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4:30 AM ET, July 1, 2010

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Kevin Stolt / The Official Google Blog:
Extra!  Extra!  Google News redesigned to be more customizable and shareable  —  There's an old saying that all news is local.  But all news is personal too—we connect with it in different ways depending on our interests, where we live, what we do and a lot of other factors.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google News Has Major Redesign: Personalization, Sharing & “News Stream” Offered  —  Today, Google News is undergoing its first major redesign since being launched in 2002.  Gone is the default “section” view, replaced instead by a “news stream” view of stories.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New study documents media's servitude to government  —  A newly released study from students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Legacy Media And Torture  —  This blog, along with others, compiled some anecdotes and research to show how the New York Times had always called “waterboarding” torture - until the Bush-Cheney administration came along.  Instead of challenging this government lie, the NYT simply echoed it …
Discussion: Philly.com and Gawker
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Warner's Latest Strategy Gives MTV New Clout in Online Video  —  MTV Gets Ad Sales Rights for Warner Music Videos All Over the Web  —  LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) — MTV Networks may have given up on music videos as prime-time TV content years ago, but music video on the web is another story.
Discussion: rbr.com, The Wrap and Multichannel
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Tribune's Zell: Newspaper Home Delivery Likely To Be Replaced By ‘PDFs’  —  Tribune Chairman Sam Zell—whose company is still in bankruptcy proceedings—went on CNBC today and explained why the bankruptcy process has been so difficult.  His reasoning: “Big transaction,” “Lot of different players …
Discussion: Guardian, Tower Ticker and Romenesko
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Jennifer Saba / MediaFile:
The future of newspapers via Sam Zell
Discussion: New York Observer and Fitz & Jen
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CNN Pres. On Olbermann's Claim That Larry King Wanted Him Hired: “It Didn't Work”  —  Larry King is moving on.  —  The CNN host announced last night he's ending his 25-year show in the fall.  His boss, CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein told Mediaite “to be able to pull together and get out on air in a classy …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Viacom Fights YouTube in Court, but That Won't Stop It From Selling YouTube Ads  —  Google and Viacom are still fighting in court.  But in the real world, they're about to be partners, in a way: The cable network's MTV unit is going to start selling ads on Google's YouTube …
Discussion: MediaPost and Beyond Search
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Seventeen.com Relaunches With a Social Networking Push  —  Following the recent boom and bust of teen magazines like Teen People and Elle Girl, the remainder has less competition on newsstands.  But they also face new rivals for readers who have come of age amid social networks and other digital diversions.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Stores See Google as Ally in E-Book Market  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Independent bookstores were battered first by discount chains like Barnes & Noble, then by superefficient Web retailers like Amazon.com.  —  Now the electronic book age is dawning.  With this latest challenge …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Huffington Post Pitches Itself as Social-Media Company  —  In Q&A, President Greg Coleman Says Advertisers Can Benefit From Site's Facebook, Twitter Distribution  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Five years ago Huffington Post launched as a left-leaning blog, featuring commentary from Hollywood heavyweights …
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Police Torture Reporting Brings Verdict, but Who Will Do the Work Next Time Around?  —  Over two decades ago, John Conroy began investigating a case involving reports that Lt. Jon Burge and men under his command in the Chicago police department — they were called “The Midnight Crew” …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar: We're No Cable Killer!  We Swear!  —  If you're planning on swapping out your expensive cable TV service for Hulu's $10 a month subscription offering, Jason Kilar has advice for you: Don't do it!  —  The Hulu CEO insists that his “Hulu Plus” service …
Telegraph:
Telegraph communities: the arrival of Disqus and BuddyPress  —  I have been very quiet on this blog for far too long - and in the last few weeks that has actually meant silent.  Many apologies, in particular to all the photographers who have missed the competition.  Normal service will resume as of now.
Dembot:
Techcrunch TV Launches  —  My expectation is that Techcrunch TV is going to work out well.  I am somewhat surprised there is not more press around the launch, this being Techcrunch.  There are a few blog posts on Techmeme only (and without commentary) and I dont see any main stream media mentions.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
MSNBC Hires Mark Halperin  —  Adding to its roster of political boldface names ahead of the midterm elections, MSNBC said Wednesday that it had signed Mark Halperin as a senior political analyst.  —  Mr. Halperin holds the same position at Time magazine, where he is also an editor at large
Discussion: TVNewser, Salon, The Wire, WebNewser and Variety
Reuters:
Google AdWords lacks transparency: French regulator  —  (Reuters) - France's antitrust regulator accused Google Inc of a lack of transparency over its keyword advertising service and ordered it to clarify conditions for the product within four months.  —  The Autorite de la Concurrence …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Rise of the iAuteur  —  The mania for Apple's newest gadgets isn't confined to frighteningly obsessive consumers; filmmakers are now touting movies about, shot through and even edited on iPads and new iPhones.  This gimmick content isn't nearly as bad as you might think.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
2 Suitors for Newsweek Are Said to Be Ruled Out  —  WITH a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline approaching for the final round of bids, at least two people were preparing to make offers for Newsweek while two others were told by the magazine's owners that their bids would not be considered.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jason Fell / Folio:
Publishers Say New Products Go Beyond Digital Magazines  —  Bonnier, Interweave launch ‘interactive’ products for viewing on computers.  —  At a time when magazine publishers are racing to market with applications for tablets and smartphones, Bonnier Corp. and Interweave have launched …
Steve Spillman / The Big Money:
Introducing Re:Tweet  —  Why TBM needs a new blog on Twitter.  —  I'm not sure if you've realized, but there's no major blog dedicated to Twitter.  Crazy, right?  Someone called Ryan Star has a blog about him, and I don't even know who that is.  There's also one for singer Susan Boyle, and she's not even a major social network.
Discussion: City Room, The Awl, Romenesko and TechCrunch
 
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