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4:35 PM ET, July 6, 2010


 Top News: 
Andrew Golis / Yahoo! News:
Introducing The Upshot  —  Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.  —  So what the heck is The Upshot?  Eight people, six reporters and two editors, working each day to tell you what's happening in the world with short bursts of reporting and analysis.  —  Our goal is to be blunt narrators …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Yahoo! News Blog ‘The Upshot’ To Go Live, Staffers Miffed Over New York Times Coverage (YHOO)  —  Yahoo! News' new news blog, which has been publishing in beta since April as “The Newsroom,” will officially launch sometime this morning under its new name, “The Upshot.”
Wall Street Journal:
MySpace Ads Up for Grabs  —  News Corp. is in discussions with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. about replacing MySpace's crucial search-advertising partnership with Google, which expires next month, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Under the existing deal …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Throws A Softball To MySpace
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
New York Post:
Pleasant valley  —  THIS year's Sun Valley retreat, the annual gathering of movers and shakers that includes media moguls, tech titans, politicians and sports stars, is expected to be a much frothier affair than it was last year.  —  The Post spoke to several senior entertainment execs …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Moguls gearing up for Sun Valley confab  —  Moonves, Dauman, Freston among those expected to attend  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Industry power players are getting ready for the annual post-July 4 tradition known as summer camp for moguls.  —  Several hundred media and tech execs, financial types …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Former Wired Blogger Alexis Madrigal Is Heading Up The Atlantic's New Tech Channel  —  Last month, Alexis Madrigal, who had been helming's science blog, announced in a post that he was leaving to work for The Atlantic.  —  Today, the magazine announced that Madrigal has joined …
Discussion: New York Observer
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Onion News Network's ‘Future: News From the Year 2137’  —  A warning to all the people who bemoan the shoddy and salacious state of cable news: The Onion thinks it's only going to get worse.  —  For three years The Onion has been spoofing Fox News, CNN and MSNBC with its Onion News Network …
Discussion: Mediaite, Romenesko and eMedia Vitals
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Johnston Press executive admits company failings  —  A Johnston Press executive has admitted what some of us have known, and said, for years.  Its cutbacks have been too close to the bone and the company expanded unwisely.  —  Or, to quote the exact words of Michael Johnston …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Helen Lambourne /
‘Pay journalists better’ says committee report
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Washington Post:
Tom Shales: Larry King's exit marks the end of a gentlemanly era in TV talk  —  No More Mr. Nice Guys.  Such is the prognosis for the post-King world — Larry King, of course, who has had a rocky year in the ratings and who recently announced his retirement from the flagship talk show he hosts on CNN.
David Whelan / The Biz Blog:
EXCLUSIVE: Rolling Stone Writer Who Brought Down a General Gets a Big Book Deal  —  Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone writer whose story on General Stanley McChrystal became the biggest news in Washington for a week, has scored a major book deal Forbes has learned.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
More Newspapers Are Taking Credit Cards at Vending Machines  —  Wall Street Journal Added Card Readers to 190 Machines Before Greater New York Launch  —  NEW YORK ( — Newspapers are edging away from demanding a fistful of coins at their vending machines and toward accepting plastic.
Discussion: New York Observer
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Relativity + Netflix Stream Pact Pushes Pay TV  —  In a deal that may change the landscape of pay television deals, Relativity Media and Netflix are gearing up to announce an alliance in which the online streaming service will exclusively release Relativity movies in what would otherwise …
Matt Tobey / Comedy Central Insider:
Women of The Daily Show Speak  —  It's no secret that The Daily Show was recently accused of being a sexist boys' club.  Jon even mentioned it briefly on the show last week.  Well, today, the women who work on the show released a letter in response.  SPOILER ALERT: They disagree.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google's Display Advertising Plans Include Gmail, YouTube  —  Proprietary Properties, Third-Party Network and Efficiency Are Search Giant's Strategies for Success  —  NEW YORK ( — For a company that has made a big business of indexing third-party websites, a substantial part …
Rem Rieder / Washington Post:
Book World: Dave Kindred's Washington Post-focused ‘Morning Miracle’  —  Inside The Washington Post — A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life  —  266 pp.  $26.95  —  “Morning Miracle” is a love story, a tale of passion starring a faded beauty trying desperately to hang on in a rapidly changing world.
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
Sara Ganim / Centre Daily Times:
Centre County judges tell CDT to erase stories  —  Collegian also told to delete archived information about five defendants  —  BELLEFONTE — Two Centre County judges have signed orders directing the Centre Daily Times to delete archived stories about five defendants of the county court system.
Discussion: Romenesko
Eric Deggans /
Caught in the middle of a juicy media fight over appearances on CNN's Reliable Sources  —  There is nothing like a good old fashioned catty media fight.  Except maybe getting caught in the middle of one without expecting it.  —  So imagine my surprise yesterday, when I discovered …
Discussion: Mediaite, Romenesko, Gawker and Chickaboomer
Jake Batsell / CJR:
Lone Star Trailblazer  —  Will the Texas Tribune transform Texas journalism?  —  A week after the March 2 Texas primary, more than 250 caffeinated Austin insiders gathered in a downtown ballroom for a Q-and-A breakfast with Bill White, the newly crowned Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
Discussion: Romenesko
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Winning Isn't Everything?  Examining What Really Matters In Ratings  —  Buckle your seatbelt because we're going full speed ahead into insidery territory.  —  TVByTheNumbers, which documents network and cable ratings, asks an interesting question - does “winning” actually matter?
Jeff Sonderman / TBD:
TBD and The Georgetown Dish announce partnership  —  We're happy to announce that TBD will be working with The Georgetown Dish to highlight breaking news, neighborhood issues and community events in Georgetown.  —  TBD will be linking to content from the Dish as a member of the TBD Community Network of local news sites.
Discussion: The Solomon Scandals
Steve Herrmann / The Editors:
BBC News website redesign (1)  —  In the next week or so, we'll be making some improvements to the design and layout of the BBC News website.  —  Since our launch in 1997, we've worked to make sure the site continues to develop to meet your needs and expectations.  This is the latest stage in that process of evolution.
Discussion: The Next Web, BBC, and Guardian
Our data journalism is opening up a world of information  —  We believe that the hidden facts and statistics that drive our stories should be made public and shared with everyone  —  The internet revolution has given new meaning to the old adage that “information is power”.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Media Week Customer Publishing:
Reader's Digest launches part-free iPad app  —  Reader's Digest UK has launched a digital version for the Apple iPad that offers three issues free of charge, in a bid to reach a wider audience.  —  Reader's Digest: digital version released for the iPad  —  The investment in digital access …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Music's Misunderstood Genius  —  For years critics have claimed Edgar Bronfman Jr. is a buffoon managing his family company, Seagram, and taking over Warner Music, but a new book proves that he might be the man to save the music industry.  —  When Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun found …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TweetUp Buys Android Twitter Client Twidroid And News Aggregator Popurls  —  Twitter search and advertising platform operator TweetUp this morning announced that it had acquired Twidroid, creator of the popular Twitter client for Android phones.  The new owner will rename the app Twidroyd …
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David Carr / New York Times:
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