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3:40 PM ET, June 5, 2010


 Top News: 
Clay Shirky / Wall Street Journal:
Does the Internet Make You Smarter?  —  Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.  —  Digital media have made creating and disseminating text, sound, and images cheap, easy and global.  The bulk of publicly available media …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Rough Type
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
LOL: The Reoccurring Prop Newspaper  —  If you watch enough television shows and movies, then you might even start to notice that a bunch of the same props are used over and over again.  I first noticed this with a magazine prop in various television shows including Married With Children …
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
INMA agenda doubles down on integrated ad sales, content value, tablets  —  INMA has focused on one big theme thus far in 2010: how to generate financial value from the integration of audience, content, and platform.  —  We believe this is a central theme as our industry transitions from “newspapers” to “newsmedia companies.”
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 …
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?
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.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Next for Steve Jobs: Crushing Madison Avenue with the “iAd” and his Walled Garden of Apps  —  With Apple's booming sales from devices, software and digital content, Steve Jobs hasn't had to think much about advertising revenue.  The consumer comes first (his mantra) and advertising must fit their experiences.
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
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Bud Fox /
Viewers Tuning Out CNBC
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Edmund Lee / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joanne Bradford: Demand Media Will Crush AOL First, Yahoo Later (YHOO, AOL)
John Koblin / New York Observer:
‘Journal’ Responds to ‘Times’ Cease-and-Desist Letter: 'We're Within Our Rights'
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Proposes Fine Against Fox TV Over ‘American Dad’