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11:20 AM ET, June 30, 2010

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CNN:
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 …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Larry King to End Show After 25 Years  —  In the face of falling ratings, the CNN host Larry King announced Tuesday evening that he would end his long-running talk show, “Larry King Live,” this fall.  —  Jonathan Klein, president of CNN's domestic channel, said that Mr. King, 76 …
Frankie Stone / The Wrap:
Why Was the Larry King Announcement Handled So Badly?
Discussion: Media Decoder
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's iPad App Boasts a New Feature: A Price Cut  —  The second edition of Conde Nast's much-praised Wired magazine iPad app is out, and it boasts some new features.  The biggest one: A 20 percent price cut.  —  The magazine publisher has sold some 95,000 digital copies of its June issue at $4.99 …
Discussion: Poynter Online and eMedia Vitals
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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 …
Discussion: BRANDING UNBOUND
Crain's New York Business:
Conde Nast takes newsstand plunge  —  Matthew Flamm - In a further sign of its willingness to think like other publishers, Conde Nast will begin putting out newsstand-only special editions of some of its magazines, Charles Townsend, chief executive of the company, announced Tuesday.
Discussion: The Wire
Ned Resnikoff / Salon:
“Neutral” journalism can't die fast enough  —  We'd all be better off if reporters simply acknowledged their biases and disclosed them to their audiences  —  You're probably already sick of Weigelgate (and if you don't know what that is, here's a primer from Weigel himself …
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected
splicetoday.com:
New Media, Old Media, David Weigel's Firing, and Why Everyone is S**tting on Drudge
Discussion: New York Magazine
Economist:
Le Monde gets a new owner  —  LE MONDE, the iconic French newspaper founded by Charles de Gaulle after Paris was freed from Nazi occupation, has been saved from insolvency.  On June 28th, its supervisory board voted 20 to 11 to accept a takeover bid by three French businessmen, Pierre Bergé …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and /Message
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The Irish Times:
Banker, maverick and couturier - unlikely trio betting on journalism  —  Why have three of France's canniest businessmen bought debt-ridden ‘Le Monde’ at such a difficult time in the industry, asks RUADHÁN MAC CORMAIC in Paris  —  ONE IS a punk rock-loving banker who attended one of France's elite finishing schools.
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
Troubled Times at CNN, Anchors at Odds with Cooper  —  Larry King's leaving is not the only problem at CNN.  The cable news network is plagued by high-profile departures, low ratings and - TheWrap has learned - widespread resentment among producers and anchors.
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.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Interview: Hulu's Kilar: Hulu Plus Preview Programming Is ‘Just Step One’
Doug Aamoth / Techland:
Hulu Plus: Every Episode from Every Season for $10 Per Month
Discussion: PC World and VideoNuze
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 …
Kuan Yong / YouTube API Blog:
Flash and the HTML5 tag  —  There's been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not the HTML5 <video> tag is going to replace Flash Player for video distribution on the web.  We've been excited about the HTML5 effort and <video> tag for quite a while now, and most YouTube videos can now be played via our HTML5 player.
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
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Matt Mireles / The Metamorphosis:   Duty & Failure  —  I ran across this “shutting down” …
The FADER:
Sam Sifton's Golden Ears and Million Dollar Taste Buds  —  Eater.com 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.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Rewired:
Yahoo names new original programming chief (exclusive)  —  Yahoo has tapped a top programming executive for the video side of its drive to ramp up original content at the portal.  —  Erin McPherson has been named VP and head of originals and video programming, reporting to Yahoo Media chief Jimmy Pitaro.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The #WorldCup Drives 1 Million Downloads Of MobiTV iPhone App  —  Over 1 million of users have purchased and downloaded the MobiTV iPhone app, propelling it to number two on Apple's Top Grossing apps list.  —  The application (iTunes link), which was released in April 2010 and is only available …
Discussion: PR Newswire
 
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Online Video News Consumption Doubles in 12 Months, comScore. …
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Bloomberg:
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