Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Auto-Tune the News Hits the Billboard Top 100 — Online video stars The Gregory Brothers continue making strides towards world domination. Their latest hit Auto-Tune the News single, Bed Intruder, debuted at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 today. — Billboard uses a number …
Discussion: Softpedia News, PSFK, Hit & Run, Techdirt, Trends in the Living Networks, The Lede, All Things Digital, Gawker and Billboard.com The Feed
Jackie Rangel / PSFK: A Meme Invades iTunes: The Bed Intruder Song
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run: But Still No Cash for the Star Wars Kid
Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Autotune The News Becomes A Billboard Hit
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks: Culture jamming is where it's at: morphing the news into a Billboard hit single
Robert Mackey / The Lede: ‘Bed Intruder’ Rant Earns Family a New Home
John Murrell / All Things Digital: And With an Arrest, Trial and Conviction, We Can Make an Album [Voices]
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
The Dumbest How-to Content From Demand Media — Do you know how to brush your teeth? How to buy beer? How to poison a gopher? How to belch? If so, you could be a contributor to Demand Media, one of a growing number of “content farms” that use large networks of freelancers to produce cheap reference content.
J. David Goodman / City Room: How to Stress Out the Empire State Building
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: Demand Media's ‘lamest, most gloriously stupid how-to articles’
Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
What ‘Fact-Checking’ Means Online — The day I became a fact-checker at The New Yorker, I received one set of red pencils and one set of No. 2 pencils. [FC: There used to be a training period before the pencils.] [[VH: O.K. for “the day I became a fact-checker” to designate end of training period?]]
Craig Silverman / CJR: Lights, Camera, Fact Check!
Gwen Ifill / Online NewsHour:
Unplanned Aberration: How Mosque Discussion Got Derailed — If the camera had continued rolling Monday night at the NewsHour after I completed a segment on the debate over the so-called Ground Zero mosque, you would have seen me beating my head against the anchor desk.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News: AP advises staff on location of Islamic center and mosque
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
Social media lessons from the “Ground Zero Mosque” — A small plot of land near the World Trade Center in New York City has been thrown into the spotlight recently. A Muslim organization called The Cordoba Initiative set out to build a mosque and community center in the space …
Discussion: New York Times, New York Observer, Newsbook, Most Recent Home Page Posts …, The Daily Caller, The Daily Politics and Salon
Paul Vitello / New York Times: Islamic Center Exposes Mixed Feelings Locally
Dana Rubinstein / New York Observer: Former Pakistani Ambassador: What ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ …
The Economist online / Newsbook: What the Arab papers say — HAVING largely ignored the story …
The Week / Most Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEK: What would the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ be, anyway?
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller: Mosque spokesman defends Twitter tactics, but cuts down on the snark
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Not so fast — CNN is asking Larry King to postpone his final show — slated for fall — and stick around until the end of the year, The Post has learned. — British journalist and “America's Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan, who is widely thought to be King's replacement …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Wrap, New York Magazine, Inside Cable News, The Wire, Gawker, The Huffington Post and Chickaboomer
Lindsay Robertson / New York Magazine: CNN Asks Larry King to Stay Longer So Piers Morgan Can Figure Out His Visa
Henry Blodget / The Wire: CNN Begs Larry King To Postpone Retirement …
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post: CNN Asks Larry King To STAY Longer
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Yahoo May Buy a Stake in Hulu Video Site, Stifel Nicolaus Says — Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc. may buy a “considerable” stake in Hulu LLC if the video website pursues an initial public offering, according to Stifel Nicolaus & Co. — Hulu, owned by three of the biggest U.S. broadcast networks …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nick Axelrod / WWD:
No News at the New York Times Magazine... Fashion at Google: Out or In?... NO NEWS AT THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE: The proposals are in to executive editor Bill Keller (he received upward of 20 applications, according to sources), but that's as far as The New York Times has gotten in the process …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: Report: NYT's Keller has about 20 magazine editor applications
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
The Highest-Paid Authors — Times may be tough for book sellers, but for Stephen King, James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer, the money keeps rolling in. — Publishers are feeling the heat, with hardcover sales weak and the rise of e-books promising to upend their business models.
