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8:05 AM ET, June 15, 2010


 Top News: 
News Corporation:
News Corporation Acquires Skiff, LLC; Makes Investment in Journalism Online, LLC  —  Jon Housman Appointed President of News Corporation's Digital Journalism Initiatives  —  New York, NY, June 14, 2010 - News Corporation today announced that it has acquired Skiff, LLC …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Acquires Skiff IP; Buys Stake In Brill And Crovitz Startup  —  Updated: In a doubleheader announcement meant to move the needle on Rupert Murdoch's ambitious paid content plans, News Corp has acquired the Skiff e-reading platform from the Hearst startup and is joining forces …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:   News Corp. picks up more bricks for pay wall
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Uncle Sam Unlikely to Back Handouts for Newspapers  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, on completing a public review, probably won't recommend either subsidies or taxes to help newspapers  —  U.S. newspaper companies will probably get little help from the government after the Federal …
Discussion: Breaking Media
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
Let's subsidize open broadband, not journalists  —  With an open, robust data infrastructure, entrepreneurs will take care of the rest  —  In 1791, James Madison penned a short essay that foretold a long, and ongoing, financial involvement by government in journalism.  Madison said, in part:
Rupert Murdoch moves towards full BSkyB takeover  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has made an approach to take full control of BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster in which it owns a 39pc stake, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group
Media Week:
News Corp rebuffed after £7.8bn offer to buy remainder of Sky  —  The independent directors of BSkyB have rejected an offer from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation of 700p a share for the 60.9% of the company not already owned by News Corp.  —  Murdoch: launched Sky in 1989
Discussion: Guardian
New York Post:
Shrinking CNN taps Spitzer, Morgan  —  Ted Turner must be flinging his remote at the wall in despair.  CNN, the cable network he founded, is poised to turn its prime-time schedule over to two disgraced public figures, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan, in its desperate bid to restore lost ratings.
Discussion: The Wire
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Feds Approve Trading of Box-Office Futures  —  Federal regulators on Monday approved a plan by Media Derivatives Inc. to begin trading futures contracts based on box-office revenue, though the film industry has continued to lobby Congress to ban such film-related trading.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
A Death Of A Thousand Hacks: New Forbes Editorial Genius In Bold Plan To Kill Forbes … This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Forbes to Sell Investopedia
Discussion: paidContent
New York Post:
Abby Sunderland's dad had TV deal as girl risked life at sea  —  By ANITA BENNETT in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and ANNIE KARNI in New York  —  Here's a dose of reality.  —  The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The Post yesterday that he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show …
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:   Abby Sunderland's Father: Reality Producers Wanted Her to Die
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Free Wi-Fi is Just a Small Part of Starbucks' Plan: Free Access to Paid Content Coming Fall 2010  —  Starting July 1st, Starbucks will finally begin to offer free and unrestricted Internet access over Wi-Fi in its stores.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made this announced at Wired's Disruptive by Design conference today.
Steve / YouTube Blog:
The YouTube News Feed: What's happening now?  —  Whether it's an altercation between a Congressman and a student in Washington, D.C., violent attacks against ethnic minorities in Kyrgyzstan, or oil washing up on a beach in the Gulf Coast, videos uploaded to YouTube by both amateur reporters …
BBC offers lower-paid staff £475 rise  —  Unions urge members to reject corporation's pay offer which includes pay freeze for highest paid  —  The BBC has offered staff earning less than £37,000 a year a flat-rate annual pay rise of £475 in a move designed to avoid accusations …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google music store could launch this fall  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO is preparing to take on Apple's iTunes.  Schmidt visited with Doug Morris, Universal Music Group CEO (left) and Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, the Sony Music chief, during the Vevo launch party last December.  —  (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Editor who advocated publishing public officials' DUI arrests resigns after his DUI arrest  —  “If I get a DUI, you can be assured an article about it will be in the newspaper,” Bowling Green Daily News managing editor Mike Alexieff wrote in 2006 after he was criticized for publishing the DUI …
NM Incite:
How We're Advancing Social Media Intelligence  —  With today's announcement of the creation of NM Incite by The Nielsen Company and McKinsey & Co. we're delivering the capabilities large companies need to understand and leverage the insights made possible by social media.
Sandy Cohen / Associated Press:
Forget the VJ: MTV is looking for a Twitter Jockey  —  LOS ANGELES - Remember the MTV VJ?  That's so two decades ago.  Now the network is looking to hire its first TJ, or Twitter Jockey.  —  MTV officials say the search is on for a new social media maven who will engage with the MTV audience …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Awl wants to win on the web with great writing, not SEO tricks  —  Generally, when you think of a site launch, there's a pretty standard checklist most people follow.  Pick a niche topic that appeals to a big enough audience to merit selling ads.  Devise a content strategy, whether its writers or aggregation or both.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Fareed Zakaria Thinks The Media Has “All Gone Crazy” Over BP Coverage  —  In a response, of sorts, to James Carville wanting to hit him with a “football bat,” Fareed Zakaria, the CNN host doubled down on his initial comments criticizing Pres. Barack Obama's reaction (for being too strong) to the BP oil disaster.
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
YouTube's Unlisted Feature Booms Thanks to Families, Teachers and Nike  —  Since launching a month ago, YouTube's unlisted videos feature has experienced exponential growth, as people take advantage of the ability to share videos without officially making them public.
Olivia Collette / Sparksheet:
Speaking through the Web: Q&A with Roger Ebert - Part I  —  The future of print media seems dire, and people are struggling to make money from Web reporting.  You've even said that the Chicago Sun-Times probably won't make it to its 50th anniversary.  Where will your writing live if the Sun-Times doesn't survive?
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David W. Chen / New York Times:
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: On the Actual Ideology …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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