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8:35 AM ET, August 5, 2010


 Top News: 
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Jack Griffin To Succeed Ann Moore At Time Inc.  —  The shake-up of the magazine industry's corner offices will continue next week as Time Warner is expected to announce that Jack Griffin, the former Meredith Corporation executive, will become chief executive at Time Inc., succeeding Ann S. Moore.
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Time Warner Looks to Tie Tablet, Print Magazine Subscriptions  —  Time Warner already has “TV Everywhere.”  Could “Magazine Everywhere” be next?  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes hinted Wednesday that he wants to make tablet-computer subscriptions for the company's magazines available to people …
Discussion: Poynter Online and Engadget
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
IPad Apps Are Fun!  But Boring Old Magazines Are Still Big Business For Time Inc.
Discussion: paidContent
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Breitbart: Enemy of the left with a laptop  —  LOS ANGELES — Andrew Breitbart strips off his blazer, windmills it over his head and lets it fly to the stage with a matador's flourish.  He booms into a microphone, sneering, taunting.  Breath sprints to keep up with words.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter Online:
Does Newsweek Have a Future as a Nonprofit?  —  So Newsweek has been sold to a fabulously wealthy angel, Sidney Harman.  That is one of the scenarios I have considered likely since the magazine went on the block in early May.  —  Washington Post CEO Don Graham made good on his pledge …
Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Newsweek's Hidden Problem
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
News Corp.'s Full-Year Profits Soar on Back of ‘Avatar’  —  News Corp. said on Wednesday that the company finished its 2010 fiscal year with $4 billion in operating income - an increase of 11 percent - thanks, mostly, to the ridiculous box office success of “Avatar” and a recovering ad market.
Joe Pompeo / The Business Insider:
Rupert Murdoch Really Does Love Those iPads, Thinks London Times …
Discussion: Show Tracker
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
WHY BRISTOL WENT TO PEOPLE  —  As the Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston relationship drama has unfolded in the public spotlight, especially in the past few months, People and Us Magazine have duked it out for exclusive interviews and scoops on the Alaskan couple.  —  People reported on July 26 that Bristol was “taking Levi Back.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Judge Strikes Down CA's Prop 8, Leaked Ruling Sends Scribd Traffic Skyrocketing  —  Minutes ago, San Francisco federal judge Vaughn Walker struck down the infamous Proposition 8, a measure that banned same-sex marriage in California.  Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with the news (as you'd expect) …
Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
The generative web event  —  Last week, a bunch of digital humanists got together at the Center for History and New Media to make a new tech tool that the broader academic AND nonacademic communities could use for their work.  The catch: they had to conceive, design, and ship the thing in JUST one week.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Deadspin Pushes Ethical Envelope Again With Brett Favre Story  —  Fading football star Brett Favre is all over the news today thanks to another one of his patented “Will he or won't he?” performances.  If you're a sports blogger, what better time to whip out a meaty bit of gossip …
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Dish to stream live TV on iPad, other devices  —  PHILADELPHIA — Dish subscribers will soon be able to watch live satellite TV on their mobile devices at no extra cost.  —  Dish Network Corp. is planning to offer the feature on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices in September …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
AOL's Turnaround Turns Into a Tough Slog  —  Ad Revenue Down Steeply at CEO Armstrong's ‘Sick Patient’  —  NEW YORK ( — Need a reminder how tough AOL's turnaround is going to be for CEO Tim Armstrong and his team?  Look no further than the company's second quarter …
AOL Swings to a 2Q Loss on Charges; Ad Revenue Falls 27%
Discussion: MediaPost, GigaOM, The Wrap and MediaMemo
John Cook / Yahoo! News:
Federal records show CNN, Chicago Tribune hosted active-duty Marines as interns  —  Much has been made of the media's practice of “embedding” reporters in military units, allowing them to file immersive reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while under the total care and control …
Discussion: Romenesko
Nellie Andreeva /
NBC Buys ‘Zombies Vs. Vampires’ Spec  —  EXCLUSIVE: This a title that would certainly score big with the Comic-Con crowd.  NBC has closed a deal for Zombies vs. Vampires, a spec script by Jake in Progress creator/executive producer Austin Winsberg.  I hear NBC bought preemptively the project …
Discussion: and New York Magazine
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Peter Horton: ‘GMA’ Consultant  —  The divide between news and entertainment may be a sacrosanct one - at least as it relates to standards and practices if not storytelling.  But even a news program can use a little Hollywood stardust.  To that end, ABC News has enlisted Peter Horton …
Discussion: and TVNewser
Michael Sprouse / iMediaConnection Blog:
Ad Networks: The Next Generation  —  In a recent post, we at Epic Media Group predicted the interactive marketing industry will consolidate somewhat in the months ahead.  In that post, we had purposely used terms like “interactive marketing industry” and “digital marketing services companies” instead of “ad networks.”
