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Obama in Green Bay: Broke no new ground; said Medicare/Medicaid on course to breaking Federal budget (by jawbone at Corrente)
Alas, the speech is the usual Obama points about health insurance reform: His list of reasons for change lead inexorably to single payer, but he just can’t do it. Won’t do it. Would be “disruptive.”… Obama begins by discussing socialized medicine and, after a few sentences, says that single payer is not socialized medicine. Then he repeats his lament that since we have a different system in place, it’s impossible to go with single payer. Altho’ he has said in his answer that Medicare is an example of single payer!

COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Democrats hint compromise to win Senate health care deal
(McClatchy)
Senate Democrats are offering to scrap a controversial government-sponsored health insurance provision in an effort to win more than a dozen moderate and conservative Republican votes to extend health care coverage to nearly 46 million uninsured Americans.

Should Health Care Reform Be Bipartisan? (by Ezra Klein, Washington Post)
Are 10 Republican votes worth lowering the subsidies from 400 percent of poverty to 300 percent of poverty and leaving out, say, eight million Americans? Are five Republican votes worth leaving out eight million Americans? Two Republican votes? It would be nice if someone published a table or something.

Co-op Health Plan Emerging as a Senate Option (by Robert Pear at The Caucus, New York Times)
Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who is chairman of the Finance Committee … said Thursday that the public plan could take the form of an insurance cooperative, owned and operated for the benefit of its members. “I am inclined, and I think the committee is inclined, toward a co-op,” Mr. Baucus said. “It’s not going to be public, we won’t call it public, but it will be tough enough to keep insurance companies’ feet to the fire,” Mr. Baucus said of the co-op.
Isn’t that what Blue Cross and Blue Shield were supposed to be? Look how well that worked out.

“Strong public option” = “peace in our time” (by vastleft at Corrente)
Once you accept the “public option” frame, it’s “goodnight, nurse!” for real health-insurance reform. It’s only happening about everywhere in the liberal blogosphere. OTOH, maybe a compromise with the Blue Dogs, Republicans, and death-by-spreadsheet crowd will work out just fine. It would be irresponsible not to equivocate.

Going Postal: Reid’s New Defense of Public Health Care (The Note, ABC News, thanks to Alegre)
“I’m confident both private companies and the option of public plan can live in harmony,” Reid said on the Senate floor [Thursday]. “When you send a birthday present to a relative to — say I want to send something to one of my children in Nevada, the products that I choose can be sent by FedEx, UPS, DHL, or the United States Postal Service… The Postal Service may not be perfect, but the public option is there, and the private companies, FedEx, UPS, know they cannot rip you off or [be] slacking on their service,” Reid said.

Health Care Overhaul Opponents Use Selective Stats (All Things Considered, NPR)
It’s become one of the most commonly cited statistics by opponents of the health overhaul being put together by Democrats in Congress: Creating a new government-run public health insurance plan would result in 119 million people losing their private insurance… The point of the study was to show that the number of people who would eventually join a government-sponsored public insurance plan would vary — dramatically — depending on how that plan is designed… For example, Sheils says, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York “has a plan which would require the public program to pay private payer rates — the same rates that other private insurers have to pay — and under that scenario we get only between 10 and 12 million people dropping private coverage.”

Good Gravy. Grassley calls Schumer’s plan “obnoxious” (by Alegre)
At least Nancy Pelosi is standing up for the public option.  She’s taken a head-count and told HuffPo that she won’t have the votes to pass a reform bill unless it includes a public option.  She also said that Conrad’s compromise (a system of co-ops) won’t be enough.  It’s got to include a public option or no deal. Meanwhile Grassley continues to be the mouthpiece for the party of NO when it comes to health care reform:  ”No public option, no employee mandate to either provide insurance or pay a penalty, and nothing that leads to rationing of health care.”  If you stick to Grassley’s criteria here we won’t have ANY changes to our current (and messed up) system.  

