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6:30 PM ET, September 29, 2011

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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Should Google Tweak the News We Consume?  —  Should Google play an editorial role in presenting readers with news?  —  That question was a matter of debate at Zeitgeist, a Google conference this week in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where Larry Page, Google's co-founder and chief executive …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is it Google's job to somehow improve the media?
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Add Comcast, Verizon Pay TV to Xbox Live  —  Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) through Xbox Live, in an bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Dear Marco Arment!  Sorry About Last Week.  We Finally Figured Out What Happened...  Last week, an entrepreneur and writer named Marco Arment trashed us in a blog post, which was then picked up and forwarded around the Twitter-sphere.  —  Marco accused us of lots of horrible things …
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
A female columnist writes about football and is told to ‘stay in the kitchen next time’  —  Albany Times Union columnist Jennifer Gish wrote last week that the Buffalo Bills' 2-0 start “has brought the worst out” in some fans and that “one of you left voicemails for the [Times Union] …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Amazon's Kindle Fire Could Ignite Tablet Media Consumption  —  At Less than Half the Price of iPad, New Device Pulls Down Barriers to Entry  —  By pricing its new Kindle Fire tablet at less than half the cost of an Apple iPad, Amazon is setting up tablet consumption of media to spread …
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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Magazines Join With New Tablet Challenger
Peter Farago / Flurry:
iOS & Android Apps: Prime-time All the Time  —  On broadcast television, brands seek to reach their target audiences as efficiently as possible.  For example, a brand might run a TV campaign targeting 24 - 35 year old females through prime-time shows that reach that desired audience.
eMarketer:
Twitter Ad Revenues to Near $400 Million by 2013  —  Ad dollars expected to triple this year  —  Twitter will earn $139.5 million in global ad revenues this year, up 210% from $45 million in 2010, according to a new forecast from eMarketer.  By 2013, eMarketer estimates worldwide ad revenues at Twitter will reach nearly $400 million.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy  —  Facebook again may have gone too far in its quest to make privacy obsolete, and this time some news organizations could get burned by going along with it.  —  Facebook spent years making it easier …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Michael Wolff Era at Adweek Is Over  —  Media bomb-thrower has been editor of Adweek for less than a year.  Earlier this month, rumors began circulating that he would soon be replaced.  Now, we hear, Wolff's days at Adweek are definitively coming to an end.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Fake Steve Jobs: Funny.  Real Dan Lyons: Sloppy, Lazy, Too Old For This S**t.  —  Like everyone else, I used to be a big fan of Fake Steve Jobs.  Then he was revealed to be Dan Lyons.  The magic was over.  The 15 minutes was over.  He had to go back to doing his actual job — though not before he got a book out of it.
Discussion: @mathewi
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Kindle Fire, and the tricky business of chasing scoops
David Plotz / Slate:
Meet the New Slate  —  The same great stories, but a better home page, improved tools, and a brand-new CMS.  —  Did you notice that Slate looks a little bit different today?  It's not a new haircut, and we haven't lost weight.  There is a series of small, but we hope excellent …
Jalopnik:
Why we're pissed Arianna Huffington is destroying Autoblog  —  Last night, the newly-formed Huffington Post Media Group had to fire another writer — the second this month — for an obvious and preventable ethical breach.  —  Jeff Glucker, an Autoblog contributor, published what seemed …
Bruce Rushton / Illinois Times:
SJ-R gets a sour Apple from GateHouse  —  While employees at the State Journal-Register fear for their jobs, brass at GateHouse Media, the daily newspaper's parent company, has announced a turnaround plan for a corporation that has shown precious little profitability.
Discussion: Poynter and Deal Journal
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
The Netflix Of Terrorism  —  Terrorist organizations are notorious videographers—particularly when it comes to uploading clips to the web to spread messages or recruit sympathizers.  Now private company IntelCenter has assembled one of the world's largest collections of streaming terrorist videos for viewing on demand.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sabrina Ford / Reuters:
Warner Bros puts your face in Facebook Web series  —  (Reuters) - Warner Bros. on Thursday will unveil a Web show from “Charlie's Angels” director McG that seeks to create a new genre the studio calls a “social series” by taking pictures, music and information from a viewer's Facebook page and putting it in the video.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Righthaven copyright suits tossed in Colorado, too  —  In the last year, newspaper copyright troll Righthaven has brought its dubious lawsuits in two states: Nevada and Colorado.  (Update: a lawyer in South Carolina says Righthaven filed a single case there as well.)
Discussion: Techdirt, TeleRead and Plagiarism Today
David Skok / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why we need to separate our stories from our storytelling tools  —  Edward R. Murrow was a pioneer in television who has shaped the way we tell stories in that medium for over 60 years.  He has been immortalized in film and even has a J-school named in his honor.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Encyclopaedia Britannica Now Fits Into an App  —  The Encyclopaedia Britannica has been the most prestigious general encyclopedia in the English language for what seems like forever.  But it has always been expensive, and a bit stodgy.  Today, when people need to look up information …
Discussion: MediaPost
 
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Jessica Davies / New Media Age:
Facebook will be the leading distributor of media by 2020, says former Bebo investor
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Onion joke about “screams and gunfire” inside Congress backfires
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Al Jazeera English Wins Online Journalism Award For Egypt Coverage
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
‘Gruesome’ Bin Laden death photos should be secret, White House says
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Fox News:
Mexican Journalist Beheaded for Using Social Media to Cover Crime
John Plunkett / Guardian:
George Monbiot urges journalists to register their interests
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Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
Nicolas Sarkozy ally accused of spying in latest scandal to hit re-election bid
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Skeptical of Science  —  Among other new roles, journalists becoming …
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Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web
 

 
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