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10:35 AM ET, June 10, 2012


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Rishad Tobaccowala / Lean Back 2.0:
Why the tablet worsens the magazine industry's headache  —  Many on this blog have proclaimed the tablet to be the publishing industry's savior; however, I'm skeptical as I have watched my own and others' usage of content on the tablet.  We now hear of Conde Nast slowing down on iPad development and …
The threat of the internet has forced magazines to get smarter  —  “PRINT is dead” was a common refrain a couple of years ago.  The costly print advertisements that kept magazines and newspapers alive were migrating to the web, where they earned only pennies on the dollar.
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
For Newspapers, a Less than Daily Future  —  Experts see the reduced publishing schedule for Newhouse papers in New Orleans and Alabama as a precursor of things to come.  Thurs., June 7, 2012.  —  Michaelle Bond ( is an AJR editorial assistant.
Richard Ting / The Atlantic Online:
Why Mobile Will Dominate the Future of Media and Advertising  —  We're about to enter a world where there are more tablets and smart phones than PCs.  If you're in the mobile advertising business, your rocket ship takes off in five, four, three ...  This is the dawn of the smartphone age.
Discussion: Noted
Antonio Jimenez / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In the Netherlands, a Patch-like hyperlocal network is making money and nearing profit  —  In the United States, there are any number of individual hyperlocal sites that are proving sustainable — Berkeleyside, West Seattle Blog, and the like.  What's proved more elusive …
Discussion: Sarah Hartley and Street Fight
Nitya Rajan / Beet.TV:
WSJ Social Media Editor: Structured Use Of Twitter Puts Him One Step Ahead  —  Using Twitter in a structured way, puts him one step ahead of the game says The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) new Social Media Editor Neal Mann, in this video interview with Beet.TV
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast Is Said to Be Mulling Bid for BSkyB  —  Updated Comcast is exploring whether the British Sky Broadcasting Group, Britain's largest satellite broadcaster and a lucrative pay TV asset 39 percent owned by News Corporation, could become available for purchase, according to several people briefed on the company's strategic thinking.
Deadline Hollywood:   Comcast CFO: Report That Comcast Pondering BSkyB Buy Is “Rubbish”
Associated Press:
Attorney General Holder appoints 2 US attorneys to lead leak probes  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two U.S. attorneys to lead a pair of criminal investigations into possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information.
Discussion: The Hill and The Huffington Post
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Murdoch's Australian news chief rejects beefed up regulation  —  A debate in Australia about the appropriate powers for a press regulator may be a pointer to News International's views on the outcome of the Leveson inquiry.  —  Campbell Reid, the editorial director of Rupert Murdoch's Australian outfit …
Steve Outing:
It's not a ‘paywall’ when it's ‘freemium’  —  The word “paywall” as applied to news websites sucks.  It's a negative word.  If a consumer hears that a favorite news site is putting up a “paywall,” the response is highly likely to be: avoid!  —  Some news-site user monetization systems truly are “paywalls.”
Discussion: Techdirt and @yurivictor
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
Newhouse: Staying the Course in New Orleans  —  Despite the public outcry against its plan to reduce publication of the Times-Picayune to three days a week, the company is not backing down.  Fri., June 8, 2012.  —  Michaelle Bond ( is an AJR editorial assistant.
Discussion: Poynter
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Mashable Execs Are Preparing For A Sale To CNN, Auditing Financials And Discussing Integration  —  Over the past few days, Mashable executives have been busily preparing for an acquisition by CNN, two sources say.  —  One source tells us that Mashable has audited its finances and sent them to Turner.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A brief history of Car Talk: “They've changed the way people see public radio in America”  —  Car Talk called it quits today.  The NPR staple — first broadcast locally 35 years ago on Boston's WBUR and nationally 25 years ago — will air its last original episode in October.
Discussion: Poynter and New York Magazine
Julie Moos / Poynter:
NPR's ‘Car Talk’ to end original run this fall
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