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6:10 AM ET, August 21, 2010


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Facebook Feeling Unfriendly Toward ‘Social Network’  —  LOS ANGELES — At the New York Film Festival next month, Hollywood will unleash “The Social Network,” a biting tale of the Silicon Valley giant Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Now Facebook must decide whether to bite back.
Discussion: /Film
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 …
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?]]
Discussion: Romenesko and CJR
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Wire, City Room and Romenesko
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
ICANN asks Demand Media for answers after report  —  IDG News Service - The group responsible for managing the Internet's domain name system is asking Demand Media's eNom division for answers following complaints from Internet security groups.  —  ENom, the world's second-largest domain name registrar …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Pitchfork POV Series Demonstrates Power of Slow Growth  —  Pitchfork continues its expansion into video with the recent launch of its Pitchfork POV Concert Series — a six-camera operation that lets viewers toggle between views as they enjoy the high-fidelity sound so sadly lacking from most online footage of live music shows.
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.
Latoya Peterson / Poynter Online:
Humorous News ‘Warning Labels’ Hint at Serious Challenges for Media  —  Last week, Boing Boing, the popular technology and culture blog, trained its spotlight on a hilarious and painful project by British comedian Tom Scott.  He created a set of printable warning labels meant to alert consumers …
Discussion: Strupp
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Figuring out magazine subscriptions in the iPad age  —  After being actively courted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, several magazine publishers have launched digital versions of titles like Wired, Popular Science, Time, and People targeted toward iPad owners.  Most of these digital versions include …
Discussion: TechCrunch, TUAW, The Wrap and Fortune
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Should We Be Interested In ‘Saving’ Any Industry?  —  We hear it all the time, whenever anyone talks about an industry being “destroyed” by new technologies: “how do we save x industry?” where “x” can stand for “recording” or “news” or “movies” or whatever.  We saw it just recently …
Discussion: MediaShift
Chicago Sun Times:
Tribune Co. says bankruptcy negotiations have failed  —  Staff and Wire Reports  —  The Tribune Co.'s plan to emerge from bankruptcy has unraveled in the wake of an independent report concluding that talks leading up to the company's 2007 leveraged buyout bordered on fraud, attorneys said Friday.
Discussion: Reuters, paidContent and LA Observed
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Chat Replay: Why Do We Need Female Journalists with Technical Expertise?  —  When reading my list of 20 South by Southwest Interactive panels that journalists should vote for, some people wondered: Where are all the women?  Only two of the 20 panelists I mentioned are women.
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.
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone  —  One day you're the brightest star in the galaxy.  Then something new comes along — and suddenly you're a relic.  It's a turn of fate that awaits sports heroes, movie stars, political leaders.  And, yes, even household appliances.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Studios Giving Up on DVD, Pushing VOD Instead  —  The time lag between DVD release dates and the availability of films on cable video-on-demand services has been drastically reduced over the past year, falling to just five days in the first half of this year, according to BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield.
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Elle to Launch Customizable iPad App
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Research shows Twitter's value in questioning rumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Industry Insiders Say Online Video Advertising Is Reaching A “Frenzy Point”
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Disney, TWC talks escalate
Discussion: Light Reading and Company Town
Diana Marszalek / TVNewsCheck:
CNN's Switch To Oasis Troubles Stations
Discussion: TVNewser
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Dr. Laura, Associated Content and the Googledammerung
Discussion: Romenesko, Associated Content and TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
Violence in Mexico Takes Rising Toll on Press
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
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Discussion: AdPulp
 Earlier Picks: 
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Hulu brouhaha  —  A top Hollywood producer lashed out against …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Can Animals Save Mainstream Media?
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Can Augmented Reality Help Save the Print Publishing Industry?
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Revenge of the TV Writers
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Brian Williams: Serious anchor and a jokester
Discussion: Speakeasy and Romenesko
Chris Tolles / TechCrunch:
When Attorneys General Attack