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1:55 PM ET, June 17, 2010


 Top News: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Huffington Post Buys Adaptive Semantics To Keep Up With 100,000 Comments A Day  —  The Huffington Post has acquired its first company in a small cash deal, and it is not another blog or media site, but a pure technology startup called Adaptive Semantics.  The two-person startup provides …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
HuffPo's Hippeau On More Acquisitions: 'We'll be Opportunistic'  —  The Huffington Post's acquisition of Adaptive Semantics isn't an “open sesame” for a buying spree.  “We'll be opportunistic,” HuffPo CEO Eric Hippeau told paidContent, stressing that the company isn't shopping.
Noam Cohen / Media Decoder:
Knight Foundation Hands Out Grants to 12 Groups, but Not WikiLeaks  —  The Knight Foundation on Wednesday announced 12 winners of its News Challenge grants, projects costing a total of $2.74 million that will use new technology to spread information in local areas.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Announcing the 2010 Knight News Challenge winners: Visuals are hot …
Campfire Journalism:
A Few Lessons Learned from Teaching Online Journalism  —  I recently finished my second year of teaching online journalism to undergraduate students.  For me, that means that I have reached a point where I am not perpetually scrambling to prepare for the next class period and have an occasional moment …
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.
Discussion: Romenesko and Association …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 a weekend at the Grosvenor Hotel in Dorset in an effort to persuade readers to pay for news online.
Discussion: Romenesko and NetNewsCheck Latest
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
At World Cup, Publicity Money Can't Buy  —  PARIS — Going to the World Cup in South Africa?  Bring your camera and your Visa card.  But don't wear a little orange dress, or you may get hauled into court.  —  That is what happened to two Dutch women who attended the Netherlands-Denmark soccer match Monday …
Marion Maneker / The Big Money:
The Son of Gutenberg  —  How WordPress changed the way we publish.  —  A year ago, Justin Halpern was an underemployed comedy writer who had to move back into his parents' home in San Diego.  Today, he's got 1.4 million Twitter followers, the  —  No. 1 book on the New York Times nonfiction …
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
Jonathan Holmes / ABC News:
More to journalism than he said, she said.  I think.  —  OK class.  Hands up those who know the Rudd Government thinks the mining industry is making bigger profits than ever before from resources owned by the Australian people, and that Australians deserve a bigger share of the spoils?  —  Lots of you.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Gawker Settles a Libel Suit With a Correction, But Not a Check  —  Sometimes Nick Denton likes to boast about Gawker Media's legal battles.  Other times, he keeps quiet.  —  Like earlier this month, when Denton settled a libel suit filed by motorcycle-maker Confederate Motors.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CBS Uses ‘Star Trek’ To Explore HTML5 Frontier  —  Star Trek Enterprise fans can watch any episode from Seasons 1-4 at as long as their browser plays nice with Flash—or, as I realized when I checked on a whim, a very limited grab bag of episodes if they want to geek out on an iPad.
The Independent:
Paul Steiger - Setting the truth free  —  America's tradition of investigative journalism has a new champion, and the organisation he founded is already making waves - and winning prizes.  Stephen Foley meets a man on mission  —  Intrepid investigation: Bob Woodward, right …
New York Post:
Piers Morgan taking Larry King's spot at CNN  —  British journo Piers Morgan will start his takeover of Larry King's CNN show in October, sources tell Page Six.  The former newspaper editor has a deal to host an hourlong interview program which will start in the fall four days a week as CNN phases King out.
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: The Consumerist
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.
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 …
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
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
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