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10:40 AM ET, July 14, 2010

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Lee C. Bollinger / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism Needs Government Help  —  Media budgets have been decimated as the Internet facilitates a communications revolution.  More public funding for news-gathering is the answer.  —  We have entered a momentous period in the history of the American press.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
No American BBC  —  I just don't understand Columbia University's apparent obsession with handing over portions of the press to government subsidy, giving up on the free market.  I haven't given up on it.  Have you?  —  The latest raised palm comes from Columbia President Lee Bollinger …
Michelle Kung / Speakeasy:
Want a Shout-Out From the Old Spice Guy? … In a marketing campaign that practically screams, “make me go viral,” actor Isaiah Mustafa — better known as the Old Spice Guy — is tweeting out links to YouTube videos where he's thanking fans, journalists and celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Alyssa Milano.
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Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
'Darth D'Vorkin' Arrives at Forbes  —  Highlander V was the last and largest of Malcolm Forbes' yachts.  In the '80s, Mr. Forbes would throw parties on the boat for potential advertisers, his friends, captains of industry and politicians.  Much like the galleries on the first floor …
Discussion: Romenesko and Talking Biz News
Media Decoder:
Piers Morgan a Step Closer to ‘Larry King’ Chair  —  Piers Morgan, the mean judge on NBC's “America's Got Talent,” is poised to take over Larry King's coveted time slot on CNN, thanks to an imminent deal between the two media giants that own the channels.  —  NBC, which attracts 20 million viewers to …
BrauBlog:
Journalism Online's Press+ paywall: easy to defeat  —  After my skeptical post yesterday about Journalism Online's new Press+ paywall at the Lancaster (Pa.) Online site, a source let me know how easy it was to beat the meter.  —  Recall that the meter allows out-of-towners to read seven obits for free …
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Felix Salmon:   How to build a paywall
Ricky Van Veen's GET EXCITED:
RUPERT MURDOCH, NEEL SHAH, AND THE SHORT PANTS  —  Last month, my friend Neel Shah left his job at the New York Post's “Page Six” and moved to LA to write for a network sitcom.  Neel's new gig marked not only the end of his time in New York, but the end of a year-long fascination …
Discussion: Gawker
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Dennis Kneale / CNBC:   Rupert Murdoch Should Break Up News Corp
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule  —  A United States appeals court tossed out the indecency policy of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, calling it a violation of the First Amendment.  —  An appeals panel said the F.C.C. policy was “unconstitutionally vague …
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
The 80-Year Hunt For ‘It’ Fashions  —  Stores from Penney's to Bloomingdale's Read It.  How the Original Trend Spotter Got Trendy Again  —  Catherine Moellering, at the Tobe Report's headquarters in New York's garment district.  —  On a recent Friday, Catherine Moellering had a fashion flash.
Discussion: Gawker
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Squarespace Gets $38M to Compete With WordPress and Six Apart  —  Squarespace, a hosted content service that competes with companies such as WordPress (see disclosure below) has closed a $38-million financing round from two leading technology VCs — Accel Partners and Index Ventures …
Nathan Heller / Slate:
The genius of the Wise and Cranky Kaplan Twitter feeds.  Plus: Their authors, revealed.  —  Beyond the known forces conspiring to make a pigeon of an honest editor these days—the bottom line, the top brass, slide shows of dogs, Rupert Murdoch—there is, lately, the added fear …
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Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
On the Matter of Cranky Peter Kaplan, Wise Peter Kaplan …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Nicole Sperling / Hollywood Insider:
‘Tron: Legacy’ exclusive: Disney looks to Pixar for help; hires screenwriters Michael Arndt and Brad Bird to beef up script  —  Joe Kosinski's Tron: Legacy is getting a little help from above.  EW.com has learned that the CG-extravaganza due out at the end of the year received some key input …
Discussion: io9
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: A reporter's vigilance in the Grim Sleeper case  —  LA Weekly's Christine Pelisek got hesitant detectives to drop the veil of secrecy in the serial-killing case and alerted South L.A. to a menace in the community.  —  How deep did reporter Christine Pelisek get into the Grim Sleeper serial killer case?
