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6:35 PM ET, July 5, 2010


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
At Yahoo, Using Queries to Steer News Coverage  —  Welcome to the era of the algorithm as editor.  —  For as long as hot lead has been used to make metal type, the model for generating news has been top-down: editors determined what information was important and then shared it with the masses.
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
CNN's Reinvention: 'I just hope they don't go for some young, hip, king of snark'  —  Why did CNN hire disgraced ex-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker for its new 8 p.m. show?  —  “Apparently Madoff wasn't available,” deadpans CNN exile Aaron Brown (Class of '05), king of the caustic soundbite.
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Larry King Dreams a Little  —  After announcing the end of his 25-year-old talk show last Tuesday, Larry King waited all of half an hour before daydreaming about the next line on his résumé.  —  “I got to get other things to do,” Mr. King said as his guest on CNN, Bill Maher …
Discussion: CNN and Chickaboomer
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: For Blogger, ‘Outspoken’ Was a Selling Point, Till It Wasn't  —  Wanted: Political blogger covering the conservative movement.  Must be provocative and write with a strong point of view although not in a way that would reveal bias or offend any of your potential subjects.
Decca Aitkenhead / Guardian:
Clay Shirky: ‘Times paywall will fail’  —  The internet guru on the death of newspapers, why paywall will fail and how the internet has brought out our creativity - and generosity  —  If you are reading this article on a printed copy of the Guardian, what you have in your hand will …
Discussion: New York Observer and The Staggers
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Independence day for newspapers  —  Today Journal Register, a newspaper company, declared its freedom from old publishing methods and old journalistic methods.  The company's 18 dailies published today, July 4, using nothing but free, web-based tools.  And they involved their communities in their journalism in new ways.
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Major Newspaper Chain Goes Open Source
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Trust endorses 25% budget cut to BBC online services  —  Trust insists that likely £30m reduction would be ‘carefully targeted’ to allow growth in less commercially viable areas  —  The BBC Trust today endorsed a 25% budget cut to the BBC's online services as part of wider cost savings across …
BBC:   At a glance: BBC's annual report
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
On The Economist's Cover, Only a Part of the Picture  —  It was the ideal metaphor for a politically troubled president.  —  There was President Obama on the cover of the June 19 issue of The Economist, standing alone on a Louisiana beach, head down, looking forlornly at the ground.
Mark Fitzgerald /
None Dare Call Them ‘Newspapers’: Canwest Chain to be ‘Postmedia Network Inc.’  —  CHICAGO  —  Canwest Limited Partnership LLC never exactly screamed “newspaper company,” but when the sale closes of the publishing group that includes the National Post, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity  —  THE Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet's dog problem.  —  The problem, as depicted in Peter Steiner's legendary 1993 New Yorker cartoon, is that on the Internet nobody knows you're a dog.  And thus the enduring conundrum over who can be trusted in cyberspace.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Sunday Times ‘borrows’ free copy to put behind its paywall  —  Ever since Times Newspapers announced that it would erect an online paywall, its various apologists have argued that charging for access is necessary to pay for “quality journalism.”  —  So we heard a lot about the high cost …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Guardian Media Group Makes Its Finance Chief CEO  —  Now that its long-time CEO Carolyn McCall has flown off to run budget airline easyJet, Guardian Media Group is giving its interim replacement Andrew Miller the job permanently, effective immediately.  —  Miller had been chief financial officer …
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Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
A Reasonable Man  —  In a world of loud voices and extreme positions …
Discussion: New York Observer
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The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Chickaboomer and Gawker
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