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10:55 AM ET, August 27, 2010

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New York Post:
Three more leave listing Newsweek  —  Newsweek continues to hemorrhage talent following the magazine's sale to 91-year-old audio-equipment tycoon Sidney Harmon, with as many as three top editors heading for the exits this week, The Post has learned.  —  In the latest high-profile departure …
Discussion: On Media's Blog
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Matthew Lynch / WWD:
Newsweek Editorial Director Steps Down  —  Newsweek editorial director Mark Miller has resigned, several sources have told WWD.  —  Save for a yearlong stint with ABC News in the 1990s, Miller had been with the magazine in almost every conceivable editorial capacity since joining as a summer intern in 1985.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
USA Today shaking up staff in ‘radical’ overhaul  —  SAN FRANCISCO — USA Today, the nation's second largest newspaper, is making the most dramatic overhaul of its staff in its 28-year history as it de-emphasizes its print edition and ramps up its effort to reach more readers and advertisers on mobile devices.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Blockbuster tells Hollywood studios it's preparing for mid-September bankruptcy  —  After dominating the home video rental business for more than a decade and struggling to survive in recent years against upstarts Netflix and Redbox, Blockbuster Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy next month …
Eric Kohn / Speakeasy:
Heeb Magazine Suspends Print Edition, Goes On-Line Only … This morning, “Heeb” publisher and editor-in-chief Josh Neuman announced on the magazine's website that the snarky Jewish publication has ceased production of its print edition.  This should come as no surprise to anyone following …
Discussion: Romenesko and FishbowlNY
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Joshua Neuman / Heeb Magazine:
So Much for Controlling the Media
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Revs Up Its Local Content Efforts  —  Over the last year, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has talked repeatedly about the importance of both local content and local advertising.  But, while the company has announced local ad partnerships with Gannett (NYSE: GCI) and direct marketer Valassis …
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo readies San Francisco news site
John Mayer / one forty plus:
Huffington Post FULL OF S**T?  (Yes!)  —  Ahh, Huffington Post, the internet Death Star.  The world's first spectator banking website.  Come watch a site's intelligence move in and out like bellows of accordion depending on whether or not there's ad dollars to be sucked out of any willing orifice.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Marc Ambinder says he would've outed Ken Mehlman earlier if he'd had proof  —  Marc Ambinder, the political junkie who writes for the Atlantic, says he suspected, like everyone else in town, that Ken Mehlman was gay.  —  In fact, years before the former Republican Party chairman acknowledged …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Charges Settled Over Fake Reviews on iTunes  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Savvy Internet users know that glowing online reviews of things like books or restaurants can't always be trusted.  But federal regulators are giving notice that if you stand to gain financially from the review you are writing, you should be up front about it.
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
Who's a journalist?  Does that matter?  —  What should we call the people who are creating valuable new information in the new-media ecosystem?  —  If you're a creator of media, and most of us are these days in one way or another, what should I call you?  —  Why do I ask?
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
5 Myths About Philadelphia's ‘Blogging Tax’  —  Philadelphia: ‘Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the land,’ by Tony the Misfit/flickr.  Used gratefully via a Creative Commons license  —  The city of Philadelphia has been under fire on the web for what's been called a “blogging tax,” …
Discussion: Guardian
Mike McGregor / Business Week:
Hard Choices: Lauren Zalaznick on Rebranding Oxygen  —  The president of NBC Universal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks talks about shaking up Bravo and creating her own empire  —  In November 2007, NBC Universal acquired the Oxygen Network.  I had been running NBCU's Bravo unit for three years …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Goes Hunting for a Music Boss  —  Anybody want to run the music division of the world's biggest media company?  Because Google is hiring: The search giant is casting about for an executive to run its music service, which doesn't actually exist yet.  —  Industry sources tell me Google …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post WH reporter heads to NY Times  —  The White House press corps may look a bit different when President Obama returns from Martha's Vineyard, with a couple of changes in the past two days.  —  Michael Shear, a White House reporter for the Washington Post, is joining the New York Times …
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
David Kaplan / paidContent:
LoveFilm Adds MGM Movie Library; Aims To Be More Than 'Europe's Netflix'  —  LoveFilm, which is often regarded as the “Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) of the Europe,” has struck a major deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios that gives its streaming rental service access to hundreds of classic movies and new home video releases.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Ian Shapira / Story Lab:
From rumor to reporting: The Washington Times story  —  This week, a major story about The Washington Times broke, but news coverage of the change in ownership at the faltering paper began and ended in two vastly different places.  Let's take a look, step by step, at how the story …
Discussion: Press Gazette, Romenesko and FishbowlDC
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
YouTube UK launches free movie service  —  Video site signs deals with US studios including Sony Pictures and UK service Blinkbox  —  YouTube is to launch a free movie service after striking deals with US studios including Sony Pictures and UK service Blinkbox.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Cisco's ExtendMedia Purchase: TV Everywhere And Beyond  —  Cisco doubled down on TV Everywhere today, announcing the intent to acquire Massachusetts-based ExtendMedia in order to bolster its IP video delivery infrastructure.  The company said in a press release that ExtendMedia's video CMS will be …
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GoGamecocks.com moving to membership model
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Chief Would Welcome Couric's Return
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
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Jerry Barmash / FishbowlNY:
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Discussion: TVNewser and Talking Biz News
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
DISNEY, WARNER BROS. SUE TO STOP ADVERTISING ON PIRATE WEBSITES
Discussion: The Next Web and NewTeeVee
Jason Fell / Folio:
Meredith Title Next Up to Insert Video Ad in Print Magazine
Discussion: MediaPost
Rob ORegan / eMedia Vitals:
Economist seeks to replicate ‘immersive’ qualities of print on iPhone and iPad
Discussion: Poynter Online
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ABC to launch UK VoD service
Discussion: Variety
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Hyperlocal Business Directory MerchantCircle Takes On Patch With Content Studio
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Hillcrest Sees More Movement from TV, Game Companies