New York Times:
The Google Algorithm — Google handles nearly two-thirds of Internet search queries worldwide. Analysts reckon that most Web sites rely on the search engine for half of their traffic. When Google engineers tweak its supersecret algorithm — as they do hundreds of times a year …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Hot Air, Technology News, The Next Web, Silicon Alley Insider, Hit & Run and Free Press, more at Techmeme »
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: The New York Times Algorithm & Why It Needs Government Regulation
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: NYT: Time to regulate Google searches
Tom Krazit / Technology News: Google's fight to keep search a secret
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: The New York Times should Google for “search algorithm”.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider: The New York Times Goes Nuts, Says The Government Should Regulate …
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run: The Air You Breathe, the Water You Drink, the Google You Search
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wait, Google Is Responding To Algorithm Criticism Behind A Paywall? — The New York Times ran a controversial op-ed piece yesterday entitled “The Google Algorithm.” Basically, the piece wonders if the government shouldn't step in to control the way Google tweaks its search engine results.
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
Letterman Extortionist Nominated for News & Doc Emmy — The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominations this morning for the 31st News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and, yes, David Letterman extortionist Joe Halderman was among them.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, The Wrap, Mediaite, Moraes on TV and Gawker
John Consoli / The Wrap: Letterman's Attempted Blackmailer Nominated For News Emmy
Lisa de Moraes / Moraes on TV: Jailed would-be Letterman extortionist nominated for Emmy
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Letterman Extorter Nominated for Emmy. Isn't That Crazy?
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
PBS dominates News and Documentary Emmy nominations, but CBS also scores big — PBS flexed its usual strength when the News and Documentary Emmy nominations were announced Thursday, racking up 37 nods for its coverage of Taliban youth, the death of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan …
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 …
Discussion: Videogum, MarketingVOX, the Econsultancy blog, Epicenter, The Daily Dish, NewTeeVee, Fast Company, Brandweek, Media Buyer Planner, PRNewser, The Next Web, Pulse2, Social Media at Work, AdPulp, SocialTimes.com, Boing Boing, Techdirt, brandflakesforbreakfast and ChasNote, more at Techmeme »
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog: The Old Spice Guy wins at the social web
Zach Gottlieb / Epicenter: Old Spice Man Is Here ... for You
David Weigel / The Daily Dish: Old Spice conquers the Internets, LOL
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee: The Secret to Old Spice Guy's Viral Success
Brian Morrissey / Brandweek: How Old Spice Ruled the Real-Time Web
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Old Spice Viral Video Campaign Is A Hit [VIDEO]
Megan O'Neill / SocialTimes.com: Old Spice Guy Proposes For Fan, She Says “Yes!” [Video]
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: Old Spice Guy has competition
Dennis Yang / Techdirt: Old Spice Man Is Horsing Around On Social Media
Darryl Ohrt / brandflakesforbreakfast: because you love the smell of that man
Chas / ChasNote: Old Spice Becomes Talk of the Web With Personalized Commercials for Top Influencers
Robin Sloan / Snarkmarket:
Why Old Spice matters
Why Old Spice matters
Discussion: Fast Company, NewTeeVee, make the logo bigger, New York Magazine, brandflakesforbreakfast and WatchingTV Online
Mark Borden / Fast Company: The Team Who Made Old Spice Smell Good Again Reveals What's Behind Mustafa's Towel
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee: Old Spice Social Media Blitz: 5.9M Views in One Day
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine: Why Make Expensive Ads When You Can Have a Shirtless Man Talk to Your Customers?
