Mike Taylor / FishbowlNY:
ProPublica's Top-Paid Employees All Made Six Figures in 2009 — Add a fat paycheck (by the standards of today's struggling journalism market, anyway) to the list of reasons why it's awesome to work for ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit investigative outfit.
Discussion: Romenesko, eMedia Vitals, The Awl, New York Magazine, WebNewser and The Wire
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: ProPublica paid out $6.4 million in salaries, benefits in 2009
Katherine Heisler / eMedia Vitals: ProPublica's top-paid employees all made 6 figures in 2009
David Cohen / WebNewser: Working for ProPublica Pays
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Demand Media Is Afraid That Google is Going to Compete With It — In the “risk factors” section of its IPO filing on Friday, content-creation company Demand Media raises an interesting possibility: that Google — which Demand said it relies on for about a quarter of its revenue …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, PE Hub Blog and MarketingVOX
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Lesson of Demand Media (And AOL): The Online Content Business …
The Lesson of Demand Media (And AOL): The Online Content Business …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
It's Official: Epix, Netflix Announce “Multi-Year” Deal for Streaming Movies — Epix and Netflix, mum yesterday, are now happy to talk. The two companies have confirmed a big, expensive deal that gives Netflix the ability to show the pay-TV service's movies on its streaming video offering.
Discussion: Company Town, Gizmodo, VentureBeat and NewTeeVee, more at Techmeme »
Ben Fritz / Company Town: Epix and Netflix digital partnership to make new pay channel profitable [updated]
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Netflix in talks with pay-TV network Epix to stream films …
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee: Netflix Could Pay $1B for Epix Content
Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Netflix and Epix working on major digital partnership to shake up pay TV landscape — In a deal that could transform the landscape for digital movie distribution, start-up pay-TV channel Epix is in serious negotiations to give Netflix exclusive online rights to films from its three equity partners …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder: Netflix to Stream Films From Paramount, Lions Gate, MGM
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee: Look Out, Cable Guys — Netflix Is Gunning for You
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online: Netflix's Streaming Progress Continues
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica: Epix streaming deal for Netflix narrows streaming window
Fern Siegel / MediaPost: Epix, Netflix Partner For Streaming Movie Deal
Todd Spangler / Broadcasting & Cable: Netflix Squeezes Pay TV With Epix Deal
Chuck Ross / TVWeek.com: Netflix Nearing Deal with Epix That Would Make Home-Video Service Competitor to HBO
Austin Carr / Fast Company: Netflix Inks Deal With Epix for Streaming Movies
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News: Netflix signs $1B deal with Epix for VOD movies
Tom Lowry / Variety: Netflix deal pushes Epix into profit
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Netflix Lands Streaming Deal With Paramount, MGM & Lionsgate
David Kaplan / paidContent: Epix Deal Expands Netflix Streaming Library; New DVD Sales Still Protected
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo: Netflix Will Stream Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM Movies Starting September 1
Meg Marco / The Consumerist: Netflix “Watch It Now” Service Gets Access To Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM
TechCrunch / Seeking Alpha: Netflix Lands Streaming Deal With Major Studios
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead — A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. “vision statement” shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels—the vast trove of data it possesses about people's activities?
Ryan Tate / Gawker: Shouting Match at Google Over Stalkery Ads
Cynthia Boris / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: A Confidential Report Outlines Google's Plans for Your Data
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Mad At Google? …
Nilay Patel / Engadget: WSJ: Google ‘agonizing’ over user privacy, ‘vision document’ suggests selling data
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo: Leaked Google ‘Vision Statement’ Shows the Company Warming Up to Selling User Data
Jamie Court / The Huffington Post: There's No Privacy in Third World America
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb: Ads Directed to Larry Page, Users Selling Their Data Among Google's …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog: Google Has A History of Agonizing. Will This Be a Chapter, or A Conclusion?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Google's Brin And Page Shouted At Each Other Over Google's Decision …
Back off, critics — TV news benefits from fresher voices — THERE ARE signs of more intelligent life in TV news, but critics, channeling what Michael Wolff of Vanity Fair called “the inside-baseball television-news diaspora,” are trying hard to snuff it out.
Discussion: Romenesko, TVNewser, Mediaite, On Media's Blog, CJR, NewsBusters.org and National Review
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite: Editorial Praises Future CNN Spitzer/Parker Show For “Fresh Perspectives”
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Globe defends Spitzer
Liz Cox Barrett / CJR: Boston Globe Damning CNN With Faint Praise?
Greg Pollowitz / National Review: Boston Globe Editors: Spitzer is a Fresh Voice
Carl Bernstein: The “Golden Age” of Investigative Journalism Never Existed — Legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that he's not as concerned about the state of investigative journalism as some of his contemporaries are—in fact, he thinks that newspapers like the New York Times …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Checks In at the Online-Only Seattle Post-Intelligencer — A little more than a week ago, while I was in the Pacific Northwest for a Microsoft (MSFT) event, I decided to pay a visit on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. — Or, as its brand is known now: seattlepi.com.
Kevin Rawlinson / The Independent:
Rupert Murdoch claims to own the ‘Sky’ in ‘Skype’ — Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB is fighting a legal battle with the internet telecommunications pioneer Skype, claiming that it owns the “Sky” in “Skype”. — Skype yesterday announced that it plans to float on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
More Money for iPhone Ads: Medialets Raises $6 Million — We don't know how the mobile ad business will look or how big it will be, but it's a pretty safe bet to assume it's going to be a lot bigger than it is now. Which makes investors quite happy to throw money at it.
