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Media Briefing for Friday, November 13, 2009

staff | November 13th, 2009

Reporters and executives from Associated Press, CNN, the New York Times and the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission are among those speaking at a massive conference at Yale University on the news media at this critical juncture and its future. (New Haven Advocate)

In her new book, Sarah Palin criticizes Katie Couric of CBS and Charles Gibson of ABC. (Washington Post)

Facebook and Wikipedia executives brief the Vatican on the Web. (Associated Press)

There will be no last minute bid for NBC Universal from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. (Los Angeles Times)

John Solomon has resigned as top editor of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times. (Washington Post) (Politico)

The publisher of the Los Angeles Times is named chairman of Sirius XM satellite radio. (Los Angeles Times)

Al Gore’s Current TV is shifting from a video format. (Los Angeles Times) (San Francisco Chronicle)

Thirty million DTV coupons go unused. (Broadcasting & Cable)

A journalist from Current TV who was arrested by and held by North Korea is writing a book about her experience. (New York Times)

For Comcast’s chief, content led the way. (New York Times)

CNN says Lou Dobbs is seeking a freer forum. (Washington Post)

Advocacy groups claim a victory after Lou Dobbs departs CNN. (Associated Press)

John King is replacing Lou Dobbs on the 7 p.m. CNN news telecast. (New York Times)

John King says he does not have to give up objectivity to woo viewers. (Los Angeles Times)

Lou Dobbs resigns under fire. (Baltimore Sun)

Lou Dobbs’ departure is a double edged sword for CNN. (Los Angeles Times)

With MSNBC on the left and Fox News Channel on the right, CNN can seize the middle ground. (Los Angeles Times)

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien speaks about television news. (New Haven Advocate)

CNN cuts back on a major Web project. (New York Times)

The Tim Russert Exhibit opens Friday, November 20 at The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. The Newseum describes highlights of its Tim Russert office exhibit, which will include a large wooden sign reading “Thou Shalt Not Whine” that was located at the front of Russert’s desk. Plus Russert’s collection of historic and nostalgic items from American pop culture and other humorous political souvenirs sent to him by fans. The exhibit, “Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If It’s Sunday, It’s ‘Meet The Press’,” honors the longtime NBC Meet The Press host who died of a heart attack in 2008. (DCRTV)

The New York Times news service is cutting jobs and relocating to Florida. (New York Times)

If Comcast acquires NBC, a possible glimpse of Dick Ebersol’s future. (New York Times)

Tech giants no longer respect business borders. (New York Times)

A.M.D. – Intel settlement won’t end their woes. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News) (Associated Press) (San Francisco Chronicle)

Another video Web faceoff: Rabu vs. Boxee. (New York Times)

Boxee gets into the hardware business. (New York Times)

Verizon: how much do you charge now? (New York Times)

Clicker aims to be the path to TV online. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Silicon Valley firms help China earthquake victims. (San Jose Mercury News)

Amazon Web Services to expand to Asia Pacific. (IDG News Service)

Facebook tips: staying safe while using apps and games. (CIO.com)

A kidnapped Norwegian freelance journalist is freed in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Bing vs. Google: feature wars. (PC World)

The Palm Pixi (Sprint) Smartphone. (PC World)

Big companies are competing in the app marketplace. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Media Briefing for Thursday, November 12, 2009

staff | November 12th, 2009

Lou Dobbs is leaving CNN. (Associated Press) (New York Times) (New York Daily News) (Washington Post) (Los Angeles Times)

Lou Dobbs explains his decision. (New York Times)

The drug industry is pressing the U.S> Food and Drug Administration to allow more online ads. (Associated Press)

News Web sites looking less like newspapers and more like TV news, with more video reports. (New York Times)

Because of lost coverage, the DTV switch has cost ABC millions in lost coverage,. (Variety)

FCC commissioner Michael Copps wants TV and radio broadcasters to focus on localism. (Radio Business Report)

The FCC wades into the issue of media ownership. (Broadcasting & Cable)

TV viewing sets a high. (TV News Check) (Reuters)

The Federal Trade Commission says free credit score ads are misleading. (New York Times)

The CEO of National Public Radio speaks. (Washington Post)

NPR goes out on a limb with 50 Great Voices. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

How did the New York press miss the fact that the extravagantly financed mayoral campaign of Michael Bloomberg was nearly derailed? (Washington Post)

Ex New York Post editor: Barack Obama cartoon flap led to her firing. (Associated Press)

Doonesbury on Twitter. (Washington Post)

Garrison Keillor’s tour. (Washington Post)

Nick At Nite’s hot show has some parents boiling. (Saint Petersburg Times)

Sesame Street on PBS is 40. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) (New York Times) (Los Angeles Times) Classic Sesame Street characters. (Los Angeles Times) Jim Henson and his Muppets. (Los Angeles Times)

The alternate jobs of the Sesame Street Muppets. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) Getting a hand on how they perform. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Forty years of Sesame Street days. (Zap 2 It)

Answers to questions about Sesame Street on PBS. (New York Times)

Michelle Obama visits Sesame Street. (New York Daily News)

The PBS ombudsman is looking at a segment of Sesame Street that pokes fun at the Fox News Channe, drawing criticism from viewers. (PBS) (New York Times)

This Old House on PBS is 30. and is reorienting itself for the housing crisis. (Boston Globe)

The unauthorized and uncensored history of <the Simpsons. (New York Times)

Sean Hannity uses wrong video in report on a health care protest. (New York Times)

Sixty members of the U.S. House of Representatives have asked the FCC to explore the mandatory inclusion of FM radios in mobile phones. (Radio Ink)

HD radio for the iPhone. (Wall Street Journal)

Will George Stephanopoulos host Good Morning America? (Washington Post)

Can watching cable TV news induce despair? (Huffington Post)

Al Gore’s Current TV is cutting 80 jobs. (San Francisco Chronicle)

CNN is downplaying its ratings slump. (Los Angeles Times)

CNN is finding primetime success elusive. (Associated Press)

Fox News: are opinionated anchors a good thing? (Los Angeles Times)

Will NBC place local news at 10 p.m. and delay Jayu Leno? (Newsblues) (paid subscription)

A Comcast-led NBC Universal would be an advdertising game-changer. (Advertising Age)

FCC conditions on an NBC-Comcast deal could hurt its “synergy.” (Reuters)

Lots of smoke but likely few fllames in NBC Comcast deal in D.C. (Los Angeles Times)

An intense review is expected for the NBC – Comcast deal. (New York Times)

The employees say Comcast is an excellent place to work. (Boston Globe)

Citadel, which owns hundreds of AM and FM radio stations nationwide including WABC 770 New ayork, WLS 890 Chicago and KGO 810 San Francisco, may seek chapter 11 relief. (Radio Ink)

The news stations WCBS-AM 880 and WINS-AM 1010 dominate the morning radio ratings in metro New York. (New York Daily News)/

Mel Karmazin is pleased with the Q3 financials for Sirius XM satellite radio. (All Access)

Broadcast stations need to hang onto their spectrum. (TV News Check)

Broadcasters meet with the FCC on the issue of spectrum. (TV News Check)

With the switch to DTV, TV stations lose 8%. (Nielsen Wire)

TV reception in automobiles will soon get a lot clearer. (Twice)

A compromise has been reached on allowing power increases for HD FM stations. (Radio World)

The FCC has sunk longtime San Francisco pirate radio station Cat FM, but it will continue on the Internet. (Radio Ink)

Can the NAB’s Gordon Smith save broadcasting? (Broadcasting & Cable)

The TV networks prepare to battle cable and maybe their own affiliates. (Los Angeles Times)

Harry Harrison, formeryly of New York City radio stations WMCA 570, WABC 770 and WCBS-FM 101.1, is inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame. (Bergen Record)

Bill Rock remembers New York City radio. (Examiner)

The question for Oprah: broadcast or cable? (New York Times)

MTV marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Associuatred Press)

The U.S. House minority whip, Republican Eric Cantor, criticizes Rush Limbaugh. (Politico)

Sony is to offer film on the Internet, then DVD. (New York Times)