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
How Cisco Got the Spotlight in CNBC News Segments  —  The Pressure Is on as Marketers Seek Ways Into News Shows  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Cisco Systems is enjoying prominent screen time within news programming on the business-news cable channel CNBC, which is using Cisco's TelePresence …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
The short life of online TV shows  —  | LinkedInMixxstumbleupon  —  ‘, Assanka.  $(this).parents(’.falconpostactions'), “, ‘Share’, 530)”>Share  —  Clicker, the internet TV guide, has come up with some interesting analysis on how much and for how long shows from the major US networks are available online.
io9:
Author posts her vampire novel online for free — and gets an awesome book deal  —  Can posting your unpublished novels online for free still lead to a nice book deal, now that the web is saturated with free fiction?  It worked for author Marta Acosta, whose young-adult vampire novel will come out from Tor Books.
Discussion: eBookNewser, Techdirt and GalleyCat
Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
With partners found, figuring out how best to link up  —  [Jeff Israely, a Time magazine foreign correspondent in Europe, is in the planning stages of a news startup — a “new global news website.”  He details his experience as a new news entrepreneur at his site, but he'll occasionally …
David Propson / Capital New York:
New York's last best strike at Hollywood  —  In recent decades, certain picturesque sections of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn have come to seem like one big studio backlot.  For 20 years, Law & Order acted as a kind of public works program to keep Broadway actors employed …
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
AdMob CEO: Apple not enforcing ad restrictions  —  Omar Hamoui (right), CEO of Google's AdMob, tells new CNBC reporter Jon Fortt at MobileBeat 2010 that Apple has not yet enforced new iPhone rules that could have shut his ad network out of the iPhone.  —  (Credit: Tom Krazit/CNET )
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Reducing Buffering for World Cup Viewers, Conviva Managed 200 Million Video Views  —  Conviva, a California software company which allows video publishers to micromanage bandwidth speeds delivered to individual consumers, has successfully deployed its technology for several global broadcasters for the World Cup, the company said today.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Nielsen Wire
Oyl Miller / McSweeney's:
Tweet (7/13/10)  —  I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by brevity, over-connectedness, emotionally starving for attention, dragging themselves through virtual communities at 3 am, surrounded by stale pizza and neglected dreams, looking for angry meaning, any meaning …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst tells senior staff to get out of Town  —  The other shoe finally dropped at Town & Country, where Stephen Drucker moved from House Beautiful back in April to replace longtime Editor-In-Chief Pamela Fiori, who was ousted after a 17-year run.  —  Fiori landed as an editor-at-large for Hearst Corp. …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Kraft Unveils App for Apple's IPad  —  Food Giant Aims ‘Big Fork, Little Fork’ Utility at Parents in Their 20s and 30s  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — While much of the buzz around iPads has focused on publishers and their digital magazines, one of the few brand apps on the market sounds like a publishing project, too.
Adam Langer / Publishers Weekly:
Why We Lie  —  Casting ourselves in fiction: We were a sissy bunch, armed with degrees from liberal arts colleges.  —  It's probably James Frey's fault.  Maybe Laura Albert's, too.  We can also blame Margaret Jones, Stephen Barrus, and Norma Bagain.  And maybe Daniel James and Clifford Irving for getting the whole thing started.
reddit:
This was a triumph.  —  We're making a note, here: On three separate fronts, reddit gold has emerged as what can only be termed a huge success: We're getting a much-needed cash infusion.  We've shown that, despite popular belief, people on the Internet are willing to be supportive if you treat them with honesty and respect.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
The Boston Globe Takes Readers on Mobile Scavenger Hunt  —  The Boston Globe is encouraging mobile users to hit the streets of Boston and learn a little more about the city's attractions with a new checkin-based scavenger hunt.  —  If you think the publication is using Foursquare for the promotion, think again.
Discussion: Boston Globe
 
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