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12:40 PM ET, September 8, 2010


 Top News: 
Nicola Leske / Reuters:
Google to start TV service in U.S. this autumn  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch its service to bring the Web to TV screens in the United States this autumn and worldwide next year, its chief executive said, as it extends its reach from the desktop to the living room.
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Google TV to Roll Out World-Wide Next Year  —  BERLIN—Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said the Internet giant plans to launch its Google TV platform globally next year, in the company's latest move to expand its reach outside its core U.S. market.  —  Google used Mr. Schmidt's …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Google TV Revealed: One Screen to Rule Them All
Max Read / Gawker:
Eliot Spitzer's New CNN Show Looks Awful  —  Here's a “sneak peek” at CNN's new show, featuring former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Pulitzer Prize-winning opinion columnist Kathleen Parker.  It looks embarrassing and unwatchable!  Here's an incomplete list of things that are bad about it:
Bill Carter / New York Times:
At ABC News After Westin, Risk and Opportunity  —  David Westin's resignation as president of ABC News represents, in the words of one long-time television news executive, “an inflection point” for an industry still trying to figure out how to survive.  —  Andrew Heyward, a former president …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Tina Brown Reaffirms Commitment to Daily Beast; 'I'm Not Serious About The ‘Newsweek’ Thing!'  —  Earlier tonight Tina Brown co-hosted a book party for Harold Ford Jr.'s More Davids Than Goliaths at Barbetta on West 46th Street.  Drinks were in the garden.  —  The Observer asked Ms. Brown …
Discussion: Romenesko, The Wire and On Media's Blog
Choire / The Awl:
Gawker Media Now Bigger Than All Newspapers Online — Except One  —  The latest traffic memo arrives from Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton: in it, Comscore shows that his network of sites is bigger than any newspaper online but the New York Times.  That being said?  “The newspapers are now the least of our competition.
Lois Beckett / The Snitch:
NPR Takes ‘Web-First’ Approach to Blogging.  What Does That Mean?  —  Tomorrow, National Public Radio will formally launch the Argo Project, a group of 12 topic-based news blogs hosted by different NPR affiliates across the country.  Two of the blogs are Bay Area-based: KALW's The Informant …
Discussion: paidContent, Romenesko and
Eric Wilson / New York Times:
At Fashion Week, It's Where You Sit That Counts  —  Bright and early Monday morning (Labor Day, though you wouldn't know it), every seat in the offices of the fashion publicist Paul Wilmot was filled with a young account executive whose holiday weekend was being disrupted by the mechanics …
Discussion: New York Observer
Tom Peck / The Independent:
Porn boss to oversee children's TV at Five  —  “Suburban orgies” and “Wobbling Whoppers” are all in a day's work for Paul Dunthorne, the managing director of Television X, Richard Desmond's network of adult pay-TV channels.  But in an unusual case of diversification, the executive has just welcomed …
Nate Freeman / New York Observer:
Fidel Castro Has The Atlantic Over for a Visit  —  It's not your typical relaxing day in Martha's Vineyard: while on vacation, Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg got a call out of the blue from Fidel Castro's office, inviting him down to the island for a chat, he explains in a piece titled …
Key witness will testify on News of the World phone hacking  —  • Ross Hall transcribed hacked voicemail for other journalists  —  • Police likely to interview Andy Coulson, says Met officer  —  • New inquiry launched by home affairs select committee
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the media: For Young Turk Cenk Uygur, TV is the next frontier  —  The creator of the popular Web program ‘The Young Turks’ was a hit as a guest host on MSNBC and he's not stopping there in his push to ‘steer the national conversation.’  —  When I ask the Young Turk what stands as competition …
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Blog platform Tumblr's soaring traffic brings growing pains  —  Tumblr, a social media network made up of millions of personal and business blogs, is seeing massive traffic growth, but is undergoing equally big growing pains.  —  Activity on the network of Tumblr blogs skyrocketed …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Don't save your links for the end — it's more distracting!  —  One of the humble yet essential uses of the link is to help us avoid having to repeat what others have already said.  I make no great claim to novelty for my “Defense of Links” series; much of what I said, others …
Discussion: Salon and GigaOM
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Do People Want ‘Amateur Hour’ on Their TVs?  —  Last week Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, unveiled a new version of the Apple TV, which is smaller and, at $99, less expensive than the previous model.  —  Before showing off the new device, Mr. Jobs walked the audience through a list …
Nieman Foundation News:
Nieman Foundation and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting join forces to strengthen global health reporting  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A new collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will support international reporting initiatives …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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