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5:55 PM ET, August 27, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
USAT Starts ‘Radical’ Shakeup: 130 Layoffs; News Tailored To Mobile, Ads  —  USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke is embarking on the biggest change in the Gannett (NYSE: GCI) flagship's 28-year history as he shifts away from print and towards mobile.  The newsroom is being restructured around content rings instead …
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: WWD Media Headlines and The Wire
Mike Taylor / FishbowlNY:
Source: Tina Brown Gunning for Editor-in-Chief Spot at Newsweek  —  A source tells FishbowlNY that Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast, has thrown her hat into the ring for the editor-in-chief job at Newsweek.  —  This is interesting, since we hear Brown is still under contract with The Daily Beast.
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 …
Mark Briggs / Poynter Online:
Why News Startups Should Think Collaboration, not Competition, with Big Media  —  How will new media replace old media?  The rise of independent journalism startups, combined with the shrinking of mainstream news organizations, provokes the question.  And for some media pundits, the question is when - not if.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:   A look at Miami Herald's hyperlocal approach
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.
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Major Garrett on Fox, His New Job And The Briefing Room Seat Controversy  —  Major Garrett, the Fox News White House correspondent who is leaving for National Journal, offered his views in a wide-ranging interview that touched on the stresses of life at Fox, the controversy over the briefing room seat …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Romenesko
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post WH reporter heads to NY Times
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?
Discussion: Gawker
Emily Wood / The Official Google Blog:
Find out what's hot on search with the Google Beat  —  Every day, there are more than a billion searches for information on Google.  Have you ever wondered what those searches are about—or whether what you're searching for also happens to be on the minds of millions of others across the country?
New York Post:
Larry King back to radio via Ryan Seacrest  —  Larry King always wanted Ryan Seacrest to be his replacement on CNN.  —  But now King may be going to work for Seacrest — on the radio show.  —  King, who will step down late this year according to current plans, and the “American Idol” …
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
‘Modern Family’ creator: Why I took on Hulu  —  Exclu: Ever since “Modern Family” creator Steve Levitan told THR about his efforts to remove his Emmy-nominated comedy hit from last month, the showrunner has been stirring up cyberspace with his take on Modern Viewing.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
After Getting Screwed By CBS, Longshot Magazine (Formerly 48 HR) Launches Its Second Issue  —  Not to state the obvious, but it ain't easy launching a magazine these days.  Especially when you're a small group of friends with limited resources trying to create something new and experimental …
Discussion: Longshot! and New York Observer
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Isaiah Mustafa and Social Media Prove No Match for Free Goods  —  As Flood of Body Wash Slows, so Do Old Spice Sales  —  BATAVIA, Ohio ( — Muscular as Isaiah Mustafa and his viral videos may be, they seem no match for the power of free goods.  —  The latest four-week scanner data …
Discussion: Gawker and the Econsultancy blog
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
The Most and Least Honest Pundits (Hint: Don't Believe Glenn Beck)  —  More and more, the “news” consists of commentators telling you what to think about the issues of the day.  Now, thanks to PolitiFact, its possible to see which of them root their assertions in reality and which are talking …
Katya Foreman / WWD:
Memo Pad: Remember Those Hachette/Hearst Rumors?  —  Lagardère, the parent company of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., finally broke its silence Thursday and waved off rumors that it plans to imminently off-load certain titles to another U.S. company.  Speculation has been rife recently …
Discussion: and FishbowlNY
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Reddit Tells Conde Nast to Go to Hell  —  Incredibly popular Internet linkdump Reddit was informed by its corporate parent, Conde Nast, that it could not sell ads supporting Proposition 19, California's marijuana legalization ballot initiative.  So Reddit figured out how to preserve its soul and screw Conde, too.
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.
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
In LIRR mess, local TV had a chance to be relvant, but failed even to be userful  —  So many times, local TV news has a chance to be a vital tool to the viewers and so many times, the operations blow it by sending viewers to the Internet.  —  That's just dumb.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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Mike McGregor / Business Week:
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Google Goes Hunting for a Music Boss