Well I’ve got news for Grassley… we’ve already got rationing.  With nearly 50 million Americans living without access to health care services, I defy him to show us how anything they could do in Congress could make things worse than they already are. 

Obama Reasserts Support For Public Plan While AMA Backtracks On Opposition (by Sam Stein at the Huffington Post)
[Obama’s remarks in Green Bay] came just several hours after the American Medical Association said it would oppose a public option for coverage. But in a reflection of just how delicate this debate has become, the 250,000 member physician group largely backtracked from its opposition later in the day. “Make no mistake: health reform that covers the uninsured is AMA’s top priority this year,” a clarifying statement from the group read. “Every American deserves affordable, high-quality health care coverage.

How much clout will labor have in health care debate? (McClatchy)
This should be labor’s big moment: a Democratic White House and Congress poised to overhaul the nation’s health care system. Despite spending more than $113 million to help elect their ideological allies last November, unions are having a challenging time getting their way on Capitol Hill.

Randall Terry’s Free Beer, Wings, and Hate Party Not Well-Attended (by Pareene at Gawker)
Anti-abortion radical Catholic Mullah Randall Terry threw a press conference with free chicken wings and Guinness for journalists, yesterday. It did not boost attendance, really.

NRO’s Andrew McCarthy doesn’t read too good (by Eric Boehlert at County Fair, Media Matters for America)
Over at The Corner, McCarthy’s busy bashing the Department Homeland Security that warned about possible acts of anti-Semitic violence from lone wolf white supremacists, just like the one that struck the Holocaust Museum. Y’know, the report  that also warned about right-wing domestic terrorists, like the one who is accused of assassinating abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, and the right-wing gun nut charged with killing Pittsburgh cops. But McCarthy’s angry because despite that obvious trend of far-right attacks, he’s sure the DHS report, which warned about precisely that kind of violence, was somehow off the mark.

Limbaugh: Obama “thrives and needs chaos”; people on the left “excited” by Holocaust museum shooting (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
As always, accusing others of his own nefarious motives.

Limbaugh: Obama is “ramping up hatred for Israel, … Jewish people” (County Fair, Media Matters for America)

Limbaugh on Holocaust museum shooter: “This guy is a leftist if anything” (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
Limbaugh adds: “This guy’s beliefs, this guy’s hate stems from influence that you find on the left, not on the right.”

“Anti-Jew rhetoric … comes from the American left” and “circle of people close to” Obama (County Fair, Media Matters for America)

Liz Cheney falsely claims Obama hasn’t said ‘I believe in American exceptionalism.’ (Think Progress)
Liz Cheney continued her seemingly unending campaign to flood the American media, and once again, she said something that isn’t true. This time, on CNN last night, she criticized the Obama administration for being “focused on the president’s popularity overseas.” “We’ve now seen several different occasions when he’s been on the international trips, where he’s not willing to say, flat out, ‘I believe in American exceptionalism,’” Cheney complained. But of course, Obama has said this.
Yes, and that’s one of the things I DON’T like about him. Click through to watch a video compilation.

Death Talkers (by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout)
Last March, Fox News personality Sean Hannity ran a poll on his web site asking readers what kind of revolution they’d prefer: military coup, armed rebellion or war for secession?… A month later, conservative radio host Glenn Beck accused President Obama of lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research in order to begin genetic development of a new master race… Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has accused the Obama administration of actively seeking to destroy the country by aiding terrorism and embracing socialism…

Where is all the fear and violence gaining inspiration? The same places it has been for a while now. Those right-wing media people keep talking, and people keep getting killed. Coincidence?

The Big Hate (by Paul Krugman)
[F]or the most part, the likes of Fox News and the R.N.C. haven’t directly incited violence, despite Bill O’Reilly’s declarations that “some” called Dr. Tiller “Tiller the Baby Killer,” that he had “blood on his hands,” and that he was a “guy operating a death mill.” But they have gone out of their way to provide a platform for conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, just as they did the last time a Democrat held the White House. And at this point, whatever dividing line there was between mainstream conservatism and the black-helicopter crowd seems to have been virtually erased.

