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8:35 AM ET, June 17, 2010


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Announcing the 2010 Knight News Challenge winners: Visuals are hot, and businesses are big winners  —  They started out last year as a crowded field of hopefuls from around the world, each dreaming of a chance to perform under the big lights.  Over months, their numbers dwindled as the level …
Alex Weprin / WebNewser:
This is Why Hulu Blocked Boxee  —  As part of its investigation into the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, the FCC asked NBC why Hulu blocked access to its site via Boxee, the start-up aiming to bring high quality web content to television sets.  —  On June 11 NBC filed its responses to the FCC questions …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Company Town
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Bloomberg Wants More Time To Weigh In On Comcast-NBCU  —  Bloomberg LP, the parent company of business network Bloomberg TV, has asked the FCC to extend its comment deadline on the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal deal by another 45 days.  At the moment, comments and petitions opposing the deal must be filed to the FCC by June 21.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Oprah Hands Out IPads and Cash to Magazine Staffers  —  O Magazine Employees Get New Toy — and $10,000 Check  —  Call it the 2010 version of “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car, everybody gets a car!”  Oprah Winfrey dropped by Hearst headquarters on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of O …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Fox and Bloomberg spar over Thomas' WH seat  —  It didn't take long after Helen Thomas retired for White House reporters to start guessing who would get the veteran reporter's coveted front row, center seat in the briefing room.  Quickly, two news organizations emerged as favorites: Bloomberg News and Fox News.
Discussion: Romenesko and Talking Biz News
Arrington: By ‘see ya later,’ what I meant was, I'm sticking around  —  It's always fun and controversial when Michael Arrington is around, and his Seattle debut at our TechFlash Live event last night was no exception.  One of his remarks on stage, implying that he was ready to leave TechCrunch behind …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
That big bold media disruption: an update
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Offers Freebies in Pursuit of Paywall Readers  —  The Times, the London newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is offering free tickets to Toy Story 3 or the chance of a weekend at the Grosvenor Hotel in Dorset to persuade readers to pay for news online.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Financial Times charges into future
Discussion: FishbowlNY, ReadWriteWeb and Romenesko
Nielsen Wire:
How Teens Watch: The Future (of Media) is in Their Hands  —  In the U.S., young people's media usage is markedly different from that of older generations but is likely to converge with their elders as they themselves grow older, according to Nielsen SVP of Consumer Insights Dounia Turrill at today's Consumer 360 conference in Las Vegas.
Discussion: MediaPost, TVbytheNumbers and
Nicholas Carr / Nieman Reports:
News in the Age of Now  —  ‘On the Web, skimming is no longer a means to an end but an end in itself.  That poses a huge problem for those who report and publish the news.’  —  “Thought will spread across the world with the rapidity of light, instantly conceived, instantly written, instantly understood.
comScore, Inc.:
The New York Times Ranks as Top Online Newspaper According to May 2010 U.S. comScore Media Metrix Data  —  U.S. Online Newspaper CPMs Nearly 3 Times Higher than Average  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report of the top U.S. online …
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
Google eyes Demand Media's way with words  —  Last week, Richard Rosenblatt, chief executive of Demand Media, basked in the spotlight as digital media cognoscenti and bankers gathered round him at New York's Empire Hotel to toast his four-year-old company's progress.
Boston Review:
Sharing Liberally  —  Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age  —  Internet enthusiasts come in two flavors: utopians and populists.  The rhetoric of both camps is revolutionary, but the revolutions are different.  —  Utopians believe that the Internet provides promising …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Carly Carioli named editor of the Boston Phoenix  —  A little more than a month after a shake-up on the business side, the Phoenix Media/Communications Group (PM/CG) has announced some major changes in the newsroom.  The most significant: Carly Carioli is the new editor of the Boston Phoenix, replacing Lance Gould.
MySpace Searches for Agency to Lead Rebranding Effort  —  Can a Consumer Campaign Save News Corp.'s Struggling Social Network?  —  NEW YORK ( — Struggling social network MySpace is gearing up for a relaunch of the site later this year, and as part of that it has begun canvassing adland …
Promising Numbers From Facebook Video Advertising; Tradeoffs by Ad Type  —  Ever wonder what Facebook video advertising units are available and work best (or why you should care)?  Here's our data-driven guide.  —  Our latest research was released today by our CEO at OMMA Video in New York.
