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2:10 AM ET, August 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Dish Network Is Joining Other Carriers in Offering Its Content for Online Viewing  —  The Dish Network this week will begin offering a video portal called, becoming the latest distributor to provide online benefits to paying subscribers.  —  All the major cable and satellite carriers …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
While you're watching, TiVo watches you  —  As Hollywood and Madison Avenue debate how best to measure traditional TV and online viewing, TiVo plans to roll out new research that combines both.  —  Next month TiVo will begin tracking how much time users spend watching Web content …
David Carr / New York Times:
Faith in Its Shows, on Any Medium
Discussion: and Kevin Rose
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Flagship newspapers wane in audience mix  —  The flagship newspaper produces barely half of the weekday audience delivered by some major metro publishers, according to an analysis of data recently issued by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.  —  While papers like the Kansas City Star continue …
Discussion: Tower Ticker
Jack Neff / AdAge:
What Happens When Facebook Trumps Your Brand Site?  —  ‘Like’ It or Not, Trend Serves as Another Telling Sign of Social Media's Growing Dominance  —  BATAVIA, Ohio ( — While the tech world obsessed about when Facebook would turn on location and morph into a “Foursquare killer,” …
Discussion: TechCrunch and AdPulp
Chris O'Brien / The Next Newsroom Project:
Cautionary lessons on innovation for newsrooms from Digg  —  Digg, the crowd-sourced news aggregation site that was once a Web 2.0 darling, is on the cusp of a dramatic overhaul of its site.  —  I've been playing with the “new” Digg for a few weeks now, which is still officially in an invite-only alpha.
/ Caroline McCarthy:
A Hack's Life  —  Some thoughts on the odd social position of the journalist, which I've been thinking of putting together for some time now:  —  As a young business reporter, particularly one covering an industry staffed with interesting and often like-minded people from your set of peers …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Murdoch's Times Misses A Third Month Of iPad Income  —  If editions on tablets like iPad are the “game-changer” which may help “transform” newspapers, as Rupert Murdoch put it, then Murdoch and his News International CEO Rebekah Brooks must be pretty upset by progress The Times is making in that regard.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Snoop Dogg Mafia Wars Promotional Stunt Breaks Ustream Record With 2 Million Views  —  One of Zynga's newest game titles, Mafia Wars Las Vegas, kicked off with a bang last week as rap star Snoop Dogg blew up a 4-ton armored truck in the middle of the desert in Nevada.
Dru Sefton /
Buyer will take Nightly Business Report to ‘a new level’  —  WPBT sells to entrepreneur with history of legal disputes  —  Mykalai Kontilai, whose NBR Worldwide this month purchased Nightly Business Report, a staple of public TV carried five nights a week on 250 stations …
Discussion: Romenesko and TVNewser
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
How The Seattle Times Is Using Mobile Video, Twitter to Report News Fast  —  As consumers migrate from the desktop Web and toward mobile apps and devices, media organizations are rushing to figure out what these new tools mean for their operations.  —  The Seattle Times has been experimenting …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Tom Lowry / Variety:
Eisner: Content still king  —  Former Disney CEO offers a few thoughts to ‘Variety’  —  As Comcast pushes forward with its proposed merger with NBC Universal, Michael Eisner said he is glad to have taught a valuable lesson to the cable operator's top executives, Brian Roberts and Steve Burke.
Discussion: Company Town
Wall Street Journal:
How WikiLeaks Keeps Its Funding Secret  —  The controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial network to protect a big secret of its own—its funding.