The Orange County Register has relaunched its Web site with new features. (Editor & Publisher)

Three top executives are ousted at the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times. (Washington Post) (TPM)

Bonuses for Freedom executives. (Arizona Capitol Times)

Will Rupert Murdoch stop Google from searching for news items. (New York Times)

Web companies offer free WiFi for travelers. (Associated Press)

Rather than isolate people, tech tools help pull people together, nolt isolate them, according to a study. href=http://www.siliconvalley.com/news/ci_13711997> (San Jise Mercury News)

World’s 2nd largest video game maker, Electronic Arts, reports $391 million loss and plans 1,500 job cuts. (San Jose Mercury News) (New York Times)

Adobe is cutting 680 jobs. (San Jose Mercury News)

Palm’s webOS has not gotten the attention it deserves. (San Jose Mercury News)

Google snaps up mpbile ad startup for $750 million. (Associated Press) (New York Times) (Los Angeles Times)

MS Office battles Google in the cloud. (IDG News Service)

Compuware completes $295 million acquisition of Gomez. (Associated Press)

Microsoft releases security guidelinees for Agbile. (IDG News Service)

The social networking site Tagged.com has adopted reforms. (Associated Press)

Yahoo follows Google onto China’s porn offense list. (IDG News Service)

Online publishing for the cheap and lazy. (Computer World)

Domain auction site faces schill bidding lawsuit. (IDG News Service)

A weekend with the Moto Droid. (PC World)

The top editor leaves China’s boldest news magazine. (Associated Press)

It’s no iPhone killer, but the Droid has lots to like. (San Francisco Chronicle)

More users offload laptop work onto smartphones. (San Franciosco Chronicle)

Great cities need libraries now more than ever. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A judge has stopped two Web sites from selling Beatles songs. (Associated Press)

Google releases core development tools as open source. (IDG News Service)

A New York City man is charged in a $365 million in a fitness Web site scam. (Associated Press)

Mozilla fixes Firefox crash bug. (Computer World)

Google adds new social media features to Friend Connect. (IDG News Service)

Vendors scrambling to fix bug in net neutrality. (IDG News Service)

Logitech breaks into videoconferencing. (New York Times)

A cultural bent hangs over Oracle’s bid for Sun. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News)

A few additions to enhance bits. (New York Times)

Intel is selling its own reasder for the health care market. (New York Times)

Tweets are coming to Linked In. (New York Times)

A Twitter book and now TV show. (New York Times)

A device for dedicated Tweeters. (New York Times)

Burberry looks online for ways to gain customers. (New York Times)

Sprint Nextel is trimming another 2,500 jobs. (New York Times)

Orange launch day iPhone sales set a record. (New York Times)

Blackberry developer conference: it’s all about the apps. (New York Times)

Bot herders used Google apps to spread malware. (New York Times)

Bill in U.S. Congresses addresses insurance of telephone service in rural high-cost areas. (Reuters)

U.S. regulators mull changes to telephone access rules. (Reuters)

Peter Storer, former CEO of Storer Broadcasting and Cable, whose ownings included New York City AM station WHN 1050, has died at age 81. (Associated Press)

The U.S. State Department is deploring assaults on 3 Cuban bloggers. (Associated Press)

TV series help propel Lionsgate to profit. (Los Angeles Times)

The DISH network is shutting down a McKeesport, Pennsylvania call center with 600 employees. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

A statue of PBS’s veteran children’s TV host Fred Rogers is bringing out the critics. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is still visited by many. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

The creators of South Park have built an eco-friendly mansion in Colorado. (Associated Press)

A pro-government group defends Argentina’s media law. (Associated Press)

HP is buying 3Com for $2.7 billion. (Associated Press) (New York Times)

In the tech world, beware the hype around mergers. (San Jose Mercury News)

Web application security efforts fall short. (Computer World)

Web-based email service features come to desktop software. (Associated Press)

Microsoft brings more Web data to Bing results. (Associated Press)

The Churchill Downs horse racetrack in Kentucky is buying a Youbdet site. (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

A new Web site lets music lovers watch concerts online. (Associated Press)

In China, there is no rush to adopt domain lines written in Chinese. (IDG News Service)

China lauds an iPhone app that spreads state views. (IDG News Service)

Ancestry.com opens up its military section. (Associated Press)

Motorola is looking at selling its largest unit. (Associated Press)

Motorola is said to be considering dividing into 3 companies. (New York Times)

Google Latitude updates track you and alert you of friends nearby. (Computer World)

Firefox turns 5 – will it see 10? (PC World)

Firefox flaws account for 44% of all browser bugs. (Computer World)

The new Blackberry Storm improves on the original. (Associated Press)

Tweeter’s revamped retweets. (PC World)

Amazon Kindle for PC E-Book software. (PC World)

The frustrations of finding information on restaurant Web sites. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Google Maps show flu shot providers in the U.S> (IDG News Service)

Twitter, LinkedIn link up on tweets. (Network World)

Torments of the Internet damned. (Computer World)

Cisco showcases big bets on collaboration. (IDG News Service)

The CEO of Yahoo pledges to increase profit margins. (Associated Press)

Facebook groups were disruopted but not hijacked, Facebook says. (Network World) (Computer World)

How to market your business with Facebook. (New York Times)

Microsoft brings Silverlight to Facebook. (Info World)

Bing is offering a number of features. (New York Times)

A spending spree in California’s Silicon Valley. (New York Times)

How mjuch is Twitter worth? Less than you think. (New York Times)

Will Verizon launch an iPhone next year? (New York Times)

Metropolitan Home magazine is to close. (Associated Press)

C-SPAN will have live coverage of the 1 p.m. Saturday memorial service for Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times Washington correspondent Jack Nelson from the Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. C-SPAN will air a repeat of the service at 8 p.m. Saturday. (DCRTV)

Media Briefing for Thursday, November 5, 2009

staff | November 9th, 2009

Sesame Street is marking 40 years. (New York Times) (San Francisco Chronicle)

Children watch more TV than ever. (New York Times)

A Denver public TV station, KBDI channel 12, is setting up an investigative news operation. (Associated Press)

The Wall Street Journal is adding a New York report. (New York Times)

The Wall Street Journal has launched its San Francisco edition. (Associated Press)

Generation Y holds tight to E-mail and texting. (E-Marketer)

Who invented blogging? (San Jose Mercury News)

Verizon is doubling its cancellation fees. (Washington Post)

New York state attorney general Andrew Cuomo files an Intel antitrust suit. (New York Times) (IDG News Service) (Washington Post) (Los Angeles Times)

The new MSN: where will more white space and local news make you visit? (New York Times)

The new MSN homepage. (PC World)

Amazon turns Twitter into a marketplace. (New York Timnes)

A t Viacom, the profit rises primarily on cutbacks. (New York Times)

Best Buy is preparing for the post-DVD era. (New York Times)

Author Ken Auletta looks for the Google story. (Associated Press)

Cablevision profit for Q3 more than triples. (Associated Press)

Cablevision is raising its cable TV rates by 4%. (Associated Press)

The end of the fight over Skype may be near. (New York Times)

The Droid smartphone is called good but not great. (San Jose Mercury News)

When the Droid goes to Europe, it’s a milestone. ()

DiVitas mobile collaboration goes to iPhone, Android, RIM. (IDG News Service)

AT&T declares color war on Verizon. (New York Times)

Motorola’s Droid is a serious smart phone. (Associated Press)

Friendsourcing the Quest for iPhone Apps. (New York Times)

Google is to unveil new privacy controls. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Cisco and EMC form venture to serve data centers. (New York Times)

Cisco results offer more hope for tech industry. (New York Times)

Silicon Valley chip companies may face a drawn-out economic recovery. (San Jose Mercury News)

Amazon.com closes on Zappos.com acquisition. (Associated Press)

Virtual worlds employee avatars will need dress codes. (Computer World)

BrightScope, Target Date Analytics form new index. (Associated Press)

Web Goes Worldwide with international domains. (PC World)

Sony Reader Pocket Edition E-Book Reader. (PC World)

