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9:30 AM ET, August 6, 2010


 Top News: 
Google Book Search Blog:
Books of the world, stand up and be counted!  All 129,864,880 of you.  —  When you are part of a company that is trying to digitize all the books in the world, the first question you often get is: “Just how many books are out there?”  —  Well, it all depends on what exactly you mean by a “book.”
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Demand Media Extends Content Model To Other Publishers, Hearst And Gannet First To Sign Up  —  Demand Media on Thursday debuted a new service for publishers to pad their online offerings with the work of independent freelancers.  Two of the first properties to employ Content Channels …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why the San Fran Chronicle Is Running Demand Media Content
Guy Adams / The Independent:
How CNN went from breaking records to yesterday's news  —  Twenty years ago, a billion people watched the channel's coverage of the first Gulf war.  Now it's a different story  —  The place was the Al-Rashid hotel in downtown Baghdad.  The year was 1991.
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Gray Lady of Cable News  —  Many think Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., has lost the cable-news war to Fox.  But CNN has racked up record profits by being bland.  —  MOST BUSTED NAMES IN NEWS?  —  Jon Klein is an extremely affable broadcast-news executive, a chinos …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hyperlocal Gets Highbrow In Public TV Online Video Joint Venture  —  A large part of success is making the right connections early on.  That lesson isn't lost on the start-up Capital New York, a literary and cultural online-only news mag that is solely focused on the Big Apple.
Discussion: NYConvergence
USA Today:
USA TODAY hosts Mashable Summer Tour Event and Syndicates Mashable Content  —  As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Mashable's Summer Tour will be heading to the DC-area tonight.  USA TODAY will serve as host for the event and we're looking forward to having the team from Mashable, and their guests, at our headquarters.
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
Discussion: Romenesko and The Wire
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
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
Favre's dirty pics: A lesson in shady journalism  —  Deadspin betrays source Jenn Sterger while covering the QB's alleged explicit e-mails.  What can we learn from this?  —  Deadspin source Jenn Sterger  —  I don't want to alarm you, but you should probably go ahead and assume that anything you e-mail …
Raffi Khatchadourian / The New Yorker Blog:
Chasing WikiLeaks  —  Marc Thiessen draws upon my article in The New Yorker to make his case against Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks, and to argue that American “military assets” could be used “to bring Assange to justice.”  Using the military for this purpose would be a terrible idea.
Josef Adalian / New York Magazine:
Whitney Port to Act in Web Series  —  We still don't know if MTV will order another season of The City, but star Whitney Port is staying busy as she awaits the network's verdict.  Vulture hears Port has been cast in Hollywood Is Like High School With Money, a new scripted …
Discussion: Styleite and
Carl DiOrio / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood happy kids willing to pay for content  —  Young consumers helping boost digital revenue  —  These kids are all right.  —  There's a spreading sense of optimism in Hollywood regarding young consumers' willingness to pay for digital content: Although members of the so-called Napster …
Discussion: Techdirt and Noted
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Time Magazine Runs Same Animal Story In 1993, 1999 And 2010  —  Time really, really, really wants to know if animals can think: so much that it's done three separate cover stories on the issue.  —  This week's cover of Time features a story that looks “inside the minds of animals.”
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
BrightRoll Opens Online Video Ad Exchange  —  A Bet That Automated, Real-Time Buying and Selling Will Move From Display Advertising to Video  —  Real-time buying and selling of ads through automated Nasdaq-like exchanges are the rage in online display advertising.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Ex-Chicago Tribune editor: Marine interns were observers, not journalists  —  From HOWARD TYNER: While I have to admire the intrepid reporter whose sleuthing unearthed infiltration of the Chicago Tribune newsroom 7-8 years ago by the US Marine Corps, I also think a few clarifications are in order.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Yahoo! News
AOL's Tim Armstrong now Chairman of The Ad Council  —  The Advertising Council announced Tim Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AOL, has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Armstrong has been a member of the Ad Council Board of Directors since 2008, most recently serving as its Vice Chairman.
Discussion: MediaPost
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
HTML5 for journalists  —  I've contributed before to the debate about whether journalists need to be programmers, but whether or not you've ever wrestled with Ruby, PHP or Python, if you are involved in online publishing in any way you are almost certainly familiar with some HTML.
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Lawmakers Seek Answers on Online Tracking  —  U.S. Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, are seeking information about the privacy practice of the 15 websites that the Wall Street Journal has identified as installing the most tracking technology on their visitors' computers.
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 …
Rebecca Lieb / the Econsultancy blog:
Q&A: Wenda Harris Millard  —  Wenda Harris Millard is an icon in digital advertising and media.  As co-chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and before that chief sales officer at Yahoo, not to mention chair of the IAB, she's long been as out there as she has been outspoken - a passionate advocate for the industry.
Knight Foundation News Releases:
Knight Foundation Names Program Director for Strategic Initiatives  —  Veteran Social Entrepreneur Siobhan Canty Will Help Work Across Disciplines to Promote Informed and Engaged Communities  —  MIAMI - Veteran social entrepreneur and nonprofit executive Siobhan Canty has joined Knight Foundation …
Discussion: KnightBlog
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Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
Universal Studios and the Los Angeles Times clashed last month …
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Schneider / On The Air:
Rosie O'Donnell's new show heads to the Oprah Winfrey Network
Discussion:, The Wrap and Speakeasy
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Air Conditioning and ‘Anti-Geithner Jihad’!  Marxist Moe Tkacik's D.C. Sabbatical
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Nathan Yau / FlowingData:
New York Times on how they design their graphics
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google, Verizon Deny NYT Story On Their Undermining Of Net Neutrality
Beachwood Reporter:
The [Wednesday] Papers  —  A news organization's business side is …
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
At Forbes, “Opening Up”... and a glimpse of things to come
Discussion: Romenesko
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of the fading 80/20 rule
Discussion: Guardian, Romenesko and Gannett Blog
Patrick Smith / psmith, journalist:
Link to the past: why do some news sites STILL not link out in 2010?
Jason Fell / FOLIO:
Potential Arab Bidder ‘Ignored’ in Newsweek Auction
Discussion: The Wire
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Time Magazine Cover of Disfigured Afghan Stokes Debate
Time Warner buys Shed Media
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Rachel Maddow Talks Fox News, CNN on Letterman
Discussion: FishbowlDC and