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2:31 AM ET, July 15, 2010


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
BBC Unveils Original U.S. News Site  —  U.K. Broadcaster Plans to Grab More Media Dollars, Not Pounds  —  NEW YORK ( — At a time when many newsrooms are contracting or consolidating, the BBC is growing its editorial operations with an original news site aimed at the American audience.
Discussion: Gawker
Lionel Beehner / New York Times:
Up Close: A New-Media Mogul and Social Butterfly  —  IT was a rainy Tuesday night and Rex Sorgatz, a rail-thin man with spiky red hair and Sol Moscot glasses, walked into a birthday party held at Tom & Jerry's, a bar in NoHo that has become a go-to place for New York's Twitter class.
Discussion: New York Observer
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
The Rex Sorgatz New York Times Profile is Live, and Just Wrong  —  ​What's a Rex Sorgatz?  Funny you should ask: He's a guy who came from an alt-weekly background in the midwest to run MSNBC's website, and he now lives in New York consulting on various digital media product when he's …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made  —  How do you take the social web by storm in a day, winning over even the coldest of hearts and gaining international acclaim - with commercials?  —  A team of creatives, tech geeks, marketers and writers gathered in an undisclosed location in Portland …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hearst Magazines Outlines Major App Rollout For Second Half Of 2010  —  Five days after releasing its iPad app version of Popular Mechanics, Hearst Magazine says iTunes users have downloaded more than 10,000 copies of its $1.99 “showcase issue.”  While other mag publishers, like Condé Nast …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Oprah Magazine's iPad Edition Will Sell and Display E-Books
Discussion: New York Observer
A Change  —  For many months now I've been thinking about the long-term trajectory of my career, wrestling with some serious questions about what it is I want to do with the few talents I'm lucky enough to have.  After a lot of internal debate, I came to the conclusion that the time is right for me to make a change in my job.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Brief Defense of Writing Things  —  The Village Voice's Rosie Gray thinks our recent harping on American Apparel's misdeeds is “getting old.”  She's not alone!  Often we hear complaints that one story or another is just too much.  Allow us to explain why we write stuff.
Discussion: Soup and Runnin' Scared
Rosie Gray / Runnin' Scared:
A Brief Defense of Writing Different Things
Discussion: Gawker
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Kaplan Talks Fairchild: ‘They Want Apps!’ … “I'm a media guy, not a fashion guy,” said Peter Kaplan, the new editorial director of Fairchild Fashion Group.  “What I want to be thinking about is how to take these brands and get ahead of the culture in media terms.”
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Romenesko and The Wrap
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Peter Kaplan is Named Editorial Director of Fairchild
Discussion: WWD, Media Decoder, MinOnline and The Wire
Financial Post:
PCWorld and Macworld Expand Marketer Services  —  Responding to overwhelming demand from technology marketers, PCWorld and Macworld have announced the formation of PCWorld |  Macworld Content Workstm, a new division that will design, produce and distribute custom content.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Washington Post acquires iCurrent, a personal news aggregator (exclusive)  —  The Washington Post Company has acquired iCurrent, an online tool that allows users to collect news automatically according to their interest.  The purchase price was not disclosed, and while not a big deal, it was likely north of $5 million.
