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5:35 PM 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.
Felix Salmon:
The huge obstacles facing Murdoch's new tablet newspaper  —  Rupert Murdoch is launching a new national newspaper, which will be “distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as Apple's iPad and mobile phones”.  —  The interesting thing here is the “paid content” part …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:   Meet The Print Guy Who Will Lead Rupert Murdoch's Digital Newspaper
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Fair Use: Okay, Let's Talk About It  —  It is a pet peeve of mine when people throw around arguments citing “Fair Use” and yet fail to actually explain what a fair use argument actually is.  So it was mostly for that reason that I was annoyed by Jeff Bercovici's misleading, poorly-reasoned post yesterday on AOL's Daily Finance.
Discussion: Romenesko
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Secrets Behind a Viral Web Hit-And the Huffington Post's Success  —  Everyone who makes stuff for the Web wants it to go “viral.”  But you can't just make your stuff go viral-anyone who actually found out how to do that would very, very rich.  —  Still, there are ways to increase your chances of making stuff go viral.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Launching Official Live Streaming Channel: Facebook Live  —  Today at 3 PM PST (6 EST), Facebook will unveil its new official live video streaming channel, Facebook Live.  To kick off the launch, actress America Ferrera will stop by Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Can Miso, Philo and Tunerfish Compete With CBS' Social TV App?  —  Social TV is all the rage these days, with startups like Bazaar Labs and Philo pushing apps that allow Foursquare-like check in functionality and virtual rewards while letting users tell their friends what they're watching.
Discussion: CBS Corporation
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Rewired:
CBS Interactive's enters social-TV race with Relay (exclusive)
Discussion: MediaPost
Ian Shapira / Story Lab:
Print guy learns video—how's he doing?  —  For the last several weeks, I've been leading a double life in journalism.  During the weekdays, I've been doing essentially the same job at The Washington Post for the last ten years — churning out feature and news stories for our print editions and website.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
MTV, Universal Call Truce in Digital Rights Battle for VMAs  —  Talks With Vevo Still at an Impasse, but Label Gives Temporary Break so Viewers Can Vote on Videos  —  NEW YORK ( — MTV and Universal Music Group have kissed and made up — temporarily.
The Huffington Post:
The Problem With Financial Journalism  —  What's Your Reaction: … The peculiar sport of fox hunting was described by Oscar Wilde as “the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable.”  I feel a similar aphorism can be applied to most financial journalism: “The unspeakable perusing the unreadable.”
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Demand Media Faces Harsh Spotlight En Route to IPO  —  Updated: Whenever a company files for an initial public offering (IPO) — particularly in the IPO-starved technology sector — it gets put under a microscope, since it's the first chance observers have to see the actual numbers behind the business.
Erik Huggers / BBC:
HTML5, open standards, and the BBC  —  Recent commentary on this blog has suggested that our use of Flash on BBC iPlayer and across BBC Online in general, betrays our commitment to open standards.  Is this a reasonable assumption?  I do not think so.  —  Open standards have always been part of the BBC's DNA.
Joel Meares / CJR:
Q & A: New York Times Reporter Michael Powell  —  “My tendency is to want to go longer, to zig rather than zag.”  —  The New York Times's Michael Powell leapt from the metro pages to the business section this May—a place he never saw himself while a student at the Columbia J-School in the early 1980s.
Discussion: New York Observer
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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Trinity Mirror's Birmingham Mail Linking Out To Local Bloggers...  It's been clear, for at least three years now, that local papers, which have been laying off editorial staff, should probably welcome in the amateur news sites sprouting in their patches.  —  Now Trinity Mirror's Birmingham Mail is doing it.
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 …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Which White House reporters had lunch with Obama?  —  Reporters wouldn't say yesterday who joined President Obama for an off the record lunch at the White House.  —  And The Upshot noted the irony, given that news organizations have been at the forefront of the fight to make White House visitor logs public.
Discussion: Gawker, Romenesko, Hot Air and Media Decoder
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Gregory Brothers of ‘Bed Intruder’ Fame Discuss TV Pilot, Antoine Dodson  —  Even if you don't spend a lot of time online, you've probably heard “Bed Intruder,” the similar “Double Rainbow” song, or the “Auto-Tune the News” series at some point over the past year.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
What Do You Think Of The Gawker Redesign?  —  Back in February, Gawker Media owner Nick Denton surprised the New York digertati when he announced that he was acquiring CityFile, and replacing Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Snyder with CityFiles's founder Remy Stern, despite record traffic numbers under Snyder.
Discussion: Brooks in Beta and Soup
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Marc Kramer Out as NY Daily News CEO
Jason Stverak / Online Journalism Review:
Watering-down press credentials, or denying citizens news?
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: New York Observer
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 Earlier Picks: 
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Appellate court upholds Bay Guardian damages
Discussion: Romenesko, Informer and Hit & Run
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
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Cable Firms Eye Tablet Space
Tawny Tipples / Washington Post:
Is the pen name mightier than the sword, or just a modern writer's flimsy foil?
Discussion: New York Observer
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Zell Can't Be Made to Pay for Tribune Pension Losses