Mozilla plans a major Firefox Interface overhaul. (IDG News Service)

Facebook Era author Clara Shih: make that the Facebook and iPhone era. (New York Times)

Webmasters who find an annoying error message on their sites may have caught a big break, thanks to a slip-up by the authors of the Gumblar botnet. Tens of thousands of Web sites, many of them small sites running the WordPress blogging software, have been broken, returning a “fatal error” message in recent weeks. According to security experts those messages are actually generated by some buggy malicious code sneaked onto them by Gumblar’s authors. (IDG News Service)

Newspapers want readers’ help with Web credibility. (Associated Press)

The Federal Trade Commission has ruled against the Web practices of a real estate. (IDG News Service)

Seesmic adds support for Twitter Lists. (New York Times)

Twitter Peek: the world’s first Twitter-only device. (PC World) (Computer World)

Next month: Comcast’s online video service. (Associated Press)

Comcast’s 3Q profit up 32% (Associated Press)

Yahoo donates traffic server to Apache. (Info World)

Ribbit offers a fuller Google Voice-like service. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Google Chrome Beta gets Bookmark Sync. (PC World)

Google’s Chrome browser share growth trumps Firefox’s. (Computer World)

Intuit completes the buyout of Mint.com. (Associated Press)

Microsoft’s rivals will challenge the Microsoft browser settlement. (New York Times)

Microsoft is pushing a switchovder deal for CRM Online. (IDG News Service)

Microsoft is laying of 800 worldwide. (Boston Globe) (Associated Press)

Sony Ericsson adds own UI to its first Android phone. (IDG News Service)

Pastors areopening online churches. (Associated Press)

Best Buy embraces digital delivery of home video. (Associated Press)

Microsoft questions Google Apps’ momentum as it touts 1M online business suite customers. (Computer World)

PCs shed pounds and CD drives, gain touch screens. (Associated Press)

Microsoft questions Google Apps’ momentum as it touts 1M online business suite customers. (Computer World)

IBM finds path to mobile and voice browsers. (IDG News Service)

Businesses still back the social networks. (IDG News Service)

Casinos use social media sites to reach customers. (Associated Press)

Cable modem hacker busted by feds. (IDG News Service)

Novelle has unveiled an enterprise social networking suite. (IDG News Service)

Ancestry.com raises 100 million dollars in an Initial Public Offering. (Associuated Press)

eBooks make a holiday charge. (Washington Post)

Google adds new social media features to Friend Connect. (IDG News Service)

Singapore is to offer Chinese-language domain names. (IDG News Service)

The former CEO of Hewlett Packard will challenge U.S. senator Barbara Boxer of California. (Associated Press)

MSN offers a Public Sneak Peek at its New Look. (PC World)

Study: Internet use leads to more diverse networks. (Associated Press)

Chinese agencies fight for control of Web game. (Associated Press)

The Tribune Co. newspapers will not use AP next week. (Associated Press)

Scripps is said to win control of cable TV’s Travel Channel. (New York Times)

A better than expected profit is reported by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (New York Times)

Geocities.com – shut down last week: a photo gallery. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Babylon, Long Island AM radio station WNYG 1440 has gone dark. (New York Radio Message Board)

Little to no coverage of Long Island’s elections Tuesday was to be found election night on the central/western Long Island radio dial, which has 16 Long Island-based radio signals. (New York Radio Message Board)

The TV networks plan to battle cable and possibly their own affiliates. (Los Angeles Times)

The Oprah Winfrey Network names Lisa Erspamer as its chief creative executive. (Los Angeles Times)

E! is launching an Asian version of its news. (Associated Press)

Media Briefing for Friday, October 30, 2009

staff | October 30th, 2009

The Geocities Web sites, which included thousands and thousands of sites ranging from personal postings to sites of gay organziations in foreign nations, were shut down and eliminated by Yahoo this week. (Hartford Advocate) A site known as the Wayback Machine</a) preserves thousands of board site postings.

Yahoo sets out to gain analysts’ repsect. (Associated Press)

In Denmark, the newspaper cartoonist who drew pictures of Muhammad and received widspread threats of terror, rermains defiant in the face of new threats. (Associated Press)

In Sacramento, a mother of three died after drinking too much water in a radio station contest sponsored by KDND 107.9. Now, a jury has decided KDND owner Entercom should pay the woman’s family $16 million. (Sacramento Bee)

Editors see financial gains in cutting frequency of daily newspapers. (Associated Press)

In France, newspapers are offering free subscriptions to young readers. (New York Times)

Companies big and small monitor Twitter to see what customers want, and so does Twitter itself. (New York Times)

George Stephanopoulos should replace Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Good Morning America. (Inside TV)

Protesters demonstrate against BBC invitation to far right leader. (New York Times)

The tyranny of e-mail. (New York Times)

In Venewzuela, Michael Moore irks supporters of Hugo Chavez. (New York Times)

CNN is last in cable news ratings. (New York Times)

Using a cellphone number to pay for virtual goods. (New York Times)

Helping grandpa to the tech world. (New York Times)

How Sanjay Jha overhauled Motorola’s culture. (New York Times)

Twitter is no threat at all to Facebook, says analyst. (New York Times)

Mapquest updates its maps – but is it too late? (New York Times)

Mobile Web’s explosive growth. (New York Times)

Zappos.com gets personal, but not too personal. (New York Times)

Sprint Nextel’s 3rd quarter loss grows. (Associated Press) href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/technology/companies/30sprint.html?ref=business> (New York Times)

Time is expected to eliminate more jobs. (New York Times)

WTAQ-AM 1360 Green Bay, Wisconsin talk show host Jerry Bader is suspended over remakrs he made about why Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor dropped out of the race for governor. (Associated Press)

A bullet hits Lou Dobbs’ New jersey home with his wifde nearby. (Associated Press)

The city of Baltimore gioves a financial break to the struggling Baltimore Jewish Times. (Baltimore Sun)

Cablevision is raising its rates 4% (Associated Press)

Chrysler is offering cable TV in the automobile. (Associated Press)

The venture capital confidence level in the Silicon Valley is flat. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Fox News Channel and the White House are talking. (Associated Press)

Family Guy: for Microsoft, incest and the Nazi holocaust are not funny. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The future for Internet radio looks bright. (Report Linker)

Chicago real estate magnate Sam Zell says the tribune Co. will exit chapter 11 bankruptcy next year. (Los Angeles Business)

Hebrew, Hindi and other scripots get Web address nod. (Associated Press)

Report: cyberattacks are traced to North Korea. (Associated Press)

A Web marketer has been ordered to pay Facebook $711 million in damages. (Associated Press)

The Motorola Droid: the early reviews are in. (PC World)

Amazon hopes to simplify Web shopping – with words. (Associated Press)

The Internet marks 40 years. (PC World)

Network engineers question the need for net neutrality rules. (IDG News Service)

A Web site in China lets people ogle luxury goods. (Associated Press)

Maine banking regulators warn customers about Internet scam. (Associated Press)

Esquire looks to energize porint with 3-D animation. (Associated Press)

Google’s new music search is just so-so. (PC World)

Twitter warns of a new phishing attack. (IDG News Service)

Facebook unveils a development roadmap. (PC World)

A cat photo Web site leads to serious Web empire. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Media Briefing for Thursday, October 29, 2009

staff | October 29th, 2009

Children watch a great deal of TV. (Associated Press)

Politico’s parent plans a Web site devoted to D.C.-area news. (Washington Post) (Politico) (New York Times)

Germany looks at ways to protect online journalism. (New York Times)

Circulation at many of the country’s largest newspapers continued a steep slide for the six months ending September 2009. For the nation’s top 379 newspapers, average daily circulation plunged 10.6%….the most severe drop in history. The Wall Street Journal overtook USA Today as the nation’s No. 1 daily newspaper. Circulation at the Journal was up slightly, 0.6%, while USA Today took a 17% hit.

