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Media Briefing for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
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Walter Cronkite was the last of a broadcast breed.
(Washington Post)

That’s The Way It Was, an hourlong CBS News special honoring Walter
Cronkite, delivered network television’s largest audience in prime time on
Sunday, as 7.4 million viewers tuned in. (New York Times)

The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will retain the voice of Walter
cronkite. (New York Times)

Walter Cronkite’s signature was approachable authority. (New York Times)

Is public radio dangerously close to making public radio obsolete?
(mocoNews)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts mark 80 years on the air. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/20/national/a115020D33.DTL>
(Associated Press)

The irksome cellphone industry.
(New York Times)

Windows 7 has reached desperate PC makers. (New York Times)

Who is ruling the mobile bands?
(New York Times)

AOL’s new CEO is daring to dream of a resurgent AOL. (New York Times)

Mom-and-pop businesses are turning to social networking to market themselves. (New York Times)

Amazon.com is trying the shoe retailer Zappos.com on for size. The companies announced on Wednesday that Amazon was acquiring Zappos, based in Henderson, Nev., for 10 million shares of Amazon stock, worth nearly $900 million at its current level. (Nw York Times)
(Associated Press)

Yahoo confirms that it has acquired Xoopit, a San Francisco start-up that helps people search e-mail, photos and videos in one place. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Apple’s profits top estimates.
(Bloomberg News)

A Chinese worker committed suicide over a missing iPhone, prompting Apple to issue a special statement. (Associated Press) (PC World)

A California man has pleaded guilty to uploading a pirated copy of the movie Slumdog Millionaire onto the Internet.
(Associated Press)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revamped its Web site. (Associated Press)

Yahoo has “jazzed” up its home page.
(Associated Press)

Two more Web sites dedicated to social networking went offline in China on Tuesday amid tightening controls that have blocked Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites that offered many Chinese a rare taste of free expression. (Associated Press)

The identity of the cyber attacker who attacked Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea still remains a mystery. (Associated Press)

North Korea TV has aired a new documentary about its communist leader. (Associated Press)

The South Carolina attorney general who threatened to prosecute Craigslist for prostitution-related ads now wants a federal judge to dismiss the company’s complaint against him, according to court papers. (Associated Press)

A study says Americans’ Internet wireless usage is going up.
(Associated Press)

A report says a shortage of cyber experts may hinder the U.S. government. (Associated Press)

Corporate secrecy is under the microscope after the recent Twitter leaks. (San Jose Mercury News)

Intel is appealing its $1.45 billion European antitrust fine. (San
Jose Mercury News)

Microsoft has ended a proposal deal with CIT Group, the financial lender. (Bloomberg News)

The CEO of Disney says it is a possibility that Hulu.com could start charging customers. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/22/financial/f170255D51.DTL> (Associated Press)

A judge handling one of Venezuela’s most politically charged cases said Monday that she was fired after complaining about pressure to rule against an opponent of President Hugo Chavez. Alicia Torres said she received notification from the Supreme Court that her appointment as a judge had been revoked. She did not provide details, but she called her removal illegal and vowed to challenge the move. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/17/international/i152040D47.DTL> (Associated Press)

Hugo Chavez is reported to be considering handing over hundreds of Venezuela’s radio stations to people who share his political vision. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/21/international/i181620D46.DTL> (Associated Press)

PBS’s chief content officer, John Boland, is leaving his post after just three years to return to Northern California, citing a desire to return to
working at a local level. His departure, which has been rumored for several weeks, was announced internally by Paula Kerger, PBS’s president and chief executive, who said Mr. Boland was expected to leave by the end of the year. He is departing at an awkward time, as public broadcasting’s news and public affairs producers are in the midst of hammering out a project, pushed by Mr. Boland, to collaborate on distributing and marketing their programming. (New York Times)