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11:50 AM ET, June 5, 2010


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NPR's On the Media:
Media Encounter Access Problems While Covering the Oil Spill (On The Media: Friday, 04 June 2010)  —  A handful of media outlets have reported that their reporters were denied access while trying to cover the oil spill in the Gulf, leaving some journalists worried that BP is deciding where they can and can't go.
Peter Kadzis /
High-octane coverage  —  The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir  —  Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Romenesko
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Wildlife photos vividly bring home impact of Gulf spill  —  Over the past 46 days, the media's captured a lot of images from the oil spill, from grainy, underwater video of oil gushing into the Gulf to President Obama arriving in the region.  —  But as the oil begins washing ashore photos …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Wants HuffPo Badly  —  Yahoo is clearly positioning itself to become a stronger player in the online content game, as evidenced by its recent acquisition of Associated Content.  But we are hearing that the real prize they want is the Huffington Post.  The two companies are currently …
Discussion: Beet.TV and The Huffington Post
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.
Discussion: paidContent, Gawker and Editors Weblog
Wall Street Journal:   New York Times Objects to Journal Ad Slogan
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
Steen Steensen / Online Journalism Blog:
Online journalism and the promises of new technology PART 4: Interactivity  —  This post is cross-published from my new journalism/new media-blog.  Previous posts in this series:  — Part 1: The revolution that never happened  — Part 2: The assets  — Part 3: Hypertext
Media Week:
FT iPad app proves more popular than its iPhone app  —  The Financial Times' iPad app has registered three times more downloads in its first two weeks since launch, than its iPhone app managed, according to the publisher.  —  FT iPad: more initial downloads than its predecessor iPhone app
New York Post:
Rachael Ray boils over mag cover story  —  Rachael Ray and her magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray, are upset that Good Housekeeping put Ray on its July cover without her blessing.  GH used quotes from Ray taken from previous interviews and used images by photographer Jim Wright that were outtakes …
Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Construction magnate Ron Tutor and troubled financier David Bergstein in exclusive talks for Miramax  —  Los Angeles construction magnate Ron Tutor and his embattled film financier partner, David Bergstein, are entering into exclusive negotiations with Walt Disney Co. to acquire Miramax Films.
Graham Charlton / the Econsultancy blog:
Q&A: iCrossing's Paul Doleman on the Hearst takeover  —  It was announced yesterday that Hearst Corporation will be acquiring digital marketing agency iCrossing in a deal reported to be worth $325m.  —  I've been asking iCrossing UK CEO Paul Doleman about the deal...  Why is a publishing group buying a digital agency?
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Age, Gender, Location: The Demographics of the Blogosphere  —  Ten years ago, most people were not aware of blogs and blogging.  Today, however, blogging is a mainstream phenomenon.  While it doesn't get the same hype as Twitter and Facebook today, there are still millions of blogs and bloggers out there.
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Inc.'s Former Digital News Chief, Vivek Shah, Acquires Ziff Davis  —  Ziff Davis, the parent company of digital technology pubs including, ExtremeTech and GearLog, has been acquired by Time Inc.'s former digital news chief, Vivek Shah, in a partnership with the Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners.
John Ittner / MarketWatch:
Ziff Davis bought by Vivek Shah and Great Hill
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FCC Proposes Fine Against Fox TV Over ‘American Dad’
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Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times CEO Says Circulation Holding Up Against Wall Street Journal
Peter Kafka / D8 Conference:
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A peek behind the Civil Beat paywall in Honolulu
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Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann is cool to mainstream media, and an increasingly hot property
Discussion: Romenesko and MinnPost
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's iTunes Competitor Will Likely Be Called Google Music
Discussion: Fortune and Gizmodo