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2:50 AM ET, July 4, 2011


 Top News: 
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
At The Post, reporters get socialized to social media  —  A sign of the times is that Vernon Loeb, Post Local editor, has begun mandatory social media training for the reporters and editors on the Metro staff.  This means that most editors and reporters, if they haven't already …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Paging unemployed investigative journalists!  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Several weeks ago I posted an item about grants being offered to investigative journalists who have been laid off.  I asked George Polk Awards curator John Darnton how many reporters applied for the money.
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Google Inc. in preliminary talks to buy Hulu  —  Google Inc. is in preliminary talks to buy online video pioneer Hulu, people familiar with the situation said.  —  Hulu has begun meeting with potential buyers including Google, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. to drum up interest in a sale …
Doug Aamoth / Techland:
Google and Microsoft Reportedly Both Kicking Hulu's Tires
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
“CNN Leaves it There” is Now Officially a Problem at CNN  —  You can't have a “he said, she said” brand and yet stand out as the only real news network.  There are signs that the new boss at CNN understands this.  —  Shocking developments in a story I have been following for a long time.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
New CNN News Chief Takes Stock … It's pretty easy to see the winning formula for Fox News and MSNBC.  They spend their evening hours stoking outrage from the political right and left, respectively.  —  But it's not as clear what the missing secret sauce should be for CNN.
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Surrounded by Opinion, the Times Raises Its Voices  —  YOU'RE sitting in your office at The New York Times and there's a din outside in the street.  You crack the door to listen: mass bloviating on a worldwide scale!  Opinion journalism in full bellow on television, the Internet and digital ports of call of every description!
Discussion: Future of Journalism
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On Attribution and Credit  —  Ina Fried's story yesterday for AllThingsD about iPad-native apps crossing the 100,000 mark now credits MacStories by name, and includes this note: … The reference in the article now reads: … That's better, and crosses the line into what I consider acceptable attribution.
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Cinemoz: The Middle East's answer to Hulu set to launch this summer  —  Cinemoz is the Middle East's very first on-demand online video service.  With an obvious comparison to Hulu, the service is set to officially launch by the end of summer.  —  Founded by 27 year old Lebanese-French Karim Safieddine …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Networks Want Slices of a New Pie  —  Two weeks ago, KSFX, a Fox television station in the Ozarks, told its viewers that the Fox part was going away in the fall.  The station said it would still show all of its local newscasts, but the station's fans on Facebook had other concerns.
Emily Bell / Guardian:
The Daily Beast is turning into a personal vanity project for Tina Brown  —  Beast is missing out on digital expansion and Newsweek Diana cover was ill-judged  —  It is a humbling fact that as a British citizen in the US your expertise in any given area is always considered by Americans …
Nicola Hughes / Data Miner UK:
Why Data Needs Journalism and Journalism Needs Data  —  I've come specifically to the Open Knowledge Conference for the track on data journalism (although I'm very interested in the open data scene anyway).  It was a call to action more than an educational exposition.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Lawyer to Judge: I Swear My Browser Ate My Homework  —  A lawyer for copyright troll Righthaven is declaring under penalty of perjury that an update to his computer's browser prohibited him from electronically submitting a legal filing before an angry judge's deadline.
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Comcast Shutters NBC Universal Digital Studio  —  Eleven Positions Affected; Third Season Of American Family Insurance Series in Limbo  —  Comcast is shuttering NBC Universal Digital Studio, a three-year-old original web content division, NBC Universal confirmed on Friday.
Discussion: paidContent
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Discussion: Future of Journalism
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
White House press pool losing scoops to Twitter
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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