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4:30 AM ET, July 8, 2010


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
To Get LeBron, ESPN Cedes Control Over Ads, News  —  James Tells Sports Network Which Reporter Can Ask Him to Reveal ‘The Decision’  —  NEW YORK ( — Did ESPN just get “mediajacked”?  —  Normally, an event as important and interesting as basketball wunderkind LeBron James announcing …
Discussion: SportsMoney, Romenesko, The Wrap and Strupp
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
‘The Decision,’ Brought to You By ...  Madison Avenue will show up on Thursday night when the basketball star LeBron James reveals on ESPN his decision about where he will play next season and beyond.  —  The hourlong live special, scheduled for 9 p.m., will be sponsored, ESPN said on Wednesday …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s Web Paywall, Explained  —  Quick follow up to the Time magazine paywall story.  Here's Time Inc. spokeswoman Dawn Bridges explaining the publisher's policy-it will be title by title, but you'll be seeing more walls in the future: … So there you go.  —  Two quick notes:
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Magazine Walls Off Its Web Site: Will You Pay Up?
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Huffington Post Buys Pollster  —  The Huffington Post is venturing into the wonky but increasingly popular territory of opinion poll analysis, purchasing, a widely respected aggregator of poll data that has been a major draw for the website of the National Journal.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Council to Counter Web Content Generators' Growing Clout?  —  It's not just job-threatened journalists who are worried about the rise of low cost content generators like Demand Media and Associated Content.  —  A group of established content syndicators are concerned enough …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Will blog posts get stamps of quality?
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Jay Rosen on Content Farms: Demand Media Not Evil, But Still Demonic
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Romenesko
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CNN's Octavia Nasr Leaving Network After Controversial Hezbollah Tweet  —  In the latest case of new media (or oversharing) gone wrong, CNN's Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr is leaving the company following the controversy caused by her tweet in praise of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Sun Valley Update: Is the Internet TV Market Up for Grabs?  —  Despite serious interest from Apple and Google, the market of Internet-connected televisions is still up for grabs, said former chief executive of Sling Media Blake Krikorian in an interview Wednesday.
Discussion: All Things Digital
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Wall Street Journal Is Clobbering The New York Times (And Everyone Else) In E-Reader Subscriptions  —  The Wall Street Journal has by far the highest e-reader circulation of any newspaper in the U.S., according to Audit Bureau of Circulations data cited in a recent report by the World Association of Newspapers.
Discussion: Romenesko, BrauBlog and Gannett Blog
Laura Oliver /
'We're helping to rebuild a profession': Hyperlocal network founder aims for 3,000 sites  —  Last week the New York Times withdrew from its hyperlocal news experiment in New Jersey.  The title handed over the audience for its New Jersey branch of the Local to established …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Pow!  This 3D Magazine Knocked My Lights Out!  —  There are things you want to see in 3D in a magazine like Time Out New York and things you don't.  But before we can see anything, we have to assemble the glasses.  The perforation is hard to manage, forget putting the three parts together.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Facebook Movie Will Not Be Using Facebook to Market the Facebook Movie  —  You might think a huge target audience and golden marketing opportunity for a high-profile Hollywood movie on Facebook, titled “The Social Network,” would be the 500 million members of Facebook.  —  Maybe not so much.
Matthew Battles / Nieman Journalism Lab:
From prefab paint to the power of typewriters to the Internet: Distrust of the Shallows is nothing new  —  [Matthew Battles is one of my favorite thinkers about how we read, consume, and learn.  He's reading and reacting to Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus and Nicholas Carr's The Shallows.
Discussion: Mind Hacks
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Jenna Lee Moves to Fox News from Fox Business  —  Fox News Channel is transferring an anchor from the Fox Business Network over to the mothership.  —  Jenna Lee, who has been at Fox Business since its founding nearly three years ago, will begin co-hosting the lunchtime hours on Fox News next week, the network announced Wednesday.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Leanback offers effortless viewing  —  A click here, a search there, a browse on this page — sometimes it can take more than a few flicks of the wrist and finger taps to get your daily dose of video.  Luckily, YouTube Leanback wants you to conserve your energy for actually watching more videos.
Fern Siegel / MediaPost:
Lehrer To Expand Bravo Development Duties  —  >Bravo has upped Eli Lehrer to vice president, development.  Lehrer, who had overseen development and production for the East Coast, continues to report to Andy Cohen, the senior vice president, original programming and development.
Discussion: Variety
Mark S. Luckie / 10,000 Words:
No resources?  No problem: How a local Russian paper took on the New York Times  —  A large number of the ambitious or innovative digital journalism stories featured on 10,000 Words are produced by larger newsrooms with more resources to devote to more elaborate projects.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Don't Look for a TV in Television's Future  —  I have seen the future of television, and it doesn't involve a television.  —  Growing up in England, I remember intently following the World Cup soccer matches; we called it football of course.  Back then, my viewing and engagement options were slim.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Newspaper chains slap Colorado political blog with cease-and-desist order  —  MediaNews Group, Freedom Communications, and Swift Communications accuse of “flagrant and persistent theft of intellectual property.”  The blog's proprietors respond: “Not only are we posting …
Drew /
Why the wisdom of crowds is bunk and what Web 3.0 really is.  Also, some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 6/27 - 7/3  —  The “wisdom of crowds” is the most ridiculous statement I've heard in my life.  —  Yeah I said it.  —  Crowds are not wise.  There is wisdom in crowds but you have to search to find it.
Discussion: The Awl
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Making Fun of Prince Is Easy-Figuring Out How Talent Thrives in a Digital Age, Not So Much  —  So, yes, the quote from Prince about the Internet being “completely over” made him sound like a Luddite idiot.  —  And adding that computers and other digital gadgets “just fill your head with numbers …
Discussion: Fast Company and Techdirt
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Talks Online Feedback and Web Comments  —  In the final part of our interview with Contessa Brewer for's Media Beat, the MSNBC anchor discusses social media and how Twitter and Facebook play a role in her day-to-day work as an anchor.
Sara Ganim / Centre Daily Times:
Judge revises expungement order to exclude newspapers  —  Following a meeting with his fellow Centre County judges, the district attorney and defense attorney Joseph Amendola, Judge Thomas King Kistler this morning revised two expungement orders to eliminate the Centre Daily Times and the Daily Collegian.
Discussion: Romenesko and Media Law Prof Blog
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