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3:50 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.
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  —  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 …
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
Live Chat Now: 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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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