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5:05 PM ET, August 19, 2010

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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
iVillage to Launch New User-Gen Content Section  —  iVillage has always maintained a close relationship with its community—particularly its more vocal and active members.  —  Now the NBC Universal-owned site is looking to channel the energies of several of its vociferous users …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
NBC/MSNBC Get An Iraq Troop Withdrawal Exclusive - But What Did It Mean, And Who Helped?  —  There's no question NBC News had an impressive, gripping scoop last night: the last U.S. combat troops are leaving Iraq.  NBC News' Richard Engel was embedded, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was in Baghdad …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
As Combat Troops Leave Iraq, News Media Ride Along
Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals blogs:
Facebook Places: What it means for media brands  —  Facebook has launched its much-anticipated location-based service, “Facebook Places,” which allows users to “check in” to certain locations such as restaurants, bars, music festivals, etc.  Dubbed a “collective memory” …
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Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Another opportunity lost  —  Facebook's announcement yesterday of its entry into the “check-in” space is yet another blow to local media.  Local businesses — many of whom already are deep into Facebook — are now being encouraged to create their “places” pages, which is what users will see when they check in via Facebook.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
FT launches new audience measurement  —  The Financial Times has launched a print and digital circulation measure that calculates the total number of people who access paid-for FT content each day.  —  The paper believes the measure is the first of its kind produced by a media owner.
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:   The Newsonomics of the FT as an Internet retailer
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Gawker's No Longer a Blog  —  Gawker is no longer a blog.  And Nick Denton no longer runs a blog network.  —  Gawker Media - which, for better or worse, defined and largely influenced the modern blogosphere as we all know it — is undergoing a massive redesign that will render its collection …
Discussion: Thompson on Hollywood
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Internet use in the UK - implications from Ofcom's research for publishers  —  I've just been scanning through the internet section of Ofcom's latest report on The Communications Market 2010.  As always, it's an essential read and this year the body have done a beautiful job in publishing …
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BBC:   Ofcom report highlights ‘multi-tasking media users’
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Time Inc. breaks the iPad logjam  —  This week's People app is the first to be free to subscribers.  Time, SI and Fortune to follow  —  Image: Time Inc.  —  There's more to the iPad issue of People that appeared on the Apple (AAPL) App Store this morning than Carrie Underwood's dream wedding.
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Christopher K. Sopher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The kids are alright, part 2: What news organizations can do to attract, and keep, young consumers  —  [Christopher Sopher is a senior at the University of North Carolina, where he is a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a Truman Scholar.  He has been a multimedia editor of the Daily Tar Heel and has worked for the Knight Foundation.
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Christopher K. Sopher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The kids are alright: How news organizations can tap the vast …
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Eustace Tilley, Brought to You By ...  As The New Yorker magazine puts the finishing touches on the schedule for its 11th annual weekend festival of events, panels and happenings, the commercial side of the line-up is complete — including the festival's first application for mobile devices.
Discussion: New York Observer
C.W. Anderson / The Atlantic Online:
Print Culture 101: A Cheat Sheet and Syllabus  —  Editor's Note: So, people no longer just read ink printed on paper.  Now that the electronic word has become embedded in our lives, we have a new perspective on what might have been special and specific about the last few hundred years of information dissemination.
Lisa Depaulo / GQ:
Thank You for Not Screaming  —  If everyone on television were like MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, television would be a much more civilized place.  Really  —  To really understand Joe Scarborough, to understand why he's the conservative liberals suddenly think is swell, to understand why Morning Joe …
Discussion: Inside Cable News and Mediaite
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
How Technology Is Renewing Attention to Long-form Journalism  —  When we're constantly inundated with information via e-mail, text messages, push alerts, tweets and Facebook updates, it's hard to make time for that 5,000-word New Yorker essay we bookmarked or the serial narrative we keep telling ourselves we'll read but never do.
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
The New Villains of New Media: Apple, Google & Facebook  —  They're supposed to be the good guys, right?  —  No longer.  Over the past year, several technology giants have begun to shed their status as white knights.  And it's precisely because they've been held to such a high standard …
Discussion: MediaPost
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype's Chief Development Officer Leaves Amid TechCrunch Comment Fiasco  —  Madhu Yarlagadda, who joined Skype as Chief Development Officer last month, has left the company.  Generally speaking executives don't leave a startup as it jumps into the IPO process, and they certainly don't leave after just a month on the job.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
AP advises staff on location of Islamic center and mosque  —  The Associated Press, one of world's most powerful news organizations, issued a memo today advising staff to avoid the phrase “Ground Zero mosque.”  —  The Upshot reported Tuesday that the AP started using the phrase “Ground Zero mosque” in some headlines in late May.
The Wire:
We Need To Change Copyright Laws To Save Newspapers  —  Copyright and patent laws were introduced to benefit society by providing authors and inventors incentives to create; by giving authors and inventors an opportunity for personal gain from their own creativity intellectual property protections create …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Professor Says News Should Get Special 24 Hour Protections …
 
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