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4:50 PM ET, September 3, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
Team Vox:
Vox is closing September 30, 2010  —  Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends.  But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.  —  This doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your blog.  We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you've shared on Vox …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:   Six Apart and Vox—How Promise Gets Squandered
All the Propaganda That's Fit to Print  —  Why Xinhua, China's state news agency, could be the future of journalism.  —  It had all the trappings of a globally significant confab: big-deal appearances (by Google, BBC), a weighty theme ("the digital age"), and speechifying by international pooh-bahs.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Romenesko
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Digg's Decline, Illustrated  —  Why does Digg have a new design and a new CEO?  Here's one answer, via a handy chart.  —  This one comes from Christopher Mascari, a Gawker Media marketing guy, and it illustrates the blog network's traffic from social media sites.
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.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
New ESPN TV Everywhere Service Begins With Time Warner Cable Deal
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Ev Williams: Twitter Will Actually Help Information Overload  —  At its core, Twitter is a “recipient-driven medium,” said CEO Evan Williams in a public conversation tonight in San Francisco, Calif. What does that mean?  Williams, an unusually theoretical CEO, is happy to explain.
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.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Connected-TV Race: Yahoo Lands A European Telly Maker  —  The connected-TV space is getting HOT.  Manufacturer platforms like Samsung Internet@TV and Sony Internet TV are set to mix with Google TV and Yahoo Connected TV, while the UK's Freeview TVs await connectivity upgrades through Dbook 7 and Canvas …
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.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:   Why You (Still) Can't Cut the TV Cord: It's Not Technical, It's Just Business
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.
Discussion: Company Town and Digits
Tumblr Staff:
Fixing Content Attribution (Once and For All)  —  Back when we launched two of Tumblr's most unique features, reblogging and the Tumblr Bookmarklet, we devised automatic “via” links in post captions as a simple solution for attribution.  Three years later, this solution has gotten us pretty far.
Discussion: Soup
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Exclusive deals make 3D TV audience even smaller  —  Panasonic offered an interactive demonstration of its 3D technology at the 2010 U.S. Open tennis tournament.  —  (Credit: Marguerite Reardon/CNET)  —  NEW YORK—Just having the latest and greatest 3D-enabled TV won't guarantee …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Atlantic Joins the iTunes Newsstand  —  It's $4.99 a pop at Apple's (AAPL) digital store, and publisher Atlantic Media Company got Dow to pony up for the right to be the “launch sponsor” for the app.  App developer RareWire did the technical heavy lifting.
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Q & A: Longshot co-founder Alexis Madrigal  —  “An event that is also a magazine...a magazine made out of Internet.”  —  This past May, a group of California writers and designers hunkered down one weekend in the Mother Jones office for a radical experiment in publishing: an independent magazine fully produced in just two days.
Cary Spivak / American Journalism Review:
Short on Ethics?  —  Two Web sites that investigate business fraud are funded by short selling—placing market bets that the stock of companies they write about will go down.  It's an approach that makes journalism ethicists very uncomfortable.  —  Cary Spivak ( …
Discussion: Romenesko
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Discussion: TBD All News
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
The man behind the Sherrod affair
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Reddit Diggs Traffic Surge, Prepares For Expansion
James Ledbetter / Slate:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CBS News Fires Back At “Perverse Hobby” Of “Ridiculous” Collapse Predictions
Discussion: B&C and New York Observer
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge Rules News Station Is Immune From ‘Cyber Libel’ Resulting From Commenters
Discussion: CJR and Techdirt
Joanna / Fiction in Truth:
Jay Rosen @ Sciences Po: Who is the audience, and what does …
Hollywood Reporter:
Inside the jockeying for top job at Warner Bros.
Discussion: Company Town
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Newsweek's Big Name Economics Editor, Dan Gross …
Discussion: Gawker, Romenesko and New York Magazine