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6:40 PM ET, September 10, 2010


 Top News: 
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Betaworks and The Times Plan a Social News Service  —  Something is stirring deep within the technology incubator Betaworks: A personalized news service called that is being developed in collaboration with The New York Times.  —  On Thursday, a cryptic placeholder for the service went live.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times Gets a Bite of  —  Here's a quick follow up to News.Me, the sort-of mysterious social news project that the New York Times (NYT) is developing alongside Betaworks.  An interesting deal point, really: As part of the partnership between the two companies …
Discussion: DealBook
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Coverage of Koran Case Stirs Questions on Media Role  —  A renegade pastor and his tiny flock set fire to a Koran on a street corner, and made sure to capture it on film.  And they were ignored.  —  That stunt took place in 2008, involving members of the Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka …
Exclusive: WikiLeaks Collaborating With Media Outlets on Release of Iraq Documents  —  A London-based journalism nonprofit is working with the WikiLeaks Web site and TV and print media in several countries on programs and stories based on what is described as massive cache …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Massive Cache of Iraq War Docs to Be Published by WikiLeaks
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Public Media API Could Be ‘Engine of Innovation’ for Journalism  —  Journalists from American Public Media, Public Radio Exchange, Public Radio International, PBS and NPR have spent months scoping out how they would create an online pipeline to share and distribute public media content on any platform.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
USA Today Latest Media Co. to Realize Open is Better
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Libby Reinish / Save the News Blog:
No More Bleeding Ledes, Please  —  Sensationalism is rampant in our consolidated news system, where scandal, celebrity gossip and violence (or the threat of looming violence) lead the headlines.  Ever wonder why this is all we see and read and hear?  —  It isn't simply that scandal …
Stephen Heyman / New York Times:
Technology Gives Everyone a Great Seat at Shows  —  THE hub of New York Fashion Week may have moved from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, but a swirl of exclusivity still surrounds the event, with its security guards and glamazon gatekeepers.  How can an unaccredited clotheshorse crash the party?
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Jezebel and Guardian
The Wall Blog:
Twitter in content push as it partners with Amex for New York Fashion Week
Discussion: Switched and The Next Web
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The Fallen Status of Books  —  Hard times for hardcovers.  —  No greater pride befalls a scholar, a thinker, a journalist, a business executive, or other writer than to have a party thrown in honor of the publication of his book.  A book party is like a wedding, a birthday party, a baptism …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   In Adding Book Section, the Journal Bucks Trend
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Dale Peck, Choire Sicha and Friends Start a Book Publishing Collective; First Title Out Next Month … “I think that we recognize that we're way past the moment of panic,” said the novelist DW Gibson yesterday.  “And it now sort of feels like a land of opportunity.”
Discussion: tag me with a spoon
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Can anything save ABC News from extinction?  —  Commentary: The division has sorely lacked a cable presence  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Forget, for a moment, that ABC News is in disarray.  —  Forget, too, that the network news business is regarded as a dinosaur.
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Michael Eisner on Media's Future  —  With rumors circulating about a likely move to run the Tribune Company, the formidable mogul talks with Peter Lauria about his new book on the greatest business partnerships—but artfully dodges any guesses on his future.
Discussion: The Wrap and Romenesko
David Kaplan / paidContent:
U.S. News Partners With Loud3r On Content Aggregation Channels  —  U.S. News Media Group, the parent of monthly mag U.S. News and World Report, is working with content aggregator Loud3r on a series of real-time news feeds.  The first part of the effort is Congress Tracker, which is naturally timed for the upcoming midterm elections.
Laura Miller / Salon:
The trouble with Google Books  —  How rampant errors threaten the scholarly mission of the vast digital library  —  Depending on who you ask, Google Books — the pioneering tech company's ambitious plan to “digitally scan every book in the world” and make them searchable over the Web and in libraries …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Tracking Songs All Over  —  Billboard Introduces Service to Help Aspiring Artists Monitor Their Exposure  —  For decades, appearing in the pages of Billboard magazine was a powerful symbol of achievement for musical artists.  Now the publication famous for its music-sales charts is grappling …
Discussion: hypebot
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
ABC Marketing Co-Head Mike Benson Steps Down  —  ABC Entertainment just got its big first casualty under new president Paul Lee: Mike Benson, one of the two execs who run the marketing division, is stepping down.  —  “Paul is going in a new direction, and Mike has decided to step down,” an ABC spokesperson told The Wrap.
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
Florida Runs Your News  —  Growing up in South Florida, I should have known I would someday end up somehow involved in TV news.  For better or worse, the state of Florida — and in particular the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market — has had maybe the biggest impact on the television news industry outside New York and LA.
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
If It's San Bruno That's Burning And Not The Koran, Will The Cable Nets Notice?  —  The breaking news email alert came in from CNN: “State of emergency declared in San Bruno, California, after massive gas explosion and fire.”  Thing is, it came in at 2:54 a.m.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
American Public Media, MPR founder Kling to step down as CEO in 2011  —  Romenesko Misc.  MPR  —  Bill Kling, who founded Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) in 1966, is stepping down as CEO of MPR and parent American Public Media Group in 2011.  A release says Kling “has helped build APMG …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Pentagon Loosens Restrictions for Press in Guantánamo  —  The Pentagon has agreed to revise some of the rules that have restricted what journalists are free to report on from Guantánamo Bay, resolving a conflict that peaked in May when four reporters were expelled from the naval base there.
Discussion: Romenesko
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Yes, That's The Wall Street Journal Tracking You  —  Aggressive Re-Targeting For Subscriptions and No Obvious Way to Opt Out  —  The Wall Street Journal is bringing some needed attention to the online privacy issue.  Its series, ‘What They Know’ has detailed the buying …
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Jason Zaragoza /
Former Boston Phoenix Editor Lands at AOL
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Fidel Castro Thinks Jeffrey Goldberg is a Dick, Misunderstood by Blogger (Update!)
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Lede
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Dissecting the New How One Magazine Did the Web Right
Discussion: PAPERMAG
Ethan Zuckerman / Nieman Reports:
The Attention Deficit: Plenty of Content, Yet an Absence of Interest
Jon Sawyer / Nieman Reports:
The Sometimes Bumpy Nonprofit Ride Into Digital Foreign Correspondence
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Media tracking and the quantified self
Jarvis Coffin / Burst Media Company Blog:
NYU Professor Jay Rosen Offers Advice to an Incoming Class of Journalism Students.
Discussion: Multimedia Musings
 Earlier Picks: 
Emily Bell:
Newsrooms need more metrics, not fewer.
Susan B. Glasser / Nieman Reports:
Foreign Policy: Morphing Into an Online Daily
Doug Tsuruoka / Investor's Business Daily:
China's Alibaba Steps Into the News Business
Philip Stone / FollowTheMedia:
What's More Important: The Money A Paywall Web Site Brings …
Discussion: Gawker
Helsinki Times:
Telanne: “Prepare to pay for online content”
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Online Measurement Creates a Muddle for Web Journalists
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Forget Apple TV. AirPlay Is Apple's Sneak Attack On Television