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6:50 PM ET, June 7, 2010


 Top News: 
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Breaking: Helen Thomas Retires, Effective Immediately (Video)  —  While it may not be totally unexpected, the story appears to have developed extremely quickly.  —  Hearst Corporation has announced Helen Thomas will be retiring, effective immediately.  —  Here's the full announcement from Hearst:
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Dropped By Speaking Agency, Under Fire For Remarks On Middle East
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
An End for Helen Thomas and the Helen Thomas Rules
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Apple's impact: What Steve Jobs' WWDC announcements mean for the news industry's mobile strategy  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs just stepped off the stage in San Francisco at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.  His announcements focused squarely on the new iPhone 4, about which you'll find …
Tom Neumayr / Apple:   Apple to Debut iAds on July 1
Threat Level:
U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe  —  Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, has learned.
Clint Hendler / CJR:
WaPo denies allegation it sat on WikiLeaks video  —  Whomever had been posting to the WikiLeaks Twitter account over the last 12 hours has had some very unkind words for Wired's reporting on Bradley Manning, the young Army soldier who reportedly has been arrested for his role in leaking …
Discussion: International Media and Reuters
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
CNN Close to Dropping AP  —  CNN is close to dropping its subscription to the Associated Press, people familiar with the decision tell TVNewser.  —  A CNN spokesperson said that no decision has been made.  —  The move, if it happens, will mean that CNN no longer subscribes to either of the major wire services.
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Wired's iPad liftoff  —  Tech title sells 73,000 copies in nine days on Apple tablet; wave of future?  —  Two months after the iPad's much anticipated April 3 debut, one thing is clear about the impact of Apple's tablet computer on the magazine industry: It has been very good for Wired.
Does Who Creates Content Matter to Marketers in a ‘Pro-Am’ Media World?  —  Examiner Has 7.4 Million Readers, Local Ads and News — but Few Traditional Journalists  —  NEW YORK ( — If you're trolling the web and hit upon an story, you might think you're reading the San Francisco Examiner.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC News Hires Newsweek's Michael Isikoff  —  NBC News has hired Michael Isikoff away from Newsweek at a time when the newsweekly magazine is up for sale.  —  Mr. Isikoff will become the national investigative correspondent for NBC, a position similar to the one he has held at Newsweek since 1994, the network said.
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: How to Save Newsweek  —  Sometime this summer, someone other than The Washington Post will probably own the renowned brand of Newsweek.  When I wrote about the pending sale in this column last week, I waxed philosophical about the meaning of a newsweekly magazine in 2010 …
Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
Facebook Grows Video Presence  —  As traffic to Facebook continues to grow, the social network is beginning to emerge as an important stakeholder in the online video space.  According to online measurement firm comScore, the number of users viewing video on the site has been growing consistently …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
SB Nation Expands for Fans, by Fans Sports Sites  —  Last Thursday, Kobe Bryant tallied 30 points in Game 1 of the N.B.A. Finals.  That night, Silver Screen and Roll, a blog dedicated to the Los Angeles Lakers, racked up more than 3,500 comments.  —  The popular site is just one of more …
Ryan Sholin / Publish2 Blog:
Publish2 News Exchange Stories In Print: DailyFinance in the Daily Telegram  —  Last week, we told you about some of the national news sources available now in Publish2 News Exchange.  They're offering their stories for free in exchange for attribution in print.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Content Graph and the Future of Brands
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Wall Street Journal Expands Again With New Weekly Section  —  Former Domino Magazine Editor Consulting on New Leisure and Lifestyle Section  —  NEW YORK ( — The Wall Street Journal is expanding again, this time with an additional weekly section of leisure and lifestyle content …
Discussion: Romenesko and The Wire
Jason Fry / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Maximizing the values of the link: Credibility, readability, connectivity  —  The humble, ubiquitous link found itself at the center of a firestorm last week, with the spark provided by Nicholas Carr, who wrote about hyperlinks as one element (among many) he thinks contribute to distracted, hurried thinking online.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Journalists running start-ups face tall odds  —  Fed up with furloughs and down-sizing - or forced involuntarily out of their jobs - journalists across the land are taking matters into their own hands by starting their own news sites.  —  While I applaud these brave and commendable efforts …
Discussion: Romenesko
iPad TV  —  I won't lie to you—it took two weeks with my iPad before I knew whether I loved it (or, to be more accurate, why I would inevitably love it).  There was this uncomfortableness after the purchase.  I'd known for weeks that it was to be a miraculous addition to my life.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Fortune and broadstuff
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Adobe Tries Creeping Back Onto the iPad, With Help From Greystripe  —  Steve Jobs says he's not out to kill Adobe-he just wants nothing to do with its Flash platform.  And Adobe appears to be getting the message: The company is working to find ways to get onto Apple devices without resorting to Flash.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Tremor Bows Interactive Pre-Rolls
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Online Video News
Holly Sanders Ware / New York Post:
Oprah drive time  —  Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime TV …
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
James Fallows Talks About Google's Impact on the Future of Newspapers
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Ad Revenue for Movie Theaters Rises
Discussion: The Wrap
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
Locals Pitch: We Want Time's ‘Assignment Detroit’ House
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Six Apart Buys Green Online Ad Net NaturalPath Media
Discussion: TechCrunch
David Kaplan / paidContent:
MTVN's Tribes Ad Network Goes Mobile
Discussion: MediaPost and eMedia Vitals
 Earlier Picks: 
Joseph Plambeck / Media Decoder:
A Magazine That Smells Orange
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Joe McGinniss and Janet Malcolm: Back at it again
John Lichfield / The Independent:
The end of ‘The World’, as its journalists know it, is nigh
Joe Flint / Company Town:
‘Modern Family’ producer says iPad episode ‘went too far in hindsight’
Jxpaton / Digital First:
If The Company Wins, The Employees Win. We All Win.
Martin Moore / MediaShift Idea Lab:
The Future of News: Not So Bleak, Not So Rosy
New York Times:
Other Voices: What Exactly Is a Blog?
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Mediocrity is king  —  Last week, the Huffington Post reached a new apex.