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6:35 PM ET, June 4, 2010


 Top News: 
John Koblin / New York Observer:
‘Journal’ Responds to ‘Times’ Cease-and-Desist Letter: 'We're Within Our Rights'  —  The Journal has responded to The Times' cease-and-desist letter over the “Not Just Wall Street.  Every Street” ad campaign.  The Journal said, in words more bitter than this, essentially: Stuff it.
Wall Street Journal:
New York Times Objects to Journal Ad Slogan  —  Attorneys for the New York Times Co. have sent The Wall Street Journal a letter demanding that it stop using an advertising slogan for which the Times says it has a trademark pending.  —  The cease-and-desist letter, which the Journal …
Discussion: Romenesko and MEDIA BEESWAX
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
At This Monday's Apple Keynote?  Help Us Liveblog  —  It's no surprise: Apple has not responded to our requests to attend the WWDC keynote on Monday at 10am PST.  But we'll still cover the news.  Want to help?  —  If you're going to the keynote, and want to be a part of the exciting Apple coverage …
Discussion: The Next Web, Techland and Edible Apple
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Gizmodo Denied Press Passes for WWDC Keynote  —  Brian Lam: … WWDC attendees, be warned: guard your conference badges Sunday night if you're at a bar.  —  (If Gizmodo's editors were smart, they'd have purchased WWDC conference badges if they wanted to attend the keynote.  But of course, that's a big “if”.)
New York Post:
Magazine is well red  —  The latest numbers on celebrity glossy OK! magazine appear to leave little doubt that it qualifies as the most expensive magazine launch in the history of American publishing — with total losses in the first four-plus years now totaling a staggering $175.7 million.
John Ittner / MarketWatch:
Ziff Davis bought by Vivek Shah and Great Hill  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Technology publisher, Ziff Davis, has been acquired by former Time Inc. executive Vivek Shah in partnership with Boston-based Great Hill Partners, it was announce Friday.  The nine Ziff Davis properties being acquired are …
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:   Time Inc.'s Former Digital News Chief, Vivek Shah, Acquires Ziff Davis
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times CEO Says Circulation Holding Up Against Wall Street Journal  —  New York Times Co. Chief Executive Officer Janet Robinson said the namesake newspaper is holding on to its circulation as the Wall Street Journal promotes its New York section and cuts advertising rates.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Bradford: Demand Media Will Take Out AOL First, Yahoo Later  —  Sales Chief Says Content Created by Lots of Humans, Not Some ‘Crazy Robot’  —  NEW YORK ( — Joanne Bradford, the newly minted chief revenue officer for Demand Media, seems to be drawn to seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Angela Grant / News Videographer:
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Steve Buttry / Pursuing the Complete Community …:
A peek behind the Civil Beat paywall in Honolulu  —  From the day that Pierre Omidyar announced plans for a digital news organization in Honolulu, I have been intrigued by the project.  Here was one of the most successful digital entrepreneurs, venturing into the local news field …
Discussion: TBD
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's iTunes Competitor Will Likely Be Called Google Music  —  At Google I/O a few weeks ago, Google teased the audience with a glimpse of a web-based iTunes competitor that would be a new section of the Android Market.  Details were sparse during that time, but we may have found the name …
Discussion: Fortune and Gizmodo
Bud Fox /
Viewers Tuning Out CNBC  —  Competition is heating up in the business news segment.  The May Nielsen numbers suggest that CNBC's ratings are being squeezed by the likes of Fox Business Network.  —  The substantial stock market sell off in May, which was the worst in nearly 50 years, may also have contributed to lower numbers at CNBC.
Discussion: The Wire and Inside Cable News
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hachette Hires Microsoft Ad Exec Domeniconi To Head Elle Group  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) ad exec Robin Domeniconi is officially leaving the company and will return to the magazine world to take on the role of SVP, chief brand officer for Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.'s Elle Group …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Proposes Fine Against Fox TV Over ‘American Dad’  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $25,000 fine against Fox Television Stations Inc. Thursday for not providing information about an indecency complaint involving the animated TV show “American Dad.”
Discussion: Company Town
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Screenshot Hints At YouTube “Live Stream” Option  —  YouTube has been dabbling with its own live streams for almost two years now.  It's live streamed presidential speeches, healthcare debates, cricket matches, and a U2 concert.  But so far it's stayed away from opening up live streaming to the general YouTube populace.
Discussion: MediaPost and Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / D8 Conference:
D8 Video: Richard Rosenblatt Reveals (Some Of) Demand Media's Mysterious Business Plan  —  Is Demand Media really a content farm?  Or just a domain harvester?  Both, of course.  But CEO Richard Rosenblatt walked through some of the details onstage at D8.  Presumably we'll be able to verify …
Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
Google Quietly Brings Twitter Feeds to Display Ads  —  Google has quietly invited a handful of advertisers to test a new display-ad integration with Twitter.  —  The layout of the ads is simple: The familiar Twitter bird is in the left-hand corner, and the advertiser's latest tweet is featured in a box centered in the unit.
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann is cool to mainstream media, and an increasingly hot property  —  Her tone was bright.  “Thank you for giving me this opportunity,” she said.  —  Michele Bachmann was on the phone.  That alone was unusual.  The Minnesota congresswoman generally does not speak …
Discussion: Romenesko and MinnPost
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Olivia Munn “Tries Out” As Daily Show Correspondent  —  Whoa!  The Daily Show has another female correspondent!  And — whoa!  It's Olivia Munn!  And — whoa!  She was awesome.  —  Munn, the fetching and fanboy-minting co-host of Attack of the Show on the G-4 network, debuted last night as the new …
Discussion: The Live Feed | THR and Speakeasy
Kristen Purcell / Pew Internet:
The State of Online Video  —  Seven in ten adult internet users (69%) have used the internet to watch or download video.  That represents 52% of all adults in the United States.  —  Driven by the popularity of online video among 18-29 year-olds, there have been dramatic increases since 2007 in the number of American adults watching:
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Funny Videos Overtake News in Online Viewing, Survey Finds
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Poynter Online
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