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1:40 AM ET, August 26, 2010


 Top 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 …
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 …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Random House Wins Battle for E-Book Rights
Discussion: Poynter Online and Electronista
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: PC World, Multichannel and MediaPost
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
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: and Soup
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.
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.
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
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?
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 …
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
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: CrunchGear and NewTeeVee
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Welcome (and Welcome Back) to FiveThirtyEight  — premiered on March 7, 2008, three days after Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the Democratic primaries in Texas and Ohio — victories that were widely described as giving her momentum in her race for the Democratic nomination.
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 …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
What's Apple Announcing at Their Music-Related September 1 Event?  —  Apple has finally made their September event official, and it's coming sooner than many expected—the “special event” will be held September 1 in San Francisco, and from the look of things it's going to involve music.
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Zach Baron / Sound of the City:
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Discussion: Slate, Gizmodo, The Wire and Soup
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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Andrew Littledale / blog:
Pulling related web content into a live TV stream
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
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Media Week:
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Discussion: Brand Republic
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
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Sergio Acosta / retoNet:
Multimedia jobs are for robots
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Googling serendipity: How does journalism fare in a world …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
NYT Blogger and New Author Nick Bilton Talks About the Future …
Discussion: PSFK and eMedia Vitals
Wall Street Journal:
The ABCs of E-Reading  —  New Devices Are Changing Habits.
Discussion: New York Observer
Mel Campbell / Crikey:
What is excellence in online journalism?
Daniel B. Roberts / Salon:
Tao Lin: Lit “it boy” for the Internet age
Discussion: New York Observer
Tom Bissell / New York Observer:
From Tragedy to Trend Story: In Defense of Virginia Quarterly …
Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker