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8:40 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
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.
Hogging the remote  —  Old-media firms are firmly in control of internet video  —  LIKE stallholders in a busy market, technology companies hawked their online-video services this week.  In Berlin, Sony announced it would begin selling films over the internet to Europeans.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Explaining the Cozy Relationship Between Apple and News Corp.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:   Why You (Still) Can't Cut the TV Cord: It's Not Technical, It's Just Business
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: Gawker, Romenesko and New York Magazine
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: ReadWriteWeb, The Blog Herald and Soup
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.
Shawn Moynihan /
Q&A: Journalism Online's Gordon Crovitz  —  NEW YORK  —  Journalism Online has arrived on the paid-content scene with the purpose of providing publishers a wider variety of options in charging for online access.  With its Press+ service, publishers can determine which of its Web offerings …
Discussion: Romenesko
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Adds News Search  —  Facebook has begun surfacing widely “liked” news stories from independent media organizations in its basic search bar today, it appears.  First reported by watchdog blog AllFacebook, the change is something that seems likely to be understood as a challenge to Google.
Bill Gorman / TVbytheNumbers:
Tonight Show Ratings: Leno's Repeats Below Conan's Original Episodes From Last Year  —  Since Leno's Tonight Show was in repeats last week, and Conan's was in original episodes during the comparable week of 2009, this week's ratings comparison is entirely apples to oranges.
Kaitlin Butler / LearnVest Blog:
A Labor Of Love On Campus: I'm A Senior Struggling To Save My College Newspaper  —  We know the newspaper industry has suffered since the dawn of electronic media, but odds are that the newspaper of your alma mater hasn't escaped unscathed either.  Our sustained economic downswing …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Analyzing The Times' teachers series  —  The paper is under fire for naming names, but the goal — of media and the union — should be better educating students.  —  The police officer disciplined on the job.  The foster child killed by a caretaker.  The city manager drawing a pension after a long career.
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 …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
101 Minutes With Arianna Huffington  —  Arianna Huffington, fresh from a TV appearance, her hair blown out, her five-foot-ten frame amped up by a two-inch set of heels, clacks into the hushed Soho offices of the Huffington Post.  It is her first visit to her newsroom since she left …
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
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Financial Times:
Probe into London tabloid sparks New York spat
Discussion: Guardian and
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Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals blogs:
The pros and cons of writing for a content farm
James Hewines / BBC:
BBC iPlayer gets even better
Discussion: Pocket-lint
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Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Patch is coming to my town! Thoughts on competition and collaboration
Discussion: TBD All News
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Q & A: Longshot co-founder Alexis Madrigal
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Atlantic Joins the iTunes Newsstand
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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
The man behind the Sherrod affair
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Exclusive deals make 3D TV audience even smaller
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Reddit Diggs Traffic Surge, Prepares For Expansion
Discussion: MediaPost and ReadWriteWeb
Wall Street Journal:
A New Digital Battlefield  —  Amazon, Apple Rivalry Moves Beyond Music …
Discussion: Company Town and Digits
James Ledbetter / Slate:
Why is everyone always writing off Netflix?
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge Rules News Station Is Immune From ‘Cyber Libel’ Resulting From Commenters
Discussion: CJR