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2:40 AM ET, August 3, 2010

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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Harman Signs Deal to Buy Newsweek From Washington Post Co.  —  It's Official: Audio Tycoon to Take Control of Storied Newsweekly  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's official: Sidney Harman, the businessman who made his fortune selling stereo equipment, has secured a deal to buy Newsweek …
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Washington Post:
Dr. Sidney Harman to Purchase Newsweek from The Washington Post Company  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  WPO  —  433.89  —  WASHINGTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO - News) announced today that it has signed a contract to sell Newsweek to Dr. Sidney Harman.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Newsweek editor Meacham expected to leave after sale  —  Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Jon Meacham is expected to exit after the deal to sell the magazine to stereo-mogul Sidney Harman is completed, The Post has learned.  —  “Meacham has told [Harman] he should look for a new editor and is ready …
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
The 411 on Newsweek Buyer Sidney Harman
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:   Newsweek's Fineman helped bring Harman to the table
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek's Meacham prepares to leave the magazine
Discussion: Romenesko and Washington Post
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Newsweek's new owner should make changes
Discussion: Media Decoder
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
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
You are not an eyeball: Why tracking is the ad biz's last gasp  —  Marketers are following you around on the Internet.  They don't know your name but they know what you do, what you buy, where you buy it, what you're interested in, and more.  The sites you visit collect this information …
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Wired to Produce Short Films For iPad  —  Wired, the magazine about the intersection of tech and culture, launched its iPad edition in June with a buffet of multimedia, including videos, audio and interactive graphics.  —  With its August issue, it's going one step further …
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Minority Report-style advertising billboards to target consumers  —  Advertising billboards similar to those seen in the film Minority Report, which can recognise passers-by, target them with customised adverts and even use their names, are being developed by computer engineers.
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.
Silicon Alley Insider / The Wire:
Fake Steve Jobs Interviews Henry Blodget About Digital Media And Business Insider — The Transcript  —  Newsweek tech editor Dan Lyons (a.k.a., Fake Steve Jobs) was kind enough to send Henry Blodget a bunch of questions a few weeks ago in connection with an article on digital media businesses.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS, Comcast ink 10-year content deal  —  Comcast gets greater on-demand access to CBS, Showtime  —  NEW YORK — CBS Corp. and Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, on Monday unveiled a 10-year content and carriage agreement that provides for retransmission consent of CBS TV stations until the year 2020, among other things.
Discussion: TVNewser
Max Read / Gawker:
A Guide to Old Media Tumblrs  —  The hip microblogging service Tumblr isn't just for photo blogs about dogs wearing human clothes anymore!  As The New York Times writes today, it's also for media companies flailing about on the internet.  Are they succeeding?  Let's find out!  —  Are you familiar with Tumblr?
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Law journal can publish information from court file  —  A D.C. Superior Court judge abruptly lifted a temporary restraining order on Friday that had barred a legal journal from printing information it obtained from a court file, ending a dispute that legal observers said was destined to become …
Discussion: Romenesko and Techdirt
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.
Discussion: Swampland, New York Times and Slashdot
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Defying Magazine Trend, Cosmo Nudges Its Big Rate Base North  —  Newsstand Sales Still Cosmo's Most Important Source of Circulation  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hearst's Cosmopolitan is increasing the paid circulation guarantee it gives advertisers by 100,000 copies, to 3 million copies from 2.9 million …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Free Content Isn't a Right, Nor Is His Job, CEO Says  —  As NBC Universal prepares for a planned takeover by cable giant Comcast Corp., its chief executive, Jeff Zucker , may be auditioning for a big job: his own.  —  After years of slashing costs at NBC and saying broadcast television is broken, Mr. Zucker sees a brighter outlook.
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.
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
GlobalPost to Test ‘Soft Meter’ with Journalism Online  —  Phil Balboni believes in his bones that consumers will eventually pay for online news.  —  But the runway he envisions — maybe 10 or 15 years — is too long to count on, even for the well-financed GlobalPost venture he founded 19 months ago in Boston.
Discussion: paidContent
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.
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Howcast is Innovating in Crowded How-to Video Market  —  Last week I got a heads-up on milestones that Howcast, a player in the how-to video market, has recently achieved, from Sanjay Raman, Chief Product Officer and co-founder.  Howcast is now doing about 25 million playbacks per month …
 
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