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9:40 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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Adding Book Section, the Journal Bucks Trend  —  In the last few years, newspapers including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe have ended their freestanding book review sections.  —  Now The Wall Street Journal is bucking the trend and starting one of its own.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The Fallen Status of Books
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: IAC Finally Kills Off Bloglines  —  It's finally happened.  Bloglines,the troubled RSS feed reader owned by IAC, will officially be shut down, the company has told TechCrunch exclusively.  The site has had a tumultuous history, so it's unsurprising that IAC has finally put the platform out of its misery.
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.
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
MPs warned off over Rebekah Brooks  —  Cross-party committee allegedly abandoned plans to force News International chief to testify after being warned their lives would be investigated  —  A cross-party committee of MPs abandoned plans to force the News International chief executive …
Discussion: Press Gazette
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.
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.
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
HuffPo, BuzzFeed Cofounder Jonah Peretti Explains Why A Picture Of Lindsay Lohan's Side Boob Won't Turn Viral  —  Even though a lot of people will click to see a photo of Lindsay Lohan's side boob, the picture will never turn viral.  —  Why?  Because it would be straight up awkward to share …
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
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.
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Andy P / News:
Introducing Subscriptions  —  Keep track of posts across multiple blogs …
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
David Kaplan / paidContent:
U.S. News Partners With Loud3r On Content Aggregation Channels
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
Laura Miller / Salon:
The trouble with Google Books
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Michael Eisner on Media's Future
Discussion: The Wrap and Romenesko
Jarvis Coffin / Burst Media Company Blog:
NYU Professor Jay Rosen Offers Advice to an Incoming Class of Journalism Students.
Discussion: Multimedia Musings
Emily Bell:
Newsrooms need more metrics, not fewer.
Susan B. Glasser / Nieman Reports:
Foreign Policy: Morphing Into an Online Daily
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Tracking Songs All Over  —  Billboard Introduces Service …
Discussion: hypebot
Doug Tsuruoka / Investor's Business Daily:
China's Alibaba Steps Into the News Business