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9:10 AM ET, July 13, 2010


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Still Not Going To Do This Every Day:
Exit  —  Always lead with the news: I've decided to leave my position at Newsweek and accept a job at Tumblr.  Though this is cliche, it is indeed true that this has been a difficult decision for me.  I have been and continue to be a loud and persistent defender of Newsweek, and this is not …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Newsweek's Excellent Tumblr Editor Is Leaving For ... Tumblr!
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Citizen journalism not making up for loss of local newspapers  —  In the US, traditional newspapers have undergone a period of contraction, with many papers shutting down entirely.  This has been especially hard on local news, because even those newspapers that survive are likely to be consolidated …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Rick Sanchez: Rick's List Moving to 8 PM  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez is coming to primetime, at least temporarily.  On “Rick's List” today, Sanchez casually dropped this line:  —  “Pretty soon we're going to have two things going on.  A: We're going to be doing this newscast at 8:00 at night.
Discussion: Mediaite, Chickaboomer and The Wire
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Turner, Time Inc. Execs Got The Deal Done; Now About Making It Work  —  We all have personal soundtracks.  Mine started playing Maybe This Time soon after I got off the phone with the top executives responsible for crafting the Turner/ deal between Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) …
John / Tunerfish:
“Dateline” announces partnership with social discovery engine Tunerfish  —  NEW YORK - July 12, 2010 - In a unique partnership, NBC News highly-rated primetime newsmagazine, “Dateline,” and the social discovery engine, Tunerfish, will be working together to help reward viewers this summer.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Should Magazines Tag Advertorial Content for the Google Bots?  —  There's been quite a row in the science blogging world in the last week over Pepsi's purchase of a corporate blog on SEED Magazine's ScienceBlogs.  Many of the network's bloggers responded with outrage over the intrusion of advertorial content into their midst.
Discussion: John Pavlus
Edward Kosner / Wall Street Journal:
Too Good To Check  —  How journalists create myths and legends, not least about themselves.  —  Hello, city desk, get me rewrite.  Here's the lead: Many of the landmark moments in American journalism are carefully nurtured myths—or, worse, outright fabrications.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Social Networks Sink Online-Ad Pricing  —  Facebook and Its Ilk Might Be Reducing Overall Pricing of CPMs  —  NEW YORK ( — Social networks and their endlessly growing page views have dominated every sphere of the web — from audiences to ad impressions.
James Hibberd / Reuters:
New Comedy Central star outdraws Stewart, Colbert  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Who's the most popular host on Comedy Central?  —  It's not Jon Stewart.  And, no, it's not Stephen Colbert.  —  Daniel Tosh has surpassed both in the ratings to have the most-watched and top-rated studio-based show on the cable network.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Domino's UK Social Media Initiatives Help Increase Profits by 29%  —  According to Domino's UK financial earnings report, the company has increased its pre-tax profit by nearly 29%, which equates to roughly $26 million.  The UK pizza retailer attributes social media initiatives and its Foursquare promotion for the gains.
Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
What's next for TV?  —  In a post yesterday, I offhandedly referred to “giving up TV.”  But like giving up Facebook, very few of us have actually given up TV.  What's happened instead is that (like with Facebook), TV has become a problem.  —  Sure — historically, TV has probably lost whatever monopoly …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Time Warner inks $300M ad deal  —  Time Warner has struck a multiyear advertising pact worth as much as $300 million with consumer products giant Unilever, The Post has learned.  —  The three-year deal spans Time Warner's magazine, television and Internet properties and includes a digital tie-in with Time magazine's iPad app.
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
Penthouse Owner to Compete With Hefner for Playboy Control  —  FriendFinder Networks Inc., owner of Penthouse adult magazine, plans to submit a bid for Playboy Enterprises Inc., following a $123 million offer from Playboy's founder Hugh Hefner.  —  FriendFinder Chief Executive Officer Marc Bell …
Discussion: Financial Times and New York Post
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
HP's Snapfish Buys Video Sharing Site Motionbox  —  HP's Snapfish—which currently is primarily an online photo storage service—is expanding into video with the purchase of video sharing site Motionbox.  HP (NYSE: HPQ) says it will integrate Motionbox's platform, which lets users upload …
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
USA Today Puts Itself Under Wraps With Ad  —  USA Today buyers who are looking for the news in Monday's issue will have trouble finding it.  —  Amid a still-tough ad environment, the Gannett flagship will for the first time wrap its news section with an ad—one that will completely obscure …
Discussion: Romenesko and Gannett Blog
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Will YouTube Swim in Publicis' ‘Pool’?  —  Starcom and its partners would like YouTube to join them in implementing The Ad Selector  —  Several of the Web's biggest publishers will meet this Thursday at Starcom MediaVest Group's offices in Chicago, with the top item on the agenda …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
The Internet Weakens Authority  —  In 2004, I delivered an academic presentation to J-school students in Tennessee that examined what would happen to culture as postmodernism's mantra of “I experience or participate, therefore I understand” became the norm.  I've given this presentation …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Renowned Journalist Johnnie Roberts Joins TheWrap  —  I'm delighted to bring you the news this morning that Johnnie L. Roberts, an award-winning journalist well-known in Hollywood and media circles and a veteran of Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, has joined TheWrap as an editor-at-large.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Romenesko
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Waging war on Wordpress: Posterous prepares the switch  —  Blogger, Wordpress and Typepad ruled the blogging roost for years, but a combination of Twitter, social networking and the rise of lite blogging have been eating away at long-form blog platforms.  —  Twitter has played a significant role …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WSJ national security reporter Dreazen joins National Journal  —  Yochi Dreazen Joins National Journal Group  —  Washington, D.C. (July 12, 2010) The National Journal Group announced today that veteran national security reporter Yochi Dreazen will be joining National Journal …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Malone Is Fired Up by Cable and Ready to Buy  —  Liberty Media Chairman John Malone is fired up about cable again, believing its high speeds will give it an edge over satellite as consumers devour more entertainment digitally.  —  The compulsive deal maker says he is looking for new investments …
Discussion: Company Town
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Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Moguls Revolt Against Obama
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Affiliate Ad Net Adsmarket Raises $17 Million
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
WSJ Opinion Highlights The Problems Of ‘Permission Culture’
John Koblin / New York Observer:
William Li Leaving Conde Nast
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Guest post: Why I escaped The Times' paywall
Pentagon memo outlines military, media interaction in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Detroit newspapers join forces to start aggregator
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazine Shutdowns Slow Drastically
 Earlier Picks: 
Mike Taylor / FishbowlNY:
More Internal Reshuffling at NYT: New Editors in Media, Sports, National
Discussion: GalleyCat, Gawker and LA Observed
Afua Hirsch / Guardian:
Iceland aims to become a legal safe haven for journalists
Daniel Jacobson / NPR:
NPR API Update: All Blogs Now Available
James Temple / Bloomberg:
Yahoo and Google in high-tech news war
Discussion: Romenesko and MEDIA BEESWAX
Students' iPad app catches the eye of media bosses
Discussion: TeleRead
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Condé Nast Shifts to Reverse