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11:15 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.
Jennifer Mascia / New York Times:
A Web Site That's Not Afraid to Pick a Fight  —  When Jon Stewart announced on the June 29 episode of “The Daily Show” that “Jezebel thinks I'm a sexist,” some viewers may have been wondering: who exactly is Jezebel?  —  At least a million and a half people can answer that question …
Rich Thomaselli / AdAge:
How LeBron's Entourage Got His ‘Decision’ on ESPN  —  NBA Free Agent Hooked Up With Uber-Agent 
Ari Emanuel for Show Touted as Ad ‘Paradigm’  —  NEW YORK ( — By now you've heard the offense against basketball star LeBron James' one-hour TV special to announce his team choice …
Discussion: and The Wire
David Mitchell / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch may be evil, but that doesn't mean his paywall is  —  The media mogul has been dismissed for introducing his Times paywall, but what if it actually works?  —  Rupert Murdoch is a pretty uncontroversial figure among people I know.  Everyone agrees that he's a monstrous arsehole who wants to ruin everything for everyone.
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 …
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.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Turner Chases ESPN With New Web Game Face  —  Time Warner Inc.'s Turner cable-television networks have forked over billions of dollars to air big-time sporting events, but they haven't matched the stature of ESPN.  Now Turner is roping a corporate sibling into the chase.
Discussion: Digital Daily and paidContent
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Condé Nast Shifts to Reverse  —  Nabs multi-title Samsung buy with Web edits' help  —  Condé Nast is diving into reverse publishing, courtesy of Samsung.  The electronics giant is taking out a six-page insert that will run across six of the publishing house's titles and their associated Web sites over eight months.
Anton Vowl / Enemies of Reason:
Raoul Moat and the race to the bottom  —  It's hard to have any sympathy at all for dead killer Raoul Moat, beyond the knowledge that he has children and a family.  But the playing-out of his run from justice and eventual death was a fairly tawdry spectacle all round.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oil Spill Makes Celebrities Out of Reporters  —  On Friday, Day 80 of the oil spill, much of the Gulf of Mexico still looked bruised and battered, just as it did the week before, and the month before that.  So for a different perspective, CNN went scuba diving.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Headline as Content  —  One of the challenges in deciphering online news is that a catchy headline is often peddled instead of the actual story, something fully on display today in a NYTimes article.  —  As an exercise to demonstrate this, read the headline below and stop to consider your emotional and intellectual response:
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In Gulf Spill Area, Reporters Face Security Hurdles  —  In early July, the freelance photographer Lance Rosenfield was standing on a public street in the town of Texas City, Texas, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  He was taking shots of street signs and of a nearby BP oil refinery — one of the largest in the country.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph benefits by embracing cloud computing  —  The Daily Telegraph appears to have its head in the clouds, though this is not meant in any way to be a criticism.  —  Indeed, in cyber circles, it is regarded as a major plus that the paper has embraced, to use the jargon, “a cloud adoption strategy”.
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
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