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11:10 PM ET, July 18, 2012


 Top News: 
No Deal in Sight: Viacom Compromise Proposals Fail to Sway DIRECTV  —  UPDATE IN RESPONSE TO DIRECTV'S STATEMENT ON EPIX:  —  DIRECTV's most recent press release regarding EPIX is one more complete work of fiction from the company.  We've offered DIRECTV various compromise proposals …
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET, Engadget and
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
DirecTV vs. Viacom: Resolution Not Forthcoming
Discussion: MediaPost
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Viacom says talks with DirecTV have broken down
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Yahoo! creates new editors-in-chief for news, finance  —  Marissa Mayer isn't Yahoo's only high-level appointment this week.  The Silicon Valley search portal-turned-content titan, which on Monday named Mayer, a popular Google executive, as its new C.E.O., has tapped some internal talent …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Marissa Mayer's Yahoo legacy challenge  —  Call it a Hail Marissa pass.  —  Kudos to the Yahoo board for shaking up the conventional wisdom, going long, going young, and going Google.  Against a history of failure, it has chosen success — the gold-plated success of Google …
Discussion: Forbes Real Time and TechCrunch
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Hannity Gets First Interview with George Zimmerman  —  Sean Hannity has secured the first interview with George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.  The hour-long exclusive will air on Hannity's Fox News Channel program tonight at 9pmET.
Charles E. Schumer / Wall Street Journal:
Memo to DOJ: Drop the Apple E-Books Suit  —  Restoring Amazon's monopoly in digital publishing is not in the public interest.  —  Recently the Department of Justice filed suit against Apple and major publishers, alleging that they colluded to raise prices in the digital books market.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
E-books Are Booming, and Still Sort of Small
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter's Credibility Problem  —  Where you read something may impact credibility as much as what you read - especially if where you read something is on Twitter, according to a new study.  —  Published last month in Communication Quarterly, the research by Mike Schmierbach and Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch used …
Discussion: The Wall Blog
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter, Reddit and the newsroom of the future
Discussion: Toronto Star, Daily Dot and eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@palafo
John Cook / Gawker:
‘It Was Like a War Zone’: A Former Nanny for Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Speaks Out  —  A former household staffer and tutor for Rupert Mudoch and Wendi Deng's children is speaking out for the first time about the relentless nightmare that is working for the Murdochs: Screaming tantrums …
Discussion: Daily Mail and New York Magazine
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
David Gergen Reveals Extent Of Bain Capital Ties While ‘Reporting’ On Firm  —  NEW YORK — CNN senior political analyst David Gergen defended Mitt Romney this week against the Obama campaign's charges that the Republican nominee hasn't been honest about his tenure at Bain Capital …
Discussion: Mediaite, Chickaboomer and TVNewser
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
These Designers Did for Fun What News Sites Can't Do to Save Their Business  —  A Web design studio built the first news site I've ever read from top to bottom two days in a row, and it did so as a side project.  Mule Design is not in the journalism business.  It builds sites to solve all manner of client communication problems.
Discussion:, Thanks:@rwjon
Andy Borowitz / The New Yorker:
SHOCKER: The New Yorker Acquires the Borowitz Report  —  After eleven years of writing nothing but fake news at the Borowitz Report, I have to tell you something that actually happened.  —  I'm excited to announce that The New Yorker has acquired the Borowitz Report.
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
ProPublica gets $1.9 million from Knight to expand its efforts in data journalism  —  ProPublica is getting a $1.9 million data journalism grant from the Knight Foundation, the nonprofits jointly announced on Wednesday.  —  The money will be used to support ProPublica's News Applications team, including adding one full-time staffer.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why the Washington Post will never have a paywall  —  The list of major newspapers that haven't at least experimented with a paywall or subscription option for online content is pretty short, and one of the most prominent abstainers is the Washington Post.  While the success …
Discussion: Fortune, Thanks:@biztrends
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. gives $20 million to Motion Picture & Television Fund  —  Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp., is seen arriving for the morning session at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.  His company is donating $20 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Discussion: Variety
Jared Malsin / CJR:
In Egypt, new newspapers and old problems  —  Citizens need good journalism to explain confusing times, but many Egyptians don't trust their media  —  CAIRO, EGYPT — Egyptian newsstands today offer a lively range of options, including three government-owned papers, papers affiliated with political parties …
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Chinese newspaper shakeups raise fears of growing pressure on media  —  Two newspapers undergo staff reshuffles before party congress unveils change of leadership this autumn  —  Abrupt reshuffles at two outspoken Chinese newspapers have raised fears of growing pressure on the media …
Jeanne Whalen / Wall Street Journal:
WikiLeaks Nearly Out of Cash  —  WikiLeaks said it is close to running out of money, a problem the site blamed on Visa and MasterCard, which have prohibited users from donating to the site.  —  WikiLeaks' cash reserves have fallen from €800,000 ($983,600) in December 2010 to less …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Glenn Mulcaire forced to reveal who gave phone-hacking order  —  Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator used by the News of the World has been forced to reveal who ordered him to hack the phone of an assistant to PR Max Clifford in compliance with a supreme court order.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: ‘significant’ email from News International executive emerges
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Vivendi to Offer Concessions for EMI Deals
Discussion: Guardian
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Erik Wemple:
Roll Call bags print product for conventions
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
How Kickstarter could disrupt public radio
Jennifer Reingold / Fortune:
Don Graham: Why a paywall won't work for the Post
Discussion: Jack Shafer and CJR
Ryan Holiday / Daily Dot:
Exclusive excerpt: “Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator”
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Forbes Real Time, Thanks:@dmfreeman
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
The Voice wins victory after stadium snub
Discussion: Media Week
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Politico's Harris: ‘Quote doctoring does bother me’
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jim Warren to head NewsBeast OFA beat
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Media General reports income increase, net loss in second quarter
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Sherrod Brown Hugging His Wife In Photo Prompts Conservative Blogger's Conspiracy Theory
Margaret Sullivan / The Buffalo News:
As editor (or public editor), does being a woman matter? Of course
Discussion: Dave Winer
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Contract Talks: Union Fury As Paper Proposes Separate Plans For Print And Digital
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Why ‘future of journalism’ confabs fail
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
For, a new website comes with new privacy standards
Discussion: Media Decoder
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Associated Press plugs into music hub Audiosocket