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4:25 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)
Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring evacuated; gunman inside  —  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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: DealBook and The Huffington Post
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Want to join my entrepreneurial journalism class?  —  I have a little room in my entrepreneurial journalism class at CUNY.  —  I'd especially like a few under- or unemployed journalists looking to start businesses in the class to add to the mix of experience among the students.
Media Week:
Financial Times targets businesses with new campaign  —  The Financial Times is rolling out a global corporate marketing campaign to promote the FT subscription as an essential tool for businesses.  —  FT: latest campaign promotes subscriptions  —  The campaign, created by DDB London …
Village Voice:
NYC's Golden Gossip Era Fades  —  Gotham gossip loses grip, fights off rabble.  Rattled tattletales tell all.  —  A few months ago, Richard Johnson, the 56-year-old long-time editor of Page Six, walks into the office of his boss, New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan.
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FTC plans hearing on proposed ‘click to cancel’ subscription rule  —  The Federal Trade Commission will hold a hearing in January during which six organizations will explain their opposition to proposed “click to cancel” subscription rules.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post launching iPad app in ‘coming weeks’
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube Releases Ridley Scott's ‘Life In A Day’ Project Raw Footage
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
New photos show Fidel Castro with US journalist
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: ESPN can't just bigfoot its way into local markets
Discussion: Romenesko
Jonathan Bellack / The Official Google Blog:
Online publishers: growing the display advertising pie
Discussion: Guardian
Shreveport Times:
John Sigle: News is what is, not what you want to hear
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Don't Be Afraid Of The Cookie Monster
Aaron Morrissey / DCist:
A Few Words On Twitter, Journalism and Mike Wise
 Earlier Picks: 
Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Times Sold For $1, Just Like Newsweek
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Aspiring Politician to Sue 2 Florida Papers
Discussion: Romenesko, Hot Air, Salon, TPMDC and Wonkette
The Independent:
Jonathan Ross returning to the BBC
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
Hacking online advertising
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab: launches a real estate-focused iPhone app
Discussion: Business Wire and Poynter Online
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals blogs:
How will location-based services play out for publishers?
Discussion: Shelly Palmer
Apple Said to Plan Netflix Service on New TV Product