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12:40 PM ET, July 20, 2010

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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Times loses nearly 90% of online readers  —  Less than three weeks after the Times paywall went up, data shows a massive decline in web traffic  —  The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Rupert's Paywall is Meant to Keep People In, Not Out
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Magazines on Mend  —  A recovery in advertising spending and excitement around Apple Inc.'s iPad have helped perk up the magazine industry this year.  —  In the latest sign of a rebound, 12 out of 15 major fashion and beauty magazines sold more pages of ads in their closely watched September issues than they did a year ago.
Discussion: 5 Blogs Before Lunch
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Crain's New York Business:
Vogue's September issue sees big ad-page gains  —  Luxury magazines, like the economy, are making a slow comeback.  On Monday, Vogue magazine will announce ad-pages results for its all-important September issue, and industry insiders say that the fashion monthly will show a spike of 100 advertising pages …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Sumner's Witch Hunt  —  Viacom's billionaire owner wants to know who's badmouthing his girl-band pet project to The Daily Beast.  And he offered to make Peter Lauria “well-rewarded” if he fessed up.  HEAR THE TAPE.  —  Viacom employees be warned: Sumner Redstone is on a witch hunt.
Glen Dickson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Starz, Penguin Collaborate on “Amplified” E-Book for iPad  —  ‘Pillars of the Earth’ title will feature video, music from TV miniseries  —  Premium cable network Starz is bringing video to Apple's iPad in an unexpected way, by teaming with book publisher Penguin Group to create …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NBC's Guthrie: A Case Study In New News Norms  —  The story of NBC's Savannah Guthrie illustrates the new complexities that surround the modern network TV-news journalist.  After a relatively short stint as a correspondent, Guthrie has emerged as a rising star.
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
CNNMoney.com's brand of business journalism  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Chris Peacock is vice president and executive editor at CNNMoney.com, where he oversees the site's content strategy.  —  Since Peacock joined CNNMoney.com in 2004, traffic has more than doubled …
Discussion: Inside Cable News and Beet.TV
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Felix Salmon:   When online editors spew jargon
DAN FIERMAN / GQ:
Bill Murray Is Ready To See You Now  —  He is one of the greatest comic actors alive.  A man who's navigated his career with a peerless instinct for quality and self-respect.  The man behind movies—from Caddyshack to Stripes, from Rushmore to Lost in Translation—that seem to have defined …
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
Advertising: ESPN to Integrate Magazine More Closely With TV Operations  —  SINCE its first issue in 1998, ESPN The Magazine has played dual roles — part brand extension and part independent publication.  —  With the success of the ESPN television networks, the magazine could largely stay …
Discussion: The Wire and Romenesko
Globe and Mail:
Conrad Black granted bail  —  Conrad Black could be out of jail this week after scoring a major legal victory in his ongoing battle to overturn convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice.  —  A federal appeal court granted Lord Black bail on Monday while it re-considers his convictions …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Banned ‘Family Guy’ Episode Gets New Life on DVD  —  In many ways, the “Family Guy” episode “Partial Terms of Endearment” is typical of that audacious Fox animated comedy, teeming with rapid-fire jokes and willfully offensive non sequiturs about disabled animals, God, Nazis …
Discussion: ArtsBeat
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Amazon Says E-Books Now Top Hardcover Sales  —  The heft and musty smell of a hardcover book are one step closer to becoming relics in a museum.  —  Amazon.com, one of the nation's largest bookstores, said Monday that for the last three months, sales of electronic books for the Kindle …
Neda Ulaby / NPR:
Introducing UltraViolet: Buy Your Digital Movie Once, Play It Anywhere?  —  Last week, I sat through an UltraViolet demo.  It's a new video technology, intended to help frustrated 21st-century movie fans who'd like to be able to buy digital movies, play them on any device interchangeably …
MediaShift:
Your Guide to Next Generation ‘Content Farms’  —  From time to time, we provide an overview of one broad MediaShift topic, annotated with online resources and plenty of tips.  The idea is to help you understand the topic, learn the jargon, and take action.  We've previously covered Twitter …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Jonathan Fildes / BBC News:
Data torrents  —  SwiftRiver attempts to siphon off useful information from the web  —  In 2009, a series of deadly riots swept through the Ugandan capital of Kampala.  —  At least 10 people were killed during clashes between police and rioting supporters of a traditional king.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Why Should Hefner Have All the Fun?  —  “If I sold it, my life would be over.”  —  That's what Hugh Hefner, the 84-year-old velvet-robe-wearing founder of Playboy, told a reporter for The New York Times last year about the magazine empire he started in 1953.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post editor defends publishing intelligence complex exposé  —  The Washington Post's major investigation of government contractors and the intelligence community, complete with interactive database, has been called a “roadmap to our enemies” by one administration official.
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Adobe to Roll Out New Publishing Software for Tablets  —  Adobe is working on a new kind of creative software specifically intended to help you publish digital magazines for tablet devices such as the iPad, the company revealed today.  —  This new software, which will soon take its place …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NPR now vying for front-row White House seat  —  Fox News and Bloomberg aren't the only news organizations vying for the front-row-center seat that's been up for grabs since Helen Thomas's resignation last month.  —  The Upshot has learned that NPR is also making a run for it.
 
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