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.
Discussion: Romenesko, paidContent, Falafel Mafia, Ephemera Etcetera, Buzz, Boom & Sizzle, epstein's razor, Political Pulse and Making a Mockery
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: True/Slant winds down operations, ex-staffers plan new project
David Kaplan / paidContent: Forbes' True/Slant Prepares To Sign Off
Neal Ungerleider / Falafel Mafia: Last post on True/Slant
Joseph Childers / Ephemera Etcetera: Good night and good luck
Ethan Epstein / epstein's razor: That's All, Folks!
Justin Gardner / Political Pulse: Goodbye All! — Blogging at True/Slant has been a lot of fun …
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, The Politico and The Awl
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Fox News admits ‘a breakdown’ on Shirley Sherrod story
Fox News admits ‘a breakdown’ on Shirley Sherrod story
Discussion: Gawker, Media Decoder, Associated Press, The Wrap, The Rural Blog, Mediaite, Media Matters for America, Gothamist, On Media's Blog and Strupp
Jim Newell / Gawker: Shirley Sherrod Plans To Sue Andrew Breitbart
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder: Sherrod Announces She'll Sue Breitbart
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Shirley Sherrod, who was ousted from her Agriculture Department post …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite: Fox News Disputes Dean's Charges, But Admits Online “Breakdown” In Sherrod Story
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America: Fox News exec confirms it did peddle Sherrod story before she was fired
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Fox's Bret Baeir fires back at Dean
Joe Strupp / Strupp: Fox News Admits ‘Breakdown’ On Sherrod Coverage
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
Alex Alvarez / FishbowlNY: Shattack | Eat & Tell | Fat Chance
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Kitschy Corporate Pitchman Breaks News on Domestic Terrorism
Christopher Rosen / Movieline: William Shatner in ‘Sh*t the DC Sniper Says’
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.
Greg Mitchell / The Nation: A Response to Controversial ‘Time’ Cover: What ALSO Happens If We Leave Afghanistan
Michael Shaw / BAGnewsNotes: Your Turn: What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan
Irin Carmon / Jezebel: A Visual Introduction To An Afghan Woman's Mutilation
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias: Nobody is Helping Aisha
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Time Magazine Publishes ‘Disturbing’ Cover
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite: Time's Rick Stengel Explains Reasoning Behind Bold Cover Image
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent: YouTube Now Offers Uploaders Full 15 Minutes Of Fame
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee: YouTube Extends File Limit to 15 Minutes
Claire Cain Miller / Bits: YouTube Gives Users Their 15 Minutes of Fame
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News: YouTube bumps video limit to 15 minutes
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: YouTube now gives you full 15 minutes of fame
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: YouTube upload limit jumps from 10 to 15 minutes
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: YouTube Boosts Maximum Upload Limit To 15 Minutes
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web: YouTube gives us all 15 minutes of fame with new 15 minute video limit
Trent Wolbe / Engadget: Read the full post on alt.engadget.com
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 …
Discussion: MediaMemo, The Awl, @richarddeitsch, SBNation.com, SportsGrid and New York Observer
Spencer Hall / SBNation.com: ESPN Has Broad Understanding Of ‘Editorial Process’
Dan Fogarty / SportsGrid: ESPN Will Not Re-Publish “LeBron In Vegas” …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer: ESPN Plays Court Jester to King James
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Sumner Redstone gal pal says she got nothing — THR EXCLUSIVE: Peters defends Viacom chief amid scandal — Sumner Redstone's news-making gifts to women are proving irksome to his longtime lady friend, Christine Peters. — Peters is well aware that her longtime production deal …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Sumner Redstone Can't Stop Putting Party Girls on the Company Payroll
New York Post:
Sumner Redstone facing harassment claim
Sumner Redstone facing harassment claim
Discussion: Gawker, TVWeek.com and Hollywood Reporter
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 …
Volume of Kindle book sales stuns Amazon's Jeff Bezos — Amazon.com(AMZN) 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.
Discussion: MediaMemo, The Next Web, chrisbrogan.com, Engadget, The Wrap and ResourceShelf, more at Techmeme »
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: How Many Kindles Have Been Sold?
