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12:40 PM ET, June 7, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Dropped By Speaking Agency, Under Fire For Remarks On Middle East  —  Under fire for controversial remarks she made (and apologized for) about the status of Jews in Israel, longtime White House scribe Helen Thomas was dropped on Sunday by her speaking agency.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Breaking: Helen Thomas Retires, Effective Immediately  —  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:
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.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Mobile Media
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 …
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
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.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Mediocrity is king  —  Last week, the Huffington Post reached a new apex.  Viewed from France, where ads are localized, its home page carried a remarkably tasteful ad: a farting application for the iPhone (see below).  As prudery still rules in American media, you'll notice that the farter's exhaust aperture has been blurred.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
MTVN's Tribes Ad Network Goes Mobile  —  Nearly two years after MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) created its Tribes ad network as a way to extend its cable channels' ad sales to like-minded websites, the Viacom property is moving into mobile.  Mobile Tribes will begin rolling out ads on MTVN's mobile wap sites …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and MediaPost
New York Times:
Other Voices: What Exactly Is a Blog?  —  Re “A Private Room With a Narrow View” (May 30), about a reporter's blog after looking around the room where the late jazz musician Hank Jones lived:  —  Your column left mostly unanswered several questions that really should be addressed …
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: Fortune and broadstuff
Joseph Plambeck / Media Decoder:
A Magazine That Smells Orange  —  The second annual Best of the City issue of Sactown, a young bimonthly magazine that covers Sacramento, includes about four dozen accolades, pointing out scenic hikes and skating rinks.  It also highlights a mandarin orange festival, so the art director included …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
SA kicks out at World Cup critics
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Flint / Company Town:
‘Modern Family’ producer says iPad episode ‘went too far in hindsight’
Discussion: 5 Blogs Before Lunch
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
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Bravo Will Make You a Reality Star (if the Web Agrees)