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6:40 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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Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Nine Questions on Newsweek's Future: Beltway Blues, Semi-Wonkiness and ‘What Would Arianna Do’?  —  It's official, the news of midsummer.  Newsweek is sold, for the price many of us anticipated, a buck — plus those nasty ongoing losses ($30 million in 2009) and liabilities.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Sidney Harman Talks to the ‘Newsweek’ Staff
Discussion: The Politico and Yahoo! News
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Panic And Relief At Newsweek As Layoffs Loom
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Newsweek's Finances Were Even Worse Than Many Thought
Discussion: New York Post and The Wire
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Condé Nast to Move to Skyscraper at Ground Zero  —  Condé Nast, the publishing giant, has signed a tentative deal to move its stable of chic magazines to ground zero, where it will anchor the skyscraper now under construction, according to two real estate executives who have been briefed on the negotiations.
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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Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Prices in Question  —  Just when publishers and sellers of digital books had made peace over how to price electronic titles, the market is attracting antitrust scrutiny.  —  On Tuesday, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal disclosed a preliminary review …
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 …
Benjamin Pimentel / MarketWatch:
Connecticut probing Apple, Amazon over e-book deals
Discussion: Poynter Online
Lara Sinclair / TheAustralian:
New online business model will succeed, says Rupert Murdoch  —  NEWS Corp chief Rupert Murdoch said Apple would sell more than 40 million iPads by 2012 as he flagged plans to put content on more tablet devices.  —  Appearing by video at a new media breakfast and panel debate hosted by Media …
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Murdoch: Tablets are the future
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:   Hey, Newspaper Paywall Fans: News is Not Like HBO or Talk Radio
Matt Zoller Seitz / Salon:
Why I like vicious, anonymous online comments  —  As news outlets push back against trolls, we may be losing something: A glimpse of the real America  —  Three months ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a couple who'd had trouble conceiving a child finally succeeded, and announced the impending arrival …
Mark S. Luckie / 10,000 Words:
The Journalists' Guide to Analytics  —  Analytics, or the analysis of a website's traffic, is important for every journalist to understand.  Analytics tools can identify how many people visited a website, page, or article, how they found the site, and how popular the content on a site is.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple's plan for Lala cloudier than ever  —  SAN FRANCISCO—A speedy launch of an iTunes cloud-music service hasn't materialized the way many at the large record companies expected.  —  The thinking among some music insiders was that once Apple acquired the proper music licenses …
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: Reuters, Romenesko and DealBook
Holly Yeager / CJR:
The Peterson Dilemma  —  A funded fellow wrestles with a funder's influence  —  A story in The Fiscal Times recently caught my eye.  But even before I could decide whether to write about it, I bumped into couple of stubborn facts.  Neither counts as news.
Jared Keller / The Atlantic Wire:
MEDIA DIET: What I Read: Jay Rosen  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  Do they have some secret?  Perhaps.  We are asking various friends and colleagues who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Rdio beats Spotify to US market  —  Rdio, a new music streaming service created by the European founders of Skype, has gone live in the US, beating Spotify to a stateside launch.  —  The new streaming service offers unlimited music streaming for $9.99 a month, with mobile access, and $4.95 a month for listening on the desktop only.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A New Scheme to Get Web Surfers To Stay Put: Photos  —  Thanks for visiting!  Hey!  Where are you going!  —  That's a common refrain for most Web publishers, who see readers stop by their sites for a very brief looksee, then bounce away, drawn by a new link.
Discussion: AdAge
Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
Demotix Partners with Publish2 News Exchange on Independent News Photo Marketplace  —  We're excited to announce that Demotix, the award-winning open photo agency for independent journalists, will begin offering content via Publish2 News Exchange when we launch photo support later this summer.
Inside Higher Ed:
Sex, Journalism and Censorship  —  Student sex journalism is one of those topics that tend to arise in the context of controversy — the sort that begins when a student publication offends a reader or readers; grows with a tussle between editors and administrators (as well as, often …
Discussion: Romenesko, Gawker and New York Observer
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Shifts Executives' Pay to Performance Bonuses After Stock Flags  —  News Corp., owner of the Wall Street Journal, shifted compensation for top executives including Chairman Rupert Murdoch to more performance-based bonuses after its stock trailed the market in the past five years.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
CBS in talks to bring TV shows to Hulu: CEO  —  (Reuters) - CBS Corp, the No.1 U.S. broadcaster, is in talks to bring some of its TV shows to popular Web video service Hulu, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said in an interview on Monday.  —  Moonves said talks were with Hulu Plus …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Magazine App?  Yep.  But This One's For the Ladies: Condé Nast Brings Glamour to the iPad.  —  It's getting increasingly difficult to justify writing about a new iPad magazine app, but what the heck: Condé Nast has new iPad magazine app!
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 …
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
The Process Behind Fox News' Briefing Room Move  —  TIME magazine's Michael Scherer, who's on the WHCA board, spoke with the Columbia Journalism Review about the process his colleagues went through in filling Helen Thomas' briefing room seat.  Scherer says there was “little controversy …
Discussion: WebNewser, whca.net and CJR
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 …
 
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Discussion: Variety and paidContent:UK
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Law journal can publish information from court file
Discussion: Techdirt and Romenesko
Richard Morgan / The Awl:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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The Wire:
Fake Steve Jobs Interviews Henry Blodget About Digital Media …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider