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9:25 AM ET, July 20, 2010


 Top News: 
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:'s brand of business journalism  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Chris Peacock is vice president and executive editor at, where he oversees the site's content strategy.  —  Since Peacock joined in 2004, traffic has more than doubled …
Discussion: Inside Cable News and Beet.TV
Felix Salmon:   When online editors spew jargon
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post editor defends publishing intelligence complex exposé  —  The Washington Post's major investigation of government contractors and the intelligence community, complete with interactive database, has been called a “roadmap to our enemies” by one administration official.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NBC's Guthrie: A Case Study In New News Norms  —  The story of NBC's Savannah Guthrie illustrates the new complexities that surround the modern network TV-news journalist.  After a relatively short stint as a correspondent, Guthrie has emerged as a rising star.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Crain's New York Business:
Vogue's September issue sees big ad-page gains  —  Luxury magazines, like the economy, are making a slow comeback.  On Monday, Vogue magazine will announce ad-pages results for its all-important September issue, and industry insiders say that the fashion monthly will show a spike of 100 advertising pages …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Times loses nearly 90% of online readers  —  Less than three weeks after the Times paywall went up, data shows a massive decline in web traffic  —  The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Amazon Says E-Books Now Top Hardcover Sales  —  The heft and musty smell of a hardcover book are one step closer to becoming relics in a museum.  —, one of the nation's largest bookstores, said Monday that for the last three months, sales of electronic books for the Kindle …
Bill Murray / GQ:
Bill Murray Is Ready To See You Now  —  He is one of the greatest comic actors alive.  A man who's navigated his career with a peerless instinct for quality and self-respect.  The man behind movies—from Caddyshack to Stripes, from Rushmore to Lost in Translation—that seem to have defined …
Discussion: Gawker, /Film and Reliable Source
Your Guide to Next Generation ‘Content Farms’  —  From time to time, we provide an overview of one broad MediaShift topic, annotated with online resources and plenty of tips.  The idea is to help you understand the topic, learn the jargon, and take action.  We've previously covered Twitter …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Globe and Mail:
Conrad Black granted bail  —  Conrad Black could be out of jail this week after scoring a major legal victory in his ongoing battle to overturn convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice.  —  A federal appeal court granted Lord Black bail on Monday while it re-considers his convictions …
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
Advertising: ESPN to Integrate Magazine More Closely With TV Operations  —  SINCE its first issue in 1998, ESPN The Magazine has played dual roles — part brand extension and part independent publication.  —  With the success of the ESPN television networks, the magazine could largely stay …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Adobe to Roll Out New Publishing Software for Tablets  —  Adobe is working on a new kind of creative software specifically intended to help you publish digital magazines for tablet devices such as the iPad, the company revealed today.  —  This new software, which will soon take its place …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Glen Dickson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Starz, Penguin Collaborate on “Amplified” E-Book for iPad  —  ‘Pillars of the Earth’ title will feature video, music from TV miniseries  —  Premium cable network Starz is bringing video to Apple's iPad in an unexpected way, by teaming with book publisher Penguin Group to create …
Discussion: Multichannel
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Banned ‘Family Guy’ Episode Gets New Life on DVD  —  In many ways, the “Family Guy” episode “Partial Terms of Endearment” is typical of that audacious Fox animated comedy, teeming with rapid-fire jokes and willfully offensive non sequiturs about disabled animals, God, Nazis …
Discussion: ArtsBeat
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NPR now vying for front-row White House seat  —  Fox News and Bloomberg aren't the only news organizations vying for the front-row-center seat that's been up for grabs since Helen Thomas's resignation last month.  —  The Upshot has learned that NPR is also making a run for it.
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Redbox Plots Web Strategy in Challenge to Netflix  —  Redbox, which became the fastest- growing U.S. video retailer with DVD kiosks and a $1-a-day rental price stores couldn't match, is developing an online strategy to stay competitive with larger rival Netflix Inc.
Sunlight Live's Real-Time Participation Wins $10,000 Knight-Batten Innovation Award  —  Washington, D.C. - Sunlight Live, the Sunlight Foundation's innovative blending of data, streaming video, liveblogging and social networking - first used at February's bipartisan health-care summit …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Why Should Hefner Have All the Fun?  —  “If I sold it, my life would be over.”  —  That's what Hugh Hefner, the 84-year-old velvet-robe-wearing founder of Playboy, told a reporter for The New York Times last year about the magazine empire he started in 1953.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Digital Musical Chairs: Google Exec to Scribd, Apple Exec to AOL, Yahoo Exec to Google!  —  Oh, the game of musical chairs in the digital sector never seems to stop.  —  Here's today's Silicon Valley roundelay:  —  Rob Macdonald (pictured here), head of traditional media and publisher partnerships …
Crain's New York Business:
Daily News to move downtown  —  The New York Daily News has signed a lease for new space in lower Manhattan and will leave its 450 W. 33rd St. headquarters for 4 New York Plaza next year, the paper's owner, Mort Zuckerman, announced Monday.  —  The daily will be joined by the New York operations …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Teddy Wayne / New York Times:
Where the Bloggers Are Concentrated  —  As might be expected, 21- to 35-year-olds now constitute a majority of all bloggers, making up 53.3 percent of that population, according to analysis by the social media consulting firm Sysomos.  —  Bloggers under 21 come in a distant second at 20.2 percent …
Discussion: Fast Company
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Why Journalists Make Mistakes & What We Can Do About Them  —  The Chicago Tribune's infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline, the 2000 election night calls for Al Gore and then George Bush, a 2004 Providence Journal headline that said, “Rumsfeld's Pubic Role is Shrinking.”
Discussion: Leadership
Coturnix / A Blog Around The Clock:
A Farewell to Scienceblogs: the Changing Science Blogging Ecosystem  —  It is with great regret that I am writing this. has been a big part of my life for four years now and it is hard to say good bye.  —  Everything that follows is my own personal thinking and may not apply …
Discussion: WebNewser
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Alex Weprin / WebNewser:
Diane Sawyer to Interview Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: All Facebook
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Discussion: New York Observer
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
4Chan's Sad War To Silence Gawker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Is On Fire.  Now Over 6 Million Users, 1.5 Billion Pageviews A Month
Discussion: Pulse2 and Soup
 Earlier Picks: 
Dominic Jones / IR Web Report:
Google drops PR wire for earnings, but only Pac-Man irks investors
Michael Bush / AdAge:
Minor-League Baseball Creates One-Stop Digital-Ad-Buying Platform
Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Mel Gibson fuels online wars
Discussion: NY Daily News
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
The inevitability of contract journalists
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
David Barboza / New York Times:
Booming Demand for TV on the Internet in China
Discussion: International Media and NewTeeVee
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Goes Abroad!  But Not Too Far: Streaming Service Coming To Canada.
Discussion: Variety and Online Video News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search Engines + Newspapers: Perfect Market's Delivery System Aims To Please Both
Discussion: VentureBeat
Media plug in as papers struggle
Discussion: Fast Company and Editors Weblog