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6:15 AM ET, July 12, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: blackrimglasses and Alexia Tsotsis
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:
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Mediaite
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wired City: Josh Harris' Plan To Make Us All Live In Public (Video)  —  Josh Harris lived through a version of the future—a future where TV is replaced by constant, live video chat/surveillance over the Internet—and it almost made him go insane.  His experiments from a decade ago …
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.
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Peggy Nelson / Nieman Storyboard:
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NPR's On the Media:
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Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Making the online customer king at The Post
Felix Salmon:
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Discussion: Business Week
Mia / YouTube Blog:
What's bigger than 1080p? 4K video comes to YouTube
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Cable companies, networks mull smaller TV bundles
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Medium Is the Medium  —  Recently, book publishers got some good news.
Discussion: The New Republic
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
Radio Days: Brian Lehrer on the connection between 'user engagement …
Globe and Mail:
Lisa LaFlamme to replace Lloyd Robertson at CTV
Discussion: TVNewser