Discussion: Politics Daily, Harper's and Cryptome
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
PaperG's Flyerboard Adds LATimes, Media News, As Revenues Rise 70% Each Month  —  To say that local and hyperlocal news is going through an adjustment period is quite the understatement.  —  Everyone, from traditional newspaper publishers to younger initiatives like AOL's rapidly expanding Patch network …
Discussion: Lost Remote
The Ausiello Files:
Exclusive: Backstage drama erupts at HBO's showbiz-themed ‘Tilda’ as showrunner exits  —  The future of an HBO project that's loosely based on Hollywood's irascible blogger Nikki Finke is in doubt after an on-set blowout that's strikingly similar to some of the juicy posts that can be found on
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
‘David After Dentist’ and a New Brush With Fame  —  We've all been there.  Fresh out of the dentist office after a little procedure that leaves us numb in the jaw or tipsy from laughing gas, or both.  But most of us didn't have our parents there to capture it on video as David DeVore did.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Hires Adam Bain Away From News Corp. As President Of Revenue  —  Twitter has hired Adam Bain as head of all revenue for the company, we've heard from multiple sources.  His title will be President, Revenue and he'll be reporting to COO Dick Costolo.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Still Surging, Tumblr Rockets Past A Billion Posts  —  Last month, we gave an update on the state of Tumblr that included some pretty impressive stats: over 6 million users, 1.5 billion pageviews a month, and 4.5 million new posts a day.  Throw those all out the window.
R. Thomas Umstead / Broadcasting & Cable:
Fox Debuts On-Demand Product  —  Network marks first cable VOD foray with Cox pact  —  Marking the first time Fox has offered its top programming fare via a cablebased video-on-demand platform, a slate of Fox shows will make their cable VOD debuts this week on most Cox Communications systems …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Press Clips, Day 7, Lunch Edition: “S**tshow"-War-at-The-New-York- Observer-Edition  —  ​Press Clips is on hiatus for a special project we're working on.  But while we were gone, everything at the New York Observer has gone completely haywire.  Here's what's happening:  —  Observer Madness, Observed:
Discussion: New York Magazine
Donya Blaze / WebNewser:
Evan Smith's Texas Tribune Brings Old-School Reporting Online  —  Amidst all the hullabaloo about the Web killing print magazines, newspapers, reading, and our brain cells in general, a new site has quietly been making waves with... actual journalism.  —  Texas Tribune is a nonprofit online organization …
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
We Need a “FailFaire” for Journalism Startups  —  Most experiments fail, but we can learn from mistakes.  —  Last week we read in The New York Times about a recurring failure-themed party called “FailFaire.”  The gathering is meant to inspire conversations about nonprofit ventures gone wrong …
Discussion: Romenesko
Adrian Monck / Guardian:
Can apps save news journalism?  —  Wired argues that apps have supplanted the web - but whether the model works for news organisations is another matter  —  Just when you thought the web was the unassailable media platform of the 21st century, it is cut down by that killer app from the 18th, ye olde magazine.
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Moving on  —  Linchpin will be the last book I publish in a traditional way.  —  One of the poxes on an author's otherwise blessed life is people who ask, “what's your next book,” even if some of them haven't read the last one.  (Jeff did, of course).  To answer your question, this book is my next book.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Top AOL Media Exec Marty Moe To Depart (Other Rumors of David Eun Ankling Not So Much)  —  According to sources close to the situation, one of AOL's top, longtime media execs, Marty Moe (pictured here), is leaving the company.  —  Sources said the reasons were personal and Moe was not currently taking another job.
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Michael Wolff / Newser:
Mosque Rage Is About Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Elliott / Guardian:
Open door ... on words, pictures and fine distinctions
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russian Cable Station Plays to U.S.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Caroline Little Out as CEO of Guardian Media North America
Discussion: Guardian
Nat Ives / AdAge:
The Ad/Edit Wall Worn Down to a Warning Track
Discussion: FishbowlNY and eMedia Vitals
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Nate Lanxon / Epicenter:
Letter From the UK: Thoughts On Public Relations Blogging
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Press and punditry stampede tramples good judgment, and often the facts, too
Discussion: TVNewser and Editors Weblog
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity

From Techmeme:

Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Wes Davis / The Verge:
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