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2:40 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 …
Discussion: The Wrap and Soup
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Will Acquire Six Apart And Rename Itself SAY Media  —  Advertising network VideoEgg will acquire blogging and advertising network Six Apart, and the combined entity will be renamed Say Media.  The companies will officially announce the transaction tomorrow.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Six Apart Deal With VideoEgg Marks the End of an Era
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:   VideoEgg Buys Six Apart to Build ‘Conversational’ Media Company
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Lagardere Names a New CEO at Hachette, Publisher of Elle, Woman's Day  —  Outgoing Lemarchand Cut Costs, Sold Magazines  —  NEW YORK ( — Lagardere Active has named Steve Parr, former president of Primedia Enthusiast Media and Source Interlink Media, the new president-CEO …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Comcast Reshuffles Its Digital Deck Before NBC Comes Aboard  —  Comcast hasn't finished acquiring NBC Universal.  But it is already moving around some of its digital leadership ahead of the deal's close.  —  Sources familiar with the company say that current digital head Amy Banse …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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: TechCrunch and New York Magazine
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.
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
Michael Starr / New York Post:
Burnett's OWN deal  —  Tweet  —  Mark Burnett has signed a deal to produce a daily talk show for OWN, Oprah Winfrey's upcoming cable network.  —  The show, targeted for daytime, will feature multiple hosts a la “The View,” sources say.  —  It will premiere in January in tandem with the launch of OWN …
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.
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
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Muck Rack Daily Brings You Some-But Not All-of the News That's Fit to Tweet  —  Yet another news aggregator?  Yup.  And this one is even more meta than most: Muck Rack Daily is a news service dedicated to telling you what journalists are saying, via Twitter, about the news.
Discussion: Romenesko and National Media
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AOL, Patch Team Up With Slew Of Journalism Schools For PatchU Project  —  AOL and its subsidiary Patch this morning announced the launch of PatchU, a new network of partnerships between local Patch publications and journalism schools, colleges and universities to help prepare the next generation …
Discussion: Romenesko, USA Today and NYConvergence
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Sports Illustrated Ignored Apple's iPad Guidelines  —  Magazine publishers are at great pains these days to please Apple (AAPL), whose fast-selling tablet computer, the iPad, just may be the key to their future survival.  But following all the persnickety dictates handed down by Steve Jobs isn't always easy.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Ted Turner on the 'world's most pressing issue'  —  CNN founder also opines on the future of print media  —  NEW YORK — The threat of nuclear weapons, the history of CNN and the future of print media and their possible transition to digital — those were all topics that CNN founder Ted Turner tackled here Monday.
Discussion: Romenesko, The Wire and RTTNews
Mark Harris / New York Magazine:
The Vulture Transcript: An In-Depth Chat With David Fincher About The Social Network  —  David Fincher rarely gives interviews, but for the New York cover story on his new movie, The Social Network (which opens October 1), the director sat down with Mark Harris for a long, revealing chat.
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Code That Tracks Users' Browsing Prompts Lawsuits  —  Sandra Person Burns used to love browsing and shopping online.  Until she realized she was being tracked by software on her computer that she thought she had erased.  —  Ms. Person Burns, 67, a retired health care executive who lives in Jackson …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Marco Arment Leaves Tumblr To Devote Himself To Instapaper  —  Tumblr CTO and notable blogger Marco Arment announced today that he would be leaving his position at Tumblr to focus on more independent projects.  What many in the tech world are curious about is what this means for Instapaper …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Leila Sales / Publishers Weekly:
The Ol' Dead Dad Syndrome
Discussion: GalleyCat
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Discussion: The Wire and NetNewsCheck Latest
Bill White / Morning Call:
Journalism gates being trampled
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
How The Wall Street Journal Is Starting to Sound Like Fox News
Discussion: Gawker