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10:20 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.
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.
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.
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: The Wire
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 …
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) …
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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:
Mark Day / TheAustralian:
Digital news delivery in for the long haul, so don't hold your breath  —  JOURNALISTS, especially those called on to comment, analyse and interpret events, have a habit of being short-sighted.  —  It comes from always having an eye on the next deadline, which, in the relentless modern 24/7 news cycle, might be just minutes away.
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.
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Rachel Maddow is MSNBC's voice of reason  —  Rachel Maddow had barely arrived at our breakfast meeting when she turned the tables on me and asked a question.  Apparently, something had puzzled her ever since I requested an interview a few weeks earlier.  “Why would you want to talk to me? …
Discussion: TVNewser and Chickaboomer
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