Conservatives Attack Shepard Smith, Call For His Firing (by The Cajun Boy at Gawker)
Well you just knew that Shepard Smith’s off the reservation intellectual honesty at Fox News would backfire… Reporting [Wednesday] after the shooting at the Holocaust Museum, Smith credited the accuracy of a recent Homeland Security warning about violent, right-wing hate groups on the rise. He also mentioned an influx of nutty emails being sent into Fox. For this, he has drawn scorn… The conservative blog Atlas Shrugs went all the way in calling for Shep’s head in a post titled, .”Please Shepard Smith Out the Door”… And World Net Daily, the most widely-read conservative site online, launched a blistering attack, essentially insinuating that Shepard Smith is a closet crazy person capable of snapping just like James von Brunn did…

Meanwhile, Smith talked by phone to an ex-wife of James von Brunn on his show today, who said that his hatred for Jews and blacks began “in New York, when he worked there at an advertising agency.” Very fitting.

Holocaust Museum Shooter Von Brunn’s Digital Trail Disappears (Washington Post, via Democarcy in Action)
James von Brunn’s online presence began to vanish within hours after he was named as the suspect in the Holocaust Museum shooting.

DHS Urged To Expedite Updated Report On Right Wing Extremism (by Sam Stein at the Huffington Post)
Amid howls that it had politicized national security, DHS stepped back from a mid-April report it had issued on domestic threats from fringe right-wing groups… Several weeks later, the findings of the original study have been proven prescient, specifically in its warnings about violent acts from anti-abortion zealots and anti-Semites. Now, demands for that follow-up have grown more urgent.

AL QAEDA IS RECRUITING WHITE GUYS (The Stimulist, thanks to Gawker)
White guys are … playing an increasingly important role in Al Qaeda. Last January, an article in The Scotsman reported that “senior security sources” inside the British government claimed that Al Qaeda has recruited “as many as 1,500 white Britons.” Many of these new recruits were reportedly converted to Islam by radical fundamentalists while in prison. Some experts doubt the existence of this so-called “white army of terror,” but Al Qaeda is definitely embracing the powers of diversity.

Adding white men could make the group more dangerous than ever, says New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright, an Al Qaeda expert who wrote The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. “If Al Qaeda can transcend its stereotype,” he told us, “than they will become a lot more difficult to police.”

Matt Davies

Obama Bows on Settling Detainees (Washington Post)
The Obama administration has all but abandoned plans to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release to live in the United States, administration officials said yesterday, a decision that reflects bipartisan congressional opposition to admitting such prisoners but complicates efforts to persuade European allies to accept them.

Let’s Hear It for Fear (by Susie at Suburban Guerrilla)
It’s not just that the Republicans are successfully fearmongering that has me so pissed off about this, or that the media didn’t challange them every step of the way. It’s that so many goddamned Dems helped them put the “bi” in bipartisan. Yes, let’s hear it for those Dems who live and die by the prevailing winds of public opinion – who would never dream of actually educating the voters instead of knuckling under to their uninformed emotions. You go, Weathervane Dems! Woo hoo!

Boehner: GOP Preparing Major Attack On Obama For Mirandizing Terrorists (by Greg Sargent at The Plum Line)
Buried in [an] interview that John Boehner did with ABC News is a preview of the Next Big And Very Scary GOP National Security Attack: A full-scale assault on the White House for Mirandizing terrorists. Boehner told ABC that national security was Obama’s Achilles heel, then added: “‘I think most Americans will be appalled that we’re providing Miranda rights to terrorists,’ Boehner predicted. ‘This thing is going to bubble up big.’”… Interestingly, Boehner’s call to arms came after it emerged that no less a national security luminary than David Petraeus said he had “no concerns at all” about the Mirandizing of terrorists. Not even Petraeus’ word can dissuade Republicans from taking this tack.

