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4:30 PM 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.
Media Week:
'If paywall doesn't work I'm in the s**t', admits News Int's commercial chief  —  LONDON - News International's commercial leader, Paul Hayes, joked his neck could be on the line if the publisher's eagerly anticipated plans to erect paywalls around online content fail next month.
Discussion: Brand Republic
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 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.
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
About those M&A rumors: Forbes to acquire True/Slant  —  For me, True/Slant began a long time ago.  —  It didn't have a name when I scribbled the beginnings of an idea on a calendar page during an interminable flight from Washington to New York.  There was a vision, though …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New Yorker Plans One Price for Access Across Digital Platforms  —  Magazines' Current Model Charges Existing Subscribers Extra for iPad and Kindle Editions  —  NEW YORK ( — The New Yorker wants to let readers pay once for digital access across the iPad, the Kindle and other platforms …
Vince Veneziani / The Wire:
Here's What Dennis Kneale REALLY Thinks About CNBC, His Colleagues, And His Future At The Network  —  Last week, we sat down for a late lunch with CNBC's Dennis Kneale.  —  We met the Power Lunch host at a small cafe around the block from our offices and expected polite, bland exchanges about politics, careers, and Wall Street.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Faber Will Be a Host of New CNBC Show
Katy Bachman / Mediaweek:
Newspapers' Web Traffic on the Rise  —  Newspapers may be struggling with how to monetize their online versions, but they're doing just fine with increasing Web traffic.  The number of unique visitors to newspaper Web sites in the top 25 markets grew 10 percent from March to April reaching 83.7 million …
Discussion:, Guardian and MediaPost
Lost Remote:
Guest Post: The future of investigative journalism  —  Another of the LR Faithful have answered the call to write a guest post, and this time we go international.  Stijn Debrouwere is a graphic designer in Belgium.  He wrote this thoughtful piece on the future of investigative journalism.
Discussion: stdout
Michael Volpe /
Local Online News Site Shuts Down  —  Costa Mesa-based Orange County Local News Network has ceased operations after four months.  —  The online news website, which wrote and aggregated news from other newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and its local weeklies, said it was shutting down operations Monday.
Discussion: LA Observed and paidContent
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
The Atlantic's Ad Pages Are Up 22 Percent (A Bunch Of Other Mags Aren't Doing So Bad Either)  —  Last we checked in on The Atlantic Monthly, back in early April, it had just decided to start paying its interns.  —  Yesterday, another piece of sunny financial news was emanating …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL Now Employs 4,000 Journalists (But Only 500 Are Full-Time)  —  It's no secret that AOL is aggressively building out its content strategy.  Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says that the company now employs 4,000 journalists, 3,500 of which are part-time or freelance.
Discussion: ClickZ
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: Company Town, MediaPost and
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google offered Viacom $592 million for content  —  Not long after Google acquired YouTube, the search engine offered nearly $600 million in guaranteed revenue if Viacom—the parent company of MTV Networks, Comedy Central, and Paramount Pictures—licensed its TV shows and films to YouTube, records show.
Discussion: VentureBeat and PlagiarismToday
Damon Kiesow / Mobile Media:
Former Newspaper Photographer Becomes Mobile, Social Journalist  —  “Hi, I'm Jim.  I'm from the Internet.”  —  That was the moment Jim MacMillan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, veteran of 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and former embedded journalist of the war in Iraq, realized the game had changed.
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
Claire Hughes Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
Google's U.S. economic impact  —  (Cross-posted to the Google Public Policy Blog)  —  In 1978, people told Douglas Twiddy he was crazy when he started renting out vacation homes in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  More than 30 years later, his son Ross is using our AdWords advertising program …
George Hunter / Detroit News:
Bing bans TV crews from cop raids  —  Detroit mayor says he was unaware of reality show deal and chides chief  —  Detroit — Mayor Dave Bing said Monday he has banned reality television crews from tagging along with police units, and chided Police Chief Warren Evans for not telling …
Discussion: and Romenesko
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
BBC Looks To Ban Third-Party iPlayer Builds  —  The BBC, seeking to maintain its brand, says it does not want to make its programmes available to third parties for VOD distribution on an unbundled basis.  The corporation's executive makes the suggestion in proposals for changing …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Mayor Mike Clongs Media Biz for Producing Weak Content  —  The problems with the media business is not the result of technology, it's about quality of content, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press briefing today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.  —  In response to a question from this reporter …
Discussion: Associated Press, TechCrunch and ZDNet
Jack Riley:
Why (and how) we're changing commenting on  —  Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted a big change at the foot of articles published on the site today.  Where once there was chaos, there is now (hopefully) order.  And in the event that the launch of our new commenting section …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Jure Leskovec: How memes move, heartbeat-like, through the news  —  Every week, our friends at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society invite academics and other thinkers to discuss their work over lunch.  Thankfully for us, they record the sessions.  This week, we're passing along …
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Joe Ciarallo / FishbowlNY:
Josh Tyrangiel on Business Reporting: 'What I'm Noticing Is a Lot More Skepticism'
Discussion: UnBeige, WebNewser and GalleyCat
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Robert Fisk / Aljazeera:
Journalism and ‘the words of power’
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
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Discussion: Inside Cable News
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
Agents Weigh the Growth Of Alternate Publishing Options
Discussion: GalleyCat and eBookNewser
Burt / Hacks/Hackers Unite:
Journalists and technologists build 12 iPad news apps in less …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN Begins Adding New Shows at 8pm
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
HBO Taps YouTube, iPad and Facebook to Distribute (RED) Documentary
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: PopEater
David Kaplan / paidContent:
MySpace: No Plans To Charge For Music Streams, Mobile Is Audience Driver
State Journal Register:
Jon K. Broadbooks: SJ-R to focus on print edition's value
Simon Rogers / Guardian:
Information is power  —  Crime, education, health …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Publish2 Wants To Disrupt The Associated Press With An Online News Exchange
Poynter Online:
Peters to cover newspapers, magazines for NYT
Discussion: FishbowlNY, LA Observed and Fitz & Jen