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7:55 PM ET, August 25, 2010


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Media Decoder:
National Journal Hires Major Garrett From Fox News  —  Major Garrett, the chief White House correspondent for Fox News, is quitting his job at the cable news channel after eight years.  He is joining National Journal as a Congressional correspondent.  —  Mr. Garrett's surprise departure comes …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Politico Editor Jim VandeHei Sends Best Wishes To The New National …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Inside Cable News
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Loses E-Book Deal  —  A month after jolting the book industry with a deal to give Inc. exclusive digital access to some of the country's best-known literary works, literary agent Andrew Wylie is largely abandoning the agreement.  —  The Amazon deal was struck after Mr. Wylie failed …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Random House Wins Battle for E-Book Rights
Kelly McBride / Poynter Online:
SEO Makes It Too Late for Truth for ‘Ground Zero Mosque’  —  It's not at ground zero and it's not just a mosque.  —  A number of news outlets have gone to great lengths recently to correct this falsehood.  —  PolitiFact has made several rulings on the issue.
Brian McDermott / Online Journalism Review:
What the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ flap says about the state of journalism  —  By Brian McDermott: The Ground Zero mosque does not exist.  —  There is, of course, the planned Park51 Muslim community center and mosque, which local authorities approved for construction on Park Place in lower Manhattan …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
John Lippman / Company Town:
Tribune Co. creditors court Michael Eisner and Jeff Shell for top jobs  —  Former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael D. Eisner is in discussions that could lead to his return to the media spotlight - as chairman of the now-bankrupt Tribune Co.  —  The media company's largest creditors …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Sumner's $1 Million Payoff  —  The billionaire chairman of Viacom and CBS has settled with a deputy who accused him of loutish behavior.  Peter Lauria on the latest of Sumner Redstone's costly antics.  —  CBS Corp. spared its billionaire chairman Sumner Redstone the potential embarrassment …
While Others Shrink, KQED Expands Cross-Platform News  —  Last month, KQED News in San Francisco dramatically expanded the scope of its news coverage with a new website, an increase from six to 16 local radio newscasts and the addition of eight news staffers, including six producers/reporters, a developer and a social media specialist.
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Googling serendipity: How does journalism fare in a world where algorithms trump messy chance?  —  Twelve years ago, when I was reporting on the pending Microsoft antitrust case, I learned that what was really at stake wasn't immediately apparent in the legal briefs.
Zach Baron / Sound of the City:
How Kanye West's Twitter Killed Music Magazines  —  ​Today, Slate posts “an all-access, totally non-exclusive interview with the would-be king of hip-hop,” Kanye West.  The conceit is as follows: though the rapper stopped giving many interviews in the aftermath of his mother's death …
Discussion: Slate, The Wire, Gizmodo, Soup and Speakeasy
The Atlantic Online:
10 Reading Revolutions Before E-Books  —  1. The phrase “reading revolution” was probably coined by German historian Rolf Engelsing.  He certainly made it popular.  Engelsing was trying to describe something he saw in the 18th century: a shift from “intensive” reading and re-reading of very few texts to …
Discussion: Snarkmarket
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Bankrupt Owes Labels $28 Million  —  It's wrestled with legal issues, on-off label licenses and low income.  Now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the music service formerly run by Owen Van Natta owes $27.7 million to the major and indie labels for use of their songs.
Discussion: CNET News
Wall Street Journal:
The ABCs of E-Reading  —  New Devices Are Changing Habits.  People Are Reading More, Even While in a Kayak  —  People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows.  —  A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing …
Rachel McAthy /
New business news site to make use of semantic search tools  —  Two former business media managers have joined forces to create a business news site which will provide information and analysis using semantic technologies.  —  Neil Thackray (pictured), who was previously CEO at Nexus Business Media …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Close to Deal With Disney to Rent ABC Shows Via iTunes  —  Apple Inc. is in discussions with major TV companies to offer 99-cent rentals of television episodes, according to people familiar with the situation, as the company tries to reshape the television business around its devices …
Andrew Littledale / blog:
Pulling related web content into a live TV stream  —  Like everyone else, we have been wondering what set top boxes connected to the internet will look like for the user.  What kind of interfaces will work best when TV and the web become bedfellows?  —  We decided to mock up a prototype application …
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
WebMediaBrands Adds Sports Media Site To Its Roster  —  WebMediaBrands (NSDQ: WEBM) is going in-house for its latest expansion, launching a MediaBistro spinoff called SportsNewser, which will feature “breaking news and analysis of the sports media business,” as well as “interviews with prominent broadcasters …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Podcaster Leo Laporte, the everywhere man  —  Leo Laporte arrived Thursday at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.  —  On Friday morning he arrived at the office of KFI AM 640, the radio station that airs his syndicated “The Tech Guy” program.  At 3:42 p.m., he was back at the airport, ready to fly home to Petaluma, Calif.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CBS Evening News Ratings Tie 20-Year Low  —  For any person who believes that the American people should be paying greater attention to the war in Afghanistan, the following statistic might disappoint.  —  On a week that included the anchor Katie Couric's trip to Afghanistan, the …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NPR's Argo Project becomes the Argo Network, mixing the local and the national on reported blogs  —  NPR's Argo Project (or Project Argo — it seems to vary) is starting to take shape — launch is set for one week from today, September 1.  Argo is the network's $3 million effort …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Rachel's New War  —  She didn't want to talk about the mosque.  But Fox baited her into it.  The MSNBC host banters with Lloyd Grove about “fake” news, wearing glasses on air, and whether she wants to get married.  —  For a cable news host intent on luring eyeballs to her prime-time show …
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