Discussion: MediaPost, and hypebot
Nielsen Wire:
Busting the Cord-Cutting Myth: Video in the Interactive Age  —  There's a growing belief that TV “cord cutting” - when consumers reduce the amount of time they watch TV or drop their digital TV subscriptions altogether and move to viewing video online - is gaining traction.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Inside Gatorade's Social Media Command Center  —  In the realm of marketing, Gatorade is probably best known for splashy commercials featuring some of the world's most famous athletes.  However, a new effort behind the scenes of the PepsiCo-owned sports drink maker is putting social media quite literally …
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
BP Claims It Has No Authority Over Its Contractors Blocking Media Access  —  As we've noted repeatedly, one of the aspects of the Gulf Oil cleanup operation that BP has really applied itself to with great success is the ongoing effort to prevent the media from covering the story.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
A New Publisher at Bloomberg BusinessWeek  —  Bloomberg continues to poach top-tier talent from rival news organizations, announcing on Wednesday that it has hired a top executive from Fortune as the publisher of Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  —  Hugh Wiley, who has led the business side at Fortune since 2007 …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Adds Video Editing in the Cloud  —  Up until now, if YouTube users wanted to combine multiple clips into a single video, they had to use offline editing tools.  But YouTube today rolled out cloud-based video editing tools, giving users a whole new way to remix their existing video assets online.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Bros Icing Bros: Is Bros Icing Bros Finished?  (UPDATED!)  —  ​Have you been made aware of the hedonistic urban drinking renaissance that is Bros Icing Bros?  It's a “game” involving Bros worldwide, you, and The Only Malt Liquor Drink Worse Than Spilled BP Oil Swept Out of The Ocean, Smirnoff Ice.
Discussion: Deadspin
Jack Fuller / Nieman Reports:
Feeling the Heat: The Brain Holds Clues for Journalism  —  ‘This rise in emotional intensity poses a real problem for serious journalists ... . The sciences of the mind offer a lot of help if we are willing to learn from them.’  —  Here is the deepest and, to many serious journalists …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and Romenesko
Julian Sanchez / The Atlantic Online:
The Newsroom's Unknown Knowns  —  Media critic Jay Rosen has a longish new post up synthesizing his thoughts on “the Actual Ideology of the American Press”—a topic his Twitter followers will recognize as a longstanding obsession.  It merits reading in full, but the upshot is that …
Discussion: ABC News
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
The Inside Story: How Yahoo Bought Associated Content (YHOO, AOL)  —  Last month, Yahoo bought Associated Content, a Web publishing startup with thousands of semi-pro freelance writers, for around $100 million.  —  $100 million isn't much for a company like Yahoo (YHOO) …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Whitney Snyder / The Huffington Post:
Lance Armstrong: ‘Outside’ Magazine Cover Is ‘Lame Bulls**t’ (PHOTO)  —  Lance Armstrong is unhappy with his latest magazine cover appearance.  The seven-time Tour de France champion graces the front of the latest issue of Outside magazine in a blue shirt that says “38.
Discussion: SportsGrid
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Discussion: Mashable!
Megan Tady / Save the News:
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Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and Mediaweek
Jessica Hundley / Brand X:
Writing restored: Slaking their thirst for longform journalism
Discussion: Jacket Copy
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Discussion: Oddly Together and Daring Fireball
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What will Iceland's new media laws mean for journalists?
Can Financial Firms Use ‘Hot News Doctrine’ to Stifle Aggregators?
Discussion: Fast Company
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Whatever happened to the e-reader tsunami of 2010?
Discussion: TeleRead
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Showing Commercials on Shelves and in Aisles
Discussion: Gizmodo, Media Buyer Planner and AdPulp
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Dealbreaker's Bess Levin: scourge of finance CEOs
Discussion: New York Observer and Romenesko
Zee / The Next Web:
The creator of Google News on how journalism will change in the next 5 years