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9:10 AM ET, June 21, 2010


 Top News: 
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Google's Newspass: Is the King of Free About to Help News Providers Get Paid?  —  On Thursday, word seemed to quietly leak out, in Italian no less, that Google would soon unveil a one-click payment system for content called “Newspass.”  —  According to the newspaper La Repubblica, Google …
Adriano Farano:
Newspass, Is Google Murdoch's best friend?  —  Find the original French version of this article on OWNI, digital journalism magazine.  —  Murdoch dreamed of it?  Google has just made it.  In its June 17 edition, the website of the respected Italian newspaper La Repubblica said the giant …
Discussion: MediaPost
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Le Monde on The Brink  —  Within two weeks, the French newspaper Le Monde will run out of cash.  By this Monday at noon, candidates to the takeover of the most prestigious French daily will have disclosed their offers.  By June 28, the staff will vote and make the final decision for the fate of the 66 years-old paper.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
France Telecom approves bid for Le Monde stake: source  —  (Reuters) - France Telecom's (FTE.PA) supervisory board has approved the firm's participation in a joint bid with two other investors for a stake in Le Monde, a source close to the matter said on Sunday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and DealBook
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Ink Gushes in Japan's Media Landscape  —  TOKYO — For years, the online newspaper JanJan News mounted a scrappy challenge to Japan's blandly conformist press, offering articles written by readers who took on taboo subjects like whaling and the media's collusion with the government.
Discussion: Guardian
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Increasingly, nonprofits fill a need for investigative reporting  —  In a seventh-floor conference room festooned with framed articles and journalism awards, Managing Editor Gordon Witkin leads the morning discussion of stories his staff is pursuing.  —  Their latest scoop …
Discussion: Romenesko
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Times's paywall song - will you still read me when I'm free no more  —  With due apologies to Lennon and McCartney, I rather fancy the theme song of many a Times journalist just now runs something like this...  Will you still need me, will you still read me, when I'm free no more?
David Carr / New York Times:
Larry King's Endgame at CNN  —  At the beginning of June, CNN's Larry King celebrated 25 years in the same slot on the same network — a remarkable achievement in a come-and-go business — and was joined over a week by Bill Gates, LeBron James and the leader of the free world to mark the occasion.
Steven Johnson / New York Times:
Yes, People Still Read, but Now It's Social  —  “THE point of books is to combat loneliness,” David Foster Wallace observes near the beginning of “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself,” David Lipsky's recently published, book-length interview with him.
Nicholas Carr / San Francisco Chronicle:   As technology advances, deep reading suffers
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
On Web Video, Captions Are Coming Slowly  —  The actress Marlee Matlin shimmied her way onto “Dancing With the Stars” two years ago, memorably using sign language to tell viewers to “read my hips.”  But when Ms. Matlin, who is deaf, went to to watch a replay of the show …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
What's Murdoch's Aim With Latest Deal?  —  PARIS — What is Rupert Murdoch up to?  That question comes up anytime the chief executive of News Corp. makes an acquisition, no matter how small.  So last week, as the company proposed its biggest deal yet, the possibilities, for Murdoch-watchers, were particularly intriguing.
Discussion: The Wire
The Evolving User Paradigm  —  In 1961, a high school track coach moved into the house next to mine and introduced my younger brother and me to track and field events like the high jump and pole vaulting.  We had a big open field behind our house, which served as a buffer for the C&O railroad tracks that ran through the neighborhood.
Discussion: TeleRead and
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Too hard to reach, too slow to fix  —  If a modern day Deep Throat phones The Post with a hot news tip, will the message get through?  —  Last month, a reader called to complain that he had been unable to alert the newsroom to a killing in Southeast.  He'd telephoned The Post's main number …
Discussion: Regret the Error
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Discussion: TechCrunch
JD Lasica / MediaShift:
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Discussion: TeleRead and Kirk LaPointe's …
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