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3:30 AM ET, July 6, 2010


 Top News: 
Decca Aitkenhead / Guardian:
Clay Shirky: ‘Times paywall will fail’  —  The internet guru on the death of newspapers, why paywall will fail and how the internet has brought out our creativity - and generosity  —  If you are reading this article on a printed copy of the Guardian, what you have in your hand will …
Discussion: New York Observer and The Staggers
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
At Yahoo, Using Queries to Steer News Coverage  —  Welcome to the era of the algorithm as editor.  —  For as long as hot lead has been used to make metal type, the model for generating news has been top-down: editors determined what information was important and then shared it with the masses.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Relativity + Netflix Stream Pact Pushes Pay TV  —  In a deal that may change the landscape of pay television deals, Relativity Media and Netflix are gearing up to announce an alliance in which the online streaming service will exclusively release Relativity movies in what would otherwise …
Discussion: MediaMemo, and FierceIPTV
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Trust endorses 25% budget cut to BBC online services  —  Trust insists that likely £30m reduction would be ‘carefully targeted’ to allow growth in less commercially viable areas  —  The BBC Trust today endorsed a 25% budget cut to the BBC's online services as part of wider cost savings across …
Discussion: paidContent, Press Gazette and Variety
BBC:   At a glance: BBC's annual report
Sysomos acquired  —  News has leaked out today that Toronto-based Sysomos, a social media monitoring firm, has been acquired by MarketWire.  —  As usual, the terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but we do know that, like BumpTop, Sysomos was funded out of the Growthworks Commercialization fund.
Discussion: paidContent
Mark Fitzgerald /
Fireworks at Journal Register Co: ‘Ben Franklin Project’ Successful at All 18 Dailies  —  CHICAGO  —  All 18 Journal Register Co. dailies published a print newspaper and Website content on Sunday July 4 using only free tools available on the Internet.  —  The Independence Day editions …
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Major Newspaper Chain Goes Open Source
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
CNN's Reinvention: 'I just hope they don't go for some young, hip, king of snark'  —  Why did CNN hire disgraced ex-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker for its new 8 p.m. show?  —  “Apparently Madoff wasn't available,” deadpans CNN exile Aaron Brown (Class of '05), king of the caustic soundbite.
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Onion News Network's ‘Future: News From the Year 2137’  —  A warning to all the people who bemoan the shoddy and salacious state of cable news: The Onion thinks it's only going to get worse.  —  For three years The Onion has been spoofing Fox News, CNN and MSNBC with its Onion News Network …
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Describes Her Toughest Interviews  —  TVNewser sat down with MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer recently for a chat about the TV news biz as a part of's Media Beat interview series.  In this first part, we asked Brewer to tell us about some of the most difficult interviews she's conducted as an anchor.
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Google and Penguin: Bookending a Revolution  —  (my syndicated Loose Wire column.)  —  As I write this two significant events are taking place: Google has said it will tie up with the American Booksellers Association—the U.S. trade group for independent bookstores—to sell ebooks.
Discussion: TeleRead
David Carr / New York Times:
Gaps in Watchdog Journalism Reflected in News From a Trial  —  Readers who came across a public radio blog documenting the five-week trial of a former Chicago police commander on charges of perjury and obstruction about cases involving torture under his command had to wonder where in the world WBEZ Chicago found so much expertise.
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Memo: GCI hunts for more reader e-mail addresses; advertisers to benefit from iPad-fueled campaign  —  [Campaign uses Deals sites, such as Rochester's, circled area]  —  Corporate is ratcheting up efforts to persuade more readers to turn over their e-mail addresses for use by advertisers in national …
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 More News: 
Joseph Plambeck / Media Decoder:
A Cover Credit for Clothing
Media Week:
Ids set to close with loss of more than 100 jobs
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
A Reasonable Man  —  In a world of loud voices and extreme positions …
Discussion: New York Observer
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Guardian Media Group Makes Its Finance Chief CEO
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Sunday Times ‘borrows’ free copy to put behind its paywall
Discussion: Editors Weblog
 Earlier Picks: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Larry King Dreams a Little
Discussion: Chickaboomer
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
On The Economist's Cover, Only a Part of the Picture
Margaret Simons / Crikey:
Fairfax at the crossroads — McCarthy v Matthews
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: For Blogger, ‘Outspoken’ Was a Selling Point, Till It Wasn't