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9:10 PM ET, July 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Controversial Gizmodo iPhone Warrant  —  Today, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan granted an application by the San Mateo County D.A.'s office to withdraw the controversial warrant it obtained to search the house of journalist Jason Chen.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Gawker Media Deals Its Way Out of iPhone Search Warrant  —  A California court has granted the request of local prosecutors to withdraw a controversial search warrant against an editor for the tech site Gizmodo over its scoop about the iPhone 4G.  —  Prosecutors reached an agreement with Thomas Nolan …
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
Gannett Ups Digital Revenues and Experimentation  —  Friday morning, Gannett reported second-quarter earnings that were more than double those of the same quarter a year ago, but the news of the day was a series of new business initiatives.  —  The company has now built digital revenues …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Gannett CEO Dubow: iPad App Will Remain Free, Ad Supported Through Q3
Discussion: Poynter Online and FishbowlNY
Business Wire:
Gannett and Yahoo! Announce Local Advertising Partnership
Discussion: paidContent and Lost Remote
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Gene Weingarten column mentions Lady Gaga.  —  Not very long ago, the typical American newsroom had three types of jobs: reporter, editor and photographer.  But lately, as newspapers have been frantically converting themselves into high-tech, 24-hour online operations, things are more complicated.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ex-Google News, Bing Engineers Set Out To Build ‘Newspaper Of The Future’  —  Delivering news digitally in a personalized manner is a nut many a startup - as well as many established Internet companies and publishers - are desperately trying to crack.  —  A newly-founded Palo Alto startup called Hawthorne Labs is one of them.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
No, seriously: What the Old Spice ads can teach us about news' future  —  BrandFlakesforBreakfast might have put it best: “...If you live in a cave, you need to be aware of the fact that Old Spice owned the internet yesterday.”  —  Indeed.  How the brand did that owning is fascinating …
Laura Conaway / The Rachel Maddow Show:
Louis C.K. gets Terry Gross, Fresh Air run out of Mississippi  —  On Monday, Mississippi Public Broadcasting announced it had dropped Terry Gross and Fresh Air because of “recurring inappropriate content.”  (Full disclosure: I used to work for NPR.)  —  The blog that first reported the news …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NBCU Profits, Revenues Gain; Good Enough For Parent GE  —  NBC Universal's earnings performance in Q2 was described as “good” by parent General Electric (NYSE: GE) this morning, as the expected sale to Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) inches closer.  The broadcaster's profit's were up 13 percent …
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety, MediaFile and
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WP taps Sullivan to oversee features sections and Sunday paper  —  To the Staff:  —  We are pleased to announce several leadership changes in the newsroom that will put a stronger emphasis on our Sunday editions and strengthen the leadership of our features sections.
Jeff Schogol / Stars & Stripes:
Media groups side with Westboro Baptist Church  —  It is a journalism cliché that media are supposed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, so it may come as a surprise that 22 media groups have sided with a hate group against the father of a fallen Marine.
Discussion: Romenesko and FishbowlNY
Kris Viesselman / The Society for News Design:
An open letter on the value of Design  —  Like many of our colleagues, we read with concern this week's announcement of Gannett's plans for regional hubs to build pages for many of their newspapers.  This plan is similar to others that have sought to template publications and centralize parts …
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Judy Sims / SimsBlog:
If Newspapers Cease to Be, There Will be Two Causes of Death — Part 2  —  Cause of Death #2: Failure to focus on ROI  —  Mainstream media organizations have spent insane amounts of time and effort trying to teach traditional sales reps to sell digital ads (give up, they will never do it well).
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Plus on the PS3: Less Content Than on the Web  —  Sony started to roll out a limited test of Hulu Plus on the PlayStation 3 yesterday, and first user feedback reveals a troubling shortcoming: Apparently, PlayStation users won't be able to access some of the content that's available …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Elizabeth Guider / Hollywood Reporter:
Primetime to get racier after FCC ruling  —  VIDEO: ‘Friends With Benefits,’ others feature risque scenes  —  There was a particularly unbridled episode of Fox's “American Dad” in January in which Stan, well, gave “full release” to a racehorse.  That shenanigan was duly hit with an FCC fine.
Discussion: Company Town and
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“What the audience wants” isn't always junk journalism  —  Should news organizations give the audience what it wants?  —  Swap out “news organization” for “company” and “audience” for “customers” and the question seems absurd.  But journalists have traditionally considered it a core principle …
Media Week:
Elle has a hit with Twitter feed  —, digital home to fashion magazine Elle, has increased its Twitter followers from 17,000 at the beginning of the year to 100,000.  —  Elle Collections: the biannual glossy  —  The results places it at least 66,000 Twitter followers above …
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Crowdsourcing the pain of transcribing audio
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Internal Memo: Intelligence Community Frets About Washington Post Series
Discussion: Romenesko and Big Journalism
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News
Molly Fischer / New York Observer:
Karp Cleans House: Amanda Murray Out at Simon & Schuster
Discussion: GalleyCat Reynolds Center …:
New Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellows include entrepreneurs, journalists
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Ushahidi in 3G: How media outlets could extend the mapping platform …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Trevon Milliard / Idaho Mountain Express & Guide:
For valley, it's Christmas in July
 Earlier Picks: 
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Launches Video Metrix 2.0 to Measure Evolving Web Video Landscape
Don Terry / CJR:
Justice for John Conroy
Alan Allnutt / Montreal Gazette:
Gazette to go Web only on Sundays
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Download Me, Amadeus! Sony Set to Open a Classical iTunes
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed Helps AOL Spread The Buzz
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog