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6:40 PM ET, July 29, 2010


 Top News: 
David Cohen / WebNewser:
True/Slant Shutting Down  —  The May acquisition of True/Slant by Forbes Media turned out to be the death knell for the digital news site, as writer and reporter Neal Ungerleider said in a post on the site that operations would wind down at the end of the month.
Tony Perry / L.A. NOW:
Shirley Sherrod vows to sue conservative blogger who misrepresented her remarks  —  Shirley Sherrod, the African American federal agriculture official who was forced out of her job after a conservative blogger posted a heavily edited portion of a speech she had made, said Thursday …
Discussion: Romenesko and The Politico
Richard Stengel / Time:
The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture  —  Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing.  It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
How Did William Shatner Interview a D.C. Sniper?  He Asked.  —  LOS ANGELES — In an interview to be televised Thursday night, one of the D.C. snipers, Lee Boyd Malvo, said he and the other convicted gunman, John Muhammad, had co-conspirators.  —  “There were supposed to be three …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Gawker and Movieline
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Upload limit increases to 15 minutes for all users  —  We want YouTube to be the best place to upload video.  Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes.  We've heard you, and today we're pleased to announce that we've increased the upload limit to 15 minutes.
ESPN Killed That LeBron Story Because Reporter “Did Not Properly Identify Himself” (UPDATES)  —  ESPN now says in a statement that Arash Markazi's LeBacchanalia story was pulled because “Arash did not ... clearly state his intentions to write a story.”  Full statements are below …
Amy Odell / New York Magazine:
W Is Filming a Documentary About Its September Issue  —  Cameras have been trolling the halls of the W offices filming a documentary of the making of the magazine's September issue under new editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi.  The magazine's redesign will debut for September, which is …
Discussion: Styleite and PAPERMAG
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Rolling Stone Writer: McChrystal Pals ‘Were Lying’ About Ground Rules  —  Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone writer whose reporting compelled the White House to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, does not mince words when it comes to allegations …
New York Post:
Sumner Redstone facing harassment claim  —  Embattled Viacom chief Sumner Redstone is facing even more pressure now that a prominent former employee is threatening to sue for harassment, Page Six has learned.  —  The woman worked closely with the 87-year-old billionaire prior to Viacom's split with CBS in 2006.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Sumner Redstone gal pal says she got nothing
Discussion: Gawker
USA Today:
Volume of Kindle book sales stuns Amazon's Jeff Bezos  — revolutionized book reading in 2007 when it introduced its Kindle e-reader.  But now consumers can choose among several digital reading devices — and Apple hopes to change the game by making e-books available on its powerful iPad tablet computer.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Kindle to Go ‘Mass Market’
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BSkyB CEO: VOD Changes Nothing, Free Is Difficult  —  UK satcaster BSkyB (NYSE: BSY) CEO Jeremy Darroch channeled much the same belief in paid content as its its largest shareholder News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). while discussing healthy growth from the last financial year with investment analysts Thursday morning...
Discussion: Media Week and Sky News
Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Mexican Journalists' Captors Demand Broadcast of Videos  —  MEXICO CITY — Mexico's drug cartels hang banners, attach warning notes to bodies and post videos on the Internet to intimidate the police, the military, the news media, their rivals and anyone else who gets in their way.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox Uses Heavy Exposure for Previews of ‘Lone Star’  —  BY the time Fox introduces the soapy new drama “Lone Star” on television this fall, some Vanity Fair readers, cruise line passengers, hotel guests and iPad owners will have had a chance to watch it.  —  The network says it wants the show …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Brands on Sidelines as Disney, Google and MTV Charge Into Social Games  —  Sale of Virtual Goods More Powerful than Ad Dollars, for Now  —  NEW YORK ( — There's a land grab in social gaming, but at this point, it doesn't look like there's much room for advertisers.
Financial Times:
Wylie theatens broad digital expansion  —  Andrew Wylie, the literary agent whose exclusive deal with last week stunned the publishing world, has threatened a broad expansion of his digital publishing business to include up to 2,000 titles if traditional publishers refuse to improve digital royalties.
