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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 …
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Piers Morgan to replace Larry King in CNN deal  —  Piers Morgan is to replace Larry King, the veteran US interviewer, in a £5.5 million deal with CNN.  —  The Britain's Got Talent judge and former newspaper editor is on the verge of signing a four-year contract to take over King's primetime show in the autumn.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
CNN denies reports of Larry King replacement
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.
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Forbes to Sell Investopedia
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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:
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Public Media Joins Forces for One Big Platform  —  NEW YORK — The country's five silos of public radio and television are spilling into each other with a joint program that will allow them - and eventually the public itself — to build apps, stations, websites and other media services combining audio …
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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.
Guardian:
Will citizen journalism pay the bills?  —  Hyperlocal news projects that start tiny have a greater chance of success - but many find themselves with more kudos than cash  —  “Would you trust a citizen brain surgeon?”  This was a common refrain in 2005, as the news industry grappled …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Telegraph:
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
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Online, Mobile Video Scores In World Cup  —  It will be a while before we get the full stats for online and mobile viewing during the FIFA World Cup 2010 but we already know some of the highlights from ESPN (NYSE: DIS) and Univision—and a couple of moments ITV (LSE: ITV) would rather forget:
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.
Discussion: rbr.com
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google music store could launch this fall  —  With the iTunes' banner waving supremely over the digital music landscape, Google continues to build its own music service.  —  According to multiple music industry sources, Google could launch a music service that offers song downloads and streaming music as early as this fall.
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Mineral Miracle?  Or a Massive Information Operation?  —  Were it not for the byline of James Risen, a New York Times reporter currently in a legal battle with the Obama administration over the identity of his sources, a second read of his blockbuster A1 story this morning …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
AOL Teams With Jonas Group for MTV-Style Site  —  The next time the Jonas Brothers release an album or announce a tour, they can skip “Entertainment Tonight” and YouTube and go straight to Cambio.  —  Making its debut online on Tuesday, Cambio is the product of a partnership of AOL …
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 …
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.
Guardian:
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 …
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 …
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
German government close to collapse  —  • German coalition faces trouble on several fronts  —  • Election of new president could prove to be catalyst  —  German chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition government looked to be close to collapse today …
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?
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Audience Measurement Firms Race To The Finish Line—But Not There Yet  —  Last week, audience measurement firm Quantcast cleared a major hurdle when the Media Ratings Council approved the company's free Quantified Publisher program for accreditation.  It was roughly two years ago that Quantcast …
Discussion: Audience Development
 
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