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2:55 PM ET, July 31, 2010


 Top News: 
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Is WikiLeaks An Editor-In-Chief Or Prolific Source?  —  The shadowy website WikiLeaks proved this week it can obliterate the ability of the U.S. government and the military to smother the circulation of closely held secrets.  —  Earlier this week, the site's posting of more than 90,000 classified documents …
How WikiLeaks Could Change the Way Reporters Deal With Secrets  —  For the past several decades, there has been an informal understanding between the reporters who uncovered newsworthy secrets and the government intelligence agencies, which tried to keep them from public view.
Craig Silverman / CJR:
How WikiLeaks Outsourced the Burden of Verification  —  To the Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel  —  Julian Assange is upset with The New York Times for talking with the White House about WikiLeaks's trove of Afghanistan documents prior to publication.  Really, though, he should bite his tongue.
Sam Schechner / Speakeasy:
NBC Chairman Jeff Gaspin Says There Is ‘Real Health’ in TV Business … Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, says that after a brutal few years, there are signs of hope in the TV industry.  Gaspin made his comments in a press conference at the semiannual Television …
Discussion: The Wrap and MediaPost
Mandy Jenkins / TBD:
TBD and Foursquare offer a guide to DC dining  —  You've seen on us Twitter, Facebook and Flickr - now TBD's infiltrating Foursquare.  —  Don't worry, we aren't stalking you - we just want to help make social media work a little harder for you.  —  Yeah, that's right - Foursquare and work.
Discussion: Washington Post
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets  —  A Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers.  First in a series.  By Julia Angwin  —  Hidden inside Ashley Hayes-Beaty's computer, a tiny file helps gather personal details …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
The CW: Getting Digital Dollars, Not Digital Pennies  —  The CW's radical move this past upfront in June — selling a one-for-one package of an Internet commercial and a TV spot to advertisers — has been a big success.  —  This is according to Dawn Ostroff, president of entertainment for the network …
Michael Oneal / Chicago Breaking Business:
Tribune Co. proposes golden parachutes for top execs … Tribune Co. proposed paying its top 43 executives a severance package of cash and benefits if they are asked by a new board to leave the company after the Chicago-based media conglomerate emerges from bankruptcy.
Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker
New York Post:
Mag publishers, Apple in subscription app scrap  —  Only three months ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was being hailed as a potential savior in the publishing world for getting magazines involved in the launch of the iPad.  Now he's involved in a behind-the-scenes tug-of-war over annual subscriptions …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Big Money Isn't Enough.  Slate Shuts Down Business Site After Two Years.  —  Fortune magazine launched during the Great Depression, and it's still with us today.  * But The Big Money, a business site launched by Slate during the dark days of September 2008, is going away.
The Wrap:
Paul Lee a Done Deal at ABC; to Take on TCA Solo (updated)  —  UPDATE: Paul Lee won't have to wait very long to conduct his first TCA executive session as ABC Entertainment president.  —  According to the network, the former ABC Family Channel chief will fly solo during Alphabet Channel's morning …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
WikiLeaks and continuity: What if we had a news outlet exclusively focused on follow-up journalism?  —  In his assessment of the journalistic implications of the WikiLeaked Afghanistan War Logs earlier this week, Jay Rosen made a provocative prediction:
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