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1:55 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.
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 …
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 - if anyone actually knew how to do that, they'd be very, very rich.  —  Still, there are ways to increase your chances of making stuff go viral.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Observer
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.
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Demand Media Faces Harsh Spotlight En Route to IPO  —  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.
Discussion: BoomTown and Beyond Search
Byrne Hobart / Silicon Alley Insider:
Demand Media's IPO: Everything You Need To Know
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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) …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Newsday doubles down on coverage as Patch arrives  —  With Patch launching several sites in Long Island towns, Newsday is hiring 37 people to beef up its local coverage.  The new positions include reporters, community journalists, a social media moderator and a community editor.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and NYConvergence
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Newsday going on the offensive
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Pete Blackshaw / AdAge:
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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Rewired:
CBS Interactive's enters social-TV race with Relay (exclusive)
Discussion: NewTeeVee and MediaPost
Robin J Phillips / …:
Newsrooms play big role in launch of “Tweet” button
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
Tawny Tipples / Washington Post:
Is the pen name mightier than the sword, or just a modern writer's flimsy foil?
Discussion: New York Observer
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Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Zell Can't Be Made to Pay for Tribune Pension Losses
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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John Gorenfeld / New York Observer:
With Its Horrifying Cover Story, Time Gave the War a Boost.
Discussion: Crikey, The Huffington Post and Soup
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
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
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