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6:30 PM ET, June 29, 2011


 Top News:
The Associated Press announces agreements to expand access in North Korea  —  The Associated Press today announced agreements with the Korea Central News Agency, including one to open an AP news bureau in Pyongyang.  —  Leaders of the two news organizations held discussions during …
su2011: New online open newsroom a hit for Swedish newspaper  —  A pioneering Swedish newspaper that involves its readers in the daily editorial decision-making process says the new approach has been a massive hit with users and advertisers.  —  Norran, a large regional daily in the north of Sweden …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Amanda Chang / Inside Search:
Highlighting content creators in search results  —  Many of you create great content on the web, and we work hard to make that content discoverable on Google.  Today, we will start highlighting the people creating this content in search results.  —  Why?
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google's Search Results Now Highlight Content Creators
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Twitter's Real Lesson for Newsrooms  —  The Chapter Missing From Twitter's New Newsrooms Guide … #Enrage  —  We know that a core part of your day is spent wallowing in a deep depression, brought on by the collapse of your profession's business model and the realization that you'll soon …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Jill Abramson's First Task: Stop the Times Defections  —  When Jill Abramson replaces Bill Keller at the end of the summer, she will not only be the first female executive editor to run the Grey Lady, but the first Times editor who will have to really sweat keeping the paper's talented journalists from jumping ship.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Orlando's WESH-TV finds success with top-selling Casey Anthony app  —  News can make for some odd, and at time competing instincts in journalists: The responsibility and the opportunity.  —  Look at a story like the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008.
Discussion: Lost Remote and
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Fark creator: 'MSM is still in the driver's seat'  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  I recently noticed from Facebook status updates and Foursquare check-ins that Fark creator Drew Curtis was spending some time at UC Berkeley.  I asked him about his recent travels away from Fark's headquarters (Curtis' home) in Lexington, Kentucky.
Social Media Brings New Engagement to TV  —  Live-tweeting supports live viewing  —  Social media is bringing dramatic changes to nearly every aspect of the TV business.  Viewers are using Facebook and Twitter to comment about shows before, during and after they air.
Discussion: AllTwitter and GigaOM
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Awl Publisher David Cho Heeds the Call of Grantland [Updated]  —  David Cho is stepping down from his position as publisher of The Awl.  He is relocating to Los Angeles on Sunday to work for Bill Simmons at Grantland, he told friends in a mass e-mail.  —  Mr. Cho did not specify whether the position is business side or editorial.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Daily News firings fuel white knight rumors  —  While the Daily News com pleted its move to new and nicer facilities downtown in recent weeks, that hasn't stopped some familiar themes from emerging: longtime executives are still getting whacked and the ever-present rumor mill is churning …
Discussion: The Wire and Adweek
Chris Schreiber / Mashable!:
5 Ways the Advertising Industry Is Preparing for a Digital Future  —  Chris Schreiber is director of marketing at social video advertising company Sharethrough.  A leading expert on social content strategy, Chris recently presented a two-hour workshop on viral video at the Cannes Lions festival …
Discussion: Future of Journalism and AdPulp
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Confessions (strategies) of a branded journalist (or a journalist with a reputation, if you prefer)  —  Update: Joe Grimm is leading a workshop on building your personal brand.  —  Much of last week's discussion of journalistic “branding” focused on whether journalists should engage in something that sounds so much like marketing.
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
Gate of Hell  —  Can't the news media stop tacking “gate” on every scandal― and “scandal”― that comes down the pike?  Wed.  June 29, 2011  —  Rem Rieder ( is AJR's editor and senior vice president.  —  It's time to show “-gate” to the gate.  —  Ever since a certain
Discussion: Poynter and The Loop
su2011: Forget hyperlocal, the future's ‘hyperpersonal’  —  A new era of online publishing where readers are served ‘hyperpersonal’ news directly linked to their interests is taking shape, according to a consultant for world publishing body WAN-IFRA.  —  Stephan Minard told …
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Falco To CEO, Univision  —  Randy Falco, the former NBC Universal executive who joined Univision earlier this year, has been elevated to president-CEO at a time of expansion for the Spanish-language programmer.  —  The genial Falco, who joined as COO in January, replaces Joe Uva, who left in April.
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Discussion: Company Town and Media Week
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
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WSJ wins three Loebs; Bloomberg and NYTimes win two
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Chesapeake Energy fights bad PR by buying Promoted Tweets on Twitter
Discussion: Hot Air
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‘Times’ Ticks On  —  The New York Times Company plans to continue …
Discussion: LA Observed, Poynter and Forbes

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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

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The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

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