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10:55 PM ET, July 2, 2010


 Top News: 
Media Week:
News Int charges for Times online from today  —  The Times and The Sunday Times will charge for access to its digital journalism from today (2 July).  —  The Times: paywall comes in to play  —  Online readers will be required to pay for access to and …
Iain / The Beta Blog:
Paywalls, discipline and game theory  —  So today's the day that starts charging for access.  You can still access the front page without paying, but if you try to read any stories it prompts you to pick a payment option (£1 for one day's access, or £2 for a whole week).
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
Simon Cowell Says He Helped Broker Morgan Deal; CNN: ‘There Is No Deal’  —  The day after CNN/US President Jon Klein told B&C that the network execs “never have negotiated” with Piers Morgan, TV producer and personality Simon Cowell tells Extra, “[Morgan] was under contract to us on 'America's Got Talent …
Simon Cowell / Extra:
Simon Cowell Brokered Piers Morgan's CNN Deal  —  “Extra's” Terri Seymour spoke exclusively with former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, and he broke some big news about helping his pal, Piers Morgan, broker a deal with CNN.  —  “[Morgan] was under contract to us on 'America's Got Talent …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Welcome Back Carlos Slim!  ‘Newsweek’ Bids Arrive, Now Who Knows?  —  Mike Allen proclaims 91-year-old Sidney Harman and Marc Lasry, the billionaire hedge funder who is chummy with the Clintons, the two most elegible Newsweek buyers, after the final round of bidding closed Thursday evening.
Discussion: The Politico and Gawker
Fred Drasner, Avenue Capital Said to Submit Bids for Newsweek
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
CNN head Jon Klein faces weighty tasks  —  Commentary: Chaos News Network is a mess right now  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — CNN is a mess — and it's the task of the network's U.S. President Jon Klein's job to fix it.  Somehow.  —  The news of Larry King's long-expected decision to leave …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
Anderson Cooper is ‘Happy at CNN’ and Mad at ‘The Internet’
Discussion: The Wire
Chang Kim / Blogger in Draft:
Introducing Blogger Stats  —  Posted by Staszek Pako and Wiktor Gworek, Software Engineers  —  Although some of you use Google Analytics or other third party tools to track your blog traffic, many of you have requested an easier-to-use, fully-integrated stats feature for Blogger.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Lets Google Sell Targeted Ads  —  Apple Inc. doesn't appear to have barred Google Inc. and others from selling targeted ads inside iPhone and iPad applications, after implying several weeks ago that it might do so.  —  Software developers say their new and updated applications …
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
All 5 Supes sign letter to Zell protesting fake LAT page *  —  That four-page ad for Universal's King Kong attraction in the Los Angeles Times this morning really drove the Los Angeles County Board of Supevisors, well, ape.  All five elected supervisors signed a protest letter that calls on the Times to …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Eric Schmidt talks about threats to Google, paywalls and the future  —  Google chief Eric Schmidt tells Activate summit that the future of newspapers is online - and mobile  —  • Video: Eric Schmidt discusses newspapers and the web with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger
Chang Kim / Blogger Buzz:
Get Related Content for Your Blog with the Zemanta Gadget  —  Guest post by Boštjan ‘Bos’ Špeti, Zemanta CEO  —  About a year ago this blog featured Zemanta, a tool that helps you get more out of blogging.  Previously, Blogger users could install a Zemanta browser plugin …
Discussion: Z-Blog
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Blockbuster To Be Delisted from NYSE  —  More bad news for Blockbuster: the DVD rental firm announced yesterday that it will lose its place on the New York Stock Exchange next Wednesday, after it failed to get enough shareholder votes on proposals designed to help it comply with NYSE requirements.
Douglas McCollam / CJR:
Up and Down on the Bayou  —  A snapshot of The Times-Picayune five years after Katrina  —  In the spring of 2006, about seven months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and a swath of the Gulf coast, Ashton Phelps, publisher of The Times-Picayune, gave this prognosis of his paper's future …
Discussion: Romenesko
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Useful, Curious “Ad News”  —  Here's something useful for people who pay attention to search and advertising for a living: Ad News.  Powered by Google News, it selectively delivers stories from news sites and blogs and is organized by topic: search, display, mobile advertising, traditional media, etc.
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Maura O'Connor / CJR:
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Gemma O'Reilly / PRWeek:
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Matthew Battles / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Scott Trust / Guardian:
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The Independent:
BBC's new pay policy ‘could spark media war’
Jon Slattery:
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Discussion: Francis Beckett
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Hearst's Houston, San Antonio papers to work even more closely together
Discussion: Editors Weblog and Hair Balls
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
A Conspiracy So Immense...  There used to be a specter haunting …
Discussion: The New Republic and Romenesko
Bill Mitchell / Poynter Online:
Pay Walls Debut at Three Gannett Papers Testing ‘Journalism as a Service’
Discussion: Newspay, FishbowlNY and paidContent
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