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9:50 AM ET, August 13, 2010


 Top News: 
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. plans national newspaper for tablet computers and cellphones  —  It's the latest bid by a major media company to build readership using new devices such as the iPad.  The new publication would offer short, snappy stories and operate under the auspices of the New York Post.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
AOL Hypocrisy: When It Comes To Video Curation “Mediaite Has A Better Argument Than AOL”  —  Today AOL Daily Finance reporter Jeff Bercovici attacked Mediaite for the way we aggregate, curate and publish video clips from various television networks.  The piece claimed that Mediaite “test(s) …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The Tabloidy Goodness of … - Donald Duck Groped a Woman?  Don't Forget the Bum Sex-Abuse Rap Against Tigger.- The Four Most Common Clichés in Movies About Divorcées- Should I Let My Kid Volunteer at an Animal Shelter?  - The Awesome Comic Book That Gave Us Scott Pilgrim …
Discussion: Romenesko
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
With Off-the-Record Lunch, Obama Extends a Hand  —  It may seem odd, but the journalists assigned to cover President Obama on a daily basis often have less access to him than the columnists, television personalities and feature writers who cover the president less frequently.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Cable Firms Eye Tablet Space  —  Comcast, Verizon and Others Plan New Apps; Licensing Content Slows Process  —  More TV shows and movies may be coming to tablet computers like Apple Inc.'s iPad—for those who pay to watch.  —  At least seven of the ten largest subscription-TV providers …
New York Times:
Net Neutrality Issue Divides Media Companies  —  In an emerging battle over regulating Internet access, companies are taking sides.  —  Facebook, one of the companies that has flourished on the open Internet, indicated Wednesday that it did not support a proposal by Google and Verizon …
Rosecrans Baldwin / The Millions:
Writing Is My Peppermint-Flavored Heroin  —  Five months from today, my first novel, You Lost Me there, is being published.  Max from The Millions emailed me today wondering if I'd write something come publication time.  I stared at the kitchen table.  I drank a delicious Diet Coke.
Discussion: Omnivoracious and The Second Pass
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Marketplace brings a Twittery approach to the explainer  —  When you listen to Marketplace, American Public Media's finance-focused show, you generally expect to hear expert, and even entertaining, takes on the day's economic news.  On Wednesday's show, though, the typical quick-and-dirty met...quick-and-funny.
Jason Stverak / Online Journalism Review:
Watering-down press credentials, or denying citizens news?  —  By Jason Stverak: Recent articles and opinion pages have lambasted what many are calling the “watering-down of press credentials.”  They claim that the more people that obtain press credentials, the less influential press credentials are to the legacy media.
Lev Grossman / Time:
A raft of sea otters are at play in a narrow estuary at Moss Landing, near Santa Cruz, Calif. There are 41 of them, says a guy in a baseball cap.  He counted.  They dive and surface and float around on their backs with their little paws poking up out of the water, munching sea urchins or thinking about munching sea urchins.
The Huffington Post:
Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout  —  MEXICO CITY — An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can't get elsewhere - an inside view of their country's raging drug war.  —  Operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco in less …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad Blueprint for a Post-Literate Future  —  It is hard to tell what the relationship between the iPhone and the collapse of America might be, but I'm sure glad that someone is trying to figure it out.  —  Gary Shteyngart's new book, Super Sad True Love Story …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Newsday going on the offensive  —  Newsday is going on a hiring spree, pledging to add nearly 40 new editorial jobs and dramatically increase the amount of space devoted to local news.  —  “In a big step forward on boosting our local coverage, during the next six months we will hire 34 …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Newsday doubles down on coverage as Patch arrives
Bill Krueger / Making Sense of Media:
Did Deadspin Go Too Far in Publishing Story Alleging Brett Favre Sexting?  —  Deadspin has grown from a scrappy startup website that was playing with the big dogs of ESPN and Sports Illustrated.  It gained legitimacy almost immediately as a serious player as it dug up stories other sports sites missed or ignored.
Discussion: Poynter Online
Pete Blackshaw / AdAge:
Do We Still Need Websites?  —  Given Our Obsession With Social Media, It's a Timely Question  —  So with all this relentless talk about Twitter accounts, Facebook fan pages and cool new apps, I have a serious and timely question.  Do brand websites still matter?
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Coupons Come to The Wall Street Journal  —  News Corp.'s SmartSource Moves Insert From Sunday Times to WSJ Weekend Edition  —  NEW YORK ( — The Wall Street Journal will start delivering coupons inside its Weekend Edition this Saturday, furthering its push to become a full-service newspaper …
Discussion: Romenesko, CJR, New York Observer and Gawker
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Rewired:
CBS Interactive's enters social-TV race with Relay (exclusive)  —  CBS Interactive is giving television the Foursquare treatment.  —  The digital division is beta-testing Relay, a service that transplants Foursquare's combination of user check-ins and badge rewards from brick-and-mortar venues to TV shows.
Discussion: MediaPost
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Zell Can't Be Made to Pay for Tribune Pension Losses  —  Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) — Sam Zell can't be made to pay for Tribune Co. retirement fund losses, a judge ruled, rebuffing workers who claim the billionaire caused the company's employee stock ownership plan to lose value.
Discussion: MediaPost
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Appellate court upholds Bay Guardian damages  —  A state appeals court upheld a $21 million damage award to the Bay Guardian on Wednesday, saying a rival publication, SF Weekly, had engaged in predatory price-cutting by selling ads below cost.  —  SF Weekly had asserted that its low-cost ads amounted …
Discussion: Romenesko, Informer and Hit & Run
Robin J Phillips / …:
Newsrooms play big role in launch of “Tweet” button  —  Twitter a nd Facebook continue in the battle for your news judgment, your network and your willingness to publish stories you like.  —  Twitter countered Facebook's “like” button today with the launch of a “Tweet” button.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
As E-Books Gain, Barnes & Noble Tries to Stay Ahead  —  In the movie “You've Got Mail,” Tom Hanks played the aggressive big-box retailer Joe Fox driving the little bookshop owner played by Meg Ryan out of business.  —  Twelve years later, it may be Joe Fox's turn to worry.
Discussion: DailyFinance and DealBook
Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble Expected to Announce Burkle Pact
Discussion: DailyFinance, Law Blog and GalleyCat
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple iAd partners say they're happy with early results
Discussion: The Wire and Silicon Alley Insider Reynolds Center …:
Bloomberg posts 20 editorial jobs in D.C. for new government-info product, BGOV
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Tawny Tipples / Washington Post:
Is the pen name mightier than the sword, or just a modern writer's flimsy foil?
Discussion: New York Observer
John Gorenfeld / New York Observer:
With Its Horrifying Cover Story, Time Gave the War a Boost.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Source: Publishers Are Shelling Out More Than $50K For The New …
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
Dyyno debuts turnkey streaming video service to Roku for businesses
Discussion: FierceTelecom and NewTeeVee
Bill Grueskin / CJR:
The Write Stuff  —  Has Yahoo created an AP stylebook for the digital age?
Discussion: Romenesko
 Earlier Picks: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Digg's Kevin Rose Talks About New Look, New CEO and How to Turbocharge …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Data-visualization duo turns down Knight funding over open source
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Media Week:
MTV to launch first digital-only programme
Discussion: paidContent:UK and Guardian
Why did Jim Dolan and Lynn Casey invest a million bucks in BringMeTheNews?
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Did Thinking Like a Media Company Spell Doom For Yahoo?
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
CNBC Names First ‘Chief Revenue Officer’
Discussion: Variety, Inside Cable News and AdAge
Slate Has an iPad App!
Discussion: Bits and Gizmodo