The New York Times is down 7.2%.
The Los Angeles Times fell 11%.
The Washington Post was off 6.4%.
The Chicago Tribune decreased 9.7%.
The San Francisco Chronicle plunged 25.8%.
The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., dropped 22.2%.
The Boston Globe decreased 18.4%.
The Chicago Sun-Times fell 12%.
The Miami Herald slipped 23%.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer was down 11.2%.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune fell 5.5%.
The Houston Chronicle declined 14.2%.
The Arizona Republic in Phoenix fell 12.3%.
The Baltimore Sun dropped 14.7%.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s new strategy resulted in a sharp decline in circulation, but is resulting in some profitable months. (San Francisco Chroniclke)

In a news release, USA Today stubbornly insisted it “remains number one in total daily print circulation.” Not so, says the Wall Street Journal, claiming to be “the largest newspaper by paid circulation in the US.”
(Editor & Publisher)

Most online readers will not pay for news content. (Media Daily News)

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger in describing the newspaper industry uses a Titanic analogy. (New York magazine)

Federal regulators are considering taking back some airwaves from television broadcasters and auctioning them off to wireless companies that want to add new wireless Internet services. FCC officials are focusing on the portion of the airwaves set aside for digital TV broadcasts. “The record is very clear that we’re facing a looming spectrum gap,” says Blair Levin, a former telecom analyst who is in charge of crafting the FCC’s national broadband plan. The plan, which is due in February, will lay out various ways to increase broadband availability and usage. Some broadcast-station owners are already expressing concern about the idea of shifting airwaves. They want to keep those airwaves for themselves. Many broadcasters would like wireless phones and other gadgets to come equipped with receivers that would allow consumers to watch digital TV. The National Association of Broadcasters says it opposes any FCC choices that “limit consumer access to the full potential of digital broadcasting.” (Wall Street Journal)

After Pittsburgh loses its urban AM-FM formatted radio station, a former staffer takes the music format online. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Google experiment to search your friends’ Twitter, Facebook and other postings. href=http://www.siliconvalley.com/business/ci_13644479> (San Jose Mercury News)

Google Voice light to work with existing cell phone numbers. href=http://www.siliconvalley.com/business/ci_13646117> (San Jose Mercury News)

Glenn Beck has a liberal public relations guru. (Washington Post)

DVR use increases network ratings. (USA Today)

Bill O’Reilly says his show has big ratings because it entertains. (Boston University Daily Free Press)

The FCC is warning several pirate, unlicensed FM radio stations. (All Access)

The FCC defends its fleeting expletives policy. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Bill Maher of HBO asks, “where is the outrage by the young?” (Detroit Free Press)

Indiana University names atrium for Tavis Smiley of PBS. (Indiana University Daily Student)

In a dispute, Texas State University removes Tavis Smiley’s name from its communications school. (Houston Chronicle)

NBC Middle East bureau chief Richard Engel was supposed to have been on a helicopter in Afghanistan that crashed. (Huffington Post)

Some viewers pull the plug on their TV sets and watch shows online instead. (Los Angeles Times)

NBC’s Today show holds a Children’s Reporter Contest. (Los Angeles Times)

The Fox News Channel relishes the scorn of the Obama administration. (Los Angeles Times) Behind the feud. (New York Times)

Brian Lehrer marks 20 years at WNYC 820 AM/ 93.9 FM New York. (New York Daily News)

Minorities decline in TV and film roles. (New York Times)

Shepard Smith of the Fox News Channel gets his own Web page. (Shepard Smith)

Shepard Smith apologizes for a lack of balance. (Associated Press)

CBS and PBS turn to independent news organizations to cover the gaps in foreign news. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Chris Cuomo and George Stephanopoulos are vying to be the next host of ABC’s Good Morning America. (Washington Post)

The CNN special on Latinos and Lou Dobbs. (New York Times)

Ostensibly for the children, Soup Sales had a wider audience. (Los Angeles Times)

Indiana Congressman Mike Pence praises Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh on the House floor. (All Access)

The FCC slots a panel to review its ownership rules. (tV News Check)

Flu-wary tele-commuters may overload the Web, GAO says. (Washington Post)

Facebook is a big friend to small businesses. (Los Angeles Times)

Why Google’s Android is a success. (San Jose Mercury News)

Yahoo sets out to regain analysts’ respect. (Associated Press)

Google is accused of malicious revenge in China. (IDG News Service)

Chinese paper accuses Google of hampering searches. (Associated Press)

China’s Baidu widens its lead over Google. (IDG News Service)

Google delivers SDK for Android 2.0. (IDG News Service)

Google signs Adwords deal with Taiwan trade promotion agency. (IDG News SZervice)

IBM finds a path to mobile and voice browsers. (IDG News Service)

Some 640,000 malware-infected Web sites are found. (Network World)

Google Voice service blocks fewer than 100 numbers. (Associated Press) (Reuters)

Google Voice lets users keep their phone numbers. (Reuters)

Google puts songs a click away in search. (Associated Press) (New York Times)

U.K. customers get access to Google PowerMeter. (IDG News Service)

Cisco is buying ScanSafe for $183 million. (Network World)

The White House has opened Web site programming to the public. (Associated Press)

The Nebraska legislature has set up a special budget Web site. (Associated Press)

The city of Los Angeles gives the OK to a plan to use Google services. (Associated Press)

A Disney i{Phone app makes photos the key to content. (Associated Press)

GSI Commerce buys Rue La La.com (Associated Press)

Google Maps Navigation takes on turn-by-turn directions. (San Francisco Chronicle) (New York Times)

Google Social Search aims to make social networks more useful. (Computer World)

Google Social Search unveiled sans Facebook. (PC World)

Google unveils its rumored music service. (San Francisco Chronicle) (New York Times)

Google’s Eric Schmidt on what the Web will look like in 5 years. (New York Times)

After a few months’ rest, SQL Web Attack spreads anew. (IDG News Service)

Wikia turns a small profit on advertising. (IDG News Service)

Yahoo inks news research pact in Taiwan. (IDG News Service)

Nokia launches its first phone for China’s mobile network. (IDG News Service)

The Apple store is intimidatingly helpful. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Mozilla releases Raindrop, a prototype messaging tool. (IDG News Service)

Sprint plans to release the Palm Pixi in mid-November. (Network World)

Disney is launching iPhone and iPod applications. (Reuters)

Online advertisers are monkeying around less. (Los Angeles Times)

Group worries about violence against women on TV shows. (Associated Press)

MSNBC puts its search for a 10 p.m. show on the back burner. (Associated Press)

In Maine, a lumberjack pastor films his own anti-gay marriage TV ads. (Associated Press)

Rod Serling’s brave new world of TV – the Twilight Zone on CBS. (Los Angeles Times)

Cleveland’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is 25 years. (Los Angeles Times)

CBS media chief Quincy Smith is departing. (Los Angeles Times)

India’s Bollywood movies are a bright spot for U.S. cinema. (Los Angeles Times)

Comcast to debut cable shows online by the end of this year. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Welcome to MTV’s Real World. (Washington Post)

In a report on breast cancer, Washington ABC affiliate WJLA channel 7 will show breasts. (Washington Post)

NPR’s racial diversity is questioned by the National Association of Black Journalists. (Maynard Institute)

There is now a Facebook page for employees fired by Clear Channel. (DCRTV)

Strategy of new chief at Motorola poised to take off. (New York Times)

Verizon sends out the Droids. (New York Times)

German broadcaster considers pay TV features. (New York Times)

Media Briefing for Friday, October 23, 2009

staff | October 23rd, 2009

The CEO of NPR says NPR could do more to serve people of color. (Washington Business Journal)

Most people read a daily local newspaper. (Editor & Publisher)

Starting next Wednesday, Newsday will start charging for access to its online stories. (Associated Press)

In Nevada, Greenspun Media cuts neighborhood newspapers. (Associated Press)

On the issue of consolidation of ownership of media, the FCC is looking at ways in which it considers media ownership control. (Los Angeles Times)

The FCC has announced the makeup of the panels and the agendas for its media ownership panels in Washington November 2 through 4. (All Access) (TV News Check)

What does it mean when the FCC issues a notice of a proposed rulemaking? (IDG News Service)

