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10:20 AM ET, August 2, 2010

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Facebook and Twitter's New Rival  —  By now, plenty of traditional media companies have hopped on the social media bandwagon, pumping out news updates on Facebook and Twitter.  —  But do those companies have the time and resources to work yet another Web outlet into their daily routine?
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy  —  The online habits of most people who use the world's dominant Web browser are an open book to advertisers.  That wasn't the plan at first.  —  In early 2008, Microsoft Corp.'s product planners for the Internet Explorer 8. browser intended …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Fox News gets front row White House seat  —  The White House Correspondents Association has decided to move Fox News up to the front row in the briefing room, according to sources familiar with the process.  —  Since veteran journalist Helen Thomas retired, three news organizations—Fox News …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Inside the New York Times' Paywall Brain  —  The New York Times (NYT) has announced that it will be putting up an online paywall by the end of the year.  And that the paywall will allow users to visit for free a certain number of times per month.  And that the paywall will be expensive to build.
Discussion: Romenesko and Churbuck.com
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
New Site Aims to Connect Reporters and Publicists  —  There are few professional relationships that seesaw between love and hate more than those of public relations people and journalists.  While they provide valuable help to each other at times, they rarely need the same things at the same time.
Discussion: Romenesko and Talking Biz News
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Buzz Bissinger's Full Conversion to Digital  —  Two years ago, Buzz Bissinger took a stand against digital culture.  —  A specialist in long-form magazine journalism and the author of “Friday Night Lights,” considered by some to be the best sports book ever written …
Discussion: Romenesko
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In journalism's crossfire culture, everyone gets wounded  —  The nastiness index keeps on rising, and all of us are getting sullied in the process.  —  Media outlets, which once merely chronicled this era of hyper-partisanship, now seem to be both the purveyors and often the targets of ugly attacks.
Discussion: On Media's Blog
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Why ‘Mad Men’ Has So Little to Do With Advertising  —  Ratings, Ad Revenue Small, So Focus Is on Overseas Sales, Digital and — Maybe — a Song-and-Dance Revue  —  ‘Mad Men’ characters Roger Sterling and Don Draper.  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — On cable's “Mad Men,” characters such as Don Draper …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Facebook Gravitational Effect  —  Over the next twelve months, the media industry is likely to be split between those who master the Facebook system and those who don't.  A decade or so ago, for a print publication, going on the internet was seen as the best way to rejuvenate its audience …
Discussion: suzanne yada
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Editor's Impact Begins With a Capital O  —  Susan Casey's publishing résumé reflects what one would expect from someone who has chased great white sharks in California, stalked elk in Colorado and tramped the oil-slicked marshlands of Louisiana.  Editor of Sports Illustrated Women?
Peter Funt / Wall Street Journal:
Customers Will Pay for Online Content  —  Until Home Box Office emerged in the mid-'70s, the notion that people would pay to watch a television show was unheard of.  —  Major media companies have finally learned something about whether consumers will pay for content on the Internet …
John Eggerton / Multichannel:
Comcast-NBCU: View From the Top  —  Washington — Two key executives from Comcast and NBC Universal, speaking on the condition of anonymity, last week offered some background on where vetting of their joint-venture deal by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department stands.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Crystal Ball for Couric Is Clouded by CNN's Moves  —  For years, whenever television fortune-tellers forecast Larry King's eventual replacement, Katie Couric's name was the first to be mentioned: one of the best interviewing jobs on television, and one of the best-known interviewers on television.
Discussion: The Wire
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Newsweek.com's Managing Editor Is Bailing For MSN  —  Carl Sullivan, managing editor of Newsweek.com, is leaving for MSN.  His resignation was announced in a staff meeting on Friday, several sources told us.  —  Sullivan is the third digital staffer to jump ship since Newsweek's major website redesign …
Discussion: Romenesko
 
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