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12:35 AM ET, July 9, 2010


 Top 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.
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Forces Media to Confront the Myth of Objectivity
Discussion: Mediaite, Mashable! and Wonk Room
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: Disney Agrees to Sell Miramax to Tutor for $675M  —  Los Angeles billionaire Ronald Tutor and his partners Morgan Creek, Colony Capital and David Bergstein have reached agreement to buy Miramax from The Walt Disney Company, Waxword has learned.  —  The sale price is believed to be $675 million.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Rob Lowe may join bid for Miramax
Discussion: New York Times and DailyFinance
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.
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
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: and MediaPost
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Lohan Sentencing Sets Streaming Record on  —  More than two million people watched live feed of starlet's day in court  —  Nearly 2.3 million people tuned in to's live stream of Lindsay Lohan's day in court on Tuesday, July 6, in which Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel sentenced …
Discussion: The Wrap and WebNewser
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Ari Emanuel stuffs CAA with role in ESPN's LeBron James deal  —  Usually, when agents score a big deal they like to boast about it.  —  But Creative Artists Agency has been curiously mum about a bona finde coup involving NBA superstar client LeBron James, who will announce …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
MobiTV World Cup Streams Top 88 Million Minutes  —  The World Cup is pushing mobile video to new heights.  —  MobiTV, a subscription-based service which delivers live TV to mobile devices, through Friday (July 2) had streamed over 88 million minutes of World Cup soccer action.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Conversation: Hulu CEO on Netflix, Hulu Plus and Broadband  —  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has reason to feel pretty pleased.  His three-year-old Los Angeles-based company that was given no chance to succeed (by me) has managed to not only become super successful but has also become one of the main stewards of the online video industry.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Quackwatch blog sued by Doctor's Data  —  A familiar story.  Here's the rundown from The Quackometer: … Sounds like a valid subject to investigate.  Then: … The Quackometer weighs in with this: … And so a thousand eyes turn on Doctor's Data to see how they defend their corner.  But:
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Will Lewis is named as News Int general manager
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Media, Tech Chiefs Fret Over Economy
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Melena Ryzik / New York Times:
For Web-Financed Film Projects, a Curtain Rises
Discussion: PAPERMAG and NYConvergence
Peter Berger / AdAge:
Content Farms Compete With Book Publishers, Not News Sites
Joe Flint / Company Town:
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