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10:40 PM ET, July 26, 2011


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The Brads:
The Brads - This is Why Your Newspaper is Dying  —  Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen  —  Funny, but so true.  Going through the list and seeing what I an guilty of.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Designing a big news site is about more than beauty  —  It appears to be Pick On News Web Designers Day today.  This comic — poking at news sites' unwillingness to link, misuse of thumbnails, and addictions to share buttons, among other things — made the rounds of Twitter, to the point of crashing cartoonist Brad Colbow's site.
Discussion: and The Wall Blog
Jeff Bercovici /
Claim: Smoking Gun Recording Links Piers Morgan to Hacking  —  CNN host Piers Morgan was editor of a British tabloid, the Daily Mirror, at a time when many British tabloid reporters were committing illegal hacking of voicemails.  Morgan has vociferously denied personal involvement in or knowledge …
Damien McCrystal / Guardian:
Phone hacking: the case for the defence  —  Celebrities encourage intrusion, and we have a right to know about anything that affects politicians' ability to do their jobs  —  The most extraordinary thing about the News International crisis is the way in which it has caused the British national media …
Bloomberg:   BSkyB Directors Facing $4.2 Billion Payout Quandary After Murdoch Scandal
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Tech News Is So Phenomenally Boring  —  You never read tech news, do you?  Good.  Somehow, the story of the accidental early release of a Facebook iPad app everyone was expecting is threatening to turn into a week-long saga.  Make it stop!  This is the most boring s**t ever.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast, NBCU Bring Dynamic Ads to VOD  —  Kraft, Chrysler are initial sponsors  —  In a bit of synergy between its cable business and its networks, Comcast and NBCUniversal say they are working together to use dynamic ad insertion in On Demand programming.
Discussion: MediaPost, and The Wrap, Thanks:beet_tv
Alfred Hermida /
How journalists are rethinking their relationship with the audience  —  Here is a brief write-up of some of the main points from my talk at the Screen Futures conference in Australia on the promise and practice of participatory journalism.  —  The talk was based on findings in my co-authored book …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NYTimes, TV stations among ‘most social’ companies  —  The New York Times is the most social company in the U.S., and local TV is the top industry on Twitter, finds a report by NetProspex (.pdf).  The report measures the number of employees with social media accounts (using a company email address) …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Read It Later Raises $2.5 Million, Wants To Become The Dropbox Of Content  —  Read It Later, the popular service that lets you bookmark a webpage and access it later from any smartphone, computer, or tablet, has raised a $2.5 million funding round.  The round marks the company's first external funding …
Discussion: AllThingsD and GigaOM
Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Crime reporter believed probing boss's death killed in Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY — A Mexican crime reporter said to have been looking into the recent execution slaying of her editor was found dead Tuesday.  —  The body of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz was dumped on a street in the city of Veracruz …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
New York Writer Taken for Grantland  —  Vulture writer Amos Barshad is leaving New York for greener outfields at Bill Simmons' sports-and-other-stuff site, Grantland.  Mr. Barshad follows former Vulture editor Lane Brown, named the pop culture editor at the ESPN-owned site earlier this year.
David Kaplan / paidContent: Vet Darline Jean Promoted To CEO; Will Report To Nisenholtz  —  The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is shaking up its About Group unit once again with the promotion of CFO Darline Jean to CEO.  In addition, About is also making some adjustments to its executive sales team.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Report: We are a YouTube nation  —  Further evidence that we are all YouTube addicts comes from the Pew Internet & American Life Project this morning: 71 percent of U.S. adults used video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo in May, according to a new Pew report, compared to 66 percent a year earlier.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Erin Burnett Debuts On CNN, Immediately Breaks News, Sends Twitter Aflutter  —  The former CNBC anchor Erin Burnett made her debut on CNN last night, appearing with Wolf Blitzer in the hour leading up to President Obama's speech to the nation on the debt ceiling impasse.
Discussion: The Wire, On Media's Blog, TVNewser and CNN
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