Megan O'Neill /
Cisco Fails With Old Spice Copycat Campaign  —  Yesterday Cisco paid homage to Old Spice's recent response campaign with their own YouTube response project, featuring ‘Ted From Accounting.’ Just like Old Spice, Cisco announced the campaign in the morning, asked people to send in tweets …
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
Steve McPherson resigned amid alleged sexual harassment probe  —  Exclu: Steve McPherson resigned from ABC as the company conducted an internal sexual harassment investigation of the executive, according to a source.  —  ABC pointedly did not deny allegations of inappropriate conduct were involved.
Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek Parent Uneasy With One Bidder's Ally  —  Washington Post Co. is balking at selling Newsweek magazine to Avenue Capital Group amid concerns over the hedge fund's plans to partner with the publisher of the National Enquirer, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Romenesko
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Journalistic blogging is fair, balanced and ethical  —  I have been taken to task for a posting I put up here eight days ago on an article by Cardiff University's Andy Williams about the state of the newspapers run by Media Wales, a division of Trinity Mirror.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
LexisNexis Publisher Backs Banks In ‘Hot News’ Reposting Case  —  Chiming in on a high-profile dispute, the business-to-business publishing company Reed Elsevier is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a finding that misappropriates banks' “hot news” by reposting their stock recommendations.
Reliable Source:
For Christiane Amanpour, commute will be shorter than some she's had  —  One of the questions when Christiane Amanpour took the anchor spot at ABC's “This Week” was how the longtime globetrotting star of CNN would take to life and work rooted inside the Beltway.
Discussion: New York Observer
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Bloomberg is Now Using Taboola's Video Recommendations  —  Browsing the web last week, I noticed that is now incorporating videos throughout its site from Taboola, the video recommendations engine.  If you click on any article on the site, in the lower part of the right column you'll …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of membership  —  [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.]  —  New journalism is hungry for new business models.
Discussion: Poynter Online and Romenesko
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Guest Post: Establishing news sites from the ground up  —  This post is by Polly Kriesman, the self-described “editrix” of and mind behind  The sites are trying to help define new journalism, and are grassroots efforts.  We asked Polly to tell us more about her adventures.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Aliona Doletskaya Leaves Russian ‘Vogue,’ But is She Coming Stateside?  —  After 13 years at the healm of Russian Vogue, Aliona Doletskaya submitted her resignation to Jonathan Newhouse earlier this week, according to Memo Pad.  Mr. Newhouse has already named a replacement, Viktoria Davydova.
Rachel Sterne / daylife:
Daylife Announces Rev Share for News Apps  —  Have an idea for the next big news application?  As reported, we're inviting developers to create news apps using the Daylife API.  Build a great app, and we'll market it to our clients, then give you 70% of the proceeds from any sales.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Inside Story: Flipboard's Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media  —  Flipboard is a beautiful iPad app that looks at the content your friends are sharing on Twitter and Facebook and reformats it into a digital, interactive magazine.  —  The consumer reaction to the app since its launch …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Interview: Virgin Media Plans TiVo Web Apps Beside Web, Mobile VOD  —  UK cable operator Virgin Media's new web and mobile VOD service will offer premium archive material, rather than the latest catch-up shows, because broadcasters already offer own-brand catch-up services …
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Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Mixed Ad Message From Newspapers
Discussion: Noted and
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix delights studios with big checks
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: The Social, Mashable! and WebNewser
Claudia Eller / Los Angeles Times:
Jeff Sagansky stakes claim to new media future
Scott Brown / Wired:
Scott Brown on How Max Headroom Predicted the Demise of TV Journalism
Mark Katches / California Watch:
INSIDE the NEWSROOM  —  In Switzerland, children attend school for 228 days a year.
Discussion: WebNewser and LA Observed
 Earlier Picks: 
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
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Guy Kovner / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Schwarzenegger to speak at Bohemian Club conclave
Discussion: SFist and New York Times
Financial Times:
Amazon writes new chapter in its strategy
Mathew Honan / Wired:
Print: One Man's Journey Into Stunt Books
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As Mobile Advertising Heats Up, Millennial Media Prepares For An IPO In 2011
Discussion: Millennial Media
Crain's New York Business:
Tax breaks for Thomson Reuters assailed
Discussion: paidContent and FishbowlNY
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Rupert Murdoch to White House: No free news
Discussion: BuzzMachine, Guardian and Gawker