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9:10 AM ET, September 3, 2010


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Explaining the Cozy Relationship Between Apple and News Corp.  —  This week's big product news fromApple (AAPL) was made possible in part by News Corp. (NWS), which agreed to make its TV shows available for rent at the ultra-low price of 99 cents per episode via the Apple TV device.
Wall Street Journal:
A New Digital Battlefield  —  Amazon, Apple Rivalry Moves Beyond Music and E-Books Into TV Shows  —  TV shows are emerging as a new front in the war over digital media between Inc. and Apple Inc., amid their ongoing battles over electronic books and online music.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:   Why You (Still) Can't Cut the TV Cord: It's Not Technical, It's Just Business
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Apple rental plan alienated most studios
Mary Walton / American Journalism Review:
Investigative Shortfall  —  Many news outlets are doing far less accountability reporting than in the past, bad news indeed for the public.  New nonprofit investigative ventures have emerged, but they can't pick up the slack by themselves.  On her last day at Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel …
Discussion: National Media
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
New ESPN TV Everywhere Service Begins With Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Disney and Time Warner Cable have settled their retransmission negotiations, finalizing a deal that will keep ABC, ESPN and Disney networks on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network cable systems.
Jon Lafayette / Multichannel News:
Disney, Time Warner Cable Finalize Programming Deal  —  Operator Will Launch, Disney Jr.  —  The Disney/ABC Television Group and its Walt Disney Co. sibling ESPN finalized their retransmission consent and cable carriage deal with Time Warner Cable without any of the popular channels fading to black on the cable system.
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
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Ads Turn Videos Into Revenue  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Last month, a YouTube user, TomR35, uploaded a clip from the AMC series “Mad Men” in which Don Draper makes a heartfelt speech about the importance of nostalgia in advertising.  —  Viewers wouldn't notice, but that clip also makes …
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
Peg Mcentee / Salt Lake Tribune:
Day One at the new Deseret News  —  One of the top stories appearing …
Discussion: Romenesko
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge Rules News Station Is Immune From ‘Cyber Libel’ Resulting From Commenters  —  A federal court has dismissed news anchor Toni Miles' claim that her former employer, Raycom Media's WLOX-TV, committed “cyber libel” by allowing readers to post unfiltered comments about her.
Discussion: Techdirt
Joanna / Fiction in Truth:
Jay Rosen @ Sciences Po: Who is the audience, and what does that make us, journalists?  —  NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen was invited by Sciences Po's School of Journalism today to give an inaugural lecture to the fresh new crop of wannabe journalists.  As soon as there is video available, I will link to it here.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CBS News Fires Back At “Perverse Hobby” Of “Ridiculous” Collapse Predictions  —  The Daily Beast's Rebecca Dana wrote yesterday about the “implosion” and “collapse” at CBS News, focusing on a variety of issues - from ratings to business cards.  —  Today, CBS News fires back …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Reddit Diggs Traffic Surge, Prepares For Expansion  —  It's all hands on deck at Reddit this week.  —  In the wake of Digg's bungled redesign, its rival is enjoying a surge in traffic and a jump in ad and subscription sales.  Since Monday, the site has been averaging 900,000 uniques per day …
Discussion: MediaPost, ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Wall Street Journal:
Billboards That Can See You  —  Japan Pioneers Use of Cameras, Sensors That Let Signs Identify Their Audience  —  TOKYO—Inside the bustling Shinagawa train station here, a futuristic-looking vending machine has replaced rows of drink bottles and cans with a 47-inch touch-screen monitor.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
DGA Files Complaint Against Fox News For Illegal Contribution To GOP Candidate  —  Keeping up its war with Fox News, the Democratic Governors Association on Thursday filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission accusing the network of making an illegal in-kind contribution to gubernatorial candidate John Kasich (R-OH).
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Apple and Google to clash in music space by Christmas  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.
James Ledbetter / Slate:
Why is everyone always writing off Netflix?  —  People who think and write about technology companies for a living are prone to be wrong now and again.  Try to find, for example, veteran analysts or journalists who haven't at some point made a claim about Apple that they didn't later regret.
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 …
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.
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
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Hollywood Reporter:
Inside the jockeying for top job at Warner Bros.
How to Conquer Journalism Students' Fear of Technology
Discussion: Jen Lee Reeves and J-Source
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
How publishers are making news more personal
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
Review: News app that lets you choose your editor
Stefanie Chernow / Editors Weblog:
AFP goes mobile?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Already Spending ~$45 Million Per Year On New Patch Employees
Discussion: Romenesko
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fwix Shifts From Local News To Places: “We Are Automating Patch”
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Mafia Sourcing - How Insiders Game User Generated News for Money
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
 Earlier Picks: 
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
In Defense of Links, part three: In links we trust
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Is Going To Start Digging Up Dirt On Everyone On Its Billionaires List
Discussion: New York Magazine
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Billboard Magazine, Est. 1894, Tries to Boost Its Digital Cred
James Macintyre / New Statesman:
“There was massive left-wing bias at the BBC”
Discussion: Guardian and The Staggers
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ's digital ops will eventually be larger than print
Discussion: The Wire
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
IAC's Vimeo Doubles Growth with Non-Commercial Fare, No Instream Ads
Discussion: NewTeeVee