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2:00 AM ET, July 18, 2010

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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign  —  Last night, the users of 4Chan.org's notorious /b/ message board decided declared war on the lead singer of an obscure electro-pop band.  More than 12 hours later, they're still waging it.  This is how the Internet's worst trolls works.
n+1:
More on books, technology, Luddism  —  Image: Phiz.  “Engraving of a rioting mob of Luddites.”  1813. From the LIFE archive at Google.  —  In response or in addition to the two essays this week on the future of reading and writing, we've asked the authors, as well as editor Mark Greif, to answer us two questions.
Discussion: New York Observer
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Why the silence from The Post on Black Panther Party story?  —  Thursday's Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department's decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party.  The story succinctly summarized the issues …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, Even Big Professional Journalism Operations Make Mistakes  —  For the most part, the way this blog works is that we write stories based on what's being reported on elsewhere, and add some analysis or opinion or response to the story.  Then, we let the discussion happen.
Discussion: Pulse2
Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Controversial Gizmodo iPhone Warrant  —  Today, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan granted an application by the San Mateo County D.A.'s office to withdraw the controversial warrant it obtained to search the house of Gizmodo.com journalist Jason Chen.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Gawker Media Deals Its Way Out of iPhone Search Warrant
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
Licence fee for ‘wasteful’ BBC will be cut  —  Television viewers can soon expect to pay less for their BBC licence fee as part of the austerity drive in public spending, Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, will signal on Saturday.  —  The broadcaster has been responsible for …
Discussion: BBC News
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
New Magazines and Books to Launch on iPad  —  Although I am loath to give Richard Branson any more publicity than he already gets, I was intrigued to read that Virgin is launching a new consumer magazine called Maverick, to be available exclusively for iPad and iPhone, and eventually Android.
Discussion: MediaPost, Digits and Gizmodo
Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal:
Luxury Lit: A Book For $75,000  —  Publishers are marketing elaborate editions with all sorts of pricey features, banking on them to grow in value like rare coins or artworks  —  For $75,000, you can buy a piece of Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.  —  Luxury publisher Kraken Opus mixed …
Discussion: New York Observer and Bookninja
The Morning News:
Paper Tigers [Roundtables]  —  Sports are stupid.  Beautiful.  Dull.  Transcendent.  Most of all, they're more than just games, and MATT ROBISON's assembly of sports writers, critics, freaks, and authors tell us why.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Changes at The Paris Review's Poetry Desk, Lorin Stein at Play … “I think there's a good argument for having fun when you work,” said Paris Review editor Lorin Stein on the phone from his White Street offices yesterday.  “Life is short!  And none of us is making a banker's salary, right?”
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
No Future for Box-Office Exchanges  —  Plans to open exchanges that would trade in movie box-office futures died on Thursday, as the Senate passed financial reform legislation that includes a provision banning the proposed practice.  The legislation was already passed by the House, and moved to President Obama for his signature.
Discussion: Tubefilter News
Katjusa Cisar / The Awl:
A Q&A with the Creator of “I Write Like”: “The Algorithm is Not a Rocket Science”  —  This week's meme is I Write Like, a new website that uses an algorithm of mysterious methodology to tell you which author's work your writing most resembles.  You enter some text—"your latest blog post …
Discussion: ArtsBeat, FishbowlNY and Runnin' Scared
 
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Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Crowdsourcing the pain of transcribing audio
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Elizabeth Guider / Hollywood Reporter:
Primetime to get racier after FCC ruling
Discussion: Company Town and TVWeek.com
Judy Sims / SimsBlog:
If Newspapers Cease to Be, There Will be Two Causes of Death — Part 2
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
Gannett Ups Digital Revenues and Experimentation
Discussion: Business Wire, FishbowlNY and Romenesko
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Plus on the PS3: Less Content Than on the Web
Jeff Schogol / Stars & Stripes:
Media groups side with Westboro Baptist Church
Discussion: Romenesko
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“What the audience wants” isn't always junk journalism