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Media Briefing for Thursday, July 2, 2009

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Ken Burns of PBS, Katie Couric of CBS and Chris Rohrs of the Television Advertising Bureau are among those being honored as Giants Of Broadcasting in October. (TV Newsday)

Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century? (Associated Press)

Four girls who were sexually assaulted by men they first contacted on MySpace cannot seek damages from the social-networking Web site, which is protected from liability by federal law, a California state appeals court has ruled. (San Francisco Chronicle)

After an outcry, China delays its requirement for censoring software – to delete pornography and other items. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News) China’s backoff highlights the public’s role. (Associated Press)

The China state news agency is planning an English language TV service. (Associated Press)

Iranians are taking risks by uploading their dissent with the government and the election results. (Associated Press)

In an effort to fend off federal regulation, major trade groups in the advertising industry have announced stricter guidelines on how their members use and collect online data. href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/business/media/02adco.html?ref=business> (New York Times) (Associated Press)

As Sony struggles, the Sony Walkman hits 30 years of age. (Associated Press)

Celebrity news Website TMZ.com earns new respect in the wake of its scoop on Michael Jackson’s death. (Washington Post)

How TMZ gets scoops. (paidContent)

Do you want to let your friends — but not your boss — read about your weekend on Facebook? Soon you will be able to do just that. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Microsoft’s new Bing search feature has won some share from Google. href=http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/07/01/technology/tech-us-microsoft-bing.html?ref=technology> (New York Times)

Sirius XM satellite radio CEO Mel Karmazin has gotten a pay hike. (Reuters)

Chase Carey’s return to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. pays off handsomely for himself. (Los Angeles Times)

Bing now shows some Twitter updates. (New York Times)

Google has dropped its news comment feature. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Vibe is the latest magazine to succumb in this economic downturn. (paidContent)

Radio ads sponsored by religious groups are urging an overhaul of the nation’s health care system. (Associated Press)

Joost – a Hulu competitor – has reinvented itself again, pulling the plug on its Web video service. (Associated Press) (New York Times)

An online tool will track U.S. technology spending. href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/technology/01dashboard.html?ref=technology> (New York Times)

The buyer of Pirate Bay – a file sharing site – wants to go totally legal. (New York Times)

Money worries kill an A-list film at the last minute, perhaps the start of a trend. (New York Times)

CBS News – perhaps fittingly – has won the top Edward R. Murrow News Award. (New York Daily News)

Pro bono spots – public service announcements – are taking up more commercial time on TV, cable and radio. (New York Times)

Gannett is cutting 1,400 in a new round of cuts. (Associated Press)

Politico’s print version has helped make it profitable. (Vanity Fair)

Can the Washington Post make money in the Internet age? (Washingtonian)

Garrison Keillor of NPR’s Prairie Home Companion is featured on PBS’s American Masters. (New York Daily News) (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Congressman Edolphus Towns of New York City, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is voicing concern about use of Portable People Meter by Arbitron in gathering radio ratings, saying it undercounts minority listeners, and has launched a probe. (Washington Post) (Reuters)

Sprint is wiring itself for a comeback. (Washington Post)

Black reporters on the beat of covering Michelle Obama. (Washington Post)

The new military government in Honduras has clamped down on news media and on protesters. (Washington Post)

Jen Howard, who has been press director for media activist group Free Press, has joined the Federal Communications Commission as press secretary for newly-named Chairman Julius Genachowski, serving as his spokesperson and liaison with the press. (Broadcasting & Cable)

TV critics at newspapers are disappearing even though – in a 500-channel world – they are needed more than ever by the viewer. (Washington Post)

Are the lenders steering Clear Channel Communications – the nation’s largest radio station group – toward bankruptcy? (San Antonio Express-News)

The new owner of the Weekly Standard political magazine, Denver businessman Philip Anschutz, is profiled. (Forbes)

Comcast has pulled an ad about the GM bailout after its claims are challenged by GM. (Washington Post)

Ion Media is launching its digital broadcast “triple play” in New York City and in D.C. (Earth Times)

The Tribune Co. has made a national advertising deal with the Dallas Morning News. (Los Angeles Times)

Federal Trade Commission attempts to regulate blogging will fail. (San Jose Mercury News)

A new search engine uncovers and maps job openings. (IDG News Service)

The first steps top getting published. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Does the Wikipedia blackout of information about the 7-month kidnapping of a New York Times reporter raise questions about censorship? (San Francisco Chronicle)