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3:20 AM ET, July 12, 2010


 Top News: 
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Techmeme Offers Tech News at Internet Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — News lovers in Washington can't live without Mike Allen at Politico.  Hollywood squabbles over the relative merits of Sharon Waxman's TheWrap versus Nikki Finke's Deadline.  The newspaper industry reads the news collected by Jim Romenesko.
Mike / reddit:
reddit needs help  —  We've been kinda bummed at reddit these days.  It seems like every week something comes up that slows performance to a crawl or even leads to a total site outage.  And we almost never get a chance to release new features anymore.  —  Our four engineers — KeyserSosa …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Conde Nast's Largest Web Property Literally Begging Users for Money  —  Conde Nast's print properties aren't the only ones slowly dying, apparently.  Now, popular user-driven news site Reddit, which Conde Nast bought in 2006, is asking users to donate money so the website can hire more staff.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Too many journalists ?  —  An unpleasant question: Do we have an excess of daily press journalists?  And, if so, how does the surfeit vary from country to country?  —  Two years ago, Earl Wilkinson, the managing director of the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA) …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Jim Gray's LeBron James interview draws criticism for its soft questioning  —  Jim Gray, the veteran sportscaster who has a reputation as a tough interviewer, has drawn less than rave reviews for his gentle questioning of LeBron James about the basketball star's decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
News Agencies Stare Each Other Down in Shrinking German Market  —  PARIS — More than 20 years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin is taking a small step toward establishing itself as the media hub of Germany, as the country's biggest news agency and a newly reinvigorated rival consolidate their operations in the city this summer.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fox News's Bill Hemmer melds middle-of-the-road persona with conservative guest list  —  Bill Hemmer, a middle-of-the-road guy from the middle of the country, sees himself as the straightest of straight arrows when it comes to news.  —  “The opinion-makers on our channel have enormous talent …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Why the World Needs Google TV  —  Google TV will be important, and could be revolutionary — but not for integrating the web into TV.  Far more important than its built in browser is Google's ability to bring apps to the living room — and to even possibly do it at a scale that could lead the app economy on the television.
Felix Salmon:
Why is Nick Denton suddenly so bullish?  —  At the very end of his profile of Henry Blodget, Andrew Goldman drops in a jaw-dropping quote from Gawker founder Nick Denton: … This is by far the most bullish thing I've ever heard come from Denton and it makes me wonder whether, finally …
Discussion: Business Week
Peggy Nelson / Nieman Storyboard:
Short attention span theater: narrative and models of interaction  —  [This post is the second in a series from new media artist Peggy Nelson considering the impact of technology on narrative.  Nelson's work includes a barcode narrative, a PowerPoint essay, Twitter novels and a host of exciting new ways of looking at the idea of story.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Stats: How ESPN's World Cup Traffic Is Shaping Up  —  With the World Cup final coming Sunday, ESPN (NYSE: DIS) provided us with an update on how much traffic its digital properties have generated from the tournament to date.  In total, ESPN says that a staggering 110,000 people per minute …
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Making the online customer king at The Post  —  In a past era, there was little need to share marketing information with The Post's newsroom.  Profits were high.  Circulation was robust.  Editors decided what they thought readers needed, not necessarily what they wanted.
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NPR's On the Media:
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Mia / YouTube Blog:
What's bigger than 1080p? 4K video comes to YouTube
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Cable companies, networks mull smaller TV bundles
 Earlier Picks: 
David Brooks / New York Times:
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Discussion: The New Republic
Globe and Mail:
Lisa LaFlamme to replace Lloyd Robertson at CTV
Discussion: TVNewser