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8:25 PM ET, June 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Politico Opens the Kimono.  And then Pretends it Never Happened.  —  “Think about what the Politico is saying: an experienced beat reporter would probably not want to ‘burn bridges’ with key sources by telling the world what happens when those sources let their guard down.”
John Timpane /
New media too speedy to outflank
Mike Celizic /
Reporter believed McChrystal was ‘untouchable’
Discussion: Associated Press
Robin Goad - UK:
Times paywall: initial data and analysis  —  Following months of speculation, News International has finally erected a paywall around the Times newspaper website.  After a couple of weeks running two sites, ( and in parallel, visitors to the former site …
Discussion: The Next Web and
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
UK Times' Traffic Has Dropped, But Nobody's Gaining  —  The Times' and Sunday Times' share of UK newspaper web visits nearly halved from 4.37 percent to 2.67 percent in the month since it introduced new sites with a registration wall, according to Hitwise, which monitors the clicks of eight million UK users.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
48 HR Magazine Will Cease Sales On June 27  —  Last week, we brought you an update about 48 HR Magazine, which has been embroiled in a legal dispute with CBS over the trademark of “48 Hours” the TV show.  —  Basically, the 48 HR folks had agreed to change the name of the publication …
48 HR Magazine Sales Deadline  —  If you want a copy of 48 HR Magazine, you've only got a few more days to get it.  On June 27, at 11:59PM Pacific Time, we're going to stop selling the magazine.  If you look at your calendars, that's 48 days after we put it on sale.  You can buy it here.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Gerry Marzorati to Step Down as Editor of The New York Times Magazine  —  The Observer has learned that Gerry Marzorati will announce in the next few days that he is stepping down as editor of the Times Magazine.  He is expected to leave at the end of August.
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
The New York Times Is Tumbling!  —  Last week, we stumbled upon a sparsely-populated Tumblr for The New York Times.  —  So we checked in to see if it was indeed the Grey Lady's official blog.  —  Yesterday, a Times spokeswoman confirmed with us that it was, though she said the Tumblr was still very much in beta mode.
Discussion: New York Observer
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Weinstein Debt Wiped Clean in Deal with Goldman, Ambac  —  Miracles happen.  —  The Weinstein Company got a new lease on life on Wednesday after a full restructuring agreement that leaves the independent film company free of its $450 million and with a new operating facility.
Global ad spend to be up 3.5% in 2010  —  Global advertising spending in measured media is expected to increase 3.5% in 2010 to $451 billion, revised up from a projected 1% growth six months ago in the most recent 70-nation forecast report from GroupM.  If achieved, the dollar total equals …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
First Look: Slick SI App Matches Expectations With One Exception: No Subs  —  The Sports Illustrated iPad app hit the iTunes store overnight with lots of glossy features in place—and without an anticipated subscription option.  SI still could wind up being the first Time Inc. (NYSE: TWX) …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Media Decoder and The Wire
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video Interview: Conde Nast's Bob Sauerberg On Wired For iPad, Take Two  —  Wired sold more than 90,000 downloads of its first stand-alone app at $4.99 but what about the second issue or the third?  Did Conde Nast squander an opportunity to do more with that first wave of interest?
Rachel Sklar / The Daily Beast:
The Unbearable Whiteness of Cable  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Thought a black president would lead to more diversity on cable news?  Wrong.  Since November 2008, the TV landscape has only gotten whiter.  Rachel Sklar on what changed between Obama's election and the hiring of Eliot Spitzer.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Zelnick Buys Gossip Girl Creator Alloy For $126.5 Million  —  An investor group led by ZelnickMedia is acquiring youth-focused entertainment company and ad network operator Alloy in a cash deal valued at $126.5 million, for a 27 percent premium over the company's most recent closing stock price.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
CNN's Jon Klein: We're Not Endorsing One Side or Another  —  CNN president Jon Klein — who has stubbornly resisted the rising tide of “partisan” news programming — spoke to TheWrap on Wednesday about the network's new show featuring a pair of ideological sparring partners: Eliot Spitzer …
James Vicini / Reuters:
Ex-media baron Black's fraud conviction set aside  —  * Black is serving prison term since March 2008  —  The U.S. Supreme Court set aside on Thursday the convictions of former media baron Conrad Black and two ex-colleagues for defrauding shareholders of one-time newspaper publishing giant Hollinger International Inc.
Heather Christie / Guardian:
Stroome founder Nonny de la Peña on developing the media  —  The news entrepreneur explains why the future lies in innovation and why tech conferences are the place to be  —  News innovator Nonny de la Peña on developing the media's future  —  Last week, Stroome …
Judith Townend /
WSJ Europe to launch new tech section as part of digital expansion  —  The Wall Street Journal is to launch a new European technology section as part of its digital expansion.  —  Six new jobs have been advertised by publisher Dow Jones as it prepares to enlarge its online and mobile offering and build up commercial opportunities.
Discussion: MediaPost and Noted
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
CEO of Pandora Web Radio on Facebook Privacy, the Mobile Boom  —  Earlier this year, Internet-radio operator Pandora was one of three services selected by Facebook to offer instant personalization of its site to users based on information from their Facebook account.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Content Over Technology: How InformationWeek Sells $300,000+ Against Digital Editions  —  And why it's PDF approach takes priority over the iPad (for now).  —  In 2009, UBM TechWeb's InformationWeek launched four digital editions as part of a broader, multi-year “green strategy” to reduce the magazine's carbon footprint.
Mary Jo A. Pham / Fortune:
Newsweek, brought to you by...China?  —  FORTUNE — China is no longer content to merely be covered by American media.  It now wants to own it.  —  China-based Southern Media Group confirmed last week that it partnered with Chengdu B-Ray Media for a bid to buy Newsweek magazine from its owner …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Romenesko
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Stats: Five Percent Of English Soccer Viewers Watched Match Online  —  Let's hope broadcasters have got their CDNs in order - this summer's World Cup is proving a genuine watershed for live online TV streaming.  Look at these stats...  — served a peak of 800,000 concurrent live …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Video Interview: Roku Partners With Clearleap  —  Over-the-top set-top box maker Roku has partnered up with pay TV cloud services provider Clearleap to bring premium pay TV content to the Roku box.  Cable TV subscribers will be able to watch linear programming and VOD titles on their Roku device …
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Chicago Tribune, The Onion become partners — no joke  —  Looking to wring money from funny, the Chicago Tribune Media Group will take over ad sales, printing and distribution of The Onion in the Chicago market through a new partnership announced Thursday.  —  Onion Inc., parent of the satirical paper …
Matt / HyperlocalBlogger:
This is the Sound of a Scared Newspaper  —  Confession: I love newspapers.  We still subscribe to our local paper, and we've taught our kids to read the paper every morning before school.  My post-college career began at a newspaper (the Los Angeles Daily News).
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