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12:00 PM ET, August 1, 2010


 Top News: 
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Cookie Madness!  —  I just don't understand Julia Angwin's scare story about cookies and ad targeting in the Wall Street Journal.  That is, I don't understand how the Journal could be so breathlessly naive, unsophisticated, and anachronistic about the basics of the modern media business.
Wall Street Journal:
Personal Details Exposed Via Biggest U.S. Websites  —  The largest U.S. websites are installing new and intrusive consumer-tracking technologies on the computers of people visiting their sites—in some cases, more than 100 tracking tools at a time—a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.
Discussion: Stephen Baker and Digits
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets
Discussion: Brian Solis
David Folkenflik / NPR:
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 …
Craig Silverman / CJR:   How WikiLeaks Outsourced the Burden of Verification
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google, China and the Demands of Real-Time News  —  The reason time exists, Albert Einstein once said, is to prevent everything from happening all at once.  In an age of Twitter and blogs and instant publishing of all kinds, it often feels like everything is happening all at once …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Blind Item: Which Editor of Valleywag Needs to Resign?  Right Now.  —  Criticising Valleywag in 2010 is something of a pointless exercise, like offering diplomatic counsel to the Ottoman Empire ten years after the Treaty of Lausanne.  More pointless still, attacking the site's titular editor Ryan Tate …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
28 Years as a Cable News Anchor  —  As we reported yesterday, one of the original HLN (formerly Headline News, and before that CNN2) anchors signed off yesterday.  —  Chuck Roberts joined the network before it went on the air in 1982.  One of his colleagues, Bob Parker who worked at HLN …
National Post:
Conrad Black: My prison education  —  In my 28 months as a guest of the U.S. government, I often wondered how my time in that role would end.  I never expected that I would have to serve the whole term, though I was, and am, psychologically prepared to do so, now that I have learned …
Discussion: Gawker
Reed Saxon / Newsweek:
Breitbart: I'd Like to Speak to Sherrod in Private  —  Conservative blogger says episode was ‘difficult for me as well.’  —  Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who posted the original video of Shirley Sherrod talking about race.  —  In the aftermath of the saga that thrust Shirley Sherrod …
The Independent:
Monocle: 'It's the media project that I've always wanted to do'  —  Tyler Brûlé tells Matthew Bell how his magazine turns a profit, and why ‘The Guardian’ hates him  —  Even among those who have never heard of Tyler Brûlé - the Canadian war reporter-turned fashion editor …
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Document: More digital publishing revenue gains  —  Gannett's publishing segment — the U.S. and U.K. newspapers, principally — is showing more gains in an important area: digital revenue, according to the new second-quarter financial report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
WSJ Buries Wylys Story, Ignores GOP Angle  —  The SEC is charging the billionaire Wyly brothers with a massive fraud involving $550 million in ill-gotten gains from a scheme it says involved insider trading, overseas accounts, and front companies  —  Big story, no?  But how big?
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.
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

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