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2:45 PM ET, July 6, 2010


 Top News: 
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  —  I'm sort of scratching my head at the Wall Street Journal's article (mostly behind a paywall) that MySpace is in negotiations over some kind of new search advertising deal.  —  “News Corp. is in discussions with Google Inc. …
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’ …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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, Guardian, BBC and
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Slate and Mediaite
Laura Oliver /
Census charts the world's journalism education programmes  —  There are currently 2,338 journalism education programmes in the world, according to census figures released today.  —  The stats from the World Journalism Education Census, visualised using Many Eyes, suggest that 29.56 per cent …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Media Week:
Evening Standard Limited reports £28m loss  —  Evening Standard Limited, the shell company set up by Alexander Lebedev to buy the London Evening Standard, lost £28.3m in its first 10 months of operation, according to accounts filed at Companies House.  —  Evening Standard: aims for profitability by 2012
Discussion: Press Gazette and MEDIA BEESWAX
At a glance: BBC's annual report  —  The BBC's annual report has been published for the financial year 2009-10.  —  Here are some of the key points from the review, which is conducted by the management and its regulatory body, the BBC Trust.  —  The corporation made £316 million in efficiency savings over the past year.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Trust endorses 25% budget cut to BBC online services
Discussion: paidContent, Press Gazette and Variety
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Dominic Ponsford / Editor's Blog:
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Wall Street Journal:
Media, Retail Firms Meld Business Models Online
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Google and Penguin: Bookending a Revolution
Discussion: TeleRead
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Joseph Plambeck / Media Decoder:
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Sysomos acquired  —  News has leaked out today that Toronto …
Discussion: paidContent
Media Week:
Ids set to close with loss of more than 100 jobs
Discussion: paidContent:UK and Brand Republic
David Carr / New York Times:
Gaps in Watchdog Journalism Reflected in News From a Trial
Discussion: Romenesko
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
CNN's Reinvention: 'I just hope they don't go for some young, hip, king of snark'
Discussion: Mediaite
Decca Aitkenhead / Guardian:
Clay Shirky: ‘Times paywall will fail’