Increasing use of the Internet and video games is being blamed. One of the largest studies of its kind shows just how sluggish American children become once they hit the teenaged years: While 90 percent of 9-year-olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3 percent of 15-year-olds do. What’s more, the study suggests that fewer than a third of teens that age get even the minimum recommended by the government – an hour of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, like bicycling, brisk walking, swimming or jogging. The sharp drop raises concerns about inactivity continuing into adulthood, which could endanger the children’s health throughout their lives, the study authors say. Associated Press reports.
Newspaper stocks lost $3.9 billion in two weeks, says Lost Remote.
The Atlantic Journal Constitution is cutting 8% of its staff.
An open letter to Craigs List urges the site to help newspapers, according to Lost Remote. Craigs List has deeply hurt classified advertising in newspapers, which accounted for as much as half of newspapers’ revenues.
The publisher of the Washington Post says newspapers spend a great deal of time covering their own demise, according to the New York Observer.
Why aren’t investigative journalists reporting on gasoline prices and big oil? Portfolio reports.
Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume reportedly will leave the Special Report airing at 6 each weekday evening, says the New York Times. Brit Hume was with ABC News for 23 years before joining Fox. The Washington Post also reports.
Working for George W. Bush and for the Fox News Channel is different, but also the same, says the Globe and Mail of Toronto.
The price of the Wall Street Journal on the newsstand goes up from $1.50 to $2 on July 28, says Portfolio.
Congress’ investigative arm is raising concerns about contracts awarded to local TV and radio stations that broadcast to Cuba, according to a report just released. The U.S. Office of Cuba Broadcasting beams its Radio and TV Marti broadcasts to Cuba to provide an alternative to the communist island’s government-run media. It awarded the noncompetitive contracts to the local Miami stations in 2006, following a push from the Bush administration to step up broadcasts to Cuba, as well as the announcement by former Cuban President Fidel Castro that he was stepping down due to health problems. The contracts marked a major change in government practice, since the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, which oversees the broadcasts, is generally not allowed to air its programs within the United States to avoid the appearance of domestic propaganda. Associated Press reports. The service, Radio Mambi is heard on Miami’s 50,000 watt AM station WAQI 710 which is highly directional toward the south and Cuba during hours of darkness, and with a large salt water patch reaches Cuba during the day. But it is blocked by a powerful station on 710 in Havana.
Film and arts critics are being terminated at newspapers all across the nation, says the Raleigh News & Observer.
Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns The New York Post, and Mortimer Zuckerman, the real estate developer and owner of The New York Daily News, who for years have been bitter tabloid competitors, are considering the unthinkable: cooperation, report the New York Times and Media daily News.
Talk Show host Les Crane, known for TV talk shows on the ABC television network and on WNEW-TV channel 5 New York, has passed away at age 74. In the mid 1960s, Crane was host of a number of late night TV talk shows on ABC as ABC’s answer to NBC’s Johnny Carson. The first American TV appearance of the Rolling Stones was on Crane’s program in June 1964. According to Wikipedia, Bob Dylan, who rarely appeared on television, did a spot with Crane in early 1965. Crane also interviewed important people like slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, George Wallace, and Robert Kennedy. Crane was mentioned in the 1966 Phil Ochs song Love Me, I’m A Liberal. And Crane gets credit for naming “The Mamas and the Papas.” Crane’s confrontational interview technique, along with a “shotgun” microphone he aimed at audiences, earned him the name “the bad boy of late-night television.” Les Crane was also the first person to have an openly gay person, Randy Wicker, on his television show, marking an important moment in gay rights history. In late 1971, the recording of Les Crane’s reading of Desiderata reached #8 on the Billboard charts . It had great influence on mainstream society and became a counterculture anthem of sorts. This information is from Wikipedia. The recording was considered inspirational and positive. The New York Times says his place of birth is disputed, with some saying Long Beach, Long Island, some the Bronx, and others San Francisco. The NewYork Times reports.
A study shows that in the year 2013, entertainment video viewing will be less than 50% television, says Media Post.com.
ABC.com has reached record video traffic, says Lost Remote.