Discussion: TechCrunch, more at Techmeme »
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek's Evan Thomas leaving the magazine — Veteran journalist Evan Thomas is leaving Newsweek after nearly a quarter-century with the magazine. — Thomas told The Upshot that he is departing to concentrate on teaching journalism at Princeton and writing books.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Gawker, The Wrap and New York Observer
Mike Taylor / FishbowlNY: Evan Thomas Departing Newsweek
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Evan Thomas Leaving Increasingly Empty Newsweek
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Another Newsweek Editor Announces He's Leaving
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Times Puts Some Ads Outside The Wall And On iPad As Web Display Reduces — Though they are often cast as distinct business models, advertising and paid content are not necessarily mutually exclusive - or are they? — Observations from Times Newspapers' digital properties point to two different answers...
Discussion: Poynter Online and nicommercial.com
Welcome to Slate Labs — Today we're kicking off an exciting new project at Slate called “Slate Labs,” which you've apparently already located if you're reading this. See that “labs” in the URL, where it should say “www”? That means you're officially off the reservation.
Discussion: Brooks in Beta and Romenesko
Andrea Domanick / Multichannel News:
NBCU Digital Studio To Launch ‘Fact Checkers Unit’ — New Digital Series Is A Co-Production With Samsung Electronics — Samsung Electronics and NBC Universal Digital Studio have joined forces on a new original digital series. — Fact Checkers Unit will premiere Aug. 17 and marks …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Broadcasting & Cable
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared: Press Clips, Lunch Edition, Day 2: Are You a ProPublican, or a ProPublican't?
Andrea Domanick / Broadcasting & Cable: NBC to Launch ‘Fact Checkers Unit’ Digital Series
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
AP to Improve Obits of the Famous and Newsworthy — The Associated Press began an initiative this week to give more attention to obituaries, an area of content that is “enormously popular” with readers, said AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes. — As part of the upgrade …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
All Our Ideas facilitates crowdsourcing — of opinions — What do readers want from the news? — It's a hard question to answer, and not only because we don't often know what we like until we find ourselves liking it. To figure it out, news outlets have traffic patterns on the one hand …
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
How Two Former Ringtone Giants Are Faring As That Market Crumbles — Ten years ago, three brothers in Germany founded Jamba, jumping head-first into the global fad of selling ringtones, which ultimately grew to be a billion-dollar industry. Since then, the well-known mobile content company has taken a number of twists and turns.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter Hires Sales Force From Yelp, Facebook — Meanwhile, Virgin America Uses Automated Tool to Buy Tweets — NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Want to buy an ad on Twitter? Now there's someone to call. — The micro-blog service, which still classifies itself as “pre-revenue,” …
Discussion: mediabistro.com, Digits, TechCrunch, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, The Wall Blog and Local Media Watch, more at Techmeme »
Blake Gernstetter / mediabistro.com: Twitter Hires Sales Force; Departures Adds Ad Execs
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits: Twitter Makes Hires to Boost Advertising Model
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Twitter Nabs A Longtime Facebooker And Yelp's First Salesperson To Drive Ad Sales
Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Third Party Twitter Apps to Get Promoted Tweets and Trends
Mike Boland / Local Media Watch: Twitter Sales Hire; Telling of SMB Efforts?
New York Times:
Hewlett Took a P.R. Firm's Advice in the Hurd Case — SAN FRANCISCO — As the career of Hewlett-Packard's chief executive Mark V. Hurd hung in the balance, a public relations specialist convinced the company's directors that H.P. would endure months of humiliation if accusations of sexual harassment …
Richard Lawson / Gawker: Here's The Real Reason HP CEO Mark Hurd Was Fired
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Here's The Real Reason HP CEO Mark Hurd Was Fired (As Best We Can Tell...)
Michael Babad / Globe and Mail: Why the Federal Reserve only tweaked its game plan
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Larry Ellison Compares HP CEO's Forced Resignation to Jobs' Ouster at Apple
Jeffrey Pfeffer / The Conversation: The Mark Hurd Saga and What it Teaches about Power
Daveibsen / 5 Blogs Before Lunch: What role did a PR consultant play in the departure of Mark Hurd from HP?
Matt Bowman / VatorNews: Ellison blasts HP for ousting Hurd
Kevin Kelleher / DailyFinance: HP After Hurd: Just Break Up the Bloated Beast
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo: Oracle CEO Blasts HP Board For Ousting Mark Hurd
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com: Friends like Larry — Given the questions that have arisen …
Alex Alvarez / FishbowlNY:
U.S. Magazine Circulation Falls — Well, Food Network Magazine might have cause to celebrate, but, overall, newsstand sales aren't looking so great. The Audit Bureau of Circulations shows that total circulation for 440 magazines dropped 2.3 percent to 313.8 million from this time last year.
Discussion: Publishing Executive News, AdAge, Bloomberg and The Wrap
Publishing Executive News: Food Network Magazine Takes No. 1 Spot on the Newsstand for Epicurean Titles
Nat Ives / AdAge: Magazine Circulation Slips Again
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg: U.S. Magazine Circulation Falls 2.3% in First Half, Led by Reader's Digest
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Newsstand Magazine Sales Slide