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5:15 PM ET, July 28, 2010

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Clint Hendler / CJR:
The Story Behind the Publication of WikiLeaks's Afghanistan Logs  —  From Brussels, to a bunker, to blockbusters  —  You wouldn't be reading the coverage of the so-called Afghanistan logs—in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and The Guardian—if Nick Davies, a senior contributor to the British paper …
Discussion: The Biz Blog, Guardian and Mark Follman
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Callie Schweitzer / Neon Tommy:
Has WikiLeaks Eliminated The “Middleman” In Journalism?  —  Editor-in-Chief  —  The war in Afghanistan has dominated headlines since whistle-blower website WikiLeaks released 92,000 secret government documents with major revelations about the war.  —  But a large part of the global conversation …
C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
When do 92,000 documents trump an off-the-record dinner?
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
First Amendment Guru Floyd Abrams on the WikiLeaks Situation
Discussion: Romenesko and Runnin' Scared
John McQuaid / Edge of Chaos:
WikiLeaks, journalism, data and truth
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s iPad Problem Is Trouble for Every Magazine Publisher  —  Time Inc. likes to show off its iPad apps as a symbol of the company's future.  But inside the publisher, the digital editions have become a source of hair-pulling frustration.  —  That's because the magazine giant …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Comcast's Burke: ‘With NBC, Our Ad Business Will Be Worth $10 Billion’  —  Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) execs said the company posted double-digit growth in auto, health care and retail advertising in Q2.  As the fall elections approach, political is also expected to be a big revenue driver for its ad business this year.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Comcast Profits Pulled Down On NBC Costs  —  Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) is still pending before regulators, but the deal has already cost the cable operator $22 million in transaction fees in Q2.  That sent profits down, though it didn't completely account for the decline …
Discussion: rbr.com, MediaMemo, Variety and The Wrap
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Business Insider, Turbocharged!  —  We're excited to announce that we've just raised another round of financing, courtesy of New York-based RRE Ventures and our existing investors.  —  This capital will help us continue to expand the site and bring you many of the things you have been asking for …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Age of Privacy Is Over  —  Mark Zuckerberg turned strangers' intimate moments into riches.  We turned the tables on the Facebook CEO, lurking outside his house, following him out with his girlfriend and pals, and to Chinese language lessons.  America's youngest billionaire got the paparazzi treatment.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Some see red as Essence hires a white editor  —  Essence, a Time Inc.-owned monthly that is seen as the ultimate fashion and lifestyle title for black women, is wrestling with a controversy sparked by a former fashion editor who criticized the magazine's decision to hire a white woman as its new fashion director.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
After Breitbart and Shirley Sherrod, We Need a Slow-News Movement  —  It was the biggest American news exclusive of World War I. In a breathless cable that immediately went out over the wire on Nov. 7, 1918, thrilling a war-weary world, United Press correspondent Roy Howard reported from Paris …
Adam Hochberg / Poynter Online:
Would Beat Reporters Have Seen Early Inconsistencies in Sherrod Story?  —  This falls under the category of being careful what you wish for: Just a few weeks before Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod became a household name, the department's communications director expressed frustration …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Google Sewage Factory, In Action: The Chocomize Story  —  Google's CEO Eric Schmidt has quite famously been on record many times talking about how the web is full of garbage.  It's a cesspool out there, he's said.  Today, a short fast look at how his own company pollutes the web.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Capital New York Plies Tough Market With Earnest Journalism  —  Can a Smart New Start-up Survive in Era of Page-View Media?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Capital New York, the sincere original-news site introduced in June by former New York Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson …
Discussion: Romenesko
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
The New Yorker elitist?  Remnick: I don't see it  —  Commentary: ‘We do something that a lot of people want’ … NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — New Yorker Editor David Remnick bristles when someone saddles his magazine with the “e” word — elitist.  —  “Look,” he said, “this word 'elitist …
Deadline.com:
CONFIRMED: ABC Family's Paul Lee Taking Over As President Of ABC Entertainment Group After Steve McPherson Resigns  —  4TH UPDATE 6:30 PM: We've just confirmed that ABC Family President Paul Lee will take over as president of ABC Entertainment Group.  Just like Steve McPherson, Lee will manage both ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers Hit New Low as an Information Source  —  The number of Americans who say that newspapers are an important source of information continues to decline, according to a survey by the The Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
CNN's ratings woes not limited to Campbell Brown and Larry King  —  While CNN is spending much of its time focusing on jump starting its 8 and 9 p.m. hours, it might want to start paying a little more attention to the 7 and 10 p.m. hours as well.  That's what a quick look at the July ratings reveals.
Discussion: The Wrap and TVWeek.com
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Differing Views on Obama's Visit to ‘The View’  —  Is it beneath President Obama's dignity to appear on “The View” tomorrow?  —  Yes, say Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Republican Pat Buchanan.  They both blasted Obama's scheduled visit to ABC's daytime female chatfest, but theirs appears to be the minority opinion.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Heather Brooke:
A few words on the Times paywall  —  Inevitably since I've written for the Times a few readers have questioned why, as the paper's online content is no longer free.  Andrew Denny, for example, wrote: ‘Is there not an irony in the fact that your Times articles are now online behind a paywall and not openly accessible?’
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent:UK
Adam Clark Estes / The Huffington Post:
Announcing HuffPost Thursdays: Meetup To Talk About The News  —  At a recent New York Tech Meetup, the organization's co-founder and CEO Scott Heiferman smashed an iPad with a hammer.  The obvious twist on Apple's famous “1984” commercial came about as Heiferman explained …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The Girl With a Million Downloads  —  Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy has made him the first author to sell more than 1 million books on Amazon's Kindle.  —  The Swedish writer, who died in 2004 before the books were published, has sold more than 35 million copies in all formats world-wide …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
New Sumner Girl on Payroll  —  The Viacom and CBS billionaire forced an unskilled young “friend” onto his company and gave her a large stock package.  Peter Lauria on Redstone's corporate mandate to “make her happy.”  —  Sumner Redstone, already in the middle of a firestorm for his insistence …
Anna North / Jezebel:
Self-Absorbed Columnist Redefines The Art Of Crap Emails  —  The names and events here are true: CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen wrote a horribly self-centered open letter to his ex on her wedding day.  Lizzie Skurnick called him out on it.  So Andrew wrote Lizzie a very Crap Email.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile-TV Push Gets Fuzzy Reception  —  Chip maker Qualcomm Inc. last week signaled it may give up a costly six-year quest to bring broadcast TV to mobile phones and other devices in the U.S. Not too many people are surprised, however, given the reception for mobile-TV services in the country so far.
Janet Titterton / Journalism.co.uk:
‘Publishers can go much further to building sustainable relationships by adding value’  —  Media brands, from magazine publishers to newspapers, are more concerned than ever about their ability to engage customers and remain profitable - and with good reason.
 
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FTC Looking Into Do-Not-Track Option for Avoiding Behavioral Ads
Discussion: MediaPost and Multichannel
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Starz aims to raise $1 bil for programming
Discussion: TVWeek.com
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Let's put more public documents online
Chris Palmer / The Huffington Post:
Shark Week — Education or Just Entertainment?
Karen Everhart / Current.org:
Uproar over Fresh Air in Mississippi
Discussion: NMissCommentor and Romenesko
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
MTV Releasing Facebook Game and iPhone App to Promote “Jersey Shore”
Discussion: everythingiCafe and NYConvergence