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10:25 AM ET, August 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Candy Crowley, veteran CNN reporter, takes on competitive Sunday morning slot  —  There's no secret about what works on cable news these days.  —  Flashy graphics and raised voices burst through the screen to jostle into our agitated, unfocused, Twitterized minds.  —  Anchors are loud, beautiful and opinionated.
Wall Street Journal:
Author to Bypass Publisher  —  In a significant defection for the book industry, best-selling marketing author Seth Godin is ditching his traditional publisher Portfolio after a string of books and plans to sell his future works directly to his fans.  —  Guilty Plea in Disney Case
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
News Corp. To Integrate Fox Audience Network Into MySpace  —  News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) is answering some questions about the future of its Fox Audience Network now that president Adam Bain has left for Twitter; the company says it will now be integrating Fox Audience Network's team and technology with MySpace.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
TV ads skipped by 86% of viewers  —  Nearly 90% of people watching timeshifted shows fast-forward the ads, but TV remains the most memorable form of advertising  —  Nearly 90% of television viewers always skip through the adverts on their digital video recorder but TV still remains …
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.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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.
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Steelberg Brothers Raise Another $20 Million For Celeb Company BAT  —  Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT), which uses research and interactive technology to market a massive roster of celebrities, has closed a $20 million third round led by Miramar Venture Partners.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
What the Steven Slater Story Says about How News is Created and Shared  —  When Flight 1052 went wheels-up on Steven Slater's (presumably) last flight with JetBlue, he was just a man.  Hours after he took the evacuation slide, he was a legend.  —  How we got to this point …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Stijn Debrouwere / stdout:
Two cultures in media criticism  —  Last month, I wrote a guest piece for Paul Bradshaw's Online Journalism Blog about how, sometimes, it's really okay to give readers what they want.  The piece got some interesting comments from, well, old-timers in the craft.
Discussion: FleetStreetBlues
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New: ReadWriteWeb Now Makes You Smarter Than Ever Before (Thanks to Apture)  —  ReadWriteWeb readers are some of the most educated on the social web, surveys tell us that.  Smart people never stop learning, though, do we?  Now reading ReadWriteWeb is all the more educational with the addition …
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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: TVNewser and Romenesko
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.
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: eMedia Vitals and Lost Remote
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Discussion: Gawker and Guardian
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Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
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