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9:35 AM ET, August 23, 2010

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New York Times:
The Sofa Wars: Plenty to Watch Online, but Viewers Prefer to Pay for Cable  —  It is a fantasy shared by many Americans: dropping cable television and its fat monthly bills and turning instead to the wide-open frontier of Internet video.  —  Some are finding that the reality is not that simple.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Kevin Rose:
Why Apple's iTV Will Change Everything  —  The rumor: Apple will be releasing a revamped/renamed version of their ‘Apple TV’ set-top box, called ‘iTV’.  The box will run the Apple iOS (same as the iPhone/iPad), and be priced around $99.  —  Why will this change everything?
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Time Warner Puts Faith in Its Cross-Platform ‘TV Everywhere’  —  For a guy whose world is supposed to be falling apart, Jeffrey Bewkes looks awfully calm.  —  Sitting in his grand office overlooking Central Park, Mr. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Crowded Field for Bringing Web Video to TVs  —  If you want to watch Internet video on most televisions, you need a gadget that pulls it in.  And a growing number of technology companies want to sell it to you.  —  Start-ups and tech giants alike are offering what they say are easy ways …
Discussion: New York Times
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:   Sony's Bet on Sticking With Web Shows
Leo / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Buzz Kill  —  Something happened tonight that made me question everything I've done with social media since I first joined Twitter in late 2006.  —  You know me - I'm a complete web whore.  I sign up for every site, try every web app, use every service I can find.  It's my job, but I also love doing it.
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity  —  A little over a week ago, I closed down all of my social media accounts, with the exception of Twitter, which I locked.  The explanation I gave was that, in an age when everyone and their dog is sharing every aspect of their life …
Discussion: The Next Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Viacom Digital Boss Greg Clayman Headed to Rupert Murdoch's iPad Newspaper  —  Rupert Murdoch's iPad-friendly digital newspaper doesn't have a launch date or a name yet, but it is hiring.  News Corp. has tapped Greg Clayman, who runs digital distribution for Viacom (VIA) …
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Tomorrow's media needs to be wired, inspired and for women  —  Many national newspapers have more male readers than female.  But that gap is closing fast, and the success of female-friendly websites like Mail Online are beginning to suggest a clear direction for the future  —  Sex counts at the newsstand.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Harman Ready to Become ‘Institution Builder’ at Newsweek  —  As founder of the stereo-equipment company that bears his name, Sidney Harman turned a $5,000 investment into what is now a $3-billion-a-year business.  Now, at 92 years old, he is attempting what may be an even more difficult feat: reviving Newsweek.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Press and punditry stampede tramples good judgment, and often the facts, too  —  When the New York Times published a story last December about plans for a Muslim prayer space near the World Trade Center site, there was little reaction.  —  After all, the imam in charge was quoted as saying …
Jonathan Weber / The Bay Citizen:
In Battle of the Weeklies, Local Focus Is the Key  —  The San Francisco Bay Guardian, a 44-year-old alternative weekly newspaper, is thinner than it used to be, but it remains determinedly local, and that is its major strength.  —  start the discussion  —  Recommend
Discussion: media 360
Multichannel:
‘Party Down’ Fans Prompt Starz To Put Episodes Online Pronto  —  Starz believes it has figured out a way to turn a public-relations near-nightmare into a revenue opportunity.  —  Starz caught some flak from TV-oriented blogs last month for removing critically acclaimed but low-rated comedy series Party …
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
In Case of Emergency: What Not to Do  —  WHOEVER suggested that all publicity is good publicity clearly never envisioned the wave of catastrophe engulfing high-profile corporations over the last year, laying waste to some of the most meticulously tailored reputations on earth.
 
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