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2:00 PM ET, June 11, 2010


 Top News: 
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News experiments with human control, promotes a new serendipity with Editors' Picks  —  Late this afternoon, Google News rolled out a new experiment: Editors' Picks.  Starting today, a small percentage of Google News users will find a new box of content with that label …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing New Google News Home Page (With Sharing Options)  —  This never happens to me.  Until now.  While writing my earlier piece, Google News Tests Editors' Picks, I went to Google News on the off-chance that I'd be able to see the “limited test” of editors' picks.  Nope.  As expected.
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Broadcast Upfront Finishes Between $8.1B and $8.7B  —  TV Ekes Out Gain Over Last Year As NBC Universal Wraps Talks Including Cable  —  NEW YORK ( — Advertisers have committed between $8.1 billion and $8.7 billion to the five broadcast networks' coming program schedules …
Discussion: Media Money …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Advertising rebound helps networks forget audience woes
Discussion: AdAge
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Newsmax Boss Chris Ruddy Says He'd Make Newsweek Profitable In 18 Months, Bring Back Michael Isikoff  —  Of all the official Newsweek suitors that have been confirmed since the first bids for the money-bleeding magazine were filed on June 2, the one that's raised the most eyebrows is Newsmax Media …
Discussion: Romenesko
Luisa Beltran / PE Hub Blog:   Newsweek Auction Hits Second Round, PE Stays Home
Goatse SecurityGoatse Security:
On disclosure ethics  —  There's some buzz about that the FBI is getting involved with this iPad email leak.  Sean Sullivan at F-Secure said “the disclosure was completely irresponsible.”  AT&T says we never contacted them.  I want to make some things clear.
The Atlantic Wire:
GOOD QUESTION!: How Much Does Steve Jobs Hate Gawker Now?
Discussion: NY Daily News
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
E-Reader Maker IRex Files For Bankruptcy  —  Is the e-reader market about to get less crowded?  E-Reader maker IRex Technologies has filed for bankruptcy, citing disappointing sales of its consumer device in the U.S. CEO Hans Brons tells a Dutch financial publication that sales of the company's iRex DR800SG …
Steven Pinker / New York Times:
Mind Over Mass Media  —  NEW forms of media have always caused moral panics: the printing press, newspapers, paperbacks and television were all once denounced as threats to their consumers' brainpower and moral fiber.  —  So too with electronic technologies.  PowerPoint, we're told, is reducing discourse to bullet points.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Marketing Venture From Bateman and Arnett Takes Off With Orbit  —  The comedians Will Arnett and Jason Bateman are introducing their first videos created in concert with brands, five months after announcing DumbDumb, something they call a “sponsor-driven advertising and production company.”
Jaeyeon Woo / Digits:
A Record Deal via YouTube and iPhones  —  Kim Yeo-hee, the 22-year-old South Korean known on YouTube as “applegirl002,” is making the leap from viral video sensation to recording star.  —  Ms. Kim three months ago joined legions of wannabe singers by putting up a homemade video on YouTube.
Discussion: VideoNuze
Michael Smerconish / Washington Post:
On cable TV and talk radio, a push toward polarization  —  Any conversation about political polarization would be incomplete without a look at the media's role in shaping opinions.  From my view on the front lines, I have seen a rapid escalation of extreme dialogue — sadly, something sure to guarantee high ratings.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Feds Laid Foundation for Apple/Google Mobile Ad Feud  —  Google's AdMob served far more ads to Apple iOS devices than to Google Android devices in April, the last month for which it released numbers (chart courtesy of AdMob).  —  Apple has invited the ad networks of the world to serve ads within apps …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Media Moves: Felix Gillette Leaves the New York Observer for Bloomberg BusinessWeek  —  ​Via his Twitter, one-third of New York Observer's Media Mob, the very talented Felix Gillette, will be leaving the Observer for the incredibly shiny Bloomberg BusinessWeek, where he will get to work in a “literally awesome” office.
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Chevrolet exec who wrote memo smiling about ‘Chevy’ debate  —  Few things thrill marketing executives more than having their brand be the day's hot topic of conversation that day, and not in a bad way.  —  There also are few things that would make one less thrilled than having a memo …
Michele McLellan /
Part 2 - Community drives mission  —  Online community news publishers say enabling comments on stories and blogs is the best way to engage community around their content.  —  “Those conversations drive what is important to us,” said Polly Kreisman, an Emmy-winning broadcast journalist …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of tablet ad readiness  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  Are you ready to receive?  That's the question news company …
Discussion: Newsonomics and eMedia Vitals
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
More Than Dabbling  —  Every day millions of people use Twitter to create, share and discover information, and as we grow, analytics becomes an increasingly crucial part of improving our service.  —  Up until about a year ago, we used an online database called Dabble DB to track and share information about our projects internally.
Transpera Announces Greg Ballard as Chief Executive Officer and Alex Galvagni as Chief Operating Officer  —  Founder Frank Barbieri Assumes Role of Chief Product Officer  —  Transpera, The Attention Network, fostering pure, undivided attention between consumers and brands through mobile video advertising …
Discussion: iMedia Connection and MediaPost
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Mark Cuban passes Lions Gate stock to Carl Icahn  —  Media entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on CNBC Thursday morning that he will likely tender his shares of Lions Gate Entertainment to Carl Icahn, pushing the activist investor closer to taking control of the Santa Monica movie and TV studio.
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Miller Sponsors Turner TV, Pushes Branded Story Lines  —  Turner said a multifaceted deal with MillerCoors will include not just the host — but a guest on TBS late-night show “Lopez Tonight” plugging one of its brands.  —  In what amounts to a live commercial, Belita Moreno …
Discussion: Multichannel
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
The New York Post's Exile Insanity (Updated)  —  ​Reports today surfaced from Gawker that the New York Post is having some staffing issues.  And by “staffing issues” we mean “are losing high-profile reporters due to the crumbling civility of the volatile Post management and competing offers.”
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Jeremy Porter / Journalistics:
Help A Reporter Out (HARO) Joins Vocus Family
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Linking by the numbers: How news organizations are using links (or not)
Online Video Viewing Shifts to Long-Form Content
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and hypebot
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
TiVo: TV and Web Convergence ‘Started Years Ago,’ Not With Google TV
Washington Post:
G. Richard ("Rick") Wagoner Elected a Director of The Washington Post Company
Discussion: Romenesko
The Center for Public Integrity:
Digital Publisher Named New CEO of Investigative News Network
Michael Wolff / Newser:
The Paywall: Will Good Writing Save Murdoch?
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: Read This Dow Jones Reply To A Licensing Request—And Weep
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The TV Guide Is Dead, Right? Not at the Los Angeles Times.