Discussion: Ministry of Gossip, ArtsBeat, New York Observer, New York Magazine, The Second Pass and ResourceShelf
Christie D'Zurilla / Ministry of Gossip: Are ‘Twilight’ fans slacking? …
Julie Bosman / ArtsBeat: No Cliffhanger: James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer Are Top-Earning Authors
Willa Paskin / New York Magazine: Guess Which Novelists Make the Most Money?
John Williams / The Second Pass: Soon You Will Be Legally Obligated to Buy a Novel by James Patterson
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Revenge of the TV Writers — Annoy a television writer at your peril: You could wind up committing unspeakable crimes or dying a horrible death—in prime time. Settling scores with difficult stars, clueless executives and childhood enemies. — After several seasons of disappointing reviews …
Discussion: TVWeek.com, Gawker and New York Magazine
Tom Gilbert / TVWeek.com: Annoy a TV Writer? You Might End up as the Namesake of a Psychotic Character on TV
Richard Lawson / Gawker: TV Writers Are Constantly Indulging Their Murderous Fantasies
Willa Paskin / New York Magazine: Cross a Showrunner, Sleep With Fishes
The 48th New York Film Festival:
Film Comment September/October 2010: Revenge of the Nerd — The misanthropic soul at the heart of The Social Network, David Fincher's 21st-century moral tale — It was E.M. Forster, of course, who scripted that immortal, oft-abbreviated imperative: “Only connect, and the beast and the monk …
Discussion: The Wrap, The Playlist, ScreenCrave.com, MTV Movies Blog, Awards Daily's Oscar Countdown and The Middletown Press
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Did First Rave Review of ‘The Social Network’ Step Over Ethics Line?
Krystal Clark / ScreenCrave.com: The Social Network Gets Great Early Review
Adam Rosenberg / MTV Movies Blog: ‘The Social Network’ And Accompanying Joke Trailers Inspire Another …
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Brian Williams: Serious anchor and a jokester — Commentary: You'll find him on ‘30 Rock’ or ‘SNL,’ but not Facebook … NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams made his reputation as a self-assured anchor man who could discuss Iraq and Afghanistan in decisive tones.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: Williams: 'I don't do Facebook for a very specific reason'
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Can Animals Save Mainstream Media? — Forget crime and celebrities. These websites know what really sells: critters. — SAN FRANCISCO — Can Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs save mainstream media? Probably not. — When it comes to making his own products a success, however …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Dr. Laura, Associated Content and the Googledammerung — I was on vacation for much of the last couple of weeks, so I missed a lot — including the self-immolation of Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Apparently Schlessinger was the last public figure in the U.S. who does not understand the simple rules …
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Now Playing: A Short Film Starring Branded Content — IN “Charley,” a nine-minute film by Dee Austin Robertson, a young couple visiting New York for a romantic weekend, Courtney and Ryan (played by Alexia Rasmussen and Brian McElhaney), are first seen through a glass door with an Ace Hotel sign painted on it.
Chris Tolles / TechCrunch:
When Attorneys General Attack — Earlier this year Topix CEO Chris Tolles got the call no one wants to get - that they were under investigation by a government entity. Two attorneys general, one of which was deep into his senate run, were leveling accusations of abuse at Topix.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Industry Insiders Say Online Video Advertising Is Reaching A “Frenzy Point” — With the flood, comes the feast. Advertising dollars are pouring into online video. Some of the largest online video ad networks are seeing revenue growth accelerating this quarter, and expect the fourth quarter to be even bigger.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Disney, TWC talks escalate — Negotiations between Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Cable over continued carriage of ESPN, ABC and other Disney channels are intensifying as both companies gird for battle. — ESPN President George Bodenheimer and Sean Bratches, the sports network's head …
Discussion: Light Reading and Company Town
Jeff Baumgartner / Light Reading: Policy Watch: Critics Pound Comcast-NBCU Deal
Joe Flint / Company Town: The Morning Fix: Revenge of the writers! …
Dave Levy / State of the Fourth Estate:
Paywall Gets Added to the Oxford Dictionary of English (and Bromance, too) — Great news: the newest round of “words added to the dictionary” has surfaced. There are some choice additions this time around (are you telling me Chill Pill is only getting added now.