Talk show host Glenn Beck’s early days at Clear Channel radio in New Haven. (New Haven Advocate)

The FCC has taken the first step toward net neutrality rules. (IDG News Service) (Associated Press) (New York Times) (Washington Post) (Reuters) (Los Angeles Times)

AT&T is poised to lose a key vote on the net neutrality proposal. (Los Angeles Times)

Google and Verizon issue a joint statement on net neutrality. (Network World)

A key congressman – Virginia Democrat Rick Boucher – has thrown his support behind the FCC’s plan for net neutrality. (Reuters)

A study by Free Press disputes claims that net neutrality rules would harm investment. (IDG News Service)

Republican senator John McCain of Arizona has introduced a bill to block the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules. (Broadcasting & Cable)

National Public Radio is asking the FCC to eliminate rules that require FM stations to protect analog TV channel 6. (Communications Law Blog)

A Windows 7 upgrade may be a chore for some. (Boston Globe)

Windows 7 keeps the good and is trying to fix the bad. (New York Times)

Windows 7 launch may spark PC sales. (San Jose Mercury News)

Windows 7 from Microsoft debuts. (Seattle Times)

With Windows 7, Microsoft hopes for a fresh start. (Associated Press)

Microsoft avoids Bing for Mobile talk. (Computer World)

Microsoft strikes search deals with Facebook and Twitter. (IDG News Service)

The Google-Microsoft search rivalry heats up. (Computer World)

The CEO of Google says vast changes are coming to the Web in the next 5 years. (Associated Press)

Google is set to launch its own music service. (Associated Press)

Google is set to offer a music service and phone. (Computer World)

Google and Bing rivalry increases on Facebook and Twitter. (PC World)

MySpace music videos will appear on Facebook. (Associated Press)

Google and Facebook are to offer music sales. (IDG News Service)

MySpace has unveiled a new music service in a bid to reinvent itself. (Computer World)

A Chinese group says Google is violating copyrights. (Associated Press)

Chinese authors mull action over Google Book settlement. (IDG News Service)

According to a report, China is building cyberwarfare capabilities. (Associated Press)

Ex-Yale students reach a settlement in an Internet defamation suit, in which unpleasant things are said about students on Web sites. <a href=http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-autoadmit1022.artoct22,0,3272457.story) (Hartford Courant)

Some 85% of adults in the U.S. have cellular telephones. Fifteen per cent do not. (New York Times)

In a lawsuit, Nokia says the iPhone infringes on its copyright. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News)

One way to bolster PC spending. (New York Times)

Google’s new social search is a big chess move against Facebook. (New York Times)

Bing keeps growing while Yahoo continues its slide. (New York Times)

CNN.com gets a radical redesign. (New York Times)

NPR quiz show comes to Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. (Associated Press)

Islamists order radio stations in Somalia shut down. (Associated Press)

Peter Chernin’s role in Comcast’s attempt to take over NBC Universal. (Los Angeles Times)

Rupert Murdoch is closing in on the Travel Channel. (Los Angeles Times)

The first Microsoft store opens in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Seattle Times)

A judge has dismissed a suit seeking to drive prostitution services off Craigs List. (Associated Press)

Swine flu scams lurk on the Internet, says the FDA. (Associated Press)

A Buffalo area teenaged boy is under arrest after faking a suicide attempt on a live Web broadcast, using ketchup. (Associated Press)

RIM develops a new Blackberry browser. (Network World)

Media Briefing for Thursday, October 22, 2009

staff | October 23rd, 2009

The CIA has gained the technology to monitor social networking buzz. (Online Media Daily)

The FCC is set to act as the Internet traffic cop. (San Jose Mercury News)

Journalism is at risk and American society must act to preserve it, says a new study. (Associated Press)

Finding a new model for news reporting. (Washington Post)

For financially struggling newspapers, is government money the answer? (New York Times)

Gannett ad sales are still dropping despite Q3 profit. (Associated Press)

Magazine ad pages in November 2009 are down 19% from November 2008. (Media Daily News)

The New York Times plans to cut 8% of its newsroom staff. (Associated Press) (New York Times)

New York Times Co. chief executive Janet Robinson says the Boston Globe will not be sold, but at the same time she remains cautious about the Globe. (Boston Globe)

The White House team says Fox News is unfair but its aides will still appear on Fox shows. (New York Daily News)

Microsoft says it can restore the Sidekick phone data that was wiped out. (Associated Press)

It was a CNN interview that set off skepticism about the Colorado balloon boy story. (New York Times)

Jules Power, a producer of the TV show Mister Wizard, has passed away at age 87. (New York Times)

Face-to-face socializing starts with a mobile post. (New York Times)

Ad industry leaders support the Microsoft – Yahoo search deal. (New York Times)

After ads, doubts arise about the Verizon iPhone. (New York Times)

Who’s ignoring those iPhone ads? Women. (New York Times)

Twitter and a newspaper untie a gag order. (New York Times)

Verizon bundles cellphone savings with home service. (New York Times)

Site lets investors see and copy experts’ trades. (New York Times)

Media giant Vivendi wrestles with a shifting identity. (New York Times)

France moves to win back control of content. (New York Times)

Establishing a plan for discarding of your digital remains and the delicate art of crafting a Facebook message the morning after. (New York Times)

How safe are Facebook applications? (New York Times)

NBC is not the best ad for GE’s cvapital allocation skills. (New York Times)

Ex-News Corporation executive Peter Chernin is a deal adviser. (New York Times)

CNN’s Latino In America series and Lou Dobbs. (New York Daily News)

The same old story turns into a new one as startups multiply. (Washington Post)

Hurdles remain as the FCC ponders Internet data rules. (Washington Post)

Barack Obama’s tech chief reaffirms his support for net neutrality. (Washington Post)

Web CEOs support net neutrality rules. (IDG News Service)

The Washington Post’s series of “Salon” dinners are again called into question. (Washington Post)

There is concern by federal prosecutors that numerous TV appearances by the ex-governor of Illinois may compromise evidence in his trial. (Reuters) (Associated Press)

A Twitter hole lets one Google protected tweets. (Los Angeles Times)

Google moves to end Web access to Google Voice messages. (Computer World)

Apple’s shares surge 7% after Apple’s most profitable quarter ever. iPhones boost Apple’s profits 47%. (Los Angeles Times) (San Jose Mercury News) (San Francisco Chronicle)

A review of Windows 7. (San Jose Mercury News)

Windows 7 streamlines computers. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Community service as a TV theme. (Los Angeles Times)

Jay Leno and the 11 p.m. news on NBC affiliates. (Los Angeles Times)

Hijacked Web sites attack visitors. (Computer World)

AT&T vs. Google. (IDG News Service)

Ericcson is launching a platform designed to let consumers buy online content such as news stories with the charge billed to their mobile phone rather than other payment methods, such as a credit card. (IDG News Service)

Security depends on vigilant developers, users. (Computer World)

A Minnesota nurse is under investigation after visiting Internet suicide chat rooms and encouraging the people there to commit suicide. (Associated Press)

Baidu stings Google with China carrier search deal. (IDG News Service)

Baited and duped on Facebook. (Computer World)

Verizon fires shots across iPhone’s bow with Droid smartphone. (Network Woirld) (Associated Press)

Google takes enterprise promotion campaign global. (IDG News Service)

Google Editions embrace universal ebook format. (PC World)

For those having trouble reading the tiny print on hand-held devices. (San Francisco Chronicle)

States weigh campaign rules for the Internet age. (Associated Press)

Shares of Motorola up after Verizon launches ad campaign. (Associated Press)

Iran has released a Newsweek foreign reporter on bail. (Associated Press)

A TV show in Turkey has added to tension between Turkey and Israel. (Associated Press)

China’s online video piracy jumps to Internet TVs. (IDG News Service)

A standard has been approved for U.S. mobile TV broadcasts. (IDG News Service)

CBS pays tribute to Don Hewitt. (Associated Press)

Online advertising spending is expected to be down for 2009. (Advertising Age)

Internet advertising appears to begin its comeback. (Associated Press)

Is George Stephanopoulos going to Good Morning America? (Broadcasting & Cable)

In the feud between the White House and the Fox News Channel both could end up winners. (New York Daily News)

NPR gets in news staffers’ Facebook. (Huffington Post)

The recession is not affecting Colorado Public Radio. (Denver Post)

Are CNN and MSNBC banning their own talent from appearing on the Imus show? (New York Observer)

Gender and age consumption differs in evolving media uysage patterns. (Media Daily News)

Iconix Brand Group has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company violated a federal law banning collection of data about children without their parents’ consent. (Online Media Daily) (IDG News Service)

Sun Microsystems is cutting three thousand jobs. (Associated Press) (Bloomberg News) (San Francisco Chronicle) (San Jose Mercury News)

Barnes & Noble has unveiled an e-reader. (New York Times) It’s called the Nook. (New York Times) (Associated Press) (Computer World)

Yahoo’s profit triples despite a sales decline. (New York Times) href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/detail?entry_id=49966> (San Francisco Chronicle)

Venture investment increases for some startups. (New York Times)

Top tech firms back net neutrality. (Washington Post)

The Los Angeles sheriff and TMZ wage a first amendment battle over records related to Mel Gibson. (Washington Post) (Associated Press)

Opposition radio and TV broadcasts are back on the air in Honduras. (Associated Press)

There is an uproar in the U.K. over a white supremacist group being invited onto a BBC TV show. (Associated Press)

Four newswomen from four nations – Belarus, Cameroon, Iran and Israel – are honored by an international organization. (Associated Press)

A Colorado newspaper is hiring a marijuana critic. (Associated Press)

Apple has introduced the new iMac, a revised MacBook. (San Jose Mercury News)

A tech CEO parade is scheduled for a Web 2.0 summit. (IDG News Service)

Comcast will debut cable TV shows on the Internet by year’s end. (Associated Press)

TV-over-the-Internet Zillion gets a new CEO. (Los Angeles Times)

GE unveils handheld ultrasound machine. (Associated Press)

Zoho links project management tool with Google apps. (IDG News Service)

Ohio high court hears online communications case. (Associated Press) Booksellers say the law shielding children goes too far. (Associated Press)

Twitter may eliminate the Suggested Users list. (Associated Press)

Microsoft schedules Office 2010 public beta for next month. (Computer World)

A study finds using the Internet makes people smarter. (Computer World)

Restoration of the Sidekick data has begun. (PC World)

Media Briefing for Thursday, October 15, 2009

staff | October 15th, 2009

Long Island public FM radio station and NPR affiliate WLIU 88.3 Southampton is being preserved. (Sag Harbor Express) (Southampton Press) (Newsday)

The New York Times Co. will not sell the Boston Globe. (Boston Globe) (New York Times) (Associated Press)

South Carolina has pardoned 2 men who were the great uncles of radio host Tom Joyner, and who were executed in the death of a Conferate army veteran. (Associated Press)

A new Google feature tries to help users avoid embarrassing mistakes. (Bloomberg News)

Online viewing’s share is tiny but is growing. (Media Daily News)

Israel says a telecast in Turkey is portraying Israeli troops as child-killers. (Associated Press)

Facebook skyrockets, MySpace plummets, Twitter grows. (PC World)

In the social networking wars, Facebook is dominant. (PC World)

Twitter users are advised not to change their login data until furtyher notice. (IDG News Service)

MySpace is replacing all server hard discs with flash drives. (Computer World)

Kindle lightens the textbook load, but flaws remain. (Associated Press)

Is this a day to be happy? Check the Facebook index. (New York Times)

The Fox News Channel’s volley with Barack Obama is intensifying. (New York Times)

The San Francisco Chronicle has psoted the 45-minute final suicide speech of the Reverend Jim Jones at Jonestown, Guyana on November 18, 1978, in which more than 900 perished. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Special issues are a bright spot for magazines. (New York Times)

The big tests for David Letterman of the CBS Late Show are still ahead. (New York Times)

Google hopes to ride a social networking wave. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Build a social network for your business. (PC World)

The “blind” date meets the all-seeing Internet. (Washington Post)

Online scam artists are getting more sophisticated. (San Francisco Chronicle)

There are tough choices for the federl government in giving out broadband money. (Associated Press)

The FCC will probe Google Voice. (Washington Post) (Associated Press)

Google Voice plans to go viral. (TechCrunch)

Ten teenaged entrepreneurs to watch. (Tech Crunch)

The book trade is seeking a deal with Google. (Reuters)

NBC is being sued for $2 million over type font. (City File)

Is Leno at 10 p.m. good for NBC? (New York Times)

Hillary Clinton has settled the feud between Conan O’Brien and the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. (Associated Press)

It was a great day for CBS and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. (Buffalo News)

Rush Limbaugh will be a judge at the Miss America Pageant next year. (Associated Press)

NFL Commissioner Goodell casts doubt on Rush Limbaugh’s bid for the Saint Louis Rams football team. (Washington Post)

Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from the group bidding to buy the Saint Louis Rams football team. (Associated Press) (Saint Louis Post Dispatch) (New York Daily News)

A bill to allow more Low Power FM stations has cleared the U.S. House of Representatives. (Broadcasting & Cable)

A compromise is near on a proposal for HDTV FM stations to increase their power levels by 10 times. NPR is concerned such a large increase would cause interference between stations on adjacent channels, for example 107.7 and 107.9. (Inside Radio)

A new biography on New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses the anti-semitism of his hometown early in his life. Bloomberg owns Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Television, and New yaork City AM station WBBR 1130. (Boston Globe)

Bloomberg has bought Business Week. (New York Times) (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times) (Business Week)

Why won’t instant messaging services work together? (San Jose Mercury News)

T-Mobile says Sidekick telephone owners may recover lost data. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

T-Mobile’s $100 apology angers some Sidekick users. (PC World)

Google and Apple eliminate another tie. (New York Times) (Washington Post)

Studies point to growth for search ads and for Bing. (New York Times)

How to add Keyboard Navigation to Facebook. (New York Times)

Two reasons why Twitter may not be worth so much to Google and Microsoft after all. (New York Times)

Twitter is moving to a larger office space in California. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Web’s inventor regrets one small thing. (New York Times)

Apple’s app refund policy: no. (New York Times)

The low-coast airlines are all a-twitter with customers. (Associated Press)

Pete Fornatale of the old WNEW-FM 102.7 New York. (Examiner.com)

Wolfman Jack of WNBC 660 New York and XERF 1570 Ciudad Acuna, Mexico and XERB 1090 Tijuana. It is on XERB Wolfman is featured in the movie American Graffiti. (Wolfman And The Border Blasters – Part 1) (Part 2)

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are objecting to Rush Limbaugh’s bid for the Saint Louis Rams football team. (Associated Press)

Dennis Israel, former owner of WGY-AM 810 and WGFM 99.5 Schenectady and WGLI-AM 1290 Babylon, Long Island, is going to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will teach. DCRTV hears that Dennis Israel, who has been general manager of brokered talker WMET (1160 AM) Gaithersburg, Maryland, is heading to Ethiopia to teach graduate communications and journalism at at the Addis Ababa University. He’ll also work to start a campus radio station. In 2007, Israel helped establish the first independent, non-governmental radio station in the country, Sheger 102.1 FM, in Addis Ababa. With worldwide communcations experience, Dennis Israel has been an advisor to the Voice Of America and the US Information Agency. He’s taught at New York University, and at Florida’s Barry University and City College in Fort Lauderdale. (DCRTV)

Spanish language TV shows represent at least 7 of the top 10 shows in Houston and in Los Angeles. (Houston Chronicle)

Pressmarket is targeting small amrket newspapers to go online. (IDG News Service)

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, whose ownings include the daily Washington Times newspaper, is turn ing over day-to-day operation of his Unification Church to his 3 American-educated sons. (Associated Press)

Edward R. Murrow Awards have been presented to 51 news organizations. (RTDNA)

An app for the iPhone that fits the commute. (New York Times)

Blackberry aims to suit every user. (New York Times)

Truth in advertising: offline or online. (New York Times)

