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9:45 AM ET, August 26, 2010


 Top News: 
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:
Why Eisner Fits at Tribune  —  Many in Hollywood seemed puzzled yesterday by reports that the former Disney chief might run a newspaper company.  Peter Lauria has four reasons why Michael Eisner seems open to it.  —  Hollywood was buzzing yesterday about reports that Michael Eisner …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Sumner's $1 Million Payoff
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
The RH/Wylie Showdown Ends, New Digital Royalty Rate Is Born  —  The news that Random House had “won” its showdown with The Wylie Agency, over the inclusion of titles by its authors in Wylie's backlist digital publishing business Odyssey Editions, spread through publishing circles quickly on Tuesday …
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 …
David Pogue / New York Times:
New Kindle Leaves Rivals Farther Back  —  Too bad there's not a reality TV show called “America's Most Freaked-Out Tech-Company Meetings,” where you watch classic panicked board meetings.  For example, when the Apple employee left an iPhone 4 prototype in a bar.  Or when Intel learned that its Pentium chip contained a math error.
Sarah Hartley:
10 Characteristics of hyperlocal  —  What, if anything, the term ‘hyperlocal’ now means is something that keeps coming up in conversations I have and it strikes me that it's no longer necessarily defined by a tight geographical area, but instead seems to have evolved to describe more of an attitude than a place.
Danah Boyd / Technology Review:
Why Privacy Is Not Dead  —  The way privacy is encoded into software doesn't match the way we handle it in real life.  —  Each time Facebook's privacy settings change or a technology makes personal information available to new audiences, people scream foul.  Each time, their cries seem to fall on deaf ears.
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 …
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
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Conan's TBS Show Nears Leno and Letterman Pricing  —  A Conan O'Brien Spot Costs $30,000 to $40,000, but Package Deals Complicate Comparisons  —  NEW YORK ( — Do advertisers consider Conan O'Brien's upcoming cable show equivalent to Jay Leno and David Letterman's programs on broadcast networks?
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Politico Editor Jim VandeHei Sends Best Wishes To The New National Journal Team That's Trying To Kill Him  —  There's a media war brewing in Washington D.C.  —  Back in May, Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley spoke with The New York Observer about how National Journal …
Media Decoder:
National Journal Hires Major Garrett From Fox News
Donya Blaze / WebNewser:
Evan Smith of Texas Tribune: ‘Journalists Deserve a Living Wage’  —  In the final segment of our Media Beat interview, I spoke with Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief Evan Smith about the nonprofit news organization's business model.  —  Because the Tribune does not receive advertising …
Discussion: Soup and
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Hulu Plus By The Numbers: 14 Percent More TV Than Basic Hulu  —  No, we don't have subscription numbers but we do have a little more insight into the differences between Hulu Plus and basic Hulu.  Research firm One Touch Intelligence counted all the shows on Hulu and Hulu Plus during one week in August …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
TV networks need to think hard about biting that Apple  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and News Corp.'s Fox seem to be ready to take the plunge with Apple and cut a deal with the software giant to allow their shows to be rented for 99 cents an episode.  —  That Disney would be eager to go down this road is not too surprising.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Entertainment Weekly Embraces the Digital Age  —  YouTube Channels, Mobile Apps and Barcoded Pages  —  In partnership with Entertainment Weekly, YouTube just announced the launch of a specialized site for getting a sneak peek at the new television season which includes …
Julian Clover / Broadband TV News:
BBC unready to commit to 3DTV format  —  The BBC says it is unclear as to which 3D format is most likely to emerge as the popular choice among public and commercial broadcasters.  In an interview with Broadband TV News' sister publication New Television Insider, Graham Plumb …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and CrunchGear
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