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8:10 PM ET, July 8, 2010


 Top News: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We Need More Opinion In News, Not Less  —  I'm dismayed to see journalists continue to be punished, even fired, for expressing their opinions on the things they cover.  Yesterday CNN terminated Octavia Nasr over a tweet praising a late Hezbollah leader.  Last month Helen Thomas was forced to resign over statements about Israel.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fortune Tech Reporter Jon Fortt Replaces Apple Fanboy Jim Goldman At CNBC  —  CNBC is getting a new technology correspondent and losing a controversial one.  Jon Fortt, a senior writer at Fortune, will be joining CNBC on July 19th in its Silicon Valley bureau.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Jim Goldman Leaving CNBC for PR, Net Hires New Silicon Valley Reporter
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Andrew Goldman / Business Week:
Henry Blodget's Risky Bet on the Future of News  —  The former Net analyst, who left the industry in disgrace, is betting that it looks like his site, The Business Insider: Blaring, slide show-heavy, and bombastic  —  Henry Blodget is a man who will be neither easily riled nor insulted.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is It Time to Stop Blogging and Start an Email Newsletter?  —  When entrepreneur Jason Calacanis shut down his blog in 2008 and replaced it with a subscription-only email newsletter, his move seemed to be more of a personal response to abusive reader comments rather than a leading indicator of a trend …
Discussion: MediaPost and
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
National Public Radio is changing its name to NPR  —  No need for formalities here: National Public Radio now says it wants to be known simply as NPR.  —  So the Washington-based organization has quietly changed its name to its familiar initials.  Much like the corporate names KFC or AT&T, the initials now stand for the initials.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Time Takes a Step Away From Free Web Content  —  Time has decided to dive head first into an issue that has bedeviled many a news organization before it: how to wean online readers off their addictions to free content.  —  Time began taking content from its current issue off its Web site this week …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Objectivity as a Form of Persuasion: A Few Notes for Marcus Brauchli  —  “Reporting can be trusted if it is cured of opinion.  Reporting can be trusted if it is dusted with opinion.  Or even completely interwoven with opinion.  It can lead to conclusions.  Or the conclusions can be left to others.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter Online
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Movie About Facebook Will Open the New York Film Festival  —  Here's a bit of news you may want to share on Facebook, Twitter or whatever it is you Web-savvy kids are using these days: “The Social Network,” David Fincher's much anticipated movie about the creation of Facebook …
Lisa de Moraes / Moraes on TV:
‘Glee,’ ‘Pacific’ lead Emmy noms; Conan triumphs over Jay  —  Broadcast TV got a major shot in the arm Thursday when Fox's perky high-school musical comedy “Glee” nabbed the most Emmy nominations for any series, 19, and ABC's mockumentary comedy “Modern Family” received 14.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Comcast promises $20 million for venture capital fund for minority entrepreneurs  —  Comcast Corp. said it will contribute at least $20 million to a venture capital fund that the cable giant is creating to back minority entrepreneurs in developing new media content and technology.
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Pete Cashmore on How He Grew Mashable [VIDEO]  —  Our CEO and founder Pete Cashmore recently sat down for an interview with Bloomberg Venture to talk about how Mashable has grown as a startup and a small business.  —  We're a humble outfit, but — in Bloomberg's words — we're also one of the world's most profitable blogs.
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
What Can Our Times Learn From the Launch of the London Times' Pay Wall?  —  On July 2, the London Times went behind a pay wall, enforcing a £2 a week surcharge to read any and all of its content.  It was Rupert Murdoch's decision to make the move, as part of his larger plan to move …
Melena Ryzik / New York Times:
For Web-Financed Film Projects, a Curtain Rises  —  Kickstarter is a concept: a Web site that puts together creative types seeking money with backers willing to chip in micro- and macro-payments, a way to crowd-source the financing of ideas.  Started last year, the company has become …
Discussion: PAPERMAG, NYConvergence and Soup
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Cisco Wants Flip In On NBC's Olympic 2012 Plans  —  There are about 750 days to go before the London 2012 games, but Cisco wants a rerun on NBC for online content and sponsorship plans.  —  Cisco provided NBC with Flip video cameras to allow U.S. athletes, bloggers, reporters and analysts …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Jason Fell / Folio:
Nearly One in Four Magazine Subscriptions Sold Online  —  MPA: Web is the largest sub source for roughly 20 percent of member magazines.  —  The Internet is proving to still be a significant source of subscription revenue and audience growth for magazine publishers.
How The Truth About Motorcycle Helmets Got A Journalist Fired  —  Dexter Ford was a three-decades-long veteran of Motorcyclist, a motorcycle enthusiast magazine, until he was fired in September.  Now, recently-revealed email exchanges indicate he was canned after a motorcycle helmet story …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
AP: We agreed to hold off reporting Norway terror plot  —  Associated Press spokesman Paul Colford says authorities had expressed concern that a story might compromise the ongoing probe and jeopardize public safety, so details weren't reported until after arrests were made.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Media, Tech Chiefs Fret Over Economy  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho —Media and technology executives and investors are sounding new alarms bells about the economy, worried it could wipe out recent growth.  —  In an interview Thursday morning at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley …
Discussion: The Wire and MediaFile
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Dominates Third-Party Logins For All But News  —  More and more, we're logging into websites using our credentials from sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo.  But which one is leading in the battle of the third-party login?  What login do we chose when it comes to entertainment sites like MTV?
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Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Ari Emanuel stuffs CAA with role in ESPN's LeBron James deal
Peter Berger / AdAge:
Content Farms Compete With Book Publishers, Not News Sites
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Is Yahoo Dead?  I Don't Think So.  Who Else With This Scale Can Be Neutral?
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Rob Lowe may join bid for Miramax
Discussion: New York Times and DailyFinance
Russ Smith /
Pass the Gravy, Mom
Discussion: Romenesko
The Barnes & Noble Review:
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Discussion: Snarkmarket
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
More Content Creators Cashing in on
Discussion: the blog
 Earlier Picks: 
Bill Mitchell / Poynter Online:
Financing Final Farewells: and the Business of Death
Fern Siegel / MediaPost:
Lehrer To Expand Bravo Development Duties
Discussion: Variety
Matthew Battles / Nieman Journalism Lab:
From prefab paint to the power of typewriters to the Internet …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Pow! This 3D Magazine Knocked My Lights Out!
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Surprise! Newest AOL Executive Is Not a Google Vet.
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Talks Online Feedback and Web Comments
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Don't Look for a TV in Television's Future