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2:20 PM ET, July 9, 2010

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Darren Rovell / CNBC:
Reporter Jim Gray Paid By LeBron Entity, Not ESPN  —  As Jim Gray has told it, it was his idea to make LeBron James' free agent plan an hour special.  He took the idea to James' marketing agent Maverick Carter of LRMR, who then worked with William Morris Endeavor to put the package together in front of ESPN executives.
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
YouTube Starts $5 Million Fund to Finance Original Videos  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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.
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 his e-mails to JournoList that led to his resignation, but about whether and how journalists …
Discussion: Esquire and PressThink
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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Forces Media to Confront the Myth of Objectivity  —  Twitter has claimed another journalist — this time a senior editor at CNN, and a 20-year veteran of the news network.  Octavia Nasr agreed to leave the company after she posted a message on Twitter expressing sadness over the death …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Inc.com
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 …
The Independent:
So, off to meet Liz Jones - at last! - as she is quite my favourite writer and although, traditionally, it has only been acceptable to dismiss her as bonkers while pretending not to read her column in the Mail on Sunday, I am happy (nay, proud) to say it's the first thing I turn to every week.
Suzanne / Online Journalism Blog:
Magazines and digital: a report from the PTC Academies and Industry Forum  —  Suzanne Kavanagh reports on key insights and highlights from the Periodicals Training Council (PTC) Academies and Industry Forum, at Bauer Media's central London office.  —  Editorial is at the heart of management at Bauer …
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.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Broadband brawl  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The Federal Communication Commission's media regulations are incoherent and have no rhyme or reason, according to Liberty Media Group Chief John Malone.  Malone, in an interview at the Allen & Co. mogulfest here, lamented the FCC's lack of regulatory focus.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Freelancers say Louise Blouin Media stiffed them  —  Louise Blouin, a globe-trot ting philanthropist billed as one of the richest women in Britain, apparently has a nasty habit of stiffing lowly freelance writers who toil for her mini-publishing empire, which puts out Art + Auction and artinfo.com.
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
Popular Mechanics:
Popular Mechanics iPad App Goes Live  —  Our interactive summer edition for the iPad has arrived in the app store, loaded with an earthquake finder, 3D building plans, a live newsfeed, and some of our best articles from recent issues enhanced with video, animations and more.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Poynter Online
Nick Usborne / Search Engine Land:
Living Content: It's What People Want  —  Most web content is barely alive, even when it is first written.  It is pumped out by content mills, optimized and uploaded.  This kind of bulk content is often referred to as backfill content.  I prefer the term “landfill content.”  Dead and rotting from day one.
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Lohan Sentencing Sets Streaming Record on TMZ.com  —  More than two million people watched live feed of starlet's day in court  —  Nearly 2.3 million people tuned in to TMZ.com'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
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.
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Jim Goldman Leaving CNBC for PR, Net Hires New Silicon Valley Reporter
Discussion: Inside Cable News
 
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Cisco Wants Flip In On NBC's Olympic 2012 Plans
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Media, Tech Chiefs Fret Over Economy
Discussion: The Wire and MediaFile
Melena Ryzik / New York Times:
For Web-Financed Film Projects, a Curtain Rises
Peter Berger / AdAge:
Content Farms Compete With Book Publishers, Not News Sites
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
National Public Radio is changing its name to NPR
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Comcast promises $20 million for venture capital fund for minority entrepreneurs
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
What Can Our Times Learn From the Launch of the London Times' Pay Wall?