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4:45 AM ET, June 5, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
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
NPR's On the Media:   Media Encounter Access Problems While Covering the Oil Spill …
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
Discussion: Romenesko and MEDIA BEESWAX
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
Can Fwix Fix Traditional Media?  —  Walking the alleyways of Chinatown, you can hear the clacking sounds of gambling tiles coming out of back windows.  It's a pleasurable little sensory experience of the neighborhood culture.  —  If you wander the back streets of South Market …
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.
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.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Next New Networks' Next New Business Model  —  Sometime over the next month or so, Next New Networks will hit a major milestone.  Buoyed by the 20 to 25 new web shows that it has brought on as part of its Next New Creators program, the web video startup will finally hit its one billionth view.
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