The FCC has dismissed challenges to TV station licenses over coverage of the 2004 elections, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
New York City’s only black-owned FM station, WBLS 107.5, has been nominated as a Legendary Station in the Marconi Awards presented by the National Association of Broadcasters. Radio Online reports.
Intel is reporting a sharp rise in profit and said strong demand worldwide for computer chips would continue in the current quarter. The New York Times reports.
Yahoo and Google have defended their ad alliance at a Washington hearing, says the New York Times.
AOL is looking for love at Google or Microsoft, says Lost Remote.
Apple has sued Psystar Corp., the computer maker that in April started selling Intel-based systems with Mac OS X pre-installed, for copyright and software licensing violations, according to court records and a Florida attorney. The New York Times reports.
Sprint Nextel, the wireless carrier, is in early talks to form a partnership with SK Telecom of South Korea to share information about mobile phones and other technology, according to people briefed on the talks. The New York Times reports.
Where to eat? Ask your iPhone, says the New York Times.
For those with iPhone envy, there are ways to unlock the potential of the Blackberry, says the Wall Street Journal.
PC World looks at 17 apps that iPhones need.
Google will protect uses’ identities from Viacom, under a new agreement, says the NewYork Times.
Under a deal with Google, ads on Yahoo could cost 22 percent more, says the New York Times.
The San Francisco computer engineer charged with masterminding a cyber-coup of the city’s network is being paid as he sits in jail, refusing to allow other administrators to get into the system that controls e-mails, law enforcement records and payroll documents, authorities say. The computer engineer, Terry Childs, 43, of Pittsburg, California, who earns a six-figure salary with the San Francisco city Technology Department, appeared in court yesterday on four felony counts of computer tampering before being returned to his jail cell. He is being held in lieu of $5 million bail, says the San Francisco Chronicle.
The CEO of Yahoo is being accused of allegedly admitting that its deal with Google would reduce competition. A Microsoft executive has told a U.S. Senate antitrust panel that Jerry Yang made the comment during a private meeting, report the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, and Bloomberg News.
There are sophisticated digital scales that assist in getting precise numbers for following recipes, says the Wall Street Journal.
Germany’s data-protection agencies have started to monitor street scanning by Google as the owner of the most popular Internet search engine seeks to build three- dimensional city pictures for its Google Earth application. The Federal Commissioner For Data Protection, a Bonn-based agency, said Google’s activities in filming German streets are “problematic” though federal and state data-protection agents have yet to find a legal basis to hinder filming that’s carried out by cameras mounted on vehicles. This report is from Bloomberg News.
Sony’s is raising the curtain on a PlayStation 3 movie download service. The company announced at the E3 Business and Media Summit it will launch a downloadable movie service Tuesday featuring films from such studios as Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers. Associated Press reports.
The 3 major TV network news anchors will be accompanying Barack Obama on his trip to the Middle East next week, says the Washington Post.
U.S. House Democrats have launched the first TV ads of the campaign, reports Associated Press.
TV ad money shows the Democrats’ faith in congressional contests, says the Orlando Sentinel.
Two telemarketing companies that sell Dish Network’s satellite TV services have agreed to pay fines of $95,000 for ignoring the federal do-not-call list and hanging up on customers, federal regulators say. Planet Earth Satellite Inc., of Phoenix, Arizona and its president have been charged with calling consumers whose phone numbers are on the National Do Not Call Registry. Star Satellite LLC, based in Provo, Utah, is accused of making telemarketing calls that failed to connect consumers to a live telemarketer within two seconds after consumers answer the call. Associated Press reports.
Radio revenues dropped 7% in June, compared to June 2007, says Media Daily News.
Mort Walker who draws the Beetle Bailey cartoon for the daily newspapers, has a $20 million collection of cartoons, but no place to put them, says the Wall Street Journal.
The owners of the Las Vegas Sun are looking at creating a Las Vegas TV Network.
The Hollywood Reporter has laid off 12 employees, including 10 editorial employees, says Folio.
Washington Post-Newsweek, which already owns Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10, is buying NBC station WTVJ channel 6, to create a television duopoly in Miami, says the Miami Herald.
Three-fourths of Canadians will be online soon, says eMarketer.
World War II England is the theme on Masterpiece Theatre Sunday evening at 9 on Thirteen/WNET and PBS, says the New York Times.