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4:10 PM ET, June 17, 2010


 Top News: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Huffington Post Buys Adaptive Semantics To Keep Up With 100,000 Comments A Day  —  The Huffington Post has acquired its first company in a small cash deal, and it is not another blog or media site, but a pure technology startup called Adaptive Semantics.  The two-person startup provides …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
HuffPo's Hippeau On More Acquisitions: 'We'll be Opportunistic'  —  The Huffington Post's acquisition of Adaptive Semantics isn't an “open sesame” for a buying spree.  “We'll be opportunistic,” HuffPo CEO Eric Hippeau told paidContent, stressing that the company isn't shopping.
Amy Wicks / WWD:
WSJ.'s Gaudoin Resigns... Read the Fine Print... Teen Vogue Promotes Feldman...  HEADING BACK HOME: Tina Gaudoin, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal's glossy luxury play WSJ., is resigning “for personal reasons,” she said, and will return to London at the end of August.
Discussion: Gawker
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WSJ editor praises departing mag editor Gaudoin  —  “Tina [Gaudoin] and the team have created a magazine that has already become an important franchise for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones,” writes WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson.  He adds this thinly disguised swipe at NYT's T magazine …
The Independent:   Paul Steiger - Setting the truth free
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Vogue Publisher Florio Leaving Conde Nast  —  Tom Florio, the long-time publisher of Vogue, is leaving Conde Nast at the end of the month, Mr. Florio said Thursday.  —  Mr. Florio said in an interview that he's been talking to Conde Nast Chief Executive Chuck Townsend for some time about leaving …
Campfire Journalism:
A Few Lessons Learned from Teaching Online Journalism  —  I recently finished my second year of teaching online journalism to undergraduate students.  For me, that means that I have reached a point where I am not perpetually scrambling to prepare for the next class period and have an occasional moment …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Media CFOs Eye Promise of Digital, Mobile  —  Almost three-quarters of chief financial officers at major entertainment and media companies say digital and mobile represent the industry's biggest growth opportunities.  CFOs say they are finally seeing measurable growth in digital revenue …
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Offers Freebies in Pursuit of Paywall Readers  —  The Times, the London newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is offering free tickets to Toy Story 3 or the chance of a weekend at the Grosvenor Hotel in Dorset to persuade readers to pay for news online.
Discussion: Romenesko and NetNewsCheck Latest
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Carly Carioli named editor of the Boston Phoenix  —  A little more than a month after a shake-up on the business side, the Phoenix Media/Communications Group (PM/CG) has announced some major changes in the newsroom.  The most significant: Carly Carioli is the new editor of the Boston Phoenix, replacing Lance Gould.
Discussion: Romenesko and Association …
Nielsen Wire:
Busting the Cord-Cutting Myth: Video in the Interactive Age  —  There's a growing belief that TV “cord cutting” - when consumers reduce the amount of time they watch TV or drop their digital TV subscriptions altogether and move to viewing video online - is gaining traction.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CBS Uses ‘Star Trek’ To Explore HTML5 Frontier  —  Star Trek Enterprise fans can watch any episode from Seasons 1-4 at as long as their browser plays nice with Flash—or, as I realized when I checked on a whim, a very limited grab bag of episodes if they want to geek out on an iPad.
Noam Cohen / Media Decoder:
Knight Foundation Hands Out Grants to 12 Groups, but Not WikiLeaks  —  The Knight Foundation on Wednesday announced 12 winners of its News Challenge grants, projects costing a total of $2.74 million that will use new technology to spread information in local areas.
Jacques Steinberg / The Choice:
Forget the Tote Bag; Cablevision Is Offering Free SAT Prep  —  In the latest sign of the premium that society places on an elite education, and the lengths some will go to get a leg up in securing it, Cablevision announced today that it was offering a free SAT preparation course as an incentive …
Marion Maneker / The Big Money:
The Son of Gutenberg  —  How WordPress changed the way we publish.  —  A year ago, Justin Halpern was an underemployed comedy writer who had to move back into his parents' home in San Diego.  Today, he's got 1.4 million Twitter followers, the  —  No. 1 book on the New York Times nonfiction …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Demand Media Taps Joost For Video Advertising Sales And Technology  —  Video distribution and monetization platform provider Joost, owned by Adconion Media Group since its assets were acquired in November 2009, is today announcing a global sales and technology partnership with online publishing powerhouse Demand Media.
comScore, Inc.:
The New York Times Ranks as Top Online Newspaper According to May 2010 U.S. comScore Media Metrix Data  —  U.S. Online Newspaper CPMs Nearly 3 Times Higher than Average  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report of the top U.S. online …
Nicholas Carr / Nieman Reports:
News in the Age of Now  —  ‘On the Web, skimming is no longer a means to an end but an end in itself.  That poses a huge problem for those who report and publish the news.’  —  “Thought will spread across the world with the rapidity of light, instantly conceived, instantly written, instantly understood.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Gawker Settles a Libel Suit With a Correction, but Not a Check  —  Sometimes Nick Denton likes to boast about Gawker Media's legal battles.  Other times, he keeps quiet.  —  Like earlier this month, when Denton settled a libel suit filed by motorcycle-maker Confederate Motors.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
At World Cup, Publicity Money Can't Buy  —  PARIS — Going to the World Cup in South Africa?  Bring your camera and your Visa card.  But don't wear a little orange dress, or you may get hauled into court.  —  That is what happened to two Dutch women who attended the Netherlands-Denmark soccer match Monday …
New York Post:
Piers Morgan taking Larry King's spot at CNN  —  British journo Piers Morgan will start his takeover of Larry King's CNN show in October, sources tell Page Six.  The former newspaper editor has a deal to host an hourlong interview program which will start in the fall four days a week as CNN phases King out.
Jonathan Holmes / ABC News:
More to journalism than he said, she said.  I think.  —  OK class.  Hands up those who know the Rudd Government thinks the mining industry is making bigger profits than ever before from resources owned by the Australian people, and that Australians deserve a bigger share of the spoils?  —  Lots of you.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
BP Claims It Has No Authority Over Its Contractors Blocking Media Access  —  As we've noted repeatedly, one of the aspects of the Gulf Oil cleanup operation that BP has really applied itself to with great success is the ongoing effort to prevent the media from covering the story.
Discussion: The Consumerist
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Fox and Bloomberg spar over Thomas' WH seat  —  It didn't take long after Helen Thomas retired for White House reporters to start guessing who would get the veteran reporter's coveted front row, center seat in the briefing room.  Quickly, two news organizations emerged as favorites: Bloomberg News and Fox News.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Bloomberg Wants More Time To Weigh In On Comcast-NBCU  —  Bloomberg LP, the parent company of business network Bloomberg TV, has asked the FCC to extend its comment deadline on the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal deal by another 45 days.  At the moment, comments and petitions opposing the deal must be filed to the FCC by June 21.
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