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3:05 PM ET, August 5, 2010


 Top News: 
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Hard times working the Patch  —  Boston Globe reporter Johnny Diaz today writes about, the AOL-owned network of hyperlocal news sites that is (excuse me) sprouting up around the country.  —  As I noted earlier, Diaz writes that Patch is up against considerable competition in Greater Boston …
Johnny Diaz / Boston Globe:
With Patch, AOL offers challenge to local news  —  A risky Web strategy in a crowded field  —  Like any online user, Annie LaCourt can easily scour for news from around the world, but sometimes she prefers to make the Internet more intimate and local, all about her hometown of Arlington.
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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Whither magazines?  —  Three people I respect a great deal now lead the big magazine companies: David Carey (ex Condé) at Hearst, Bob Sauerberg at Condé, and now Jack Griffin at Time Inc. — and I'll add Justin Smith at Atlantic.  —  It's a big challenge to head a magazine company these days …
Time Warner buys Shed Media  —  Controlling stake in Supernanny super-indie, valued at £100m by the deal, gives US giant ‘immediate scale in UK production’  —  Time Warner is to buy a controlling interest in the British super-indie Shed Media, the company behind shows such as Supernanny …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why the San Fran Chronicle Is Running Demand Media Content  —  Q&A With Digital Media VP Michele Slack  —  NEW YORK ( — Two Hearst newspapers' websites have gone live with new sections from Demand Media, one of the content-generation companies that tap thousands of freelancers to generate countless articles.
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.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast Titles Morph Into Restaurants  —  Condé Nast is taking some of its best-known magazine names and parlaying them into the restaurant business in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.  —  The effort reflects a growing openness among magazine publishers to try …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Rachel Maddow Talks Fox News, CNN on Letterman  —  Last night MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.  —  Among other topics, Maddow talked about the Shirley Sherrod scandal, as well as Fox News:  —  They also discussed CNN, which didn't make it into the above clip:
Patrick Smith / psmith, journalist:
Link to the past: why do some news sites STILL not link out in 2010?  —  Journalists now invariably have to take part in web journalism and an increasing number of them only write for the web.  —  But despite that, not all of them use hyperlinks - one of the main things that elevate digital journalism above …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of the fading 80/20 rule  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  Jim Moroney thinks he may be on to a new formula.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt: Every 2 Days We Create As Much Information As We Did Up To 2003  —  Today at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA, the first panel featured Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  As moderator David Kirkpatrick was introducing him, he rattled off a massive stat.
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Time Magazine Cover of Disfigured Afghan Stokes Debate  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — She cannot read or write and had never heard of Time magazine until a visitor brought her a copy of this week's issue, the one with the cover picture of her face, the face with no nose.
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How The Guardian is pioneering data journalism with free tools  —  The Guardian takes data journalism seriously.  They obtain, format, and publish journalistically interesting data sets on their Data Blog, they track transparency initiatives in their searchable index of world government data …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jason Fell / FOLIO:
Potential Arab Bidder ‘Ignored’ in Newsweek Auction  —  Syria-based publisher CEO talks about growing Middle Eastern media.  —  When The Washington Post Co. announced in May that it was putting Newsweek on the block the story obviously stirred up a lot of attention all around the world.
Discussion: The Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.”
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.
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.
Discussion: City Room
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” …
Kelly Truong / Chronicle of Higher Education:
For College Newspapers, Prepackaged Online Versions Are Yesterday's News  —  The Daily Texan needed its Web site to change with the times.  Journalism has been moving from print to the Internet, and the student editors at the University of Texas at Austin publication were struggling to develop a unique online presence.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Kazaa is resurrected, but why?  —  How appropriate: The day that Rdio goes live, Kazaa comes back from the dead.  —  Rdio is the new music streaming service from Janus Friis with Niklas Zennström, the entrepreneurs who brought the Kazaa file-sharing software to market as the music industry …
Discussion: Techdirt
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: TVNewser and
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: The Wire and Show Tracker
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