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5:10 AM ET, September 2, 2010


 Top News: 
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
How Boxee Sees the Apple TV  —  Most of us at Boxee are Apple fanboys.  If it is silver and it has the Apple logo on it, we pre-order it.  If there's a line around the block, chances are we're in it.  And everything stops at Boxee HQ while we unbox the latest gadget to come out of Cupertino.
Nellie Andreeva /
Apple To Offer ABC & Fox Shows For $.99; Other Networks & Studios Oppose Rental Plan  —  For the fans of the 99 Cent stores: now they can buy top-shelf ABC and Fox series for that much.  Apple announced today that Fox and ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel series that are owned by the networks …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple TV: $99 Device; $4.99 First-Run Movies; 99-Cent TV  —  And here it is ... the pocket-rocket version of Apple TV with $4.99 first-run movies and $0.99 TV shows.  The main content events: as expected, ABC (NYSE: DIS), Fox and Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX).  And, as expected, it's a heck of a lot cheaper …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's The Difference Between Apple TV And Google TV
Discussion: and broadstuff
Discovery Channel hostage situation: Gunman, believed to be James Jay Lee, shot dead; 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”
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Twitter breaks story on Discovery Channel gunman
Discussion: The Nation
Dave Levy / State of the Fourth Estate:
Discovery Channel Stand Off: The Day The Old/New Media Line Ceased to Exist
Discussion: CNN and We Love DC
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.
Nick Davies / Guardian:   Report links Cameron's media adviser to phone hacking
Mike Oreskes /
AP announces editorial 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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Debuts Facebook's New Music Service (Which Doesn't Run on Facebook)  —  My sources in the music industry were correct: Apple has been working on an iTunes update that's all about social, not streaming.  —  But rather than do the obvious thing-create a system that links …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple announces iTunes 10 with Ping social network
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Google Maps Gets an Ad Unit: Your Logo Here  —  Search Giant Says Algorithm Will Keep Logos From Getting Spammy  —  NEW YORK (AdAge) — After a six-month tryout in Australia and New Zealand, Google is bringing Sponsored Map Icons to the U.S., allowing companies to pay for their logos to show …
Discussion: LA Observed and paidContent
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: Speakeasy
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Sony's Multi-Platform Content Play Is A Qriocity  —  Sony's long-held ambition of providing a content service available to its game console and other devices is finally coming together.  —  At the IFA show in Berlin on Wednesday, CEO Howard Stringer said the cloud-based Sony Online Services …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
The Saudi Prince, The Mosque And Fox News … The proposed construction of an Islamic center and mosque close to ground zero in New York City has inspired intense scrutiny from news outlets this month — and few have outstripped the Fox News Channel in their interest.
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.  More »  —  02:50 PM  —  211,268  —  461  —  By Rosa Golijan … All the Cool New Stuff From Apple Today
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 and Salt Lake Tribune
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Sportswriter sued over failure to deliever Valvano bio  —  Tweet  —  The buzzer sounded today for a sportswriter who blew his deadline for a book on the late college basketball coach Jim Valvano.  —  Penguin Group slapped best-selling author Adrian Wojnarowski with a suit seeking the return …
New York Times:
Of Two Minds About Books  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Auriane and Sebastien de Halleux are at sharp odds over “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but not about the plot.  The problem is that she prefers the book version, while he reads it on his iPad.  And in this literary dispute, the couple says, it's ne'er the twain shall meet.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Talks to Be Guided by Mediator  —  Tribune Co. said a court-appointed mediator will help negotiate among sparring creditors in the media company's 21-month stint in bankruptcy, a sign of how contentious the process has become.  —  Tribune also said its board formed a special committee …
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Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Has Rupert Murdoch's paywall gamble paid off?
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Time Warner Cable, Disney work on carriage deal
Discussion: Multichannel and Company Town
Online Video News:
A Look Back: Lessons learned from TV Everywhere a year after deployment
Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals:
The Nation magazine 2.0  —  The Nation catches up after a late start
Josef Adalian / New York Magazine:
Conan O'Brien Announces the Name of His New TV Show on Vulture!
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Press as Facebook & Foursquare
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Simon Doonan Is Leaving The New York Observer
Discussion: Romenesko
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Who Broke the News (or the Embargo) First?
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post launching iPad app in ‘coming weeks’
Discussion: eMedia Vitals blogs and Romenesko
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
All the web's a stage: Scholar Joshua Braun on what we show …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
New York Times Warns Newsroom on Anonymous Sources
Discussion: Romenesko and CJR
Media Week:
Financial Times targets businesses with new campaign
Bloomberg: Girds for Combat With Netflix