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8:45 AM ET, September 4, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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.
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
Associated Press:
AP Interview: Wikipedia founder bullish on news  —  CERNOBBIO, Italy — Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales believes relief may be in sight for the beleaguered news media industry.  —  The increasing use of the mobile Internet and for-pay “apps” that run on smart phones and other gadgets might give news providers …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
More Thoughts On Demand: A Referendum of Sorts on Google and Social  —  It's been nearly a month since Demand filed its S1, and I promised you all a longer look after my initial posting.  Here are some thoughts now that I've had a chance to digest the document.
Discussion: Romenesko
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.
Google Loses German Court Ruling Over YouTube Videos  —  Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s YouTube video service lost a Hamburg court ruling over copyrighted material that was posted online without permission for rebroadcast.  —  YouTube may be liable for damages involving video shown …
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 …
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Take two: How - or any national network of local news websites - might succeed  —  By Robert Niles: Last week, I wrote about my skepticism of, based on my assumption that the economies of scale available to a national chain of local publications online were no longer enough …
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
Mark Lisheron / American Journalism Review:
Reloading at the Statehouse  —  As traditional news organizations shed state government reporters, a wide array of innovative startups is rising to fill the gap.  —  AJR Senior Contributing Writer Mark Lisheron ( is Austin bureau chief for Texas Watchdog, a government accountability news Web site.
Discussion: Romenesko
Andres Palmiter / comScore Voices:
Live Streaming Video Jumps 600% in Past Year  —  Nearly a decade before anyone had heard of YouTube, the first viral video spread among snickering teens and procrastinating college students.  Discovered via direct download links and embedded QuickTime players, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's …
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
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.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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James Hewines / BBC:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Atlantic Joins the iTunes Newsstand
All the Propaganda That's Fit to Print
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Ev Williams: Twitter Will Actually Help Information Overload
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
The man behind the Sherrod affair
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Exclusive deals make 3D TV audience even smaller
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Explaining the Cozy Relationship Between Apple and News Corp.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Epicenter