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12:10 AM ET, July 10, 2010


 Top News: 
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Cavs owner's letter mocked for Comic Sans font  —  Editor's note: and share the same parent company, Turner Broadcasting Services Inc.  —  (CNN) — Dear computer users: If you're ever going to write a fuming letter, think twice before setting the font to the oh-so-mockable Comic Sans.
Sports Illustrated:
ESPN's LeBron circus good for TV ratings, bad for sports media
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Journalists Worried About Content Farms Are Missing The Point: The Web Has Always Been Filled With Crap  —  There's been a lot of fretting lately in the journalism field about the rise of so-called “content farms.”  These are operations like Demand Media or Associated Content …
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
YouTube Starts $5 Million Fund to Finance Original Videos  —  NEW YORK ( — In a cautious move into the original content business, search titan Google announced that its YouTube property has created a $5 million fund to help finance more original videos.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Media Chief Jimmy Pitaro Talks About the Upshot of Content's Future  —  Whilst in Santa Monica, Calif., this week, BoomTown stopped in at the YahooPlex for a quick chat with the Internet giant's Jimmy Pitaro, who is VP of media.  —  The focus was a high-profile blog called The Upshot …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Newspaper Wants Readers to Pay to Comment  —  Earlier this year, the Sun Chronicle, a small Massachusetts-based newspaper, closed down comments on its website after discussions in the paper's comment section got out of hand.  Now, in order to “encourage intelligent and meaningful conversation …
Discussion: Techdirt and NetNewsCheck Latest
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
New Apple TV Will Push 99 Cent Streaming TV Rentals  —  Apple is about to get a lot more serious about its “hobby” with the next release of its Apple TV set-top box, as sources say that the software company will look to push a new streaming rental service that will offer up individual TV episodes for 99 cents.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Rewired:
Google woos studios, guilds in Sun Valley  —  Attention movie studios: Google's YouTube is open for business with you and other content partners.  —  That was a key message from the Google top management team here Thursday as chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt (pictured) and co-founders Larry Page …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
Live Chat Friday: The Future of ‘Objective’ Journalism after David Weigel's Departure from the Post  —  David Weigel's departure from The Washington Post has sparked a lot of conversation — not only about the e-mails to JournoList that led to his resignation, but about whether and how journalists …
Discussion: Esquire
Globe and Mail:
Lisa LaFlamme to replace Lloyd Robertson at CTV  —  Lisa LaFlamme will replace Lloyd Robertson as anchor of CTV National News, the network announced on Friday.  —  Ms. LaFlamme, who began her broadcast career at a Kitchener-Waterloo affiliate in 1988, is currently national affairs correspondent for CTV News.
Business Wire: Boosts Readership and Revenue in Second Quarter 2010  —  Readership Climbs 20% and Revenue Jumps 40% as New Projects Attract Readers and Advertisers  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  0.15  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—New partnerships …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Pentagon Reinstates Banned Guantánamo Reporter  —  After weeks of sparring with the media over First Amendment issues, the Pentagon has agreed to allow a Miami Herald reporter it expelled from Guantánamo Bay in May back onto the naval base.  —  Carol Rosenberg …
Discussion: Romenesko
Mark Carter /
Four KARK Employees Fired In Video Aftermath; Nexstar VP Apologizes  —  Three KARK on-air employees and a photographer have been fired in the aftermath of two profanity-laden spoof videos posted to video-sharing website YouTube, has learned.
Discussion: Romenesko
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
ESPN is planning to introduce a campaign that seeks to burnish the cable channel's brand rather than to encourage viewers to watch specific programs.  —  The campaign, scheduled to get under way on Monday, carries the theme “It's not crazy.  It's sports.”  The campaign takes …
Discussion: Romenesko
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
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