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10:10 AM ET, September 22, 2010


 Top News: 
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Huffington snags N.Y. Times star  —  In the latest sign that Web sites can compete on an equal footing with media giants, a top reporter for the New York Times is defecting to the Huffington Post.  —  Peter Goodman, until recently the paper's national economic correspondent and now a writer …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So A Blogger Walks Into A Bar...  Yesterday I was tipped off about a “secret meeting” between a group of “Super Angels” being held at Bin 38, a restaurant and bar in San Francisco.  “Do not come, you will not be welcome,” I was told.  —  So I did what any self respecting blogger would do …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hooray For Mike Arrington
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Six Apart Deal With VideoEgg Marks the End of an Era  —  After denying rumors of a deal over the past several weeks, blogging platform Six Apart and advertising network VideoEgg have confirmed they are merging to create a new social-media company called SAY Media.
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
VideoEgg Buys Six Apart to Build ‘Conversational’ Media Company  —  Rechristens Itself as Say Media and Touts Scale, Influencers  —  SAN FRANCISCO ( — Ad network VideoEgg has purchased blogging network Six Apart and the companies have combined to form Say Media …
Discussion: Movable Type and ClickZ
Mallary Jean Tenore / Making Sense of Media:
How Slate's Jack Shafer Calls Out Bogus Trend Stories  —  After Jack Shafer called out The New York Times for running a “bogus trend story” about criminals wearing Yankees caps, journalists had fun with the criticism on Twitter.  —  The Times' Nicholas Kristof tweeted: “@jackshafer Quit picking on us!
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
For a Few, Papers Seem a Timely Bet  —  Randall D. Smith, a pioneer in the hard knocks business of vulture investing, is circling a new target: the beleaguered newspaper industry.  —  Mr. Smith puts money into risky investments that few others will touch — and these days, that includes many newspaper and radio companies.
Discussion: Romenesko and Guardian
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
TheGrill: People Spend More Than Half Their Day Consuming Media  —  What a difference two years make.  —  More has changed in media consumption over the last two years than in the 30 years that proceeded it, Bruce Friend, president of Ipsos OTX MediaCT said at the TheWrap's Grill Conference on Monday night.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate enters Web business  —  Studio orders 24 episodes of original series ‘Trailer Trash’  —  Lionsgate is venturing into original Web programming years after its fellow studios have entered — and in some cases, exited — that struggling business.
Victor Godinez / Dallas Morning News:
Belo, Time Warner fire volleys in talks over TV stations  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. and Dallas-based Belo Corp. are negotiating a new agreement over how much Time Warner will pay Belo to carry several of its television stations in markets around the country, including ABC affiliate WFAA-TV (Channel 8) in Dallas.
Discussion: MediaPost
Six Journalism Startups and Analysis: Plus One Dead Startup Another Rises from the Dead  —  In the last few weeks there has been some interesting and exciting news in the journalism-startup world.  I wanted to take some time to highlight new players and provide my own personal analysis.
Discussion: MediaShift Idea Lab
Jeff Ruby / Chicago magazine:
Why the Professional Restaurant Critic Will Survive the Age of Yelp  —  PEER REVIEW: Anthony Bourdain is wrong: The food critic is not dead  —  While promoting his new book in June, Anthony Bourdain told a crowd at a Manhattan Barnes & Noble that I was dead.
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
MediaDailyNews: ivi TV Sues Major Media, Claiming Right To Internet TV  —  ivi TV Sues Major Media, Claiming Right To Internet TV  —  Another digital video company has ridden the wrong side of some copyright issues in running television programming via the Internet.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Sam Dolnick, a Member of the Sulzberger Clan, Gets Times' Local Immigration Beat  —  A.G. Sulzberger is starting up his new beat in Kansas City, but he's not the only Sulzberger-Ochs family member getting new work at the Times newsroom.  —  Sam Dolnick, the grandnephew to former Times publisher Arthur Ochs …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Do TV Spots Work in Web Video?  —  The answer is yes, but online-specific creative also has its place  —  A common knock on the Web video industry is that it needs to move beyond repurposed TV spots, often shown as pre-rolls before content begins.  —  But new research from Dynamic Logic finds …
Chad Bray / Metropolis:
Connecticut's Blumenthal, Along With Other AGs, Calls for Closure of … Attorneys general from 21 states on Tuesday called on Village Voice Media's to close its adult services section, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Celebrity magazines' odd anonymous outlook  —  Even when sources have good things to say about Britney Spears and other stars in People, Us Weekly and other outlets, they're often anonymous.  But what's the big secret?  —  It's been more than two years since pop queen Britney Spears bottomed …
Erik Wemple / TBD All News:
WaPo's Frank Ahrens: From writing about cars to flacking about them  —  Frank Ahrens' engineering degree has had a heady 2010.  Back in March, the Washington Post veteran plowed his technical expertise into a much-trafficked story on the hurdles faced by Toyota officials in diagnosing their problems with unintended acceleration.
Discussion: Romenesko
Ideo / /p.log:
The Future of the Book - by IDEO.  —  What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?
Alexander Hotz / Mashable!:
How Social Media has Changed the Game for Documentary Filmmaking  —  Alexander Hotz is a freelance multimedia journalist and public radio junkie based in New York City.  Currently he teaches digital media at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.  Follow Alex on Twitter at @hotzington.
Mrs. Bunz / Mercedes Bunz:
The rise of collaborative journalism - 5 points on how social media changed the news  —  About five years after it took the internet by storm, it is apparent that social media has changed how we do journalism.  At the Guardian, CNN and soon the NYTimes, a collaborative journalism of a whole new kind has emerged
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Bob Iger: Disney is ‘under-appreciated’  —  Points out study that ranks it as ninth most-valued brand  —  NEW YORK - “At times we feel under-appreciated,” Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told a Wall Street crowd here Tuesday when asked what investors tend to miss or under-appreciate about Disney.
Susan Anderson / New Jersey Online:
In the loop with Betty Liu  —  Bloomberg Television morning news anchor Betty Liu is sitting at the Millburn Diner, talking about the subprime housing crisis while having a slice of carrot cake and a cola when the topic suddenly turns to playdates and pickup times for her 5-year-old twin boys.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Financial Times:
Twitter to step up ‘promoted tweet’ technology  —  Twitter is looking to generate more income from its paid advertising by testing targeting technology that will allow companies to show ‘promoted tweets’ to users based on the kind of people and brands they are following
Discussion: New York Magazine and TechCrunch
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Discussion: The Wrap
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Discussion: National Media and Romenesko
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Discussion: Romenesko, USA Today and NYConvergence
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Discussion: Guardian