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4:30 PM ET, August 25, 2010


 Top News: 
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
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  —  An e-book battle between Random House and the Wylie Agency appears to have ended.  —  After a monthlong standoff, Random House said on Tuesday that it now held the rights to publish e-book editions of 13 classic books that the literary agent Andrew Wylie …
Discussion: Poynter Online and Electronista
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Soup and Speakeasy
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 …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Janice Min's Hollywood Reporter: A Bitchy Switch  —  Who's the bitch now?  Taking a page from her reign at Us Weekly, Janice Min has been making her presence felt on the Hollywood Reporter website.  —  Many inside the industry were shocked at a lead story on Tuesday that felt like a broadside …
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 …
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
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 …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Comcast: No Plans to Pull NBC Content from Hulu  —  Comcast says it has no plans to change NBC's relationship with Hulu, making all the same content that is on the online video site now available in the future, according to an ex parte notice posted earlier this week.
Daniel B. Roberts / Salon:
Tao Lin: Lit “it boy” for the Internet age  —  Tao Lin gets arrested in a bookstore.  He lets fans buy shares of his book.  Meet literature's Net-savvy new star  —  Tao Lin is the next big thing in urban hipster lit.  At least, so say the people that read his books on the subway.
Discussion: New York Observer
Sergio Acosta / retoNet:
Multimedia jobs are for robots  —  This post is also available in: Spanish  —  “The New York Times is looking for a technology-savvy journalist”, thus begins the job offer.  —  It is a short text, written in that style in which half of humanity is being gradually discarded.
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Former White House Correspondents President Chen: Fox News Seating ‘A Travesty’  —  Allowing Fox News to move up to the first row in the White House briefing room was a “travesty of a decision,” according to Ed Chen, the former White House Correspondents Association president who left that post just a few months ago.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Media Matters Should Stop Picking on Fox News (This Time)
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Media Week:
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Discussion: Brand Republic
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
NYT Blogger and New Author Nick Bilton Talks About the Future …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and PSFK
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What is excellence in online journalism?
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
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Tom Bissell / New York Observer:
From Tragedy to Trend Story: In Defense of Virginia Quarterly …
Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker
Peter Morris / Prospect Magazine:
Who guards the Guardian?  —  “Securing the long-term future …
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Patch's Problematic Redesign
Discussion: Editors Weblog
 Earlier Picks: 
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Ad Firm Sued for Allegedly Re-Creating Deleted Cookies
John Cook / Yahoo! News:
What does News Corp. want in return for that $1 million?
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
News Corp. Executives Actually Recently Met With Saudi Billionaire …
Philip B. Corbett / Times Topics:
Everything From This to That  —  Notes from the newsroom on grammar, usage and style.
Discussion: Romenesko
John Hamer / Washington News Council:
Ira Glass on broadcasting's “failure of craft”
Discussion: Romenesko
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Is it time for Yahoo to Hulu?  —  Decline in paying subs is an incentive for deal
Discussion: PopWatch
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Is $10 The Magic Number In Online Publishing?