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5:05 PM ET, June 24, 2010

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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Politico Opens the Kimono.  And then Pretends it Never Happened.  —  “Think about what the Politico is saying: an experienced beat reporter would probably not want to ‘burn bridges’ with key sources by telling the world what happens when those sources let their guard down.”
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Mike Celizic / msnbc.com:
Reporter believed McChrystal was ‘untouchable’
Discussion: Associated Press
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Michael Hastings' “The Runaway General” and the power of narrative
Robin Goad - UK:
Times paywall: initial data and analysis  —  Following months of speculation, News International has finally erected a paywall around the Times newspaper website.  After a couple of weeks running two sites, (www.timesonline.co.uk and www.thetimes.co.uk) in parallel, visitors to the former site …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and The Next Web
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
UK Times' Traffic Has Dropped, But Nobody's Gaining  —  The Times' and Sunday Times' share of UK newspaper web visits nearly halved from 4.37 percent to 2.67 percent in the month since it introduced new sites with a registration wall, according to Hitwise, which monitors the clicks of eight million UK users.
Aaron / YouTube Blog:
YouTube wins case against Viacom  —  Today, the court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacom's lawsuit with YouTube.  This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Four Copyright Lessons From Google's Viacom Victory
Discussion: On the Docket and Law Blog
Matt / HyperlocalBlogger:
This is the Sound of a Scared Newspaper  —  Confession: I love newspapers.  We still subscribe to our local paper, and we've taught our kids to read the paper every morning before school.  My post-college career began at a newspaper (the Los Angeles Daily News).
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Tri-City Herald:   The inside scoop: What's new for newspapers?
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Zelnick Buys Gossip Girl Creator Alloy For $126.5 Million  —  An investor group led by ZelnickMedia is acquiring youth-focused entertainment company and ad network operator Alloy in a cash deal valued at $126.5 million, for a 27 percent premium over the company's most recent closing stock price.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Weinstein Debt Wiped Clean in Deal with Goldman, Ambac  —  Miracles happen.  —  The Weinstein Company got a new lease on life on Wednesday after a full restructuring agreement that leaves the independent film company free of its $450 million and with a new operating facility.
Rachel Sklar / The Daily Beast:
The Unbearable Whiteness of Cable  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Thought a black president would lead to more diversity on cable news?  Wrong.  Since November 2008, the TV landscape has only gotten whiter.  Rachel Sklar on what changed between Obama's election and the hiring of Eliot Spitzer.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
CNN's Jon Klein: We're Not Endorsing One Side or Another  —  CNN president Jon Klein — who has stubbornly resisted the rising tide of “partisan” news programming — spoke to TheWrap on Wednesday about the network's new show featuring a pair of ideological sparring partners: Eliot Spitzer …
Judith Townend / Journalism.co.uk:
WSJ Europe to launch new tech section as part of digital expansion  —  The Wall Street Journal is to launch a new European technology section as part of its digital expansion.  —  Six new jobs have been advertised by publisher Dow Jones as it prepares to enlarge its online and mobile offering and build up commercial opportunities.
Discussion: MediaPost and Noted
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
The New York Times Is Tumbling!  —  Last week, we stumbled upon a sparsely-populated Tumblr for The New York Times.  —  So we checked in to see if it was indeed the Grey Lady's official blog.  —  Yesterday, a Times spokeswoman confirmed with us that it was, though she said the Tumblr was still very much in beta mode.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
First Look: Slick SI App Matches Expectations With One Exception: No Subs  —  The Sports Illustrated iPad app hit the iTunes store overnight with lots of glossy features in place—and without an anticipated subscription option.  SI still could wind up being the first Time Inc. (NYSE: TWX) …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
comScore to “De-link” Video Ads and Content in New Tabulation  —  In an important development in the way video views and associated in-video ads are tabulated, comScore will count videos and related ads separately, de-linking the two, beginning with the June numbers.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MSNBC Readies a Cautious Move Onto the iPad
James Vicini / Reuters:
Ex-media baron Black's fraud conviction set aside  —  * Black is serving prison term since March 2008  —  The U.S. Supreme Court set aside on Thursday the convictions of former media baron Conrad Black and two ex-colleagues for defrauding shareholders of one-time newspaper publishing giant Hollinger International Inc.
Christopher K. Hepp / Philly.com:
New management for Philadelphia Inquirer taking shape  —  The new management group for The Inquirer is slowly taking shape, according to recent court filings that revealed a new name for the company, four directors, and the makeup of the collective ownership.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Diesel Wins Outdoor Grand Prix for ‘Be Stupid’  —  Jury Also Awards Andes Beer Grand Prix for ‘Teletransporter’ for Its ‘Ambient’ Execution  —  CANNES, France (AdAge.com) — The trophies for outdoor at the 57th annual Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival today went to two different executions …
rbr.com:
Global ad spend to be up 3.5% in 2010  —  Global advertising spending in measured media is expected to increase 3.5% in 2010 to $451 billion, revised up from a projected 1% growth six months ago in the most recent 70-nation forecast report from GroupM.  If achieved, the dollar total equals …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
New troubles at Al Gore's Current TV  —  He couldn't sell the channel; now he has to fix it  —  Al Gore, the world's pre-eminent environmentalist, has embarked on his toughest recycling challenge: his own cable channel.  —  For much of the past year, Current TV has been quietly undergoing …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video Interview: Conde Nast's Bob Sauerberg On Wired For iPad, Take Two  —  Wired sold more than 90,000 downloads of its first stand-alone app at $4.99 but what about the second issue or the third?  Did Conde Nast squander an opportunity to do more with that first wave of interest?
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Stats: Five Percent Of English Soccer Viewers Watched Match Online  —  Let's hope broadcasters have got their CDNs in order - this summer's World Cup is proving a genuine watershed for live online TV streaming.  Look at these stats...  —BBC.co.uk served a peak of 800,000 concurrent live …
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Content Over Technology: How InformationWeek Sells $300,000+ Against Digital Editions  —  And why it's PDF approach takes priority over the iPad (for now).  —  In 2009, UBM TechWeb's InformationWeek launched four digital editions as part of a broader, multi-year “green strategy” to reduce the magazine's carbon footprint.
Big Think:
Michael Wolff on Rupert Murdoch and the Future of the New York Times  —  When we asked author and Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff what's he thought the future held for Rupert Murdoch, he came right out with it: “The future for Rupert himself is death.”  It was a response you'd expect …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Wire
 
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