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6:20 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.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
LeBron James and the Giant Twitter Link  —  What happens when a really popular person posts a Web link on Twitter?  They make a lot of traffic!  So what happens when LeBron James posts a Web link on Twitter?  —  He makes a lot of traffic-and that traffic doesn't go away.
Discussion: Gothamist, Relevant Results and
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Ari Emanuel stuffs CAA with role in ESPN's LeBron James deal
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel:   Sun Sports Should Rise With LeBron Addition
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
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.
Discussion: Romenesko, Washington Post and Current
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
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
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.
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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Media, Tech Chiefs Fret Over Economy  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho —Media and technology executives and investors are sounding new alarms bells about the economy, worried it could wipe out recent growth.  —  In an interview Thursday morning at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley …
Discussion: MediaFile
Jason Fell / Folio:
Nearly One in Four Magazine Subs Sold Online  —  MPA: Web is the largest sub source for roughly 20 percent of member magazines.  —  The Internet is proving to still be a significant source of subscription revenue and audience growth for magazine publishers.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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:
Discussion: The Quackometer
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
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Discussion: Poynter Online
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
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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Dominates Third-Party Logins For All But News
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is It Time to Stop Blogging and Start an Email Newsletter?
Discussion: MediaPost and
Russ Smith /
Pass the Gravy, Mom
Discussion: Romenesko