Media News Briefing for Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 28th, 2010

Connecticut is considering restricting freedom of information rights to prison inmates, who may try to use those rights to dig up dirt on prison guards and proesecutors. (Associated Press)

A book examines how U.S. mobsters and Russian gangsters have rampaged across the Internet. (Network World)

The fight for public TV in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

A reminder of precedents of the government subsidizing newspapers (New York Times)

With the erection of its pay wall, Newsday’s Web traffic is down substantially. (Media Daily News)

The CEO of the McClatchy newspapers comments on pay walls. (Associated Press)

The dilemma at the Washington Post (The New Republic)

African Americans are growing in numbers and in buying power, according to Black Entertainment Television. (Multichannel News)

The next news from Haiti: pulling out. (New York Times)

Earthquake-hit radio stations in Haiti are broadcasting from the street. (Reuters)

Monday, February 1 is declared by Broadcasters For Haiti Day by the National Association for Broadcasters. (CNY Radio)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling invites a boom in political TV and radio ads. (New York Times)

ABC radio news commentator Paul Harvey had close ties to J. Edgar Hoover. (Washington Post) (USA Today)

Diane Sawyer helps ratings for ABC World News. (Los Angeles Times) (New York Daily News)

Many voices heard on radio after 10 a.m. are not those of live people, but are voice tracked. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

To get NBC, Comcast has some persuading to do. (Associated Press) The FCC will impose multiple conditions, says the president of the National Association of Broadcasters. (MultiChannel News)

Conan O’Brien was undone at NBC by his media-hopping fans. (New York Times)

Katie Couric accepts the DuPont Award for the Sarah Palin interviews in 2008. (TV Newser)

Katie Couric says people want news with a point of view. (Poynter Online)

Despite the demise of Air America Radio, progressive radio talk shows continue. For example, an original Air America station, Buffalo’s 50,000 watt clear channel AM station WWKB 1520’s entire weekday schedule consists of shows that did not emanate from Air America, but are independently syndicated, and that continue. They include Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, Alan Colmes and Ed Schultz. (New York Times)

Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT channel 5 has settled a suit involving use of a graphic on a news story on sexting. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

TV pioneer Frances Buss Bach has passed away at age 92. (Associated Press)

Betty White’s 60-year career is being honored by the Screen Actors Guild. (Associated Press)

Former FCC commissioner James Quello was a friend of free over-the-air TV and radio. (Washington Post) (TV News Check)

Mount Airy, North Carolina opens an Andy Griffith Show Museum to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Corporate antagonism goers public: Conan vs. Leno, Fox vs. Time Warner, Cablevision vs. Scripps. (New York Times)

NBC is opening a Web site in Boston, which is ruffling the feathers of the independently owned local NBC affiliate, WHDH channel 7. (Boston Globe)

Former FCC commissioner James Quello is dead at age 95. (TV News Check)

The Sunday morning political network TV talk shows see a shakeup. (Variety)

The CEO of Comcast says existing law protects rivals in the NBC deal. (Associated Press)

Apple introduces the new $499 iPad Tablet computer. (Associated Press) (Washington Post) (Los Angeles Times) (San Jose Mercury News) (IDG News Service) (Computer World) (San Francisco Chronicle)

A video demonstration of the iPad (New York Times)

The iPad: a media machine that opens up a new front. (New York Times)

The iPad is a game changer. (San Jose Mercury News)

THe iPad: the publishing industry’s savior? (Los Angeles Times)

Will the iPad be as much of an enterprise success as the iPhone? (New York Times)

Will the iPad help media? Possibly. Save media? No. (New York Times)

iPad roundup: (New York Times)

The iPad has potential. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The iPad will kill Amazon’s Kindle. (New York Times) The iPad will not kill Amazon’s Kindle. (New York Times)

The iPad blurs the line between devices. (New York Times)

Apple’s iPad is not just a bigger iPod Touch. (Associated Press)

Books on iPad offer publishers a pricing edge. (New York Times)

As devices pull more data, patience may be required. (New York Times)

Apple computers posts its best quarter ever. (San Francisco Chronicle) (IDG News Service) (San Jose Mercury News)

If Apple releases, will developers come? (New York Times)

The federal government bans texting by truck and bus drivers. (New York Times) (Network World)

Chinese censorship is strong despite Google. (IDG News Service)

China rebukes U.S. calls for an investigation of the attacks on Google. (New York Times)

Chinca’s search engine Baidu wins a copyright case lover a music search (IDG News Service)

China’s government has reminded movie theaters that two thirds of the movies they show must be domestic – after the success of Avatar at the box office. (Associated Press)

Google is negotiating ways to stay in China. (Associated Press)

Cyber attacks breached 3 U.S. oil companies. Was China involved? (Christian Science Monitor)

Chinese human rights Web sites are hit by attack (IDG News Service)

Google negotiating ways to keep presence in China (Associated Press)

China denies involvement in the Google hackings. (Associated Press) (IDG News Service)

China’s great firewall impedes trade. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Residents of Sinkiang in western China cope with losing Internet access. (Associated Press)

AOL buys online video company StudioNow for $36.5 million. (Associated Press) (IDG News Service)

The leader of Mozilla is worried about legal restrictions on the Internet, saying it could limit its growth. (Associated Press)

With Apple’s Tablet computer, the print media is hoping for a payday. (New York Times)

Apple Tablet could write a new chapter for e-books. (Associated Press)

Apple Tablet: a textbook slam dunk? (Los Angeles Times)

The McGraw Hill CEO spills the beans on the Apple Tablet. (Los Angeles Times)

