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2:15 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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: CJR and Techdirt
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
The man behind the Sherrod affair  —  Andrew Breitbart, whose posting of video clips got a Department of Agriculture official fired, was a liberal Westside child of privilege whose political epiphany transformed him into a conservative.  —  Andrew Breitbart, once a liberal Westside child of privilege …
Discussion: On Media's Blog
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James Ledbetter / Slate:
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
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Joanna / Fiction in Truth:
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Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Peg Mcentee / Salt Lake Tribune:
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Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
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Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Martha Stewart wants to take Barbara Walters's place as next important interviewer
Stefanie Chernow / Editors Weblog:
AFP goes mobile?
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
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”
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