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2:55 AM ET, August 14, 2010


 Top News: 
Tom Scott / Tom Scott's updates:
CONTENTS NOT VERIFIED  —  It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content.  —  I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers.
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.
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:   Meet The Print Guy Who Will Lead Rupert Murdoch's Digital Newspaper
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. plans national newspaper for tablet computers and cellphones
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight Foundation's new biz consultant thinks news startups can learn from outside of journalism  —  When Nick Denton sent out an email to his Gawker empire in April 2008 announcing the sale of the popular political site Wonkette, it came as a shock to those of us who so closely identified Wonkette with the Gawker brand.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
What Do You Think Of The Gawker Redesign?
Discussion: Soup and Brooks in Beta
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 …
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.
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.
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 be very, very rich.  —  Still, there are ways to increase your chances of making stuff go viral.
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Edmonds is Second Dow Jones Spokesperson to Leave This Year  —  Emily Edmonds, one of Dow Jones' top corporate communications people, is leaving for Time Inc., she revealed in an e-mail today.  —  Edmonds follows former Dow Jones vice president of communications Robert Christie …
Discussion: Romenesko
Katherine Heisler / eMedia Vitals:
For owners, iPad is now go-to reading device  —  According to a survey of UK iPad owners put forth by Cooper Murphy Webb, people who own iPads are now using them as their preferred device for reading newspapers, magazines and books.  Of the 1,034 iPad owners polled via telephone between July 28th …
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
How Is 3D TV Doing?  Some Data From Japan  —  Think what you want about 3D TV, but it's here already, and we've just seen the beginning.  But are people actually buying the devices, as a few dozen models are now available in the US, Japan and other places?
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.
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