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12:40 PM ET, August 26, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
Discussion: Romenesko
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ITunes Music Update: Think Social, Not Streaming  —  When will Apple launch a cloud-based version of the iTunes music service that lets you stream your songs to wherever you are, whenever you want?  —  Probably not at Apple's newest product launch next week.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
TV networks need to think hard about biting that Apple
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Cisco Buys Online Video Distributor ExtendMedia  —  Cisco (NSDQ: CSCO) is in the process of acquiring ExtendMedia, a company that specializes in managing online video content.  The space has seen some consolidation lately and with the growth of mobile video, the rate of acquisitions is likely to increase rapidly.
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.
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
New York Post:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz goes bonkers  —  MSNBC talk show screamer Ed Schultz had a meltdown in the network's 30 Rock newsroom, shouting at staff, “I'm going to torch this [bleep]ing place.”  —  The hot-tempered anchor of “The Ed Show” lost it during a phone call in the packed studio and slammed down the phone before exploding.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
New Technology to Lure Shoppers  —  Marketers Try Interactive Mirrors, Discounts via Scanners  —  It's Steven Spielberg's futuristic “Minority Report” come to life.  —  Marketing companies are experimenting with a new wave of digital technologies to pitch to consumers while they shop …
Discussion: Gawker
Google Small Business:
YouTube Homepage: Promoted Videos advertisers can get it while it's hot  —  For big advertisers on YouTube, the YouTube homepage is often seen as the holy grail.  It's the highest-profile placement on YouTube, providing marketers with the ability to deliver a big impact and drive attention to content, trailers or advertising.
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 …
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Hillcrest Sees More Movement from TV, Game Companies  —  Hillcrest Laboratories is staking a bigger claim to technologies that let consumers control games and other television content with their body movements.  —  Hillcrest, a maker of a Nintendo Wii-like remote control for navigating Internet content …
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 …
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?
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.
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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Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
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