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7:00 PM ET, July 9, 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 … Author and LeBronologist Buzz Bissinger described it as TV's equivalent of waterboarding.  New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro called it an “awful night for Cleveland, worse night for sports, worst night for ESPN.”
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel:
Sun Sports Should Rise With LeBron Addition
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.
The Huffington Post:
Warren Buffett Interview In Sun Valley: Buffett Reveals His Surprising Web Habits (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Oracle of Omaha may not have an iPod, iPad, or Facebook account, but, excluding email, he spends more time on the computer than Bill Gates and says YouTube has won him over.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Rewired:
Google woos studios, guilds in Sun Valley
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
Chat Replay: 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 his e-mails to JournoList that led to his resignation, but about whether and how journalists …
Discussion: Esquire
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 …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
As ‘Truth-O-Meter’ Spreads, Politicians Wince  —  Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst woke up the other day to find the newspaper had declared on the front page that he was dead wrong.  —  To be precise, the Austin American-Statesman said Dewhurst had made statements about kidnapping in Phoenix that were FALSE.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Condé Nast Traveller Blends Location and Augmented Reality in New iPhone Apps  —  Condé Nast Digital Britain recently unveiled a series of apps for the iPhone and iPod touch, dubbed Condé Nast Traveller City Guides.  There are four separate apps for Barcelona, New York, Paris and Rome priced at $9.99 each.
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.
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
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo! Connected TV Is An Open Platform  —  SUNNYVALE, CA — Yahoo's connected TV initiative, which brings Web video to Internet enabled television sets, has over 1000 content sources and has opened up its platform for publishers with available API's and certain media RSS feeds.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Channel Five pulls out of Project Canvas  —  Project Canvas, which is also co-owned by ITV, Channel 4, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva, is due to go on sale next year and be marketed as YouView.  Five, which has been put up for sale by its parent company RTL, is the smallest broadcaster out the shareholder group, in terms of size and revenues.
Titus goes in DMGT digital shakeup  —  Richard Titus, chief executive of Associated Northcliffe Digital, is leaving as businesses absorbed into consumer division  —  Daily Mail & General Trust is to dissolve its standalone consumer digital arm, Associated Northcliffe Digital …
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
US denies visa to Colombian journalist  —  BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. government has denied a visa to a prominent Colombian journalist who specializes in conflict and human rights reporting to attend a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University.  —  Hollman Morris, who produces …
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: Poynter Online
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
One Week Of Hulu Plus: Glee-Full But Not Giddy  —  Is Hulu Plus worth $10 a month?  It all depends on the programming you like to watch, how much of it you want to access and how often.  I've been using the long-anticipated subscription service from the joint venture of Disney (NYSE: DIS) …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
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Popular Mechanics:
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
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Andrew Goldman / Business Week:
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Discussion: and New York Observer
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