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11:35 AM ET, September 1, 2010


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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  —  Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) — Inc. has approached media companies including Time Warner Inc. with plans to start an online video subscription service to rival Netflix Inc., said three people with knowledge of the talks.
Kristin Huguet / Apple:
Apple to Provide Live Video Streaming of September 1 Event  —  What:  —  Live video stream of Apple's September 1 event  —  When:  —  Where:  —  —  Live Video Streaming  —  Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple's industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming …
Dominic Patten / The Wrap:
Just when it seemed all the wired geeks had moved on from music, a couple of big players are showing some interest again.  —  Industry insiders tell TheWrap that, as has been conjectured, at least part of Apple's super secret announcement in San Francisco on Wednesday will be a new streaming …
Discussion: hypebot, NPD Group and paidContent
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 …
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.
Discussion: Romenesko and Soup
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 …
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 …
Aaron Morrissey / DCist:
A Few Words On Twitter, Journalism and Mike Wise  —  Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise tried to make a statement about the way that we consume media in the social media age.  For that, he's reportedly been suspended from his job for a month.  The lesson: no one is bigger than the medium.
Discussion: SportsGrid, Romenesko and TBD All News
Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Times Sold For $1, Just Like Newsweek  —  The Rev. Sun Myung Moon is regaining control of the Washington Times after allies of the South Korean spiritual leader agreed to acquire the paper for just $1 and assumption of most if its debts, according to an internal memo.
Apple Said to Plan Netflix Service on New TV Product  —  Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., preparing to announce a new set-top box that delivers video to consumers' TVs, will include programming from Netflix Inc., according to three people with knowledge of the plans.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
TV Tiptoes into the Web: Why Apple's iTunes Rentals Aren't Game-Changers
Discussion: Multichannel News and NewTeeVee
Jonathan Bellack / The Official Google Blog:
Online publishers: growing the display advertising pie  —  This is the latest post in our series on the future of display advertising.  Today, director of product management Jonathan Bellack looks at our efforts to help online publishers generate more advertising revenue - Ed.
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube Releases Ridley Scott's ‘Life In A Day’ Project Raw Footage  —  Google's YouTube/Ridley Scott project, Life in a Day, has launched a video gallery making available raw footage from some of the 80,000 video submissions across 197 countries and 45 languages.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Aspiring Politician to Sue 2 Florida Papers  —  Jeff Greene, a Florida real estate developer who lost one of the year's most bitter and closely watched primary elections, is preparing to sue The St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald for libel, claiming that articles they published cost him his bid for the United States Senate.
Discussion: Romenesko and Wonkette
Dominic Patten / The Wrap:
Michael Eisner Close to Tribune Co. Takeover  —  Michael Eisner is ready to cross the finish line.  —  An announcement on the former Disney CEO becoming the chairman of the Tribune Co., is imminent, a person familiar with the talks has told TheWrap.  —  “Right now, it's going to be Eisner,” the person said.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Won't Run Ads for “The Social Network,” but Facebook Users Like It Anyway  —  Facebook loves Hollywood ad dollars, except in the case of one particular film.  That would be “The Social Network,” the upcoming film best known as “The Facebook Movie.”
Discussion: Show Me The Money and /Film
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
New photos show Fidel Castro with US journalist  —  HAVANA—Cuba on Tuesday released pictures of Fidel Castro with an American magazine correspondent and a Washington-based policy expert, while a Mexican newspaper published an interview in which the gray-bearded revolutionary expressed regret for past persecution of homosexuals.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: ESPN can't just bigfoot its way into local markets  —  The all-sports cable TV network has plunged into local coverage online, but the going may be tougher than it imagined.  —  Joe Davidson has been slinging copy for the Sacramento Bee for more than 20 years and …
Shreveport Times:
John Sigle: News is what is, not what you want to hear  —  Yes, they do have a very large and qualified staff of reporters and broadcasters, and they do cover breaking non-political news events as well as anybody.  But their commentary programs, despite charades to the contrary …
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