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1:50 PM ET, June 15, 2010


 Top News: 
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Internet Is Set to Overtake Newspapers in Ad Revenue  —  The Internet is poised to overtake newspapers as the second-largest U.S. advertising medium by revenue behind television, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Entertainment and Media Outlook for 2010 to 2014.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How To Get Your Porn App into iTunes: Wrap a Newspaper Around It  —  Steve Jobs wants to keep porn out of his iTunes app store.  But not all porn.  At least if you define porn as “half-naked shots of unknown British models”.  —  Because that's what you get with the new iPad app from The Sun.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
First Look & Gallery: The Sun Launches £4.99-A-Month iPad Edition
The Times:
Welcome to  —  Last month we launched and  If you haven't already, you can still register for a free trial of the websites before we soon start charging for access.  It's your chance to sample Times coverage of breaking news from all over the world …
GordonMacMillan / The Wall Blog:
News International closes Times Online
Discussion: Techdirt
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: On the Actual Ideology of the American Press  —  That it's easy to describe the ideology of the press is a point on which the left, the right and the profession of journalism converge.  I disagree.  I think it's tricky.
Discussion: Salon, Romenesko and Scripting News
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Before Subsidizing Movies, States Scrutinize the Message  —  LOS ANGELES — When Andrew van den Houten got a letter two weeks ago rejecting his request for Michigan public money to help finance his latest horror movie, “The Woman,” it came with an admonition about the state's good name.
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: Multichannel and Guardian
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu For Magazines Gets a CEO: Good Luck, Morgan Guenther!  —  Remember Next Issue Media, the “Hulu for Magazines” joint venture that was supposed to help the big publishers negotiate with the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Amazon (AMZN) in the e-reader market?  It's been awfully quiet for a long time …
Discussion: MinOnline, The Wire and paidContent
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.
Philip B. Corbett / Times Topics:
The ‘Tweet’ Debate  —  Notes from the newsroom on grammar, usage and style.  (Some frequently asked questions are here.)  —  After I distributed the in-house version of After Deadline to my colleagues last week, word leaked out that I had supposedly “banned” use of the word “tweet” to refer to messages posted on Twitter.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. picks up more bricks for pay wall  —  Rupert Murdoch-owned conglomerate buys the maker of electronic news delivery software and acquires a stake in a venture devising an online payment system for journalism sites.  —  Rupert Murdoch's quest to find a way to get people to pay …
Derrick Henry / Media Decoder:
Newsweek Rises From the Dead  —  Programmers for Newsweek's Web site,, have apparently placed a hidden joke on the magazine's home page for readers who enter a special keyboard combination, triggering a page of headlines purporting to provide coverage of an uprising by the undead.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
48 HR Magazine: “CBS Is Being Unreasonable”  —  On Friday, June 11, Mat Honan, one of the creators of 48 HR—the new San Francisco-based experimental magazine that gets put together in literally two days—Tweeted the following:  —  “CBS is going to try to f*ck us pretty hard.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
Times staff prepare to leave paper  —  Times journalists put names forward under voluntary redundancy programme following ‘unsustainable’ losses at the paper  —  A raft of journalists are preparing to leave the Times as part of the paper's voluntary redundancy programme.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Don't use my name: The anonymity game  —  You've heard the pledges before: We're going to swear off the stuff, really we are.  Or at least — hic! — reduce our consumption.  —  But journalists seem more addicted than ever to the elixir of anonymous sources.
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.
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Bloomberg Scolds Reporters on Unwanted Queries  —  On some days, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg can be quite charming and courteous with the press, congratulating reporters who have gotten married or given birth.  —  Monday was not one of those days.  —  When asked his reaction to the indictment …
Discussion: Gothamist, City Room and TPMMuckraker
Susan Krashinsky / Globe and Mail:
CanWest papers clear hurdle  —  The newspapers owned by CanWest Global Communications Corp. have received approval from creditors on a plan to emerge from restructuring.  —  The company's unsecured creditors met in downtown Toronto on Monday morning, and an overwhelming majority voted for the plan …
Discussion: Reuters and Shaping the Future …
Olivia Koski / Epicenter:
Bloomberg Announces Launch of New York City Media Lab Website  —  NEW YORK — Mayor Bloomberg made a surprise appearance at the Wired Business Conference, announcing the launch of the New York City Media Lab's website:  Modeled after innovation centers at the Massachusetts Institute …
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
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Ooyala Upgrades Its Reporting and Analytics  —  White-label video platform provider Ooyala is rolling out new reporting and analytics features aimed at helping publishers to determine where and how users are viewing their videos online.  The new platform, which goes live today …
Discussion: Online Video News and Beet.TV
Thomson IR:
Gannett Broadcasting and DataSphere to launch community web sites in 10 U.S. cities  —  Gannett Broadcasting, part of Gannett Co., Inc., and DataSphere Technologies, the leading provider of hyperlocal web technology and sales solutions for media companies, will launch community-focused web sites …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Fitz & Jen
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