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5:25 PM ET, September 4, 2010


 Top News: 
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
The $131M Ford Rollover Death Verdict That Twitter Broke  —  Fast Company's Adam L. Penenberg tweets the breaking news about a verdict against Ford in the death of rising Mets star Brian Cole.  As reporters lagged behind on the story, Penenberg discovered a new media use for the 140-character format.
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
When Journalists Bury The Lede, Is Twitter The New Way To Dig It Back Up?  —  The family of late New York Mets prospect Brian Cole finally gained closure after being rewarded $131 million by the Ford Company in redress after the star was killed in an Explorer crash.  In the mainstream media, that's where the story ended.
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
A Niche of the Unreal in a World of Credulity  —  Since 2008, has emerged as the leading Internet site for ultraconservative Christian news, commentary and weather reportage.  —  “Hurricane Earl Projected Path, Gay East Coast of America,” ChristWire opined on Monday.
Putting your money where your mouse is  —  Crowdfunding: Artists, musicians and writers are using the internet to aggregate lots of small donations to fund their work  —  WIKIPEDIA, a giant online encyclopedia compiled by volunteers, is the product of the aggregation of lots of people's spare time.
Devon Glenn / FishbowlNY:
‘Condé Nast meets Demand Media’: New Platform Connects Indie Publishers with Top-Tier Advertisers  —  Strap on your sandals, bloggers, and get ready to give the big publishing companies a run for their money - the creators of StyleCaster just announced the launch of The Masthead …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Updated: Eminem Wins Royalties from Universal, UMG Will Fight It  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling and decided that Eminem's music-publishing company is owed royalties by Universal Music Group (UMG) for music downloaded over iTunes or sold as cellphone ringtones.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
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
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 …
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.
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.
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