Discussion: paidContent
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Malone: 'Murdoch's not afraid of the Hail Mary pass'  —  Bloomberg Television release on its interview with Liberty Media chairman John Malone  —  Video available for viewing and embedding.  —  MANDATORY CREDIT: BLOOMBERG TELEVISION  —  **HIGHLIGHTS BELOW**  —  On odds of Comcast/NBCU deal being approved:
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
WordPress And Thesis Go To Battle.  Mullenweg May Sue.  —  WordPress is the world's most popular blogging platform.  Long the product of choice for writers big and small, Wordpress is the online content king.  —  Under the surface of the giant however, there is tension between …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Washington Post-Bloomberg Co-Branded Biz Section Goes Live; Worth The Wait?  —  Some eight months after announcing a partnership for a co-branded online business page, the Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) and Bloomberg have finally delivered.  The result is a pretty standard …
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Providers Likely To Charge For ‘TV Everywhere’: Analyst  —  39% of Pay-TV Subscribers Would Pay $5 or More Per Month for Access to TV on PCs  —  Cable, satellite and telco TV providers at some point probably will institute a separate subscription for “TV Everywhere” services …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Steinbrenner's Death Gives Sports Illustrated a Chance to Flex an iPad Muscle  —  So far, most magazine publishers have tried hard to make their iPad editions a faithful translation of their paper-and-ink copies: What you pay for at the newsstand is the same thing you get from Apple's …
Joe Ciarallo / PRNewser:
Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson's Secret Twitter Feed  —  Is The Wall Street Journal's managing editor Robert Thomson on Twitter?  That's what we asked Thomson at Dow Jones' summer social event last night in New York, hosted by the company's PR team.
Colin Heilbut / Editors Weblog:
Playboy trounces CNN, NYT & The Economist on Facebook  —  Facebakers is a portal run by Candytech to deliver up-to-date data and statistics about Facebook - including Facebook statistics of users by countries, top Facebook Applications data and top Facebook Page data, which is now indexed by category.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Smart editorial, smart readers, and smart ad solutions”: Slate makes a case for long-form on the web  —  Via blogs, or, more likely, Twitter, you might have come across the breezy term “tl;dr.” Which is short — appropriately — for “too long; didn't read.”  —  Yes.
Will Richmond /
Sports Continues to be Shining Star of Online Video  —  The final and streaming viewership numbers for the FIFA World Cup provide the latest evidence that sports are the shining star of the online video world for both free and paid viewing.
Discussion: Mashable!
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Cable TV's cabal  —  A group of pay-TV companies is banding together in an attempt to pressure the government to change the rules governing their channel contract negotiations.  —  Members of the new coalition, which is spearheaded by Time Warner Cable and is called the American TV Alliance …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
‘Media Evangelist’ Explains How Tumblr Fits into News Organizations' Publishing Options  —  Mark Coatney, also known as “Newsweek Tumblr guy,” announced Monday that he had accepted a job as Tumblr's “media evangelist.”  The position, he said, will allow him to teach other journalists …
Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
Starting a Celeb Site?  Get Your Own F$#(%!=g Mel Gibson Racist Rant  —  Want to make millions online?  Get your hands on a celebrity's racist rant and start a website.  Doesn't have to be in that order.  —  Bonus points if it's Mel Gibson.  —  It's hard to believe that less than five years …
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 …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Brazil newspaper gives up print to go online only  —  The Rio de Janeiro-based Jornal do Brasil is to stop circulating its 119-year-old print edition and appear only online.  —  Its owner, Nelson Tanure, took the decision after failing to sell the once-influential daily newspaper …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
It's Summer Rerun Time! …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NewTeeVee
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Who Is Gawker Trying to Stalke(r) Now? …
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
OVP Sorenson lands Shutterfly Video amid tough competition
Discussion: FierceTelecom and NewTeeVee
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NPD: iTunes Users Have A ‘Strong Interest’ In Paid Subscription Services
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Urgent: GCI confirms five new page design hubs at Asbury …
Discussion: Charles Apple and Romenesko
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
An update on Colombian journalist Hollman Morris
Steve Buttry / Pursuing the Complete Community …:
A possible new business model for obituaries
Discussion: jeffsonderman and Techdirt
Michael Wolff / Newser:
What's Really Going on Behind Murdoch's Paywall?
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Discussion: WebNewser
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Discussion: Gawker
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: A reporter's vigilance in the Grim Sleeper case
David Propson / Capital New York:
New York's last best strike at Hollywood
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
AdMob CEO: Apple not enforcing ad restrictions
Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
'Darth D'Vorkin' Arrives at Forbes