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2:40 AM ET, July 16, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
Are Newspapers Sticking to a Premium Strategy Amid Digital Disruption?  —  Six months into 2010, this is shaping up to be a better year for newspapers.  One might be cheered simply by the pace and scope of experimentation in 2010: digital futurism headlining the Newspaper Association …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of the dead cat bounce
Discussion: Romenesko and Gannett Blog
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.
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 ( — 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.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
New Data Shows Hulu Serves More Video Ads Than Google  —  More Than 566 Million Video Ads in June, According to New Numbers From ComScore  —  NEW YORK ( — Hulu is far from the biggest video site on the web; YouTube holds that distinction by a wide margin.
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 …
Robin Sloan / Snarkmarket:
Why Old Spice matters  —  So the Old Spice campaign was funny, surprising, and perfectly-calibrated.  These would be reasons enough to like it.  But I'm not going to let you stop there.  Here's how I think the campaign establishes an important new precedent—not for online advertising, but for online storytelling across the board.
Richard Lawson / Gawker:
The Full Social Network Trailer: Creepy  —  Here's the first full-length trailer for The Social Network, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's movie about the creation of social wonder/ill, the Facebook.  Thanks largely to a brilliant song choice, the trailer is eerily evocative.
Jarvis Coffin / Burst Media Company Blog:
The Washington Post Company Buys iCurrent: Old Media is Dead.  Long Live Old Media.  —  The Washington Post Company reported (see story in Paid Content) that it has acquired iCurrent, a company in the business of helping internet users assemble and organize online information according to their specific interests.
Chris Beckmann / Google News Blog:
Google News changes reflect your feedback  —  Two weeks ago we gave the Google News homepage a new look and feel with enhanced customization, discovery and sharing.  This redesign was our biggest since Google News launched in beta in 2002.  —  Some of you told us that you really liked it …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Download Me, Amadeus!  Sony Set to Open a Classical iTunes  —  What's holding you back from buying classical music downloads?  Is it because they're too hard to find on iTunes?  Or is it because the tracks don't sound that good?  —  Sony Music thinks it has an answer …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed Helps AOL Spread The Buzz  —  AOL is getting some help spreading the buzz from New York City startup BuzzFeed.  In an interesting experiment in viral marketing on its own site, which is a memetracker showing stories and videos going viral on the Web, BuzzFeed is highlighting related AOL articles and videos.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Bros Icing Bros: Dear New York Media, Smirnoff Would Like To Thank You For Selling This Stupid Drinking Game  —  ​Have you heard of the once-legendary and now-kinda-dead urban terrorism drinking game Bros Icing Bros?  It involves the fermented sugarpiss known as Smirnoff Ice, your friends, and casual alcoholism.
Greg Marx / CJR:
Winning the Morning, Missing the Point  —  Politico buries the lede in its big Obama story  —  Politico bigwigs John Harris and Jim VandeHei have a big thinkpiece out this morning headlined, “Why Obama Loses by Winning.”  As an artifact of media strategy, it's a classic example …
Alan Allnutt / Montreal Gazette:
Gazette to go Web only on Sundays  —  The Sunday Edition of The Montreal Gazette  —  MONTREAL - After long and serious consideration, we have decided that The Gazette will cease publishing a print version of the paper on Sundays as of Aug. 8.  —  However, The Gazette will continue …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Spotify ‘growing healthily and on track for US launch’  —  Spotify is still on track to launch in the US this year, Daniel Ek has told the Telegraph.  —  Daniel Ek, the chief executive of the internet music streaming service, said that Spotify now had more than half a million subscribers.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
The Daily Caller grabs Olbermann domain name  —  Tucker Carlson says he's going to start using a new email address:  —  Carlson, a conservative pundit and editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller site, was in good spirits Thursday after acquiring the domain name …
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Michael Starr / New York Post:
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Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Google's Viacom Suit Legal Fees: $100 Million
Discussion: TechCrunch
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Post online strategy: Grow audience, and engagement
Discussion: Romenesko and The Latest Word
Steve Buttry / Pursuing the Complete Community …:
Academics measure new media (again) by old-media yardstick
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is There an iPad Premium? …
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
Newspaper War Rages in West Marin
 Earlier Picks: 
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
‘Bloomberg BusinessWeek’ Grabs ‘Times’ Tech Correspondent
Discussion: FishbowlNY, GalleyCat and The Wrap
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Joel Stein makes me feel ‘stomach-sick’
Joshua Cohen / Tubefilter News:
Will Hulu's ‘Ad Selector’ Become Online Video's Advertising Standard?
Discussion: digiday:DAILY and Post Tech
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
“They Just Don't Know Who They're Messing With”
Discussion: CJR
Jeremy Porter / Journalistics:
Journalists Find Some News Releases Useful
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Online Video Ad Segment Poised to Explode
Discussion: VideoNuze

From Techmeme:

Kris Holt / Engadget:
Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs as a new class of AI-capable Windows PCs with at least 40 TOPs of NPU performance, with several OEMs and chipmakers on board

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
DOJ announces the arrest of a Taiwanese national at JFK Airport who allegedly owned Incognito Market, a dark web site used by 200K+ to buy $100M+ worth of drugs

Samantha Cole / 404 Media:
Following a tip from Instagram to the NCMEC, the FBI arrested a man for producing and distributing AI-generated images of minors engaged in sexual conduct

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