In Florida, a father, mother and their 15-year-old son were electrocted while installing an outdoor antenna. (Associated Press)

Twitter members undermine attempt to gag United Kingdom media. (Associated PRess)

Cisco pays $2.9 billion for Starent Networks. (San Jose Mercury News)

California is considering strict energy standards for TV sets. (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

California now has a law making it easier for celebrities to sue media outlets that invade their privacy. (Associated Press)

Microsoft patches 34 security holes, many critical. (Associated Press)

Barracuda Networks has acquired Purewire. (Network World)

Comcast tries popup alerts to warn of Internet infections. (Associated Press)

FCC’s open Internet blog goes live. (Broadcasting & Cable) (All Access)

The Los Angeles Times Magazine has been placed back under the editorial department’s control. (The Wrap)

The Wall Street Journal has overtaken USA Today as the nation’s largest circulation newspaper. (Advertising Age) (Associated Press)

CBS News is investigating the Letterman case. (New York Observer)

The CBS 60 Minutes piece on football head injuries and Dan Rather. (New York Observer)

The Holy Grail: FM coming to the iPhone. (All Access) (PC World)

Libraries and readers wade into digital lending. (New York Times)

New e-book company focuses upon older titles. (New York Times)

The Tribune Co. is trimming its daily newspapers’ width. Tribune papers include the Hartford Courant, Allentown Morning Call, Baltimore Sun, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Chicago tribune, and Los Angeles Times. (Chicago Tribune)

Don Imus gave the Fox Business Network the ratings boost it hoped for. (New York Daily News)

AT&T presses FCC to crack down on Google Voice. (Washington Post)

Should the White House criticize the Fox News Channel? (Washington Post)

Quinnipiac University distances itself from Quinnipiac professor’s comments about the David Letterman case. (Hartford Courant)

A lawyer in the David Letterman case says he has evidence of alleged sexual harassment by Letterman. (Los Angeles Times)

A state-owned laptop stolen in Connecticut and later found on Long Island had the social security numbers of 106,000 people. (Hartford Courant)

Later viewings of shows on DVRs brighten ratings. (New York Times)

Reallife lessions in using Google AdWords. (New York Times)

Beginning on Decemebr 1, bloggers and those using Twitter must disclose gifts they receive from firms they promote. (New York Times)

The CEO of Dell promises a Personal Computer love affair but has a backup plan. (New York Times)

Digital media to be eligible for awards as magazines. (New York Times)

Photoshop for the iPhone. (New York Times)

Thomson Reuters is buying a business commentary Web site. (New York Times)

Sumner Redstone is selling $1 billion in CBS and Viacom stock shares. (New York Times) (Los Angeles Times) (Associated Press)

Nan Robertson, who chronicled the discrimination suit at the New York Times, is dead at 83. (New York Times)

Microsoft teams with creators of Family Guy to promote Windows 7. (Los Angeles Times)

Harry Connick says he did the right thing in denouncing a blackface skit on Australian TV. (Associated Press)

After 32 years, the CEO of Oracle is just getting started. (San Jose Mercury News)

Acer debuts a new Liquid Android smartphone, and a new netbook. (IDG News Service)

Zappos-inspired startup is all about men’s pants. (Associated Press)

Research warn researchers of dangers of identity theft in Web applications. (IDG News Service)

Facebook applications are at risk of attack. (Network World)

iPhone jailbreraking now a thing of the past? (PC World)

A Pepsico iPhone app has drawn fire for stereotyping. (Associated Press)

California’s Maria Shriver apologizes for breaking California’s cellular telephone law. (Associated Press)

Media Briefing for Thursday, October 8, 2009

staff | October 8th, 2009

Here’s what Tribune executives are doing with all that money that resulted from the firings and layoffs and cuts. (New York Times)

The New York Times says that the First Amendment rights of those who produce dog fight videos should be protected by the U.S. Supreme Court as the court takes up the issue this term. (New York Times) At issue is a video entitled “Dogs Of Velvet And Steel.” (Los Angeles Times)

With email, traces are hard to erase. (Boston Globe)

A new book, American Radio Tales, focuses on 58 major figures in the history of top 40 radio in the United States, from top 40 and all news radio innovator Gordon McLendon to Casey Kasem and Dick Clark. (American Radio Tales)

About 20 staffers at ABC News Radio in Washington, D.C. and New york City were given layoff notices Tuesday. Mainly behind-the-scenes employees, including news writers and engineering staff. Some management positions have also been eliminated. On the outs: Robert Garcia and Peter Salinger. (DCRTV)

Some executives at Sirius XM satellite radio are selling their company stock. (All Access) (scroll down)

Newspaper stocks surge as their own news improves. (Associated Press)

Newspaper circulation continues to slip. (Paid Content)

U.S. online ads fall for the second quarter in a row. (Associated Press) It’s down 5% in the first half of 2009. (IDG News Service)

Doctors advertise, and then get coverage in local newscasts at Madison, Wisconsin ABC affiliate WKOW-TV channel 27. (Associated Press)

Three of the four bidders for Long Island public FM radio station and NPR affiliate WLIU 88.3 Southampton are evangelical broadcasters. (Newsday)

The financially ailing Bay State Banner, Boston’s black newspaper, is turning to the community for support. (Boston Globe)

The National Association of Black Journalists says it plans to monitor Don Imus on the Fox Business Network. (All Access) (scroll down)

Spanish language TV stations are faring better than some other stations. (Advertising Age)

Investigative reporting on local TV news is not dead yet. (TV News Check)

Get everyone in the United States online, says a high level panel. (Associated Press)

Print era shackles for a Twitter world? (Washington Post)

Publishers are delighted as Google starts to scan millions of books, and it draws eyes and buyers to forgotten volumes. (Boston Globe)

A deadline has been set for the Google book deal. (New York Times)

Will books be Napsterized? (New York Times)

The new Amazon Kindle is to download foreign books. (New York Times)

In e-books, it’s an army versus Google. (New York Times)

The Daily Beast seeks to speed up the publishing process for books. (New York Times)

While moving ahead in foreign countries, cellphone use on airplanes in the United States seems on hold. (New York Times)

NBC is planning a special week of coverage on women this month. (New York Times)

Don Imus is back on national cable TV. (Washington Post)

In Pittsburgh, WPYT-AM 860 has a new owner who is introducing a black-oriented news talk format. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

More than 20,000 email accounts were hacked, many of them Hotmail accounts, but not all. (Neowin.com) (Computer World)

A hacker has leaked thousands of Hotmail passwords. (Computer World)

After a few months’ rest, a Web attack spreads anew. (IDG News Service)

New Firefox technology blocks Web attacks, Mozilla claims. (Computer World)

The FBI chief nearly fell for an Internet scam himself. (San Francisco Chronicle)

One hundred have been arrested in an online fraud crackdown. (New York Times) (Washington Post)

A rosier economy through Google’s glasses. (New York Times)

Startup companies are flocking to Twitter, hoping to capitalize on Twitter’s growth. (Boston Globe)

As cable TV goes digital, it’s still stuck in the box. (Washington Post)

Charles Osgood and 5 others are being inducted into the New york State Broadcasters Association Hall Of Fame, in a ceremony next month at the Paley Center in Manhattan. (New York State Broadcasters Association)

The HBO documentary Outrage looks at closeted hypocritical gay politicians. (New York Daily News)

The Federal Register, which lists postings by government agencies annoucning everything from allotments of new radio and TV channels to relocations of buoys in coastal waters, is being made more Web friendly. (Washington Post)

Web sites operated by radio and TV stations continue to grow. (TV News Check)

Will Hulu make viewers pay for some shows? (Los Angeles Times)

YouTube eases the way to more revenues. (New York Times)

Internet TV could boom in the next few years, a new study says. (IDG News Service)

Dan Rather speaks out about his suit against CBS on the Fox News Channel. (Miami Herald)

CBS removed David Letterman’s mea culpa from YouTube. (New York Times)

Latino TV personalities juggle a bilingual stage in the United States. (Los Angeles Times)