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Research shows Twitter's value in questioning rumors — Readers of this blog know that Twitter is one of the best tools for covering breaking news. — But if you listen to and read the Twitter haters, you also hear that Twitter is a place where false rumors spread rapidly.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Elle to Launch Customizable iPad App — Hachette Filipacchi Media's Elle won't be the first of the big fashion monthlies to come out with its own app for the iPad when it launches with its October issue in mid-September (Condé Nast's Glamour beat it by a month, having launched with its September issue).
Tom Keogh / Seattle Times:
‘This American Life’ host Ira Glass brings his radio stories to Seattle — It's a Monday morning and, no doubt all over the U.S., people have returned to work to find unexpected crises awaiting them. — Ira Glass, host and producer of public radio's immensely popular “This American Life” program, certainly has his share.
Diana Marszalek / TVNewsCheck:
CNN's Switch To Oasis Troubles Stations — Not long ago, KPHO Phoenix producers used to air up to eight CNN Newsource stories a day in its newscasts. — “Now, they use virtually none,” says Ed Williams, director of engineering at the CBS affiliate. One, maybe two, CNN stories make it on air a week, he says.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser: New Distribution System Holds Up CNN Newsource Stories
Wall Street Journal:
Violence in Mexico Takes Rising Toll on Press — MEXICO CITY—When unknown assailants recently lobbed grenades at the offices of Mexico's powerful broadcaster Televisa in Monterrey and Matamoros, the blasts were seen as a message to the country's media: Beware covering the drug war.
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Can Augmented Reality Help Save the Print Publishing Industry? — There's a memorable scene in the movie Minority Report where a man reads a futuristic newspaper with rich embedded multimedia updating live with breaking news. While we are a long way seeing anything like this in the hands …
Discussion: TeleRead, CJR, Mobile Marketer, Journalism.co.uk, TechCrunch Europe and MarketingVOX
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Augmented reality and ‘saving’ print media
Lauren Kirchner / CJR: German Paper Tries Augmented Reality for Print
Peter Finocchiaro / Mobile Marketer: German magazine features augmented reality in special issue
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe: Video: The “first” dead tree magazine with Augmented Reality support
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
An Airline Magazine That Makes Travelers Want to Pull the Rip Cord — Safi Shows the Real Afghanistan, From Dog Fighting to Dry Swimming Pools — KABUL—Safi Airways, a start-up Afghan airline, ventures where few air carriers dare to go: Its in-flight magazine tells the ugly truth about the place where you're about to land.
Discussion: CJR, newsfeed.time.com, Romenesko and New York Magazine
Joel Meares / CJR: An Afghan In-flight Has Lessons to Teach
Megan Friedman / newsfeed.time.com: Afghan In-Flight Magazine Is Realistic, Depressing
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: You won't find a “Best Salons” story in Afghan airline's in-flight magazine
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” …
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb: Foursquare Notes Record New Signups The Day After Facebook Places Launches [UPDATED]
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online: Facebook Places: Best, worst of times for media
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web: Facebook Places is Radical, Innovative, and Disruptive
Paul Smith / Guardian: Facebook Places: should Craigslist be worried?
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews: Is Facebook stifling innovation?
Ben Fractenberg / Friday, August 20, 2010: Foursquare Founder Tweets About Facebook's ‘Places’ App
Marshall Sponder / Webmetricsguru: Facebook Places & Web Journal August 15th - 19th, 2010
Pete Cashmore / CNN: Facebook will be new location king
Peter Jamison / The Snitch: Facebook Places: 'Your Ex-Wife Has Checked in to Your Girlfriend's Knife Drawer'
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise: How to Use Facebook's New Location Feature
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey: ‘Places’ Turns Facebook Into a Location Sharing Powerhouse
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward: Facebook adds ‘Places’ check-in feature
Paloma Vazquez / PSFK: Zagat, Foursquare And Foodspotting Integrate
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Another opportunity lost
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Discussion: TechCrunch, Fast Company, eMarketer and Blog Posts, The Praized Blog and Poynter Online
Debra Aho Williamson / eMarketer and Blog Posts: The Advertising Opportunity in Facebook Places
Sebastien Provencher / The Praized Blog: Facebook Places Will Be Huge: Capturing Stories About Places
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online: Facebook launches Places, targets local businesses