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Price War: Amazon Introduces $139 Wi-Fi Kindle
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Kindle to Go ‘Mass Market’
Kindle to Go ‘Mass Market’
Dawn Osakue / Editors Weblog: Amazon Kindle: Any space for the news?
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Is The New Kindle Kaput Before It Even Comes Out?
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Amazon Reveals New Kindle: $139 For Wi-Fi Version, $189 For 3G
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: In Price War, New Kindle Sells for $139
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget: New Amazon Kindle announced: $139 WiFi-only version and $189 3G …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider: “You Are Not Going To Improve Hemingway By Adding Video Snippets”
Steven Levy / Gadget Lab: Amazon Strikes Back at the iPad With New, $140 Kindle
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Bezos On iPad: “You are not going to improve Hemingway by adding video snippets.”
Jason Boog / eBookNewser: Amazon to Unveil $139 Kindle Wi-Fi
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Kindle 3 pre-orders tomorrow, ships internationally 8/27
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Amazon Selling So Many Kindles You Can't Buy One
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: Romenesko and FishbowlNY
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: WP balks at selling Newsweek to hedge fund because of National Enquirer ties
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Wrap, Media Buyer Planner and TVbytheNumbers
John Consoli / The Wrap: Fox to Distribute ‘Lone Star’ DVD in Issue of Vanity Fair
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.
Discussion: The Big Picture, The Wrap, Deadline.com, Hollywood Reporter, Wall Street Journal, Company Town, TV Squad, Variety, PopEater, Gawker, Movieline, TVNewser and New York Magazine
John Consoli / The Wrap: So, When Will ABC Admit Paul Lee Is McPherson's Replacement?
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter: Sex probe led to Steve McPherson's ABC exit
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal: Disney Close to Signing ABC Chief
Kim Potts / TV Squad: Sources Say ABC's Steve McPherson Resignation Linked to Sexual Harassment Inquiry
Cynthia Littleton / Variety: Lee will look to rebuild
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: ABC Exec Resigned Because of Sexual Harassment Probe
S.T. Vanairsdale / Movieline: Departed ABC Exec Steve McPherson in Sexual Harassment Probe
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 (AdAge.com) — There's a land grab in social gaming, but at this point, it doesn't look like there's much room for advertisers.
Discussion: The Social, Between the Lines Blog, MediaPost and Google Operating System
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Raising the stakes in social gaming
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog: Social gaming hits prime time as rumors of Google's entry surface
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: A New Social Google Service?
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.
Discussion: Press Gazette, Shaping the Future …, Media Week, Journalism.co.uk and Jon Slattery
Oliver Luft / Press Gazette: Trinity Mirror reports 67% regionals profit boost
Clara Martinez / Shaping the Future …: Newly acquired newspapers boost Trinity Mirror's profit
Donna Vaughan / Journalism.co.uk: Trinity Mirror announces profits up 67 per cent for regional division
Megan O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
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 …
Discussion: 5 Blogs Before Lunch, Adrants and AdFreak
Daveibsen / 5 Blogs Before Lunch: Dos Equis to Old Spice to Cisco: The slow but steady dilution of a creative idea.
Adweek Blogs / AdFreak: Cisco puts its nerdy spin on Old Spice clips
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 TheFlyOnTheWall.com misappropriates banks' “hot news” by reposting their stock recommendations.
Rachel Sterne / daylife:
Daylife Announces Rev Share for News Apps — Have an idea for the next big news application? As Journalism.co.uk 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.
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 Bloomberg.com 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 …
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 …
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
Jeremy Caplan / Poynter Online: Debunking 5 Myths of Entrepreneurial Journalism
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: For news startups, membership is all the rage these days
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Guest Post: Establishing news sites from the ground up — This post is by Polly Kriesman, the self-described “editrix” of theloopny.com and mind behind InvestigateNY.com. 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.
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 …
Jonathan Webdale / C21Media.net: Platforms on parade
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Mixed Ad Message From Newspapers — Online advertising has turned into a good-news story for newspapers. Will it have legs? — Several newspaper publishers have reported solid growth in digital advertising revenue for the second quarter in recent days, helping offset continuing declines in print advertising.
Discussion: Noted and AdExchanger.com