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5:15 PM ET, September 1, 2010


 Top News: 
Apple Premieres New Apple TV for Breakthrough Price of $99  —  Rent Commercial Free HD TV Episodes for Just 99 Cents  —  Apple® today announced the new Apple TV® which offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for the breakthrough price of just $99.
Liz Gannes / GigaOm:
Akamai Powering Apple Live Stream (And I Can Prove It)
Police shoot Discovery Channel gunman, believed to be James Jay Lee; hostages safe  —  UPDATE 2:25 All workers in building were evacuated.  Many told to go home though they left personal items in the building.  —  UPDATE 2:21: Police are saying there is at least one hostage.
Choire / The Awl:
Discovery HQ Being Evacuated: Man Demands “Stop All Shows Glorifying Human Birthing”  —  “A man with what appears to be an explosive device has taken at least one hostage at the Discovery Communications building in downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said.”
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Grabs the TV Remote  — Inc. is working on a new subscription service that would deliver TV shows and movies over the Internet, ramping up the battle among Web companies to control entertainment in the living room.  —  The Internet retailer has in recent weeks pitched …
Bloomberg: Girds for Combat With Netflix
Mike Oreskes /
AP announces news guidelines for credit and attribution  —  Associated Press Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes has announced a new set of guidelines for credit and attribution to the AP staff.  His policy document is below.  —  Colleagues,  —  In the age of the Web …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The New MySpace Movies, Presented By... The Facebook Movie  —  It seems as if the ads for Sony's upcoming movie The Social Network — you know, the Facebook movie — are everywhere on the Internet.  They're here on TechCrunch, they're on VentureBeat, they're on Techmeme — they're just about everywhere but Facebook itself.
Discussion: Soup
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Won't Run Ads for “The Social Network,” but Facebook Users Like It Anyway
Discussion: TechCrunch and Show Me The Money
New York Times:
Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond  —  IN NOVEMBER 2005, three senior aides to Britain's royal family noticed odd things happening on their mobile phones.  Messages they had never listened to were somehow appearing in their mailboxes as if heard and saved.
Discussion: Guardian, CJR and WHAT'S NEXT
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV News for Early Risers (or Late-to-Bedders)  —  Last season, the big battle in television was fought over late night.  This season, the battleground is shaping up to be the early morning.  Very early.  —  The television business, it seems, is learning what the predawn buyers …
Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Implosion at CBS News  —  With a new round of layoffs expected this fall, CBS News is being trimmed to the bone.  Rebecca Dana on the dramatic drop in ratings, strange BlackBerry blackouts, and eager suitors for anchor Katie Couric.  —  On Monday, Katie Couric begins her fifth …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
New York Times Warns Newsroom on Anonymous Sources  —  Fresh from a farewell dinner for departing New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt, the paper's standards editor, Phil Corbett, issued a memo to the newsroom yesterday on that perpetually controversial issue: use of anonymous sources.
Discussion: CJR and Romenesko
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Who Broke the News (or the Embargo) First?  —  Let's say a company is about to launch a new product and, as is the standard practice, they have pre-briefed a select group of media outlets and bloggers about the news under an embargo.  —  The launch date is close and writers have already prepared …
Alan Deutschman / Vanity Fair:
The Vanity Fair 100  —  Two years ago, when Facebook recruited its 100-millionth user, a celebratory toga party was thrown by C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg, a classics buff who is prone to spontaneously reciting Homeric verses from memory.  Since then the stunningly successful Web site has quintupled …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
News Corp Has Name For New Internet-Killing iPad Newspaper: “Daily Planet”  —  There hasn't been much news about Rupert Murdoch's forthcoming tablet and mobile phone “newspaper” since The L.A. Times reported on it in mid-August.  —  But Buried in the last graph of Shira Ovide's piece …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   iPad Newspapers: Ripe For Innovation
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
The Awl Goes for Laughs With Spin-off Site Splitsider  —  Irreverent Blog Launched by Gawker Vets Is Getting Some Brand Dollars, Including Gillette  —  NEW YORK ( — The Awl is expanding.  The three-man enterprise, run by editors Choire Sicha and Alex Balk and publisher David Cho …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Press as Facebook & Foursquare  —  As research for Public Parts, I've been reading Jay Rosen's doctoral dissertation about the creation of publics and the press.  As in other research, I'm finding so many wonderful parallels between the changes in society caused by technology today and that which came earlier.
Jube Shiver Jr. / American Journalism Review:
Embracing Original Content  —  As fewer and fewer people use portals to access the Internet, AOL and Yahoo! are hiring journalists and posting their own material in an effort to bolster Web traffic.  When they went calling on professional sports leagues for help in expanding …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Out of the Western Sky: It's a Hyperlocal, Worldwide Mormon Vertical!  —  It's an original recipe.  —  Start with several cups full of daily newspaper and broadcast types.  Take a teaspoon of the Christian Science Monitor.  Add in a dash of HuffPo spice.  Ladle a tablespoon of Demand Media into the mix.
Discussion: Romenesko
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Paste Magazine Is Dead  —  We heard earlier today that Paste Magazine was in imminent danger of folding.  Looks like it's already happened.  —  A tipster tells us “They announced it internally yesterday in an afternoon meeting, giving employees approx... 2 hours notice.”  Rough.
Discussion: New York Observer and UnBeige
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
All the web's a stage: Scholar Joshua Braun on what we show and what we choose to hide in journalism  —  Joshua Braun is a media scholar currently pursuing his Ph.D in Communications at Cornell.  His work is centered at the intriguing intersection of television and the web …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Simon Doonan Is Leaving The New York Observer  —  Simon Doonan, a longtime New York Observer writer who's one of the salmon-colored weekly's most valuable brand names, is leaving the paper, The Wire has learned.  —  We hear he'll be starting a new column for Slate, whose chairman, Jacob Weisberg, has been courting him for some time.
Discussion: Romenesko
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
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