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1:50 PM ET, September 8, 2011

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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Google just got ZAGAT Rated!  —  “Did you know there's a place in Menlo Park near the Safeway that has a 27 food rating?” one of my friends asked me that about two years ago, and I was struck because I immediately knew what it meant.  Food rating... 30 point scale... Zagat.  And the place... had to be good.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google acquires Zagat, enters original content business
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Arrington out at AOL (for real this time)  —  Not TechCrunch editor.  Not AOL Ventures employee.  Michael Arrington is on his own.  —  It has been a very long week for AOL.  And it's about to get even longer.  —  Last Thursday, word leaked that one of its employees …
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Elias Bizannes / Elias Bizannes/blog:
The changing dynamics of news  —  In the recent controversy that has erupted due to the firing of Michael Arrington from TechCrunch, I believe it represents an era in innovation led by TechCrunch that we're only starting to appreciate.  —  To start on this thought experiment …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
No, licensing journalists isn't the answer  —  Is the media industry in turmoil?  Clearly it is, with publishers fighting declines in circulation and advertising revenue, combined with competition from digital-native entities such as blog networks and the “democracy of distribution” …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Paton: Too Early To Say Whether MediaNews Paywalls Stay Up  —  Journal Register CEO John Paton has been a vocal opponent of using paywalls to increase digital revenue for newspapers, as have his advisory board members Jeff Jarvis, Emily Bell and Jay Rosen.  But what happens now that he is also the CEO …
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Felix Salmon:
When digital ads pay for local news  —  In the world of regional newspapers, Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group are very big fish; they're now merging, and the merged entity to be called Digital First Media, will be run by John Paton.  Who writes that already he's reaching an important milestone:
Wall Street Journal:
Content Deluge Swamps Yahoo  —  Yahoo, Rivals Fetch Less for Ads as Services That Sift Through Web Gain an Edge  —  Ousted Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Carol Bartz faced a plight all too familiar to many of her peers: Making money off digital content isn't easy and it's getting harder.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Washington Post publisher Weymouth sees new media as ‘them,’ not ‘us’  —  Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth draws a big, bold line between “old media” like the Post and “new media” such as blogs and citizen journalists.  —  The Post is embracing the new “tools” of online journalism …
Discussion: Zombie Journalism and J-Lab
AdAge:
Glamour Publisher Job Goes to Jason Wagenheim, Publisher of Entertainment Weekly  —  Conde Nast's decision to name Jason Wagenheim the new publisher at Glamour sparks yet another turnover in the publisher's job at Entertainment Weekly.  Mr. Wagenheim had only been running EW since December.
Jim Colgan / Poynter:
How journalists are using the iPad to enhance their reporting  —  Many journalists know what it's like to have a source freeze when you pull out a microphone or start recording them on camera.  What were once colorful anecdotes can quickly turn into stilted monologues.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Our Policy On Anonymous Sources  —  Last week, NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen asked about our policy on anonymous sources.  —  Here is that policy:  —  We will grant anonymity to any source at any time for any reason.  —  The logic for this policy is simple.
Michelle Kung / Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood Expands New-Media Reach  —  Two high-powered Hollywood players made separate announcements Tuesday that they are launching enterprises designed to expand into novel approaches to making and distributing entertainment.  —  John Fogelman, formerly an agent with William Morris Endeavor …
MediaPost:
Affinity, Zinio Team For Digital Mag Research  —  Responding to surging public interest in tablet-style computers and e-readers, and the associated wave of digital editions of magazines, magazine research company Affinity has partnered with Zinio, a digital magazine publisher and virtual newsstand …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Dean Starkman / CJR:
A Heavy Blow to The Wall Street Journal  —  Anyone who thinks the departure of Alix M. Freedman, the WSJ's Page One editor, a twenty-seven-year Journal mainstay, and winner of one of the more storied Pulitzers in my old paper's storied past, is inside-baseball for media types is dead wrong.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Maureen Ryan / AOL TV:
Why Is Television Losing Women Writers?  Veteran Producers Weigh In  —  As the fall TV season approaches, it's worth taking a closer look at the people who have created and written the scripted fare you'll see.  —  In the 2006-2007 television season, 35 percent of the writers of broadcast network …
 
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Sports Illustrated’ Goes High-Tech in Search of Younger Readers
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Taptu Working With Publishers On Content Discovery With New Funding
Los Angeles Times:
How high can fees for sports rights go?
John Koblin / WWD:
New Lineup Shaping Up at the New York Times
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Judge orders Medill students to give emails to prosecutors
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hey, Guess What Happens to Advertising if the Economy Tanks
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
“Topic maps, disambiguation, and multi-disciplinary teams” - Elizabeth McGuane at Content Strategy Forum 2011
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
The summer of our discontent: How web TV has changed
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How Andy Carvin keeps his sanity while live-tweeting world news
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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Murdoch And The Vicious Circle
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
HuffPost's First e-Book: A People's History of the Great Recession
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Bloggers Don't Follow the Script, to ConAgra's Chagrin
 

 
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