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3:35 AM ET, June 30, 2010


 Top News: 
Statement from Larry King  —  Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. 25 years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live.  Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Larry King to End Talk Show This Fall  —  Stunning the television world, the CNN host Larry King announced Tuesday evening that he would end his talk show, “Larry King Live,” this fall.  —  The CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein said in an e-mail message to the staff that Mr. King, 76 …
Discussion: The Wrap
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected  —  I've had $100,000 burning in my pocket for the last three months and I'd really like to spend it on a worthy cause.  So how about this: in the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public …
Felix Salmon:
Finding the Journolist archive  —  There are non-trivial technical problems which would need to be overcome were anybody tempted to take Andrew Breitbart up on his offer to buy the Journolist archives for $100,000.  Juli Weiner writes: … In fact, it's harder than that.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Hulu Unveils Subscription Service For $9.99 a Month  —  Updated: 2:50 p.m.: Confirming what the entertainment world has been expecting for months, the online television Web site Hulu unveiled a subscription service on Tuesday, promising access to more episodes of TV shows to customers who pay $9.99 a month.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Interview: Hulu's Kilar: Hulu Plus Preview Progamming Is ‘Just Step One’
Doug Aamoth / Techland:
Hulu Plus: Every Episode from Every Season for $10 Per Month
Discussion: VideoNuze and Boing Boing
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Digital Magazines Don't Encourage Socializing  —  You've got to hand it to the magazine publishers.  They continue to throw spaghetti against the iPad and other e-readers trying to see what will stick and what falls to the floor.  —  Most publishers are aggressively experimenting …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Conde Nast Dos or Don'ts: Special Editions and Movie Trivia Apps!  —  Two announcements out of 4 Times Square today, both of which the company hopes help move it ever so slowly into the future, even if these are concessions that would have been unimaginable to Si Newhouse and many editors within the company just two years ago.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NewsLabs folds just months after launch, regrets big promises to journalists  —  E-mails regarding the demise of NewsLabs  —  From: [Chief technology officer] Nathan Chong  —  As I'm sure you've noticed not much has been happening with the site recently.  I'm very sorry to report that this is because NewsLabs is ending.
Discussion: The Awl and eMedia Vitals
Matt Mireles / The Metamorphosis:   Duty & Failure  —  I ran across this “shutting down” …
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Alison Draper on Alison True  —  Alison Draper, publisher of the Reader, has talked a little with me about the decision she and Creative Loafing CEO Marty Petty came to to fire this paper's editor, Alison True.  “It was made with tremendous thought, and regardless of my personal feelings …
Discussion: Romenesko and Association …
Sam Sifton's Golden Ears and Million Dollar Taste Buds  — is obsessed with Sam Sifton.  The still semi-new New York Times food critic has been gleefully stalked by the website as though he were a rare bird.  Sifton's writing has an occasionally dramatic flair that has both riled …
Robertson Barrett / eMedia Vitals:
Why Google is good for journalism  —  It's time for news publishers to get over their anxiety about Google and embrace the search economy.  Magazines and newspapers that are not actively competing for audience share (and revenue) on search engines are doing their brand, journalists and readers a disservice.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Branded Entertainment Set to Surge  —  Increased spending in the sector is expected to continue unabated  —  Branded entertainment marketing dipped for the first time in 2009, but it's forecast to roar back this year, according to PQ Media's new report on the industry released today.
Julia Angwin / Digits:
YouTube to Introduce ‘Skippable’ Ads  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube plans to introduce “skippable” ads later this year, senior product manager Baljeet Singh said Tuesday at a Google press conference.  —  Mr. Singh said that the new format will let users skip the pre-roll ads that are embedded in videos …
New Media, Old Media, David Weigel's Firing, and Why Everyone is S**tting on Drudge  —  It's all pretty FUBAR.  —  Last week, the blogosphere lit up over the firing of blogger-reporter David Weigel at the Washington Post.  Covering the conservative movement, Weigel was and is respected by partisans of all stripes.
Discussion: Scocca and New York Magazine
comScore, Inc.:
Flash and Rich Media Ads Represent 40 Percent of U.S. Online Display Ad Impressions  —  JPEG Still Leads as Top Ad Format at 42 Percent  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the introduction of the Ad Metrix Creative Summary report …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Afghan war dominates news coverage for first time in seven months  —  Rolling Stone brought the war back home this past week.  The magazine's Stanley McChrystal scoop, and the general's subsequent resignation, helped make Afghanistan the top news story for the first time in seven months.
Zach Gottlieb / Epicenter:
In Online Media, Consumer Is King  —  Call it the billion dollar question of today's digital revolution: When it comes to online media, who's in charge?  —  Looking back on the first phase of the digital revolution, when big media companies chose to give away their content for free online, their system of power started breaking down.
Mark Byrne / GalleyCat:
Barnes & Noble's 4Q Numbers Show 51 Percent Increase in Web Sales  —  Over on eBookNewser, our colleague Dianna Dilworth reports that Barnes & Noble's 4Q numbers continue to show growth on the web side, while in-store sales slowly decline.  —  From the post: “As store sales decreased by 3% …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Jeff Bezos's mission: Compelling small publishers to think big  —  In the face of Kindle price cuts and wild iPad sales, Jeff Bezos is taking Amazon into new markets and onto every device he can.  Will it be enough?  —  Jeff Bezos has been dismissed before.
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Discussion: Romenesko
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Online Video News Consumption Doubles in 12 Months, comScore. …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
NBC sweatbox  —  It's going to be a long, hot summer at 30 Rock …
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
Showtime Makes It Official: Nevins to Replace Greenblatt
Seth C. Lewis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: MediaShift