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9:05 PM ET, July 6, 2010


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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Woot To The AP: Nice Story About Our Sale — You Now Owe Us $17.50  —  Gotta love those guys at Woot.  They just sold to Amazon for $110 million, but that's not stopping them from calling anyone out as they see fit.  In this case, we particularly love it because they're calling out the AP …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AP Not Amused By The Woot Story, Tries To Play The Oil Spill Card  —  Oh those jokesters over at the AP — the fun never ends!  Last night, we wrote a post noting that Woot was (humorously) calling out the AP for not following their own ridiculous rules when quoting from content.
Emily Gould / Slate:
How feminist blogs like Jezebel gin up their page views by exploiting women's worst tendencies.  —  One of my friends posted a link to last week's Jezebel post titled “The Daily Show's Woman Problem” as her Gmail chat status, alongside the words “Every woman must read this.”
Matt Tobey / Comedy Central Insider:
Women of The Daily Show Speak
Moguls' Sun Valley Summer Camp to Focus on Web, Not Mega-Deals  —  Media moguls at Allen & Co.'s annual conference, usually on the prowl for the next big deal, are paying more attention to small screens as they confront rapidly shifting consumer tastes.  —  With more customers catching …
Discussion: DealBook
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Moguls gearing up for Sun Valley confab
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Time Magazine putting up a paywall to protect print?  —  Check out the current issue of Time Magazine at  Click around.  Notice anything?  On almost every story that comes from the magazine, there's this phrase: “The following is an abridged version of an article that appears in the July 12 …
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Howard Kurtz Blasts An Ant With A Nuclear Weapon  —  Last week in a private email exchange, Howard Kurtz wrote... just kidding.  I have no reason to publish anything Kurtz has ever emailed me that wasn't intended for the record.  But if I write something critical of Reliable Sources …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Eric Deggans /
Caught in the middle of a juicy media fight over appearances …
Discussion: Romenesko
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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: MediaPost and Romenesko
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Here's How BuzzFeed Plans To Turn Viral Content Into Cash  —  BuzzFeed, which aggregates all the viral/goofy/bizarre/hilarious content on the web, just raised $8 million and hired a new president.  Now the NYC-based company is making a play to turn the web's viral content into cash …
Discussion: tag me with a spoon
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Livefyre Aims To Put Out The Comment Troll Problem; Gets Funding To Do So  —  Commenting on the web is broken.  Visit just about any site large enough on the Internet and you'll notice it.  Sure, there are useful comments every once in a while, but there are more comments that are either jokes, stupid, or just downright cruel.
Discussion: The Livefyre blog
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CBS, MediaMind Partner on Video Extender Ad Tool  —  One of the problems with Web video is that there is only so much video ad inventory online, many publishers shove video spots into traditional display ads.  —  That leads to another problem: Display ads are often too small …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Gulf ‘Safety Zones’ Could Mean Penalties for Press and Public  —  Wander within 20 meters—or 65 feet—of any Deepwater Horizon protective boom, and you could now face a $40,000 civil penalty or even a class D felony.  Last week, the Coast Guard put in place new “safety zones” …
Michael Koretzky / The Huffington Post:
Working at the National Enquirer Is Just Like Working at Any Other Newspaper — But Weirder  —  As usual, when the National Enquirer breaks a big story, the tabloid becomes a big story itself.  —  Last month, the Enquirer interviewed a masseuse who says Al Gore sexually assaulted her in 2006.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Will the Next President Be Brought to You by Rupert Murdoch?  —  Like them or not, this country has laws limiting political donations, meant to insure that wealthy individuals and powerful corporations don't play an undue role in deciding who gets elected.  But one wealthy individual in charge …
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?
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Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
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