Robert Gates And Hillary To GOP Leaders: You’re Putting Our Security At Risk (by Greg Sargent at The Plum Line)
Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton are now thrusting themselves into the raging fight over the White House’s request for Congressional cash for the International Monetary Fund, demanding in a letter that GOP leaders back the funding or put our security at risk… In the letter, Gates, Clinton and a third signatory, National Security Adviser James Jones, say the IMF plays a key role in reducing the “security risks” the crisis “poses to our nation and the world.” The crisis, it says, risks destabilizing foreign economies, producing “unforeseeable reactions.”

U.S. Officials Say There are Indications North Korea is Preparing for a Third Nuclear Test (by Luis Martinez at Political Punch, ABC News)
U.S. officials say there are indications that North Korea may be preparing for a third nuclear test. A U.S. official tells ABCNews,“We can’t rule out the possibility that North Korea will detonate another nuclear device. There are signs that they may be considering this, but it’s unclear if ultimately they will go through with a test. All options appear to be on the North Korean regime’s table.”

Rivals in Iran both claim victory in election (AP)
Iran‘s state news agency is reporting that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has won re-election, but a reformist rival is also claiming victory. The rival claims came even before the close of polls on Friday. Official results are not expected until Saturday.

Stocks slip as investors await signs on economy (AP)
Stock are moderately lower as investors weigh recent signs of economic recovery and wonder what will be able to take the market higher

Wall Street’s Toxic Message (by Joseph E. Stiglitz)
[Among the legacies of the current economic crisis] … will be a worldwide battle over ideas—over what kind of economic system is likely to deliver the greatest benefit to the most people. Nowhere is that battle raging more hotly than in the Third World, among the 80 percent of the world’s population that lives in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, 1.4 billion of whom subsist on less than $1.25 a day… While there may be no winners in the current economic crisis, there are losers, and among the big losers is support for American-style capitalism. This has consequences we’ll be living with for a long time to come.

Geithner Said to Tell Bernanke Fed Gains Most in Rules Overhaul (Bloomberg)
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in a June 9 meeting the administration will call for the Fed to be the regulator of firms deemed too big to fail, one of the people said. While a council of regulators would share oversight of financial risks, Treasury officials describe it as weak, lacking power to make final decisions on intervening with the firms, the people said.

Bailout Bank Execs Get Payouts (by Paul Kiel at ProPublica)
[Wednesday], the Treasury Department released new rules  on how much banks that received TARP money can pay their executives. Among the rules is one that prohibits golden parachutes – defined as any payment to a departing exec simply because the exec is leaving. But an examination of public filings shows that a number of executives at banks that received TARP funds have received large payments just for resigning. It’s unclear if the new rules will apply retroactively.
Click through for a rundown of these execs and the payouts they received.

‘Compensation Czar’ to Oversee Exec Pay (Truthdig)
The Obama administration on Wednesday enthroned Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg as its “compensation czar,” whose job it will be to oversee the salaries and bonuses of 175 top executives of our beloved bailed-out financial firms, including AIG, Citibank, Bank of America and GM. The White House’s initial call to cap executive pay at $500,000 is no longer on the menu.

Scrutiny of Bank of America’s Merrill purchase intensifies (McClatchy)
Lawmakers blitzed Bank of America chief executive Ken Lewis on Thursday about why he didn’t alert shareholders to the deepening troubles behind his deal to buy Merrill Lynch and about whether he tried to pass blame to regulators.

Rove: Bush Administration Has ‘No’ Responsibility For Current Budget Deficits (Think Progress)
[Wednesday] night on Fox News, former top Bush adviser Karl Rove chastised President Obama for his economic recovery package Congress passed last February and criticized him for his new proposal to enact “pay as you go” budgeting rules — paying for spending increases by either raising taxes or budget cuts. “This is a cosmetic gesture. This guy is going to run up a $1.8 trillion deficit. That’s what it’s projected to be this year,” Rove complained. But when host Greta Van Susteren asked if the Bush administration is responsible for any of the deficit, Rove replied, “No.”
Click through to watch the video.

