Media Briefing for Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9th, 2009

Cyberattacks have hit U.S. and South Korean Web sites. (New York Times) (Washington Post) (Reuters) (Associated Press)

Federal Websites were knocked out in a cyberattack. (Associated Press)

Here is a lsit of some recent cyberattacks. (Associated Press)

Facebook users are getting older. (San Francisco Chronicle)t

Microsoft’s new Bing service often goes Google one better. (New York Times)

In Chrome, a real rival to Microsoft’s Windows. (New York Times) (Los Angeles Times) (San Jose Mercury News) (San Francisco Chronicle) (Bloomberg News) (Associated Press)

Google’s Chrome could give a big boost to Netbooks. (Los Angeles Times)

Google is planning a PC operating system. (New York Times)

Would you iss Windows with a Google operating system? (New York Times)

Does being free cheapen Google’s brand? (New York Times)

Consumers could pay for Google’s power. (Los Angeles Times)

Twitter talk probably wasn’t to Twitter cofounder’s liking. (Los Angeles Times)

Why Hulu succeeded where others failed. (New York Times)

Sending GPS devices the way of the 8-track tape deck. (New York Times)

A key U.S. senator wants an investigation of the cellular telephone industry. (Washington Post)

Before Bruno: a brief history of gay characters on TV and in the movies. (New York Daily News)

Google and YouTube have won dismissal of some damage claims. (Reuters)

Blowout ratings for the Michael Jackson farewell, online and off. (New York Times)

Michael Jackson’s memorial was the second most-watched ever, behind that of Princess Diana in 1997. (New York Daily News).

Over 31 million watched the Michael Jackson memorial. (Associated Press)

Coverage of the Michael Jackson service was mostly commercial-free. (Advertising Age)

Michael Jackson’s memorial saturates the new media. (Denver Post)

The TV networks devoted more than 20 times the time to Michael Jackson’s death, than to the deaths of 7 American servicemen in Afghanistan. (Media Research Center)

How New York City’s urban-oriented FM radio stations covered the Michael Jackson Memorial. (New York Daily News)

Can there be another Michael Jackson icon in the Internet era? (Reuters)

Buffalo public FM and TV stations WNED-FM 94.5 and WNED-TV channel 17 are honoring a benefactor who left them $1.4 million, the largest single donation in the station’s history. (Buffalo News)

The Casey Kasem we know was the creation of the baby boom. (New York Times) (Miami Herald)

A key U.S. senator wants an investigation of the cellular telephone industry. (Washington Post)

The U.S. Justice Department is questioning whether mobile operators are anti-competitive. (paidContent)

Gmail and other Google apps no longer have Beta status. (Washington Post)

In compiling its listing of most important journalists, Mediaite relies on the celebrity of journalism. (Washington Post)

Online radio has struck a big deal in music royalty fees. (Associated Press) (paidContent) (San Francisco Chronicle)

In Afghanistan, radio disc jockeys play tunes abd break hearts in Taliban country. (Reuters)

Al Franken is transformed from comedian to politician. (Associated Press) Democrats wave Franken as a “trophy.” (Associated Press)

Iran says that it has released a Greek journalist covering Iran’s disputed presidential election for the Washington Times. (Reuters)

With digital TV, stations weigh better quality pictures with supplemental programming channels. (Broadcasting & Cable)

News and entertainment collide on TMZ. (Houston Chronicle)

Data Domain is being acquired by storage giant EMC. (San Jose Mercury News)

Does Michael Phelps’ continued appearance in national TV ads shows a growing cultural acceptance of marijuana? (Los Angeles Times)

In the auctioning of the Young Broadcasting TV stations – including Albany ABC affiliate WTEN channel 10 and San Francvisco My Network TV affiliate KRON channel 4 – there are three suitors. (TV Newsday)

Some Chicago area television viewers are still in the dark in the wake of the DTV transition. (Chicago Sun Times)

The transition to digital TV brought more than 600,000 new subscribers to cable, satellite and telcom TV service. (Multichannel News)

Avis is experimenting with in-car TV in Orlando. (Orlando Sentinel)

iBquity Digital is pushing for a major power increase for digital side-channel transmissions of FM stations. The digital subchannels offer alternative formats, such as country and western music on WKTU 103.5 New York and WALK-FM 97.5 Patchogue, Long Island, and a gay format on WKSS 95.7 Connecticut and WYYY 94.5 Syracuse. (Radio World)

China is trying a new openness with foreign media. (Associated Press)

Barack Obama’s speech in Moscow televised on Russian TV was not widely seen there. (Associated Press)

The TV ad war over health care overhaul has begun. (Associated Press)

A Hamas TV cartoon mocks a captured Israeli soldier. (Associated Press)