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1:10 PM ET, July 28, 2010


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s iPad Problem Is Trouble for Every Magazine Publisher  —  Time Inc. likes to show off its iPad apps as a symbol of the company's future.  But inside the publisher, the digital editions have become a source of hair-pulling frustration.  —  That's because the magazine giant …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Some see red as Essence hires a white editor  —  Essence, a Time Inc.-owned monthly that is seen as the ultimate fashion and lifestyle title for black women, is wrestling with a controversy sparked by a former fashion editor who criticized the magazine's decision to hire a white woman as its new fashion director.
C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
When do 92,000 documents trump an off-the-record dinner?  A few more thoughts about Wikileaks  —  Sometimes you can spend an entire morning racing the clock to put together the perfect blog post, and once you're done, find a quote or two that would have let you sum up the entire thing in a lot less time.
John McQuaid / Edge of Chaos:
WikiLeaks, journalism, data and truth
Discussion: CJR, Guardian and The Huffington Post
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   Value-added journalism  —  I asked Alan Rusbridger …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Comcast Profits Pulled Down On NBC Costs  —  Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) is still pending before regulators, but the deal has already cost the cable operator $22 million in transaction fees in Q2.  That sent profits down, though it didn't completely account for the decline …
David Kaplan / paidContent:   Comcast's Burke: ‘With NBC, Our Ad Business Will Be Worth $10 Billion’
CONFIRMED: ABC Family's Paul Lee Taking Over As President Of ABC Entertainment Group After Steve McPherson Resigns  —  4TH UPDATE 6:30 PM: We've just confirmed that ABC Family President Paul Lee will take over as president of ABC Entertainment Group.  Just like Steve McPherson, Lee will manage both ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios.
Adam Hochberg / Poynter Online:
Would Beat Reporters Have Seen Early Inconsistencies in Sherrod Story?  —  This falls under the category of being careful what you wish for: Just a few weeks before Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod became a household name, the department's communications director expressed frustration …
Federal Eye:   Shirley Sherrod to address black journalists
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers Hit New Low as an Information Source  —  The number of Americans who say that newspapers are an important source of information continues to decline, according to a survey by the The Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
After Breitbart and Shirley Sherrod, We Need a Slow-News Movement  —  It was the biggest American news exclusive of World War I. In a breathless cable that immediately went out over the wire on Nov. 7, 1918, thrilling a war-weary world, United Press correspondent Roy Howard reported from Paris …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
New Front in WSJ vs. The Times — the Glossies!  —  The Times and The Journal have been warring on several fronts—in New York, with business and national and political coverage—and now it appears we can add the luxury magazine business firmly to the mix.  —  Let's call it the new Elle vs. Vogue!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Business Insider, Turbocharged!  —  We're excited to announce that we've just raised another round of financing, courtesy of New York-based RRE Ventures and our existing investors.  —  This capital will help us continue to expand the site and bring you many of the things you have been asking for …
Discussion: paidContent and New York Magazine
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
The New Yorker elitist?  Remnick: I don't see it  —  Commentary: ‘We do something that a lot of people want’ … NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — New Yorker Editor David Remnick bristles when someone saddles his magazine with the “e” word — elitist.  —  “Look,” he said, “this word 'elitist …
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
Anna North / Jezebel:
Self-Absorbed Columnist Redefines The Art Of Crap Emails  —  The names and events here are true: CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen wrote a horribly self-centered open letter to his ex on her wedding day.  Lizzie Skurnick called him out on it.  So Andrew wrote Lizzie a very Crap Email.
Wall Street Journal:
Examiner Slams Firm That Valued Tribune Buyout  —  A court-ordered probe of Tribune Co.'s $8.2 billion buyout casts a harsh light on a little-known valuation firm that proved to be a pivotal player in the failed deal.  —  The firm, Valuation Research Corp., gave Tribune a clean bill …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FTC Looking Into Do-Not-Track Option for Avoiding Behavioral Ads  —  Rockefeller calls for clearer privacy protections for average consumer  —  Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz says his agency is looking into a browser-level way for consumers to opt out of behavioral advertising.
Discussion: MediaPost and Multichannel
Internet-Enabled TV Trumps 3-D TV in 2010  —  While the consumer electronics headlines this year have been dominated by 3-D television news, the real story in 2010 is about Internet-Enabled TVs (IETVs), according to iSuppli Corp.  —  Global shipments of IETVs—i.e., TV sets with built …
Discussion: paidContent and VideoNuze
CNBC Viewers Leaving In Droves  —  As the stock market continues a summer long fluctuation, investors are continuing to be bearish of CNBC, leaving the business news network like rats from a sinking ship.  —  According to data from Nielsen Media Research, CNBC has lost viewership during …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
John O' Donovan / BBC:
BBC News website's content management and publishing systems  —  As part of the BBC News site refresh we have been making substantial changes to the underlying systems that manage and publish the content.  —  The BBC has one of the oldest and largest websites on the internet and one of the goals …
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Starz aims to raise $1 bil for programming  —  THR EXCLUSIVE: Execs meet with Studio Canal, BBC  —  It is called Operation Turbo.  —  Starz Entertainment CEO Chris Albrecht and his associates have been meeting with potential partners throughout the world to raise $1 billion …
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Google TV Ads Pay Off For Summer Hits  —  Google TV Ads is pitching Don Draper as a sterling opportunity for advertisers using its online-auction system to meet up with upscale viewers.  —  Separately, it indicates the noted 2009 White House party crashers might help draw attention to their spots as well.
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
YouTube CMO Chris Di Cesare on legitimizing online video as an art form in its own right  —  YouTube has been making a lot of news of late, not only for the massive amount of user-generated content it continues to upload (24 hours worth of video every minute), or for the billions of video views …
Discussion: NYConvergence
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Let's put more public documents online  —  Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know more about the war in Afghanistan than about how much public officials are paid in Los Angeles County.  Some private companies and citizens are trying to change that.  —  How far have we come …
Karen Everhart /
Uproar over Fresh Air in Mississippi  —  After Mississippi Public Broadcasting abruptly dropped Fresh Air from its radio schedule July 8, its explanation of “recurring inappropriate content” in the talk show didn't sit well with fans of the program.  —  Judith Lewis, executive director …
Discussion: Romenesko and NMissCommentor
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction:
Longlist announced for Man Booker Prize 2010  —  Man Booker Dozen announced  —  The judges for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction today, Tuesday 27 July, announce the longlist for the prize, the leading literary award in the English speaking world.  —  A total of 138 books …
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From Techmeme:

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
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