Power Problem (by Dean Starkman, Columbia Journalism Review)
We need to learn the lessons of the past eight years or so, even if the press doesn’t want to go along, and re-examine, from top to bottom, all the firewalls that were supposedly designed to protect us from precisely the financial catastrophe that has just occurred. These firewalls start with risk managers, officers, directors, etc., within the financial institutions, then extend outward to accounting firms, rating agencies, regulators, and yes, journalists.

Poll: GOP risks loss of respect if it goes after Sotomayor (McClatchy)
Republicans may have a window of opportunity to turn public opinion against President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, but a new poll finds that such a campaign could hurt their party’s already weak standing with Americans, especially Hispanics, the nation’s fastest-growing voter group.
When did the right wing ever care about loss of respect? All they care about is scaring everybody into doing what they want.

Senate, 79-17, approves tough FDA regulation of tobacco (McClatchy)
Government would have broad new authority to regulate tobacco products, slash nicotine content and restrict advertising under historic legislation approved overwhelmingly Thursday afternoon by the Senate.

Senators who opposed tobacco bill received top dollar from industry (McClatchy)
Among the 17 senators who voted against allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco are some of the top recipients of campaign contributions from the tobacco industry, which has donated millions of dollars to lawmakers in the past several campaign cycles.

Think of the Lobbyists (Political Wire)
Polls show New York Gov. David Paterson (D) as one of the least popular governors in the nation and the leadership revolt in the state Senate isn’t helping improve his stature. The governor has been “largely relegated to the sidelines” in the dispute, reports the New York Times.  However,
Paterson made “one of the more unusual pleas for sanity” when he asked lawmakers to “think of the lobbyists” in urging their return to the Senate. He went on to explain that they had worked hard “to persuade legislative leaders and legislators of issues.”

Following Joke, Palins Say ‘No Way’ to Letterman Invitation (USA Today)
The Palins will not be visiting The Late Show anytime soon. “The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show,” Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said Thursday. “Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.”

Failing Up (by Jamison Foser at County Fair, Media Matters for America)
What happens when you write an innuendo-laden hit piece on a prospective Supreme Court nominee without, by your own admission, bothering to read enough of her opinions or talk to enough of her colleagues to reach a fair assessment, in which you crop a comment by one of her fellow judges who described her as smart so that you can portray the judge as having said she is “not that smart” — a false charecterization you still have not corrected more than a month later? If you’re Jeffrey Rosen, and the target of your hit-piece is Sonia Sotomayor, Time magazine invites you to write more about her.

The goofiest Time cover panics from the past 40 years (Reason.com, via Poynter Online)
Drugs! Dirty words! Porn! Pokemon! “No publication has done a better (by which we mean worse) job of scaring the crap out of post-baby boomer
America than Time,” write Jeff Winkler and Radley Balko. They offer a Top 10 list of the most horrifying, silly, irresponsible, or downright ridiculous Time cover panics from the post 40 years.

O’Reilly Defends Gay Penguins: ‘God Made The Penguin That Way’ (Think Progress)
Last night, Bill O’Reilly discussed the “gay penguins” at a zoo in Germany with guest Dennis Miller. O’Reilly shocked Miller by being eminently tolerant of the penguins, saying the zoo should “leave the penguin alone” because “God made the penguin that way”.
Gay humans, too. Click through to watch the video.

Joe Scarborough: New Face of the GOP? (by Christopher Buckley at the Daily Beast)
We Republicans have a Face Gap with the Democrats, who — let’s face it — have the best one of all in Mr. Obama. Well, I think I’ve found the new face of the Republican Party. It’s been hiding out on national television every weekday morning from six to nine: Joe Scarborough.

Limbaugh: MSNBC is “hate 24/7″ (County Fair, Media Matters for America)

Limbaugh claims “exercise freaks … are the ones putting stress on the health care system” (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
You mean George W. Bush, don’t you, Rush?

