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4:25 PM ET, July 13, 2010

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule  —  A United States appeals court tossed out the indecency policy of the  —  Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, calling it a violation  —  of the First Amendment.  —  An appeals panel said the F.C.C. policy was “unconstitutionally vague,
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Citizen journalism not making up for loss of local newspapers  —  In the US, traditional newspapers have undergone a period of contraction, with many papers shutting down entirely.  This has been especially hard on local news, because even those newspapers that survive are likely to be consolidated …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
A Second Chance  —  How mobile devices can absolve journalism of its original sin: giving away online content  —  1 Talk to people who are into mobile reading devices like the Kindle and the iPad, and a scene from the movie Minority Report tends to come up.  Tom Cruise, who is on the run from the law, is on a train.
Discussion: Romenesko and Kirk LaPointe's …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Reports of blogging's death have been greatly exaggerated  —  Blooging is not on the way out - it's just that other social media have taken over many of its functions  —  A report last month in the Economist tells us that “blogging is dying” as more and more bloggers abandon the form for its cousins …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Sports Illustrated Seeks Synergy with Turner Sports Deal  —  Synergy is no longer a dirty word at Time Warner (TWX).  Sports Illustrated and Turner Sports, two divisions of the media conglomerate that tread similar ground but until now have operated independently, are consolidating their efforts in a new digital media venture.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Turner, Time Inc. Execs Got The SI.com Deal Done; Now About Making It Work
New York Post:
Another CNN King doomed?  —  The next head to roll at CNN will be John King's, insiders say.  “Since King replaced Lou Dobbs, he's lost more than half his audience,” one source told us.  “If it were a fight, it would be stopped on a TKO because of the bleeding.”
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Playboy put in play  —  Hugh Hefner, the 84-year old founder of legendary girlie mag Playboy, sparked a battle over his graying empire yesterday when he offered to take his adult entertainment company private in a deal that values the franchise at just $185 million.
David Cohen / WebNewser:
Zinio to Debut All-Digital Online Newsstand for College Market  —  Digital publisher Zinio is hitting the books, teaming up with National Association of College Stores subsidiary NACS Media Solutions (NMS) to develop an all-digital online newsstand for the college market, set to debut in August …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
John / Tunerfish:
“Dateline” announces partnership with social discovery engine Tunerfish  —  NEW YORK - July 12, 2010 - In a unique partnership, NBC News highly-rated primetime newsmagazine, “Dateline,” and the social discovery engine, Tunerfish, will be working together to help reward viewers this summer.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
How the Plain Dealer came up with its LeBron cover  —  “I came up with it about 4 p.m. the day of [LeBron James' announcement],” says Emmet Smith, deputy design drector for news.  “So, all of about eight hours ahead of time.”  Graphics director Michael Tribble had pushed Smith to do something different …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Moguls Revolt Against Obama  —  At last week's Sun Valley summit of media titans, the mood was dour, the forecast anxious.  Peter Lauria on how America's moguls are growing increasingly skeptical about the president.  —  The White House's charm offensive toward the business community …
Discussion: The Wire
Joanne Kaufman / Wall Street Journal:
Authors: Where Do I Sign?  —  When “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough” was published earlier this year, its Los Angeles-based author, Lori Gottlieb, nabbed the brass ring: an appearance on “The Today Show.”  Far more problematic was securing a slot for a book signing …
Discussion: New York Observer
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Mother Jones reports 125% increase in unique visitors in 2Q  —  Mother Jones traffic and digital revenue soar to record levels in 2Q 2010  —  Mother Joneswhich just won its second National Magazine Award for General Excellence in three yearsreported today that its investigative reporting …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Weigel and Nasr “Sins” Put the Church of High Integrity on Trial  —  I've always been a faithful disciple, worshipping at the altar of Church and State.  (And of the Reverend Al Green, but that's another story.)  I've resisted commercial pressures and been party to painful terminations …
Discussion: Fitz & Jen and The Huffington Post
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix Edges Past Hulu In Total U.S. Traffic (comScore)  —  As the great race to become America's favorite source of full-length TV and movie streams gets underway, two of the favorites in that race are Hulu and Netflix.  Hulu has a fairly large headstart.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Time Warner inks $300M ad deal  —  Time Warner has struck a multiyear advertising pact worth as much as $300 million with consumer products giant Unilever, The Post has learned.  —  The three-year deal spans Time Warner's magazine, television and Internet properties and includes a digital tie-in with Time magazine's iPad app.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Spotery's relaunch: some lessons in crowd curation  —  This morning, the social news aggregator formerly known as Ispotastory relaunched with a new name and a modified approach to social news.  The site — now rechristened and re-URLed Spotery.com — builds on Ispotastory's basic infrastructure …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Report: Search Ad Spending Up 24 Percent During Quarter
James Hibberd / Reuters:
New Comedy Central star outdraws Stewart, Colbert
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
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Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
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Mike Shields / Adweek:
Will YouTube Swim in Publicis' ‘Pool’?
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
USA Today Puts Itself Under Wraps With Ad
Discussion: Romenesko and Gannett Blog
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
HP's Snapfish Buys Video Sharing Site Motionbox
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WSJ national security reporter Dreazen joins National Journal
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Malone Is Fired Up by Cable and Ready to Buy
Discussion: Company Town
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Should Magazines Tag Advertorial Content for the Google Bots?
Discussion: John Pavlus
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Affiliate Ad Net Adsmarket Raises $17 Million
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Rick Sanchez: Rick's List Moving to 8 PM
Discussion: Chickaboomer, Mediaite and The Wire
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
The Internet Weakens Authority
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
WSJ Opinion Highlights The Problems Of ‘Permission Culture’
John Koblin / New York Observer:
William Li Leaving Conde Nast
Discussion: Romenesko
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Guest post: Why I escaped The Times' paywall
Discussion: Guardian