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2:45 AM ET, September 23, 2010

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Michael Oliveira / Globe and Mail:
Netflix apologizes for using actors to meet press at Canadian launch  —  Video-streaming website Netflix Inc. NFLX-Q closed down a Toronto street Wednesday and attracted dozens of onlookers for a splashy launch to promote its highly anticipated foray into Canada.  —  MORE RELATED TO THIS STORY
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Muzzled Reporter Says ‘Maw of Yahoo’ No Place for Journalism  —  Yahoo (YHOO) has been trying to leverage its leading position in the portal business into a comparable dominance of premium content.  But it's not so easy for a technology company to build a culture of journalism …
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John Cook Leaving (Maw of) Yahoo News, Returning to Gawker
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Journalists follow their voices, vote with their feet  —  As the beleaguring of traditional news organizations continues, newsrooms are actually growing elsewhere.  You may have noticed that places like Yahoo, AOL and the Huffington Post are all hiring these days — and they're hiring, um, actual journalists.
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The Huffington Post:
Phil Pruitt Joins Yahoo! News As Politics Editor
Discussion: Romenesko and The Wire
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NYT's Opinion Pages continue the march toward app-inspired design  —  Above is a screenshot of The New York Times' opinion section, whose redesign went live a few hours ago.  Looks sharp, doesn't it?  It also looks like it's itching to be put into a different context:
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Updates Third-Quarter 2010 Outlook  —  The New York Times Company today will discuss its business, strategy and management's outlook during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XIX Conference.  —  The following are certain anticipated results for the third quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009:
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Henry Blodget / The Wire:   The Next Shoe Drops At The New York Times: Now Circulation Revenue …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times: We're Not a Newspaper Company. …
Discussion: paidContent and WebNewser
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Jill Abramson Returning to Role of Managing Editor Ahead of Schedule  —  Back in May, Times executive editor Bill Keller announced that managing editor Jill Abramson would be taking a detour from her managing editing duties to immerse herself with life on the web.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Romenesko
Howard Kurtz:
Woodward scores but loses exclusive  —  The scoop artist keeps getting scooped.  —  Bob Woodward's carefully choreographed rollout of his new book on the Obama White House was disrupted Tuesday night when the New York Times got hold of a copy and posted a story on its Web site.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Campaign to Build Up Its Display Ads  —  Google, the online search ad giant that rarely advertises, has decided it needs to advertise the fact that it is in the online display advertising business.  —  And if that is not enough advertising about advertising, it has picked …
Steve Rosenbaum / The Wire:
Web Video Is The New Television  —  Video overwhelms the Web.  And it should.  —  There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Internet, at one time the plumbing that connected pages of text and occasional images, is rapidly transforming itself to be a network of video publishing and viewing.
Mark Lisheron / American Journalism Review:
Reloading at the Statehouse  —  As traditional news organizations shed state government reporters, a wide array of innovative startups is rising to fill the gap.  —  AJR Senior Contributing Writer Mark Lisheron (mark@texaswatchdog.org) is Austin bureau chief for Texas Watchdog, a government accountability news Web site.
Discussion: Texas Watchdog and CJR
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Steal This Google Map!  —  My colleague Joel Meares has written a lot lately about various news sites' makeovers for the midterm election season, from Yahoo's “hyper visual, hyper-interactive” new site “Ask America” to PBS NewsHour's snazzy redesign, an attempt to attract new and younger readers to their political coverage.
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
Barry Meyer to Remain Chairman of Warner Brothers  —  Barry Meyer will remain chairman of Warner Brothers after all.  —  Time Warner on Wednesday answered the lingering question of succession at its movie studio, extending the contract of Mr. Meyer — who had been expected to retire next year …
Dan Duray / New York Observer:
Rise of the Recappers: For a New Class of Struggling Writers, It's Time To Watch TV  —  Last month Jerry Saltz, the art critic and judge on the recently finished first season of Bravo's Work of Art, praised the practice of TV recapping in an essay posted to his popular Facebook profile.
Discussion: The Awl
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tim Armstrong Won't Talk About AOL's Secret Video Plans  —  Tim Armstrong will usually talk at length, if not in specifics, about what he's up to at AOL.  Not so when it comes to video.  —  “Yes, we have a video strategy, and no, I'm not going to go into detail on it,” he told (or didn't tell) …
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Kommons Will Sneakily Make You Blog For Free  —  Last Wednesday, Sept. 15th, a website called Kommons went live - and is sort of brilliant.  It's basically Formspring meets Twitter meets “Meet The Press,” or something: A community that seeks smart, conversation-furthering answers prompted by smart, probing questions — publicly.
Discussion: Kommons
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Real-Time Web Analytics Start-Up Chartbeat Tallies Up More Investors  —  Chartbeat, the real-time Web-publishing analytics service, has added a few more investors to its previously announced $3 million funding round.  Joining Index Ventures et al are: Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg …
Discussion: New York Observer
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Moonves Confirms That CBS Might Bring Content To Hulu Plus  —  Hulu has had recent discussions with CBS (NYSE: CBS) about bringing CBS content to the new Hulu Plus subscription service, and CBS CEO Les Moonves described that possibility at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference as …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
What's Behind the Exodus at Newsweek?  —  Next week, the sale of Newsweek to Sidney Harman will be finalized, giving the 91-year-old audio equipment magnate control of the struggling newsweekly.  —  And the magazine's masthead will look quite a bit different than the one he agreed to buy more than a month ago.
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:   Harman: My son's an intern, not an heir apparent
Laura Oliver / Journalism.co.uk:
Building Design website puts ‘premium’ content behind paywall  —  United Business Media has introduced a new paywall to Building Design's site BDOnline.co.uk, which will now charge readers for “premium” content.  —  Breaking news will remain free to view on the site, as will video content and newsletters …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Asda refuses to sell the Sunday Times  —  There were no copies of the Sunday Times available at any of Asda's 370 stores on Sunday.  —  The supermarket chain refused to stock the paper in a row over the margin it receives from the publishers, News International.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times Integration with International Herald Tribune Attracts Big Global Online Audience  —  PARIS — Last year, the foreign news pages of The New York Times and the Times-owned International Herald Tribune were combined to become the Global Edition of the Times.
Media Week:
Bloomberg Businessweek ramps up activity  —  Bloomberg Businessweek, the news weekly magazine, is to publish a series of country-specific reports as its new parent company Bloomberg invests in the brand.  —  Bloomberg Businessweek: readies country-specific reports
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Wrong battlefield  —  It's kinda touching that Rupert Murdoch's loyal lieutenants are trying to entertain the boss by starting an old-fashioned newspaper war (old-fashioned modifies newspaper).  But it's also ever-more revealing of their worldview.  —  And of course, the best way to declare …
Discussion: Guardian
 
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