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2:00 PM ET, July 12, 2010

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Techmeme Offers Tech News at Internet Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — News lovers in Washington can't live without Mike Allen at Politico.  Hollywood squabbles over the relative merits of Sharon Waxman's TheWrap versus Nikki Finke's Deadline.  The newspaper industry reads the news collected by Jim Romenesko.
Jennifer Mascia / New York Times:
A Web Site That's Not Afraid to Pick a Fight  —  When Jon Stewart announced on the June 29 episode of “The Daily Show” that “Jezebel thinks I'm a sexist,” some viewers may have been wondering: who exactly is Jezebel?  —  At least a million and a half people can answer that question …
TheAustralian:
Students' iPad app catches the eye of media bosses  —  TWO graduate students from Stanford University have sold 100,000 of the iPad news app they developed.  —  TWO graduate students from San Francisco's Stanford University who developed an iPad application that aggregates news from multiple sources …
Discussion: TeleRead
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Turner Chases ESPN With New Web Game Face  —  Time Warner Inc.'s Turner cable-television networks have forked over billions of dollars to air big-time sporting events, but they haven't matched the stature of ESPN.  Now Turner is roping a corporate sibling into the chase.
Rich Thomaselli / AdAge:
How LeBron's Entourage Got His ‘Decision’ on ESPN  —  NBA Free Agent Hooked Up With Uber-Agent 
Ari Emanuel for Show Touted as Ad ‘Paradigm’  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — By now you've heard the offense against basketball star LeBron James' one-hour TV special to announce his team choice …
Discussion: mediabistro.com and The Wire
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fox News's Bill Hemmer melds middle-of-the-road persona with conservative guest list  —  Bill Hemmer, a middle-of-the-road guy from the middle of the country, sees himself as the straightest of straight arrows when it comes to news.  —  “The opinion-makers on our channel have enormous talent …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Waging war on Wordpress  —  Blogger, Wordpress and Typepad ruled the blogging roost for years, but a combination of Twitter, social networking and the rise of lite blogging have been eating away at long-form blog platforms.  —  Twitter has played a significant role in the demise of ‘full’ blogging …
David Mitchell / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch may be evil, but that doesn't mean his paywall is  —  The media mogul has been dismissed for introducing his Times paywall, but what if it actually works?  —  Rupert Murdoch is a pretty uncontroversial figure among people I know.  Everyone agrees that he's a monstrous arsehole who wants to ruin everything for everyone.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Firms Tout New Online-Ad Formats  —  Media Companies Are Urged to Think More Creatively About Digital Businesses  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho—As media companies voice doubts about whether they can build their digital businesses on advertising alone, technology companies are trying hard to persuade them to think more creatively.
Still Not Going To Do This Every Day:
Exit  —  Always lead with the news: I've decided to leave my position at Newsweek and accept a job at Tumblr.  Though this is cliche, it is indeed true that this has been a difficult decision for me.  I have been and continue to be a loud and persistent defender of Newsweek, and this is not …
Discussion: Vaccinium & Co.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Condé Nast Shifts to Reverse  —  Nabs multi-title Samsung buy with Web edits' help  —  Condé Nast is diving into reverse publishing, courtesy of Samsung.  The electronics giant is taking out a six-page insert that will run across six of the publishing house's titles and their associated Web sites over eight months.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Conde Nast's Largest Web Property Literally Begging Users for Money  —  Conde Nast's print properties aren't the only ones slowly dying, apparently.  Now, popular user-driven news site Reddit, which Conde Nast bought in 2006, is asking users to donate money so the website can hire more staff.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oil Spill Makes Celebrities Out of Reporters  —  On Friday, Day 80 of the oil spill, much of the Gulf of Mexico still looked bruised and battered, just as it did the week before, and the month before that.  So for a different perspective, CNN went scuba diving.
Discussion: Chickaboomer
PR Newswire:
Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Announces Receipt of ‘Going Private’ Proposal at $5.50 Per Share  —  Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ("PEI") (NYSE: PLA, PLAA) today announced that its board of directors has received a proposal from Hugh M. Hefner ("Hefner") to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Class …
 
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Daniel Jacobson / NPR:
NPR API Update: All Blogs Now Available
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
FT Planning Off-Shoot Digital Finance News Site
Discussion: Talking Biz News
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In Gulf Spill Area, Reporters Face Security Hurdles
Discussion: ProPublica
Anton Vowl / Enemies of Reason:
Raoul Moat and the race to the bottom
Mark Day / TheAustralian:
Digital news delivery in for the long haul, so don't hold your breath
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph benefits by embracing cloud computing
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Headline as Content
Joanne Ostrow / Denver Post:
Local news finds itself more wanted than ever — but in new ways
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wired City: Josh Harris' Plan To Make Us All Live In Public (Video)
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Rachel Maddow is MSNBC's voice of reason
Discussion: TVNewser and Chickaboomer
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
News Agencies Stare Each Other Down in Shrinking German Market
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Too many journalists ?  —  An unpleasant question …
Discussion: Guardian