metro, Bizday and the Detroit bureau, will take over the publishing job covering …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Fitz & Jen and LA Observed
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN Begins Adding New Shows at 8pm  —  With last week's announcement that Campbell Brown would be departing CNN, the network has programmed several specials for her 8pmET hour next month.  —  Next Wednesday and Thursday, the network will air Dr. Sanjay Gupta specials titled “Toxic America.”
Discussion: The Wire
Simon Rogers / Guardian:
Information is power  —  Crime, education, health - in the coming weeks, we will be able to access previously unseen data covering every aspects of our lives.  This throws up huge possibilities, and challenges, for journalists  —  • Get more data from our Datablog  —  Is data journalism?
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Some context on CNN and cable news ratings wars  —  Here's a short one-minute video with what I think is some very important context to the steady stream of stories that talk about how badly CNN is doing in the ratings.  —  As much as CNN is getting beat by Fox in prime-time U.S. ratings …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Macy's Ad Gets Tablet-fied for Digital Mags  —  In an early example of how a major fashion retailer is working with the iPad, Macy's is using the Apple tablet to turn its summer catalogue into a shoppable slideshow.  —  Macy's 60-page print catalogue was converted into a two-page spread …
Discussion: MediaPost
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
Agents Weigh the Growth Of Alternate Publishing Options  —  In a week that saw Barnes & Noble announce a new selfpublishing unit, one small deal that had the publishing industry paying attention was J.A. Konrath's decision to do his next book, Shaken, with Amazon's publishing arm, AmazonEncore.
Discussion: GalleyCat and eBookNewser
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Broadcast's Youth Market Starts at 44  —  Why Advertisers This Upfront Will Pour Billions Into Network TV Prime Time to Reach Increasingly Aging Demo  —  NEW YORK ( — While advertisers get ready to plunk down billions on prime-time broadcast TV during this upfront …
Discussion: MediaPost and
Burt / Hacks/Hackers Unite:
Journalists and technologists build 12 iPad news apps in less than 30 hours at first-ever Hacks/Hackers Unite event  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Journalists and technologists build 12 iPad news apps in less than 30 hours at first-ever Hacks/Hackers Unite event  —  Contact: Burt Herman, 650 453 8787,
Alicia C. Shepard / NPR:
When Is It Plagiarism?  —  When it comes to attribution, the rules for on-air and print are fairly clear — give credit for anything that isn't yours.  —  But the rules are fuzzier for the Web, where it's easier to lose control of your material.  Anyone can upload someone else's YouTube video or copy from a website.
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
HBO Taps YouTube, iPad and Facebook to Distribute (RED) Documentary  —  The Lazarus Effect, a new documentary presented by (RED) — the organization that is working the help eliminate AIDS in Africa — is debuting tonight on HBO, Channel 4 in the UK and YouTube.
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
Jonah Lehrer / Wired:
Animating a Blockbuster: How Pixar Built Toy Story 3  —  Screenwriter William Goldman once famously declared that the most important fact of life in Hollywood is that “nobody knows anything.”  It was his way of describing a reality that continues to haunt the movie business …
State Journal Register:
Jon K. Broadbooks: SJ-R to focus on print edition's value  —  If anything, The State Journal-Register is a study in evolution.  —  In 179 years, area residents have seen the newspaper go from hot type to cold; from having ads on the front page to not having ads back to having ads …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
MySpace: No Plans To Charge For Music Streams, Mobile Is Audience Driver  —  After some good-natured tangling with Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, the site's founder Michael Arrington laid into MySpace (NYSE: NWS) co-presidents Jason Hirschorn and Mike Jones.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lady Gaga Says No Problem If People Download Her Music; The Money Is In Touring  —  Earlier this year, we wrote about how Lady Gaga had leveraged free music as a huge part of building up her popularity, and turned that into money via sellout tours and corporate sponsorship.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Faber Will Be a Host of New CNBC Show  —  CNBC is adjusting its lunchtime programming line-up for the first time in years, adding a half-hour program that will have as its co-hosts David Faber and Gary Kaminsky.  —  The program, called “The Strategy Session,” will have its debut in CNBC's 12 p.m. time slot on June 7.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Tunerfish Aims to Chart the Social Graph for Video  —  A skunkworks project within Comcast dubbed Tunerfish that's aimed at using game mechanics to chart the social graph for video was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt today.  By enticing users to share what they're watching with their friends …
Discussion: PC World and TechCrunch
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Boxee CEO: Google TV is ‘a Great Opportunity’  —  Google's launch into the living room with the introduction of its Google TV could threaten Boxee, Roku and other broadband-connected set-top makers.  But despite the fact that the search giant's TV platform could compete directly …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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