Media Matters for America headlines

O’Reilly baselessly claims troops are Mirandizing detainees

Nets ignore substance of health care town hall

Over two days, Hannity’s coverage of Holocaust museum shooting totals just one sentence

Scarborough revisionism: claims he didn’t fault DHS for “targeting right-wingers”

Liasson reports that AMA opposes any public plan, ignoring AMA’s inconsistency

Fox News’ Cameron ignores prior GOP votes for war spending bills with non-war spending

Stoddard falsely claimed DHS report lacked “evidence”

CNN’s Townsend — a former Bush adviser — attacks DHS report for claims made by Bush admin.

Savage falsely claimed CNN, Fox News did not cover his banning from the UK

Confusion expected as analog TV broadcasts end
TV stations across the
U.S. started cutting their analog signals Friday morning, ending a 60-year run for the technology and likely stranding more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service.

Israeli Paper Has Authors and Poets Cover the News
On Wednesday a very serious Israeli newspaper conducted a very wild experiment. For one day, Haaretz editor-in-chief Dov Alfon sent most of his staff reporters home and sent 31 of Israel’s finest authors and poets to cover the day’s news in honor of Israel’s annual Hebrew Book Week.

Medill Students Help Create Database As Tool for Reporting on Pentagon Officials (by Matt Mansfield at Poynter Online)
The Medill School of Journalism’s Washington Program, which I co-direct, has taken on ambitious investigative projects for years, but the Pentagon Travel project unveiled Wednesday reflects how our new curriculum’s focus on telling stories across platforms helps shape work with data. Medill, with the help of adjunct lecturer Stephen Henn, acquired a decade’s worth of records listing trips Pentagon employees took that were paid by private interests. To make the information available to the public, we partnered with the Center for Public Integrity.

Why News Organizations Should Reserve a Facebook Vanity URL (by Amy Gahran at Poynter Online)
Despite its popularity, Facebook has several conspicuous usability issues. One that has long bugged me is how ugly the URLs of Facebook user profiles are… Along with being messy, the long URL makes it difficult for people to find and friend each other via Facebook. That will soon change. Starting Saturday, June 13, at
12:01 a.m. EDT, Facebook will begin issuing vanity URLs for user profiles and fan pages. The change marks an important move for news organizations.

Will the Editorial Cartoonist Vanish?
To be a newspaper staff editorial cartoonist these days is to live in dread that the next phone call is coming from the human resources department. Because their numbers were so small to begin with, the departure of cartoonists amid layoffs in newsrooms has had a huge impact on the craft.

What Salary Freeze? Newspaper Wages Are Actually Rising (Paid Content)
You may have heard about the salary freezes and wage cuts at media companies like the NYTCo, Gannett and Dow Jones. But that’s not the full story: A new report says that overall, newspaper salaries have actually been on the rise. E&P’s Jen Saba cites a study of 400 papers in the U.S. and Canada by the Inland Press Association that found that newspaper wages rose an average 2.1 percent from 2008 to 2009.

Any buyers for The Boston Globe?
The Boston Globe is back on the auction block, despite a potentially long and drawn-out labor dispute with its largest union… The Boston Newspaper Guild, the Globe’s largest union, has signaled that if a new owner were found, the Guild would be willing to negotiate wage and benefit cuts in exchange for an equity stake in the paper.

Potential Globe Buyers Emerge
Three Boston businessmen — a Boston Celtics owner, a former advertising mogul, and a member of the family that ran the Globe for generations — have emerged as prominent potential buyers of the paper, according to people knowledgeable about the situation.

Washington Post May Protect Favored Union Workers
Washington Post Co. union members approved a contract that will protect 25 percent of newspaper employees from future job cuts without taking their seniority into account. The publisher may identify 25 percent of employees it wants to protect from job cuts without regard to length of tenure.

New Edition of AP Stylebook Includes Twitter
Twitter has made it into the 2009 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook, along with complicated business terms such as credit default swaps and derivatives that have gained more exposure amid the global recession.

