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12:15 PM ET, August 3, 2010

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Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
How Newsweek Blew It  —  Ninety-one-year-old audio tycoon Sidney Harman's purchase of Newsweek yesterday was greeted with internal cheers.  But a look inside the magazine's financial records, leaked to The Daily Beast, reveals its new crisis.  —  Yesterday's purchase of a 77-year-old magazine …
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek's Fineman helped bring Harman to the table
Discussion: New York Observer and The Politico
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
The 411 on Newsweek Buyer Sidney Harman
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Newsweek's new owner should make changes
Discussion: Media Decoder
Nick Bilton / Bits:
No E-Books Allowed in This Establishment  —  A few weeks ago I decided to mosey over to a local Manhattan coffee shop for an afternoon cappuccino.  —  After placing my order I sat down at a table and pulled out my Amazon Kindle.  —  I barely made it a sentence into the e-book I was reading …
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David Carnoy / CNET News:
Amazon: We have 70-80 percent of e-book market  —  Recently, I sat down with Ian Freed, an Amazon vice president in charge of the Kindle, to get a sneak peek at the new Kindles and discuss e-books and the Kindle business in general.  Naturally, a good portion of the conversation centered …
Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Prices in Question
Gawker:
Will Wired Proclaim ‘The Web is Dead?’  —  Word from inside Wired is the magazine is prepping a cover story in which editor Chris Anderson declares that “the Web is Dead.”  At a magazine founded by digital utopians, that would be something close to sacrilege.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Another Magazine App?  Yep. …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Hey, Newspaper Paywall Fans: News is Not Like HBO or Talk Radio  —  Fans of newspaper paywalls like to roll out a number of defences for their position, including the fact that some publications — such as the Wall Street Journal and the Economist — charge for their content, and therefore, every newspaper should be able to.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Forbes Blogs To Get A Big Upgrade, Every Reporter Will Have One  —  Forbes.com will complete a major upgrade of all its blogs by tomorrow afternoon, we hear from several sources familiar with the plans.  —  The blogs will relaunch on a completely revamped WordPress installation that's expected …
Discussion: Guardian and NetNewsCheck Latest
Richard Morgan / The Awl:
Seven Years as a Freelance Writer, or, How To Make Vitamin Soup  —  People like my resume—here's a PDF!  But a resume is only the skin of a career.  And, even then, it's skin with a lot of make-up on it.  People live their lives, knowing the interior of their existence …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Wall Street Journal:
Early Doubts on Tribune Deal  —  Investment Bank in 2007 Declined to Endorse the Buyout, Which Later Soured  —  An investment bank declined to give Tribune Co. a clean bill of financial health in 2007 that would have cleared the way for Sam Zell's $8.2 billion leveraged buyout of the media conglomerate …
Discussion: Romenesko, Reuters and DealBook
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV unveils pay-TV push  —  Five-year strategy to cut dependence on advertising begins with deal to put three high-definition channels on Sky  —  ITV today made its first move back into pay-TV for nearly a decade with a deal to put three high-definition channels behind BSkyB's subscription wall …
Discussion: Variety and paidContent:UK
Steve Outing:
One city's blossoming digital media landscape  —  Over on the website of the Digital Media Test Kitchen (I'm director of that program at CU-Boulder), I've posted an update on one of our projects, called “Slices of Boulder,” which we're working on with a technology partner, Toronto-based Eqentia …
Media Week:
Virgin Media in regulatory challenge to Project Canvas  —  Virgin Media has submitted a formal complaint to Ofcom, asking the regulator to investigate the internet-connected digital TV service Project Canvas on the grounds that it is anti-competitive and restricts consumer choice.
Discussion: Guardian, paidContent:UK and Variety
Vanity Fair:
Lady Gaga On Sex, Fame, Drugs, and Her Fans  —  Photograph by Nick Knight.  Lady Gaga tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson that she tries to avoid having sex because she is afraid of depleting her creative energy—"I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Restructures U.S. Ad Sales Force-With No New Head (But Apparently a Lot of Prince Charmings)  —  Yahoo announced today that it was restructuring its advertising sales force, after being without a head of its key U.S. unit since mid-March.  —  Big news: No new top ad sales exec.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks must be stopped  —  Let's be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise.  Its reason for existence is to obtain classified national security information and disseminate it as widely as possible — including to the United States' enemies.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Pulse adds Posterous integration  —  The briefly banned-by-NYT iPad app Pulse, which turns RSS feeds into a digital magazine format, has launched a new ‘My Pulse’ feature that lets you publish your feeds to a Posterous ‘lite blogging’ account. … Add a story to your favourites inside Pulse and …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
WikiLeaks will fund itself via Flattr, Pirate Bay founder's startup  —  WikiLeaks, the Sweden-based organisation that publishes anonymous leaks of secret material (most recently 90,000 documents about the War in Afghanistan) has until now, relied on donations to fund its activities.
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
The New Online Journalists #9: Amy McLeod  —  As part of an ongoing series on recent graduates who have gone into online journalism, Amy McLeod talks about her path from the BBC to setting up a website offering graduate advice.  —  I had no idea that I wanted to be a journalist when I left university …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Elizabeth Spiers Is Launching 4 New Blogs, Working On Conde's Gourmet App  —  Elizabeth Spiers, the blogger maven and founding editor of Gawker, is launching four new sites for the Toronto-based blog network b5media, she announced today in her email newsletter, SpiersList.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
 
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Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Law journal can publish information from court file
Discussion: Techdirt and Romenesko
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Defying Magazine Trend, Cosmo Nudges Its Big Rate Base North
The Wire:
Fake Steve Jobs Interviews Henry Blodget About Digital Media …
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Howcast is Innovating in Crowded How-to Video Market
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: PlayOn brings Hulu and Netflix to the iPhone — without Apple's help
Discussion: TechFlash and GigaOM
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
DoCoMo Buys the Rest of PacketVideo for $112M
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS, Comcast ink 10-year content deal
Discussion: TVNewser
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Effron leaves The Week to join Thomson Reuters
Discussion: Talking Biz News
David Kaplan / paidContent:
‘Bravo Now’ iPad App Launched To Promote Season Finale Of ‘Bethenny’
Discussion: NewTeeVee and MediaPost
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
GlobalPost to Test ‘Soft Meter’ with Journalism Online
Discussion: paidContent
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of membership, part 2
Discussion: MinnPost
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Minority Report-style advertising billboards to target consumers
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Did the Web kill journalism, and will the iPad bring it back?