Apple’s tall order may be making Tablet viable. (San Francisco Chronicle)

What a San Jose Mercury News columnist hopes to see in Apple’s Tablet computer. (San Jose Mercury News)

What we don’t know about the Apple Tablet. (Computer World)

Microsoft’s Bill Gates defends Google, then pans it. (New York Times)

Yahoo moves further down the road to recovery in Q4. (Associated Press)

As Yahoo compares itself to TV, content acquisitions are on the way. (New York Times)

Verizon posts Q4 loss of $653 million. (New York Times)

Google Voice comes to the iPhone and Palm Pre. (NEw York Times)

Google adds more social to search. (New York Times) (IDG News Service) (Google)

Google Reader notifies changes in sites without feeds (IDG News Service)

Google opens social search to all and cuts Facebook off at the pass. (New York Times)

A Web site offers data on loan brokers. (Boston Globe)

In Berlin, a woman who created a Web site to document a Jewish cemetery that fell into disuse after the Nazi 1938 pogrom against the Jews, is honored. (Associated Press)

Draft of database for local database storage (IDG News Service)

Too much information on social media can aid identity thieves. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Hewlett Packard unveils extensive security services package (Network World)

The pope is telling priests to use the internet and blog. (Associated Press)

Small newspapers are watching the New York Times and its decision to start charging online readers in january 2011. (Computer World)

U.S. seeks warriors in fight for free Internet access around the world. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Astronauts can now use the Internet and Twitter from space. (IDG News Service)

A Web site devoted to selling memorabilia from serial killers has posted items from a Cleveland, Ohio man accused in the killings of eleven women. (Associated Press)

Email saves time, but being there says more. (New York Times)

In digital combat, the U.S. finds no easy deterrent. (New York Times)

Twitter could be the unemployed’s best friend. (New York Times)

Twitter now has 75 million users, and most are asleep at the mouse. (Computer World)

Twitter rolls out a new focus on local news. (San Francisco Chronicle) And on local trends. (Computer World)

On Google Suggest, A is for Amazon, B is for Best Buy. (New York Times)

The Google toolbar tracks some browsing when it should not. (PC World)

Hungry for new content, Google tries to grow its own in Africa. (New York Times)

Responding to anti-sexual content Web filters, a Canadian magazine changes its name. (New York Times)

Brightcove’s TV Everywhere lets the viewer watch cable TV shows online. (New York Times)

Google Reader lets you track changes on sites without feeds. (New York Times)

Google Voice does an “end run” around Apple. (TechCrunch) (Associated Press) (IDG News Service)

A researcher is to reveal more Microsoft Internet Explorer problems. (IDG News Service)</a&= gt;

TheSixtyOne redesign position it as the anti-MySpace music site. (Los Angeles Times)

A new poll shows Glenn Beck is the most popular man on television. (New York Daily News) (Reuters)

In the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race last week, the press was caught napping. (Washington Post)

In dying color, NBC is # 4. (Washington Post)

The removal of an anti-Hugo Chavez TV channel from cable TV has spurred protests. (Associated Press) Students conduct protests. (Associated Press)

The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce spent $2.5 million to run TV advertising in Maine opposing federal health care legislation. (Associated Press)

CBS is being asked by a coalition of women’s groups not to run an ad during the Super Bowl that conveys an anti-abortion message. (Associated Press)

The young conservative filmmaker who secretly videotaped meetings at Acorn, is under arrest for allegedly trying to bug the office of Louisiana Democratic U.S. senator Mary Landrieu. (Washington Post) (Los Angeles Times) (New York Times)

The ACORN foe tweeted about the planned sting. (Washington Post) (Associated Press)

Conservatives distance themselves from the ACORN foe. (Los Angeles Times)

eHarmony agrees to make its Web site welcoming to gays. (Los Angeles Times) (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Fox News Channel rises to the top of the cable rankings during a busy week last week. (Los Angeles Times)

The Wall Street Journal’s New York metropolitan edition launch faces a delay. (New York Times)

The FCC is seeking information on wireless fees. (Associated Press)

The FCC asks the major telcoms and Google to explain their early termination fees. (Los ANgeles Times)

Social networking behind a firewall: milBook (Los Angeles Times)

How to bring ad dollars to social media: confab (Associated Press)

Seams are visible in the Google Voice app for the iPhone browser. (Los Angeles Times)

Moodagent asks: are you in the mood for some advertising? (Los Angeles Times)

The Rev. Fred Phelps, known for his anti-gay demonstrations, is coming to California to protest Twitter. (San Francisco Chronicle)

DirecTV and Dish are suintg Massachusetts over a state tax on satellite TV. (Associated Press)

African Americans grow in numbers and buying power, says BET. (Multichannel News)

Television in the automobile (Multichannel News)

MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough is profiled. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

A national survey finds the Fox News Channel the most trusted. (Public Policy Polling)

Malware infections double on Web pages. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Malware research group spins off from Harvard University. (Associated Press)

Microsoft says Google is likely to face questions on its ads. (Associated Press)

eBay is trying to encourage people to sell more items online. (Associated Press)

Bloomberg News is considering opening a Web site devoted to the intersection of business and politics. (Talking Biz News)

The New York state attorney general is calling Web discount clubs deceptive. (Associated Press)

The Oakland Symphony: a tribute to Armenia (San Francisco Chronicle)

The San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Handel and Naydn Society (Boston Globe)

THe Boston Symphony Orchestra: The Saint John Passion (Boston Globe)

The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami (Miami Herald)