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5:50 PM ET, July 30, 2010


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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Slate Group pulls the plug on The Big Money  —  A memo to Slate Group employees says: “This has been a difficult decision, in part because so many aspects of the project have worked as we hoped. ...  The problem, in a nutshell, is that the site is not pointed toward profitability on a fast enough timetable.”
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
Breaking: Piers Morgan Gets CNN Gig  —  NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, confirmed that Piers Morgan will be going to CNN at the TCA summer press tour Thursday.  —  Morgan's “America's Got Talent” contract with NBC was the last obstacle standing in the way between …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Flipboard Won't Help Publishing's Smoldering Model  —  Sure, Smart Publishers Want to Be on Flipboard, But Let's Stop Pretending Why  —  Good news!  Flipboard is ready to log me in via Twitter and Facebook.  It took a while because demand for the new iPad app — a visual …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify ‘will launch in US by end of 2010’  —  Spotify has vehemently denied an American news report that its negotiations in the US have made no progress, saying it is “still on track to launch in 2010”.  —  Yesterday, Billboard, a US music industry magazine, reported that Spotify's …
Discussion: hypebot
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Sources: Spotify Reboots U.S. Label Negotiations
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Audio Tycoon's Newsweek Bid Said to Be Favored  —  As the Washington Post Company prepares to sell Newsweek to the most appealing bidder, it is closely examining an offer from Sidney Harman, the California billionaire who made his fortune selling audio equipment.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
WikiLeaks and continuity: What if we had a news outlet exclusively focused on follow-up journalism?  —  In his assessment of the journalistic implications of the WikiLeaked Afghanistan War Logs earlier this week, Jay Rosen made a provocative prediction:
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is WikiLeaks More Than Just a High-Tech Brown Envelope? Yes
Discussion: CJR, Threat Level, CNN and Politics Daily
Financial Times:
News Corp looks at unit for tablet devices  —  The media group is said to be close to a decision on whether to start a news organisation to provide content for a subscription application on platforms such as Apple's iPad
New York Times:
Disney Sells Miramax for $660 Million  —  LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Company agreed to sell Miramax Films to an investor group late Thursday for about $660 million.  —  The deal ends a laborious six-month bidding process that saw the co-founders of the storied independent film label …
The Wrap:
Breaking: Paul Lee a Done Deal at ABC; Will Replace McPherson  —  Though it's taken a back seat to reports of sexual harassment by his predecessor, ABC finally announced Friday what has been common knowledge for almost a week: Paul Lee, president of the ABC Family Channel …
Mark S. Luckie / 10,000 Words:
The Washington Post gets ‘Luckie’; Goodbye Cali, Hello D.C.!  —  I am extremely excited to announce that I have just been named the new National Innovations Editor for the Washington Post.  I will be responsible for helping to coordinate the online strategy for the Post's National desk …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble Planning Big Push to Increase Nook Sales  —  BARNES & NOBLE customers are about to see a lot more of the Nook.  —  In September, the chain will begin an aggressive promotion of its Nook e-readers by building 1,000-square-foot boutiques in all of its stores, with sample Nooks …
the nytpicker:
At Last: New Website Lets Status-Crazed Readers Search NYT Wedding Announcements By Snooty College, Swanky Job, Glitzy Locale.  —  Wondering which Harvard grads got their wedding announcement into the NYT this week, while your best friend from Northeastern never even got his calls returned by the social editor?
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Bringing a Big Story Home at The Omaha World-Herald  —  Local reporting in the age of wire copy  —  Most regional papers have relied on wire copy to tell the story of the 92,000 classified military documents released by WikiLeaks.  The Omaha World-Herald, weekday circulation around 150,000 …
Laurel Wentz / AdAge:
Is Your Detergent Stalking You?  —  Brazil's Omo Uses GPS to Follow Consumers Home With Prizes  —  NEW YORK ( — Unilever's Omo detergent is adding an unusual ingredient to its two-pound detergent box in Brazil: a GPS device that allows its promotions agency Bullet to track shoppers and follow them to their front doors.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Anatomy of an Error: Why Nobody Got Fired From the New York Post This Week  —  We reported Wednesday on the turmoil an embarrassing New York Post correction caused in the newsroom, fueled by what we heard was rage called down from the top: News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch.  Fun times.
Discussion: Gawker
Tony Ortega / Runnin' Scared:
MEMO TO PROSPECTIVE FREELANCERS  —  ​Dear Prospective Village Voice Freelancers,  —  Each and every day, you send me pitches for stories that you hope I'll bite on.  Some are quite good.  A few are excellent.  Most, however, don't interest me in the least.  I try my best to answer as many pitches as I can.
Rachel McAthy /
Online journalists in Italy protest Wiretapping bill's ‘blog-killing clause’  —  Online journalists in Italy have signed a petition against a so-called “blog-killing clause” in the country's controversial new Wiretapping Bill.  —  According to a report by the AFP, Prime Minister Silvio …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Journalism 101, How TMZ Got The Exclusive on Snooki's Arrest: via Twitter  —  ​Watch carefully, Journalism majors.  This is how you do it.  —  Step 1: Set up a column on Tweetdeck for news on Snooki.  —  Step 2: Watch news of Snooki out and about today on “The Shore” the day after Jersey Shore's second season premiere fly by.
Discussion: and MyFox Philadelphia
KILLING THE MYTHS  —  Chairman of the Editors' Code of Practice Committee  —  THE Press lives by disclosure.  And so, as an industry, we can't complain when caught in the headlights of public scrutiny.  Nor do we.  It is healthy, and we welcome it.  —  Indeed, in a particularly onerous year …
Discussion: Press Gazette and Guardian
Jason Fell / Folio:
Transcending Print  —  Last week, Condé Nast announced a slew of management changes, including the promotion of consumer marketing group president Robert Sauerberg to president of the company.  The moves were part of a transitioning business model “focused around digital connectivity …
Rob ORegan / eMedia Vitals:
A better way to monetize search traffic?  —  Traditional publishers have been slow to adapt to the search-driven economy - getting steamrolled by content aggregators, bloggers and content farms that are much more effective at tuning their content for search engines.
Amy Gahran / Knight Digital Media Center:
Scott Rosenberg: Why are news corrections so hard?  —  On July 19, video excerpts from a speech by USDA official Shirley Sherrod were posted to the web site of popular conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.  He claimed they demonstrated blatant racism, and a media firestorm ensued.
Pioneering Weird News Agency Calls It Quits After 30 Years  —  The world is a little less weird today, thanks to the demise of FlashNews, a pioneering news agency that made journalism even stranger than it already was.  —  After three decades of generating offbeat stories …
Discussion: Romenesko
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