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Gawker Media's July stats  —  Kevin Purdy's highly informative story about the effects of caffeine on the brain in Lifehacker was the breakout story of July.  And the reader interest in the piece highlights — do we really need a reminder? — the draw of the explanation.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Spot Runner To ‘Phase Out’ Malibu Media Buying Platform  —  Nearly a year after its long-planned launch, web-based TV creative ad agency Spot Runner is phasing out its Malibu Media Platform, paidContent has learned.  Instead, the Los Angeles-based company wants to shift its focus and resources …
James Covert / New York Post:
Burkle's books  —  Wall Street skeptics may think Barnes & Noble is a bum steer, but Ron Burkle believes it could be a cash cow.  —  The Los Angeles billionaire — who amassed most of his fortune by making big shrewd bets on struggling grocery chains — has lately bewildered many investors …
Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals:
Guide to user-centered design research  —  Design research describes any number of investigative techniques used to add context and insight to the design process.  Design Research techniques can be incorporated before, during, or after the design solution is established.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Advertisers Boost Spending 10-Fold, Sandberg Says  —  Facebook Inc.'s biggest advertisers have boosted spending by at least 10-fold in the past year as the social network crossed the half- billion user mark, becoming more alluring to marketers that want to reach a broad online audience.
Molly Fischer / New York Observer:
Buzz Bissinger Makes $13,000 a Year From Friday Night Lights  —  Recent Twitter-convert Buzz Bissinger would like to get one thing straight: He is not rich.  —  After Dan Colvert insinuated otherwise (wondering pointedly whether “becoming rich by writing about others is more noble” …
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Kelly Truong / Chronicle of Higher Education:
For College Newspapers, Prepackaged Online Versions Are Yesterday's News
Discussion: Romenesko
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Kazaa is resurrected, but why?
Discussion: Techdirt
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Wired Woos iPad Readers With Exclusive Videos
Discussion: WebNewser
Louie / Technically Journalism:
Newspaper photog uses iPhone 4 to cover immigration protest
Discussion: Poynter Online
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
Content to Connect Brands With the Hip Crowd
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“AdSense for online subscriptions”: Meet MediaPass, the platform …
Joseph Frydl / AdAge:
How HSN and ‘Eat Pray Love’ Turn Content Into Commerce
 Earlier Picks: 
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
It's All About the Web  —  To hear Dan Abrams tell it …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and New York Magazine
Maxine Shen / New York Post:
Oprah costs Discovery a fortune
Discussion: and Gawker
Steve Green / Las Vegas News from the Las Vegas Sun:
Legal attack dog sicked on websites accused of violating R-J copyrights
Discussion: Romenesko
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
What The New York Times' Meter Page Could Look Like
Discussion: Fortune
Aaron Rutkoff / Metropolis:
So What Will Happen to the Conde Nast Cafeteria?
Discussion: Gawker, New York Post and Curbed NY
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Boy, Could the Former Editor of Maxim Ever Tell You Some Stories
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Romenesko
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Groupon Moves Into TV Land, Does Deals With Top Chefs