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7:20 PM ET, September 2, 2010


 Top News: 
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Has Rupert Murdoch's paywall gamble paid off?  —  Advertisers don't like it.  Analysts are unconvinced.  The paywall at News International may not be winning many fans, but the man behind it is determined to keep it standing.  —  As the fugitive businessman Asil Nadir flew back to Britain …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Analyst: Paywall Subscribers Worth A Quarter Of Print Readers  —  Even if newspapers migrate every print reader to paying online, they will still face big losses, according to one analyst.  —  Annual income per paywall subscriber on and is just a quarter that from subscribers …
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Newsweek's Big Name Economics Editor, Dan Gross, Is Headed To Yahoo Finance  —  Dan Gross, Newsweek's economics editor, is leaving the magazine, The Wire has learned.  He's headed to Yahoo Finance.  —  Yahoo has been on something of an editorial hiring spree this year, ramping up its original content efforts.
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Magazine
Vanity Fair:
Rupert Murdoch's War On The New York Times  —  Photo illustration by R. Mutt Studios.  “I read the Journal a little less now.  I find that I can skim it in a way I couldn't before.  If the Journal is gaining market share I'd guess it is more at the expense of USA Today than the Times,” …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of less-is-more, more or less  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  It is a head-turner, which seems to be, at first, an only-in-Utah story.
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and Newsonomics
Peg Mcentee / Salt Lake Tribune:
Day One at the new Deseret News  —  One of the top stories appearing …
Discussion: Romenesko
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Apple rental plan alienated most studios  —  Holdouts fear 99-cent price endangers business model  —  Don't look for rival studios to join Disney and News Corp. for Apple's announced 99-cent TV rental offering anytime soon.  —  Unveiling a new Apple TV product Wednesday …
Nellie Andreeva /   Apple To Offer ABC & Fox Shows For $.99; Other Networks & Studios Oppose Rental Plan
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Already Spending ~$45 Million Per Year On New Patch Employees  —  AOL made 900 hires over the summer with 50% of the new people going to local blogs network Patch, CEO Tim Armstrong just told employees in a company wide meeting.  —  Figure all-in costs for each new employee is $100,000 per year …
Discussion: Romenesko
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Is Going To Start Digging Up Dirt On Everyone On Its Billionaires List  —  It's been a month since launched a new landing page for its blogs, to which every editorial staffer and a growing number of external writers now contribute.  —  As part of that expansion …
Discussion: New York Magazine
News of the World faces fresh phone hacking charge  —  • Calls for judicial inquiry after reporter is suspended  —  • Latest phone hacking allegation dates from earlier this year  —  • Four targets poised to sue police over failure to warn them
New York Times:
Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
In Defense of Links, part three: In links we trust … Nick Carr, like the rest of the “Web rots our brains” contingent, views links as primarily subtractive and destructive.  Links direct us away from where we are to somewhere else on the Web.  They impede our concentration, degrade our comprehension, and erode our attention spans.
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Trib creditors zero in on Zell  —  Tweet  —  Tribune Chairman Sam Zell's bid for immunity from legal claims arising from the disastrous buyout of the company could be slipping away.  —  The judge overseeing the Tribune bankruptcy case yesterday appointed a mediator to try to hammer …
Discussion: Bloomberg and NewscastStudio Blog
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:   Tribune Talks to Be Guided by Mediator
Stefanie Chernow / Editors Weblog:
AFP goes mobile?  —  L'Agence France-Presse (AFP) has announced it plans to offer readers direct access to AFP content on digital devices rather than just a “Business to Business” model.  AFP is the third largest news agency in the world, tailing the Associated Press and Reuters …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL And Google Renew Search Deal For 5 Years, Expand Partnership To Mobile, YouTube  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong hinted that this was coming, but this morning Google and AOL announced a five-year renewal of the search deal between the two companies.  Google will continue to power search across AOL's content network and properties.
How to Conquer Journalism Students' Fear of Technology  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways.  See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at
Discussion: Jen Lee Reeves and J-Source
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
Review: News app that lets you choose your editor  —  NEW YORK — Most of the articles that show up in your newspaper or magazine are chosen by professional editors.  What if they are picked out by a friend from college instead?  Or a colleague from work?  Or your mom?  Anyone you know, really?
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Martha Stewart wants to take Barbara Walters place as next important interviewer  —  Martha Stewart, whose talk/crafts show is moving to cable's Hallmark Channel in two weeks, coinciding with the launch of her prime-time interview specials for that network, wants to become the new Important Interviewer in the television firmament.
Discussion: New York Post and Chickaboomer
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fwix Shifts From Local News To Places: “We Are Automating Patch”  —  For the past two years, Fwix has been building a hyperlocal news site for cities and neighborhoods around the country in a very automated fashion.  Its homepage for every city has been three columns filled with recent news …
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
How publishers are making news more personal  —  With the help of new tools, publishers are finding new and better ways to personalize content for audiences that increasingly are looking for information that's most relevant to them.  —  New technology such as the idio platform …
Hollywood Reporter:
Inside the jockeying for top job at Warner Bros.  —  CEO Bewkes hired headhunter; new role likely for Meyer  —  Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes might have gotten a bit ahead of himself when it comes to planning succession at the industry's dominant film and television studio.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL and Facebook Get the New Yorker Treatment  —  Within the next several weeks, the New Yorker magazine will be publishing big pieces about a pair of digital icons located on the East and West coasts-an assessment of the turnaround at AOL by staff writer Ken Auletta and a profile …
Discussion: Gawker
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James Macintyre / New Statesman:
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
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