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3:21 AM ET, July 26, 2010


 Top News: 
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Afghanistan war logs: Story behind biggest leak in intelligence history  —  From US military computers to a cafe in Brussels, how thousands of classified papers found their way to online activists  —  Julian Assange on the Afghanistan war logs: ‘They show the true nature of this war’
New York Times:
Piecing Together the Reports, and Deciding What to Publish  —  The articles published today are based on thousands of United States military incident and intelligence reports — records of engagements, mishaps, intelligence on enemy activity and other events from the war in Afghanistan …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
WikiLeaks May Have Just Changed the Media, Too  —  The website WikiLeaks has published more than 90,000 leaked U.S. military records about the war in Afghanistan.  Marc Ambinder has a lot more about the content of the classified archive, but there's another fascinating aspect to the story …
Discussion: The Nation, BBC News and Salon
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NYT defends publishing leaked military records  —  The White House condemned Sunday night's leak of more than 90,000 secret military records covering the Afghanistan War by WikiLeaks, an organization that posts secret documents online.  —  National Security Adviser Jim Jones, in a statement …
Discussion: Guardian and Danger Room
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Advertising is next  —  Condé Nast is a house built on smoke and mirrors — that is, to say, on brand advertising.  So it is astonishing to hear its CEO, Chuck Townsend, essentially toss the company's business model out the window of the Death Star in what The Times frames as …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Condé Nast Is Changing Its Blueprint  —  Is the era of the $12 magazine subscription coming to an end?  —  Condé Nast, publisher of titles like Vogue and Vanity Fair that are wildly expensive to produce yet cost subscribers as little as a dollar, is betting its future that the answer is yes.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
No Longer Business as Usual, Condé's Townsend Says
Discussion: ChasNote and Folio
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
In Big Condé Nast Shift, Sauerberg Becomes President; Townsend Remains Chief
BBC News:
A new journalism on the horizon  —  The delivery of news is rapidly changing  —  As people find new ways to access news in a post-print world, so the demands on those that deliver it is changing, says Andrew Marr, and this new media age could bring with it a better, more rigorous kind of journalism.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In Hollywood, Everybody's a Digital Revolutionary  —  THE boom in digital entertainment — interrupted by the recession and the credit freeze — has returned to Hollywood.  Almost daily, it seems, another start-up pops up to proclaim how it will revolutionize movies or television.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Media, Ad Industries to Study How Viewers Consume Media  —  Industry Group to Study How a Mobile Nation Uses Media  —  Some of the nation's biggest media companies and advertisers, seeking to develop new ways of measuring audiences, could make Apple Inc.'s iPhone the vehicle for a study …
Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse:
Fees for online news yet to succeed  —  Top technology and media executives wrapped up a three-day conference in Aspen, Colorado, during which they grappled with — and left unresolved — the question of whether readers will pay for news online.  —  Firmly in the paid camp in the “paid vs. free” …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Understanding the Digital Natives  —  They see life as a game.  They enjoy nothing more than outsmarting the system.  They don't trust politicians, medias, nor brands.  They see corporations as inefficient and plagued by an outmoded hierarchy.  Even if they harbor little hope of doing better …
Discussion: news i/o
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
British Tabloid Mogul Buys Channel Five  —  PARIS — Richard Desmond, the British tabloid newspaper and magazine publisher, has expanded his growing media business by agreeing to buy the British television channel Five from RTL, the broadcasting company controlled by Bertelsmann of Germany.
Irene Lacher / Los Angeles Times:
The Sunday Conversation: Dean Zanuck  —  The name still holds sway in Hollywood, but the 37-year-old heir to the clan's film-producing legacy went on his own to make the quirky “Get Low.”  —  “Get Low” producer Dean Zanuck, the son of Richard and grandson of Darryl, in Beverly Hills.
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
5 Questions With...Revision3 CEO Jim Louderback  —  Ready for this week's Five Questions With..?  Boy, I hope so, because you're reading it now.  Revision3 CEO Jim Louderback's been slaving away in the digital space for over 20 years, with a resume that includes stuff like Lab Director at PC Week and Editor-In-Chief of PC Magazine.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Even when in error, Andrew Breitbart is on the attack  —  The conservative agitator didn't bother to vet the video that damaged Shirley Sherrod's character, yet he's unapologetic.  —  Short of announcing the discovery of a zero-calorie potato or juggling piglets at the state fair …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Newspaper Chain's New Business Plan: Copyright Suits  —  Steve Gibson has a plan to save the media world's financial crisis — and it's not the iPad.  —  Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content …
Discussion: Techdirt and Bookninja
Jason Fell / Folio:
The iPad is Great But Remember—It's Apple's Way or the Highway  —  Early efforts are promising but Apple leaves publishers with no leverage.  —  Magazine publishers are scrambling to be on the iPad and why not?  Wired saw 73,000 downloads in the first nine days after its iPad edition launched …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Getting the message on Journolist's controversial postings  —  To conservatives, it is a pulling back of the curtain to expose the media's mendacity.  —  To liberals, it is a selective sliming based on e-mails that were supposed to remain private.  —  But there is no getting around the fact …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Pitch and Pass!  Michael Hastings Took his General McChrystal Piece to ‘GQ’ First  —  Rolling Stone owned the media world for one week in June, when the magazine published Michael Hastings' profile of General Stanley McChrystal.  The piece instantly became national news when it hit the web on Tuesday …
Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile:
Telcos are winning the cable TV battle but are they losing the broadband war?  —  The latest quarterly numbers from AT&T and Verizon Communications points to steady addition of TV customers which they are very likely winning from the cable companies as well as satellite players.
Discussion: All Things Digital and Reuters
Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Overture Films ends three-year run, hands off marketing and distribution to Relativity Media  —  Overture Films, the 3-year-old independent movie studio owned by John Malone's Liberty Media, is shutting down after it failed to fetch an adequate price from interested buyers.
Discussion: paidContent
Hipstomp / Core77:
Recycled newspapers for interior design lets you read between the walls  —  Newsworthy is the name Weitzner Limited's rather amazing wallcovering made from, you guessed it, recycled newspapers. … Maintenance-wise it can be vacuumed off for cleaning, but like real newspapers …
Kalyani Chadha / American Association of Sunday …:
AASFE Announces Winners of 21st Annual Excellence In Feature Writing and Online Contest  —  AASFE is proud to announce the winners of its 21st annual Excellence in Feature Writing Contest which featured both print and online categories.  The winners will honored on Friday, October 8 …
Discussion: Romenesko and Gannett Blog
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