Just as Yiddish radio did in the 1920s and 1930s, Spanish language TV and radio in the U.S. is assisting the Census Bureau today. (Washington Post)

National Public Radio is launching a new journalism project with a $3 million grant. (Poynter Online)

Bloomberg News and the Washington Post have struck a partnership. (Washington Post)

Mr. Magic, a hip hop disc jockey on 4 New York City FM stations, has died at age 53. (New York Times) (Boombox)

Margaret Pfanstiehl, who has passed away at age 76, was an activist who worked to provide broadcasting and media services to the visually impaired. (Washington Post)

GE appears ready to hand over control of NBC Universal to Comcast. (Los Angeles Times)

In its bid for NBC Universal, Comcast seeks an empire. (New York Times)

With the explosion in mobile devices, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski warns of a spectrum crunch crisis. (Associated Press)

The FCC chairman is posing a framework for regulating the wireless industry. (Los Angeles Times)

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski promises more broadband spectrum space and net neutrality rules. (Washington Post) (Reuters)

A group of U.S. House of Representatives Republicans is urging the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a market analysis before proposing a new rule to maintain an open Internet. (Reuters)

Proposed network neutrality rules for the Internet from the FCC are facing mounting opposition from the Republicans in Congress. (Associated Press)

AT&T has reversed itself on iPhone Internet calls. (New york Times)

AT&T to expand Internet calling services on iPhone. (Associated Press)

Verizon is backing Google’s Android. (New York Times)

AT&T and Verizon are opening cellular telephone networks. (Washington Post)

Is AT&T about to announce Skype and Google Voice will run on its mobile network via Apple’s iPhone? (Washington Post)

Servers with cellular telephone chips are coming. (New York Times)

A Web start-up led by a former Google executive plans to generate personalized health plans. (New York Times)

Palm is seeking to unclog the app bottleneck. (New York Times)

Palm will open its Web developer program in December. (Info World)

The iPhone data roaming switch is problematic. (Los Angeles Times)

Apple has resigned from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its climate policy. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News)

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal from former Qwest executive Joseph Nacchio. (Reuters)

Soon, bloggers must give full disclosure. (New York Times)

Google Trends change hurts small bloggers. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Will one’s personal computer do Windows 7? (New York Times)

In Canada, Canwest, owner of a TV network and the National Post, has filed for bankruptcy. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

The second highest executive at France Telecom has resigned after a spate of suicides by company employees. (Associated Press)

In Moscow, a Chechan leader has won a libel suit. (New York Times)

Explicit sex talk on TV brings Saudi Arabian 5 years and one thousand lashes. (Associated Press)

The U.S. is slamming anti-semitic remarks by a radio news director in Honduras. (Associated Press)

In Brazil, police are searching for a crime TV show host accused of commissioning killings to booset TV ratings. (Associated Press)

A U.K. supermarket has pulled its ad from the Fox News Channel over Glenn Beck. (Associated Press)

Rush Limbaugh is trying to buy the Saint Louis Rams football team. (Washington Post) (Reuters)

The big Japanese brands are readying their 3D flat-screen TV sets. (Associated Press)

Toshiba is showing the first TV set based on a cell chip. (IDG News Service)

Internet TV could boom in the next few years, a study says. (IDG News Service)

Online ads snag a bigger piece of a smaller pie. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Got a mobile strategy? Connect with customers’ smartphones. (Computer World)

Apple has slammed the door on Adobe Flash. (PC World)

Adobe is to offer Flash to iPhone developers. (Associated Press)

Flash Player inches closer to smart phones. (IDG News Service)

Adobe Flash is coming to major smartphone brands (minus one). (PC World)

Is Adobe Flash available for the iPhone? Not Really. (PC World)

Is the Blackberry Music Store too good to be true? (PC World)

Downtester reports your connection speed. (PC World)

AP might charge some customers to get the news earlier. (Associated Press)

Companies are tightening the use of social networks on workers. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A Web site puts a muzzle on neighborhood barking disputes. (San Francisco Chronicle)

CNET has launched a map that rates wireless service coverage. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Ask.com mines online coupons with a new aggregator. (Associated Press)

Electronic tracking devices help parents keep track of the children. (Associated Press)

Parental guidance on Web video for the children. (New York Times)

As a smartphone, it’s a great GPS unit. (New York Times)

On choosing a new phone, online research only goes so far. (New York Times)

Jay Leno is struggling with ratings on his new NBC 10 p.m. show. (USA Today)

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller says talk about the death of newspapers is “a little exaggerated.” (Time)

Washington’s Newseum has recreated NBC Meet The Press host Tim Russert’s office in an exhibit. (Associated Press)

Infotainers Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck wield great power. (Washington Post)

A second suit filed by Dan Rather in his CBS dispute has been dismissed. (Los Angeles Times)

Media Briefing for Friday, October 2, 2009

staff | October 5th, 2009

Access to news is wildly unequal in the United States, according to a study. (Washington Post)

GE is talking to Comcast about a possible sale of NBC Universal. (Reuters) (New York Times)

Dan Rather speaks out on Fox News. (Miami Herald)

Options are being explored for Seattle’s classical music FM staiton, KING 98.1. (Crosscut)

The syndicated TV magazine shows that focus on Hollywood are avoiding the Roman Polanski controversy. (Los Angeles Times)

Ken Burns of PBS, Katie Couric of CBS and Chris Rohrs are among those honored as Giants of Broadcasting by the American Library Of Broadcasting at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt. (Broadcasting & Cable)

A virtual war of words has broken out between comedian Conan O’Brien and Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, turning a short joke about Newark on late-night television into a social media phenomenon on YouTube. The spat began last week, when the Tonight Show host said a new city health program “would consist of a bus ticket out of Newark.” Armed with a camera and a few jokes, Booker responded in a one-minute YouTube video, pretending to ban the comedian from Newark’s airport. (Newark Star Ledger) (New York Daily News)

Microsoft’s free antivirus program changes the game. (Boston Globe)

Google brings new options to its search functions. (New York Times) (IDG News Service)

Geeks try the Google Wave and have mixed feelings. (New York Times)

Looks Like Lotus, a division of IBM, has launched an email service. (New York Times)

IBM undercuts Google with a discount email service. (Associated Press)

Google refines its search to counter Microsoft. (Associated Press)

David Letterman has revealed an extortion attempt in which $2 million was demanded. (New York Daily News) (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

A Gay and Lesbian Alliancde Against Defamation (GLAAD) study finds more gays on TV shows this season. (Associated Press)

Curling up with hybrid books, videos included. (New York Times)

Some good news: the rate of the decline in global ad spending has declined. (New York Times)

Federal government employees are no longer allowed to text message while driving. (New York Times)

Increasingly, states are pushing for e-waste recycling. (Associated Press)

A Microsoft video gets a little too much attention. (Associated Press)

No texting at dinner: parenting in the digital era. (Associated Press)

Cisco offers $3 billion for a Norwegian videoconferencing company. (San Jose Mercury News)

An ambitious Web startup smacks of teen spirit. (Computer World)

Web gurus reveal how to attract and keep users. (IDG News Service)

Web surfers say no to tailored ads. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Facebook tries to simplify Connect implementations. (IDG News Service)

GM and eBay have ended an online sales experiment. (San Francisco Chronicle)

U.S. Homeland Security will be hiring up to 1,000 cyber-experts. (Associated Press)

AT&T has bought the VeriSign security consulting business. (Associated Press)

Google’s local mobile search evolves. (PC World)

Live blogging: the University of California Berkeley Media Technology Summit. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The UC Berkeley Media Technology Summit takes a hard look at the future of journalism. (San Francisco Chronicle)

An Indian local and media search site, Zook.in is using search engines from Yahoo and Microsoft at the back end of its site to keep costs low. (IDG News Service)

The Fox News Channel uses sex and blondes to help with ratings. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Washington Post will pair with Bloomberg News. (Washington Post)

A Russian journalist says he has been threatened with violence and forced into hiding after posting a Web article critical of Soviet army veterans. (Associated Press)

In Honduras, the censored Radio Globo has quadrupled its audience by going online. (Christian Science Monitor)