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11:20 AM ET, June 30, 2012


 Top News: 
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
SCOTUSblog: After a decade, an overnight sensation  —  Amy Howe used to think 3,000 live blog participants was a lot.  Thursday, more than a half-million users tuned into SCOTUSblog to find out how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on health care and what it meant.
Discussion: GigaOM, SCOTUSblog and Poynter
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Anatomy of a spike: How SCOTUS Blog dealt with its biggest traffic day ever
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the News Corp. split  —  Are two Ruperts even better than one?  We may soon find out, as News Corp. moves forward today to clone itself.  —  The cloning, or splitting, of the $34 billion company certainly has its logic.  Hive off those pesky newspaper assets …
Discussion: Capital New York and Erik Wemple
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Even if News Corp. Divides, the Murdochs' Control Is Undiluted
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Joe Williams to leave POLITICO  —  Joe Williams, the POLITICO reporter who was suspended last week for controversial remarks he had made on television and Twitter, will leave his job.  —  “After some cordial discussions, Joe Williams and I mutually decided that the best step for him is to begin …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
The Well, a Pioneering Online Community, Is for Sale Again  —  Before Facebook, Twitter, Google — heck, even before the Web — there was The Well, an online discussion community founded in Northern California in 1985 that became home to the early denizens of what used to be called cyberspace.
Discussion: @stevesilberman
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Cuts Off LinkedIn — Who's Next?  —  Throughout Twitter's infancy, the company had a loose philosophy toward its APIs.  In the quest for a user base, developers were welcome to do much anything they wanted in integrating with Twitter, which often mean creating spin-offs that muddied Twitter's original intended experience.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Nickel-and-Diming?  More Magazines to Charge for Hotlinks in Tablet Edition Ads  —  $1,500 Fee Reflects the Production Process, Meredith Says  —  Another magazine company has decided to charge advertisers for something as small as a working hotlink in a tablet edition.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The iTunes effect, seven years later: Podcasting in a world where Apple is kingmaker  —  Seven years ago today, Apple embraced a digital-native medium called podcasts.  The iTunes 4.9 software update turned a somewhat geeky hobby into a mainstream product.  Users could now browse a menu …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Freelance writing network Contently makes its platform free  —  Contently, a New York City-based startup that connects vetted freelance writers with publishers and brands, is making its editorial management platform free while continuing to charge brands in search of journalists.
The Local:
CUNY Journalism School Reacts to Times ‘Local’ Pullout  —  There has been a lot of chatter on the blog since media reporter Joe Pompeo of Capital NY revealed that The New York Times would end its partnership with The Local over the next six months to one year.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Mobile Ads Begin to Click  —  Majority of Revenue on Social Network Comes from Phones; One Advertiser Calls Results Staggering  —  Twitter Inc. is showing early signs of success selling advertising on mobile devices, an area that is bedeviling Internet companies including Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
News has been changed forever by the iPhone  —  The arrival of the iPhone five years ago today has disrupted many things, including photography, the music business and the mobile software business; in fact, the entire technology industry.  But from my point of view, one of the most interesting things …
Discussion: Reuters, Forbes, VentureBeat and The FJP
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Sportswriter reveals the most unethical things he's ever done  —  UPDATE: I'm told that Monroe Evening News editor Deb Saul asked sportswriter Jeff Meade to “add context to the column.”  It's been reposted here.  —  In the end, the 57-year-old journalist decided to go with an idea …
Discussion: Monroe News and Poynter
Andrew Eccles / NBC:
Savannah Guthrie named co-anchor of TODAY  —  Savannah Guthrie has been named co-anchor of TODAY, it was announced Friday.  Guthrie joined TODAY as co-host of the third hour in June 2011 and also serves as TODAY's chief legal analyst.  The new TODAY team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie …
Alessandra Stanley described old online tribute to Ann Curry as if it aired during ‘Today’ farewell
Discussion: Mediaite, Tampa Bay Times and Gawker
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Richard Beckman Exits Prometheus Global Media
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Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Julian Assange to sit out standoff over extradition at Ecuadorean embassy
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and Associated Press
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Tumblr Introduces New Ad Product: Pinned Posts
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Adweek
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