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7:25 PM ET, August 19, 2010

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Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals blogs:
Facebook Places: What it means for media brands  —  Facebook has launched its much-anticipated location-based service, “Facebook Places,” which allows users to “check in” to certain locations such as restaurants, bars, music festivals, etc.  Dubbed a “collective memory” …
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Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Another opportunity lost  —  Facebook's announcement yesterday of its entry into the “check-in” space is yet another blow to local media.  Local businesses — many of whom already are deep into Facebook — are now being encouraged to create their “places” pages, which is what users will see when they check in via Facebook.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Time Inc. breaks the iPad logjam  —  This week's People app is free to subscribers.  Time, SI and Fortune are expected to follow  —  Image: Time Inc.  —  There's more to the iPad issue of People that appeared on the Apple (AAPL) App Store this morning than Sandra Bullock's new joy.
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Print Subscribers Rejoice: People Magazine IPad App Is Free for You  —  Existing Subscribers to Time Inc. Title Won't Get Charged Again  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Magazines have been aggressive about pricing their app editions for the iPad so far, charging consumers the full print cover price …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Gawker's No Longer a Blog  —  Gawker is no longer a blog.  And Nick Denton no longer runs a blog network.  —  Gawker Media - which, for better or worse, defined and largely influenced the modern blogosphere as we all know it — is undergoing a massive redesign that will render its collection …
Discussion: Thompson on Hollywood
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
AP advises staff on location of Islamic center and mosque  —  The Associated Press, one of world's most powerful news organizations, issued a memo today advising staff to avoid the phrase “Ground Zero mosque.”  —  The Upshot reported Tuesday that the AP started using the phrase “Ground Zero mosque” in some headlines in late May.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
NBC/MSNBC Get An Iraq Troop Withdrawal Exclusive - But What Did It Mean, And Who Helped?  —  There's no question NBC News had an impressive, gripping scoop last night: the last U.S. combat troops are leaving Iraq.  NBC News' Richard Engel was embedded, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was in Baghdad …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
As Combat Troops Leave Iraq, News Media Ride Along
Mike Fleming / Deadline.com:
Google Founders Sergey Brin And Larry Page Get Feature Film Treatment  —  EXCLUSIVE: The founders of Facebook aren't the only game-changing geeks poised to have their story told on a movie screen.  Michael London's Groundswell Productions has teamed with producer John Morris to acquire movie rights …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
How Technology Is Renewing Attention to Long-form Journalism  —  When we're constantly inundated with information via e-mail, text messages, push alerts, tweets and Facebook updates, it's hard to make time for that 5,000-word New Yorker essay we bookmarked or the serial narrative we keep telling ourselves we'll read but never do.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
iVillage to Launch New User-Gen Content Section  —  iVillage has always maintained a close relationship with its community—particularly its more vocal and active members.  —  Now the NBC Universal-owned site is looking to channel the energies of several of its vociferous users …
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Brent Lang / The Wrap:
The New Villains of New Media: Apple, Google & Facebook  —  They're supposed to be the good guys, right?  —  No longer.  Over the past year, several technology giants have begun to shed their status as white knights.  And it's precisely because they've been held to such a high standard …
Discussion: MediaPost
Rob ORegan / eMedia Vitals blogs:
Hearst Magazines sees 29% YOY growth of digital properties  —  Is Hearst a bellwether for the magazine publishing industry?  If so, things are looking up.  Hearst Magazines' PR agency has begun sending out quarterly updates to highlight some key success metrics for its digital business.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hearst Opening ‘Think Tank’ For Apps
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Rachel Sterne / The Daylife Blog:
The Accidental News Explorer: Pandora for News  —  Ready for Pandora for news?  —  Our friend Brendan Dawes has developed the Accidental News Explorer, an application that “celebrates serendipity” by dynamically revealing related news topics based on the article you're reading.
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Internet use in the UK - implications from Ofcom's research for publishers  —  I've just been scanning through the internet section of Ofcom's latest report on The Communications Market 2010.  As always, it's an essential read and this year the body have done a beautiful job in publishing …
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BBC:   Ofcom report highlights ‘multi-tasking media users’
Christopher K. Sopher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The kids are alright, part 2: What news organizations can do to attract, and keep, young consumers  —  [Christopher Sopher is a senior at the University of North Carolina, where he is a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a Truman Scholar.  He has been a multimedia editor of the Daily Tar Heel and has worked for the Knight Foundation.
C.W. Anderson / The Atlantic Online:
Print Culture 101: A Cheat Sheet and Syllabus  —  Editor's Note: So, people no longer just read ink printed on paper.  Now that the electronic word has become embedded in our lives, we have a new perspective on what might have been special and specific about the last few hundred years of information dissemination.
Wall Street Journal:
Get Ready for Ads in Books  —  For those who think this too radical a notion, consider the overwhelming product placement in movies, music videos and video games.  —  With e-reader prices dropping like a stone and major tech players jumping into the book retail business, what room is left for publishers' profits?
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Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Eustace Tilley, Brought to You By ...  As The New Yorker magazine puts the finishing touches on the schedule for its 11th annual weekend festival of events, panels and happenings, the commercial side of the line-up is complete — including the festival's first application for mobile devices.
Discussion: New York Observer
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Register reporters to become more, uh, visible  —  Maybe it's a good thing that print newsrooms are turning to younger, lower-paid staff — because there's also a trend toward running more photos of the hired help.  The Orange County Register is going all the way, decreeing that reporters …
Discussion: Romenesko and CJR
 
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