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8:20 AM ET, August 27, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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
Discussion: MediaMemo and HyperlocalBlogger
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Atlantic Online
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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 …
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 …
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
One For The Time Capsule?:  FT Big-Ups The Print Network  —  The FT had already clicked “undo” on one Pearson (NYSE: PSO) exec's recent assertion the paper will scale down its print distribution in the next few years.  —  Now it's positively coming out batting for dead trees.
J. David Goodman / City Room:
311, 411, 911: Could They All Be Blogs?  —  So now there's this: 311, the blog.  —  Yes, the municipal complaint hot line, already on Twitter, now has its own platform for informal writing, an opportunity for a city bureaucracy that responds to 18.7 million urban gripes in a given year to …
The State:
GoGamecocks.com moving to membership model  —  In anticipation of college football season, we have rewritten the playbook for GoGamecocks.com.  In the coming days, we will begin charging a modest membership fee to access a new and improved GoGamecocks.com web site.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jerry Barmash / FishbowlNY:
Exclusive: Veteran Anchor Mike Schneider Discusses His Time at Bloomberg  —  Between February 3 and 4 of 2009, more than 100 Bloomberg Radio and TV staffers were laid off at their world headquarters in New York.  —  It was an unprecedented move for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's financial news outlet …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and TVNewser
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Tribune says it has about $1.6 billion in cash on hand  —  There's been a lot of media speculation lately regarding our Chapter 11 process — and the temptation is to let it distract us from the things that matter most: focusing on our business and serving our customers and communities.
Discussion: paidContent
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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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Over 88% of Hulu Plus Content is Already Available for Free on Hulu.com  —  A new analysis of all the content available on Hulu Plus reveals that over 88% of all the full-length TV program episodes available in the $10/mo subscription service are already freely accessible on Hulu.com.
 
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Chief Would Welcome Couric's Return
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Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
5 Myths About Philadelphia's ‘Blogging Tax’
Discussion: Guardian
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Studios Evaluate Apple's Rental Offer
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
New Technology to Lure Shoppers
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Gawker