Åsk Dabitch / brandflakesforbreakfast: Old Spice p0wns social media
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Penthouse Owner Makes $210M Bid for Playboy — Marc Bell, owner of Penthouse magazine and FriendFinder networks, made his promised bid on Playboy Enterprises on Thursday, offering to pay $210 million for the struggling bunny brand. — Bell's bid is effectively $25 million …
Discussion: Romenesko, MinOnline, Folio, Multichannel, Gawker, The Wire, MarketWatch, Hollywood Reporter, Chicago Breaking Business, Globe and Mail, Baltimore Sun, AVN, FishbowlNY, Stocks To Watch Today and Jezebel
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: Penthouse parent offers $210 million for Playboy
Jason Fell / Folio: Penthouse Owner Offers $210 Million for Playboy
Mike Farrell / Multichannel: Playboy Gets Rival Bid
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Penthouse Owners Outbid Hefner For Playboy
Joe Pompeo / The Wire: Penthouse Parent Would “Love” To Have Hugh Hefner As Part Of Playboy “Going Forward”
William Spain / MarketWatch: Penthouse parent in rival bid for Playboy
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter: FriendFinder makes $210 mil offer for Playboy
Andrew Vanacore / Globe and Mail: Penthouse owner makes bid for Playboy
Michael Oneal / Baltimore Sun: Penthouse parent bids $210 million for Playboy
Mike Taylor / FishbowlNY: Penthouse Publisher Says He'll Bid on Playboy Thursday
Irin Carmon / Jezebel: The “Classy” Sex Magazine Is Dead
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blog Networks Try One More Time to Turn Local Journalism Into Cash — Can building a network of local bloggers help turn online journalism into a money-making proposition? Two new media ventures are hoping that it can, and have partnered with a startup called GrowthSpur to try and make that hope become a reality.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest, Journal Register Company and GrowthSpur Blog
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost, Poynter Online, eMedia Vitals, Crain's New York Business, AdAge and New York Observer
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online: Hearst to roll out more mobile apps for magazines
Katherine Heisler / eMedia Vitals: Hearst magazines outlines major app rollout for 2nd half of 2010
Esther Zuckerman / New York Observer: ‘O’ On the iPad! Hearst Titles Go Digital
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Is There an iPad Premium? …
Emma Hall / AdAge:
Virgin Plans New Magazine as IPad App if Advertisers Sign Up — Billionaire Branson's Daughter Holly Is in Charge of Project — LONDON (AdAge.com) — Virgin is planning to extend its brand into consumer magazines with the launch of a new title, Maverick, which will be available as an app for the iPad, iPhone and eventually, Android.
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: eMedia Vitals, Burst Media Company Blog, paidContent, Inc.com and Guardian
Constantine von Hoffman / eMedia Vitals: Will co-branding with Bloomberg save print media?
Jarvis Coffin / Burst Media Company Blog: The Washington Post Company Buys iCurrent: Old Media is Dead.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Washington Post Buys Personalized News Site iCurrent
Jason Del Rey / Inc.com: The Old Spice Video Phenomenon
paidContent / Guardian: Washington Post buys personalised news site iCurrent
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
The Daily Caller grabs Olbermann domain name — Tucker Carlson says he's going to start using a new email address: Keith@KeithOlbermann.com. — Carlson, a conservative pundit and editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller site, was in good spirits Thursday after acquiring the domain name …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, WebNewser, The Wire, Inside Cable News, The Huffington Post, Hot Air, Mediaite and New York Magazine
Joe Pompeo / The Wire: Tucker Carlson To Keith Olbermann: “WE OWN YOU”
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post: Daily Caller Buys KeithOlbermann.Com, Tells Olbermann: ‘We Own You’
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Daily Caller now at KeithOlbermann.com?
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite: Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller Acquires KeithOlbermann.com (Update)
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Google Wins Omnicom as Ally — Internet Firm Will Help New Partner Tap Ad Exchange in Return for Ad Buying — Google Inc. plans to announce Thursday it has landed advertising company Omnicom Media Group as a partner in online display advertising, an area the Internet giant is seeking …
David Kaplan / paidContent: Omnicom Will Funnel Hundreds Of Millions Of Display Dollars Through Google
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Can Google Get Some Wall Street Love Again?
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Omnicom cozies up to Google in a big way
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Google In Major Display Partnership With Ad Holding Company Omnicom
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Post online strategy: Grow audience, and engagement — Quick quiz: Among staff-written stories, what's generated the most page views on The Post's Web site in the past year? Something about the BP oil spill, perhaps? The Haiti earthquake? The health-care reform vote? — The answer: Crocs.
Discussion: Romenesko and The Latest Word
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: WP's Crocs story was past year's page views leader ‘by a mile’
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of the dead cat bounce — [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.] — The season's upon us, as newspaper and media companies announce their second-quarter earnings.
Discussion: Gannett Blog, Romenesko, NetNewsCheck Latest and Associated Press
Steve Buttry / Pursuing the Complete Community …:
Academics measure new media (again) by old-media yardstick — For academics studying whether “citizen journalism” is going to “replace” traditional journalism, let me save you some time: It won't. It's not trying to. It shouldn't. — Journalism is not, never has been and should not become a zero-sum game.
Online Video Ad Segment Poised to Explode — Look for rapid growth over the next few years — The online video advertising market is poised for rapid growth over the next few years, according to eMarketer. — The research firm estimates online video advertising spending will grow …
Will Richmond / VideoNuze: VINDICO Gets MRC Accredited
Fern Siegel / MediaPost: Online Video Ad Segment Set To Explode
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
Newspaper War Rages in West Marin — POINT REYES STATION — This sleepy town of 800 residents is home to west Marin County's two weekly newspapers. A nasty battle will decide whether it is big enough for both of them. — Last month, the upstart West Marin Citizen accused …
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.
Discussion: Romenesko, New York Observer and The Wrap
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: Vinh resigns as NYTimes.com design director
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: N.Y. Times Director of Web Design Resigns
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Joel Stein makes me feel ‘stomach-sick’ — Commentary: His ‘My Own Private India’ piece is shameful — NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — When Joel Stein issued an apology for his recent Time magazine column, entitled “My Own Private India,” he took pains to point out that he felt “stomach-sick” for hurting so many people's feelings.
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 …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost: Study: Users Willing To Pay For TV Everywhere
Alex Weprin / WebNewser: What Does the Future Hold for ‘TV Everywhere?’
Joshua Cohen / Tubefilter News:
Will Hulu's ‘Ad Selector’ Become Online Video's Advertising Standard? — Online video ad revenues in the US are on track to pass $1.3 billion this year. That's a big industry, but when compared to the behemoth $70 billion business that is traditional television advertising, it's little more than a rounding error.
Discussion: digiday:DAILY, Post Tech and NewTeeVee
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech: Comcast-NBC merger sheds light on future of online video
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
“They Just Don't Know Who They're Messing With” — If you've been reading Mother Jones lately, you've heard about BP's stranglehold on media access in the Gulf, which has included preventing reporters from visting oil-soaked public beaches and barring its spill cleanup workers from talking to the press.
Curtis Brainard / CJR: Inside BP's Media Blockade
Jeremy Porter / Journalistics:
Journalists Find Some News Releases Useful — 75 percent of journalists find well-targeted news releases with high-quality content useful, according to a new survey of 750 journalists conducted by Oriella PR Network, an alliance of 15 PR agencies around the world. — Surveys like this drive me crazy.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: Why Press Releases Aren't Always the Best Way to Get Press
News Anchor Admits Chupacabra Story Is a Naked Ploy for Ratings — “What would it be, if we didn't have a story about a chupacabra?” the perky Texas news anchor wondered aloud. Her co-host's reply: “It would not be a ratings month—I'm sorry, can I say that?” — The segment was about this mysterious, headline-grabbing beast.
Antonina Jedrzejczak / The Wire:
Mediabistro Ramps Up Coverage Of Startups — Mediabistro is beefing up its coverage of startups. — The website announced today that it has hired Kenneth Musante, a freelance writer and former CNN staffer, to write “mb Startups,” a new recurring feature that will appear …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
‘Bloomberg BusinessWeek’ Grabs ‘Times’ Tech Correspondent — New York Times technology correspondent and Bits blogger Brad Stone has been scooped up by Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor Josh Tyrangiel. — Mr. Stone launched his career at Newsweek in 1996, taking up coverage of Silicon Velly for the newsweekly two years later.
Discussion: The Wrap
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Brad Stone Skips From the Times to Bloomberg BusinessWeek