Simon & Schuster to Sell Digital Books on Scribd.com
Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS, plans to announce Friday that it will make digital editions of about 5,000 titles available for purchase on the site, including books from best-selling authors like Stephen King, Dan Brown and Mary Higgins Clark. It will also add thousands of other titles to Scribd’s search engine, allowing readers to sample 10 percent of the content of the books on the site and providing links to buy the print editions.

Tag Junior electronic book pal helps toddlers to read
Nothing beats having your child curl up in your lap to read a favorite book. But for those times when you can’t be the reader, or when you might want to introduce fun sounds and music into listening to a story, a new gadget called the Tag Junior can help.

OK! Not OK
Richard Desmond’s American version of OK! magazine is losing half a million dollars per week. It’s estimated the magazine’s losses will reach close to $130 million by its four-year anniversary in August, putting it on target to be one of the most expensive magazine launches in publishing history.

Magazine Cover Ads, Subtle and Less So
For its July issue, Popular Science has created a cover sponsored by General Electric. But the G.E. affiliation becomes obvious only when the cover is held up to a Web camera. Although other magazine publishers have used cover ads to generate cash, Popular Science did not charge G.E. for the cover.

US video game sales slide 23 pct in May
U.S. video gamers spent less on games, hardware and accessories in May compared with a year ago, a sign that this year’s release schedule couldn’t compete with Take Two Interactive’s “Grand Theft Auto IV” last spring. The NPD Group said Thursday that spending fell 23 percent from last May to $863 million. It was the first monthly tally below $1 billion since August 2007 and the third month in a row of year-over-year declines.

Mexico’s Televisa eyes mobile phone market
Broadcaster Televisa said on Thursday it wants to offer mobile phone services in
Mexico, elbowing into the market dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim.

Broadcasters promise plan to quiet TV ads by September
Lawmakers stepped aside Thursday and agreed to let broadcasters come up with a system for toning down loud TV ads.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, lawmakers!

Bing Pays to Fast Forward Commercials on The Daily Show (Mashable)
[Thursday night, Microsoft] is giving fans of The Daily Show that watch it when it airs (as opposed to recording it on DVR) a bit of a treat. Microsoft has purchased a full two and a half minute block of commercials, sponsored by Bing, and will use the time to “fast forward” the ads with a TiVo-like experience. While this should be an interesting ad to see visually, it also means two more minutes of content from Jon Stewart. Microsoft plans to use the same concept on ad buys across a number of shows over the next week.
I’m just not getting it. The ads I’ve seen for Bing are just plain annoying.

Microsoft V. Google: Two Opposite Approaches To Browser Advertising (Paid Content)
The first Google TV ad for Chrome plays up the browser’s simplicity—as easy to use as putting together some blocks, the ad basically claims. But Microsoft has settled on a different angle with Internet Explorer. In one of its inaugural pitches for the browser (featuring Superman Dean Cain), it highlights the chaos that it believes would exist without IE.

Europe Cool to Microsoft’s Offer on Browser
European regulators signaled that Microsoft’s offer to sell a browser-less Windows system on the Continent did not go far enough to enable competition.

Opera says Microsoft EU browser offer “not enough”
Norwegian browser maker Opera ASA said on Friday that Microsoft’s plan to ship its Windows operating system in Europe without its Internet Explorer web browser was not enough to restore competition.

Rivals Level Guns at IE in Enterprise Browser War
While Microsoft’s Internet Explorer faces healthy competition with other browsers among consumers, in the enterprise it has long remained the de facto standard. But that could soon change as rivals — particularly Mozilla and Google — add features to their browsers that make them better suited for use across corporate desktops.

Firefox 3.5 Features New Javascript Engine, Built-in Video
The next version of Firefox will include next-generation features Mozilla hopes will help the browser stand apart from competitors.

China take steps to deal with SMS spam messages
China will limit the number of messages that a mobile number can send per day to battle rampant spam messages clogging cell phones, state media said on Friday

Security Group Converges to Fight Internet Abuse
As cybercrime continues to proliferate on the Internet, one industry security group is hoping its work will help stem the tide of spam and scams.

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