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9:40 PM ET, September 23, 2010

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James Robinson / Guardian:
US editor attacks net news ‘parasites’  —  Leonard Downie Jr attacks aggregators including the Huffington Post as ‘parasites living off journalism produced by others’  —  • Read Leonard Downie Jr's speech in full (pdf)  —  Leonard Downie Jr, the former executive editor of the Washington Post …
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Bloomberg:
Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy After Online Rivals Gain  —  Blockbuster Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection after failing to quickly adapt its movie- rental model from storefronts to mail-order and online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc.
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
How Online Video Killed Blockbuster  —  Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning, as part of a pre-arranged recapitalization that it has negotiated with its bondholders.  With the filing, Blockbuster has wiped out nearly $1 billion in debt and given most of its bondholders equity in the company instead.
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What impact is SEO having on journalists?  Reports from the field  —  Last week, I wrote that SEO and audience metrics, when used well, can actually make journalism stronger.  But I got pushback from journalists who complained that I was parroting back management views rather …
Discussion: Guardian, Cision and WebNewser
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, New York Times Co, We'd Like To Work With You, But We're Not Going To Blow Smoke Up Your Ass  —  A few weeks ago, we had an interview scheduled with Cella Irvine, the CEO of About.com.  After a hiccup during the recession, About.com is firing on all cylinders again, and we were eager to hear the latest from Cella.
Discussion: WebNewser
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times Integration with International Herald Tribune …
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen Testing a New Web-Ad Metric  —  Nielsen Co. is working on a service that would offer advertisers and Web publishers a new stream of data to improve audience measurement for online advertising, a move that may bring more ad dollars to the sector.  —  As with TV ratings …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hey Cable Guys!  Cord Cutting is Real, and It's a Problem, Says Verizon CEO  —  The party line from cable executives is that the “cord-cutting” phenomenon-consumers swapping cable subscriptions for Internet video-is a myth.  Or, at best, greatly exaggerated.  Not so, says Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
A New Era at Forbes: Staffer Calls Cover Story ‘Stupefyingly Inane’  —  Forbes magazine unveils a new look this week, with a redesigned issue on newsstands tomorrow featuring its signature Forbes 400 list, but for a sense of how much the company has changed since Lewis D'Vorkin took …
Discussion: CJR and Romenesko
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Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
Forbes undergoes radical overhaul
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: MySpace taps new content chief  —  Andy Marcus aims to leverage site's audition platform  —  MySpace has tapped Andy Marcus to take the reins on its efforts in the entertainment business.  —  Formerly senior vp business and legal affairs at MySpace, Marcus will move over to senior vp entertainment and video.
Discussion: paidContent and All Things Digital
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTubeSocial Lets You Simultaneously Watch Videos With Friends  —  I/O accelerator company SocialVision, purveyors of white-label “Viewing Party” software today launch YouTubeSocial as their first consumer facing product.  Similar to Clipsync, YouTubeSocial combines Facebook's Social Graph …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Mail Online defies August slump to set new monthly user record  —  Daily Mail website hits new high of 45 million monthly browsers, as guardian.co.uk remains in second place with 35 million  —  Mail Online defied the traditionally quiet month of August to hit a new traffic record …
Discussion: Media Week and Press Gazette
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Reuters Adds Some Star Power, Moves Away From The Old “Wire Mentality”  —  Reuters was never the type of media outlet that well-known journalists with prestigious newspaper and magazine credentials were clamoring to work for.  But that seems to be changing.
Discussion: Romenesko
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
ESPN's Newest Premium Apps Are For Insiders Only  —  While other publishers brag about surpassing single-copy sales on the iPad or look for ways to manage subscriptions outside of iTunes, ESPN (NYSE: DIS) is running a different pattern.  The Disney sports unit has a number of successful free and one-time purchase apps.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook: At the Movies with the Winklevosses  —  The twins, early Zuckerberg collaborators turned foes, give their take on The Social Network  —  “It's a little surreal,” says Cameron Winklevoss, standing outside the Sony (SNE) office building in midtown Manhattan with his twin brother, Tyler.
Discussion: New York Observer
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of Apple's “digital circulation” share  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  So the newspaper business is now figuring out how to deal with a new middleman, Apple.
Discussion: New York Observer and Newsonomics
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
C-SPAN Archives a Treasure Trove of Material for News Orgs  —  Whenever there is a political story that the cable news channels aren't covering (or at least aren't covering in full) there is a good chance C-SPAN will be there.  Did CNN or Fox News cover the 2008 Libertarian Party convention?  Nope.
Discussion: Howard Kurtz
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook Sells Your Friends  —  How Facebook plans to leverage its 550 million users into the greatest advertising juggernaut since ... O.K., only since Google.  That's still huge  —  There were two obvious winners at the FIFA World Cup this summer.  Spain took home the 13-pound …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instapaper Goes From Hobby to Start-Up  —  On Tuesday Marco Arment, the chief technology officer at the social networking site Tumblr, announced that he would be leaving it to tend to a personal project: Instapaper.  —  I caught up with Mr. Arment on the phone on Wednesday to find out what was next from his personal project.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Orla Healy (And More?)  Out at New York Daily News  —  We hear from multiple sources that Orla Healy, the legendarily-disliked features editor at the New York Daily News, has been let go.  Since Martin Dunn left the paper, Healy's clock has been ticking.  Time's up.  We hear.  [UPDATED below].
The Wall Blog:
Readers react negatively as UBM puts building mag behind paywall  —  United Business Media has put the premium content of its Building Design website behind a paywall, asking £69 from a year for access, and sparked a largely (and maybe not surprising) negative reaction from readers.
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
“The mass market was a hack”: Data and the future of journalism  —  The following is an unedited version of an article written for the International Press Institute report ‘Brave News Worlds (PDF)’  —  For the past two centuries journalists have dealt in the currency of information: we transmuted base metals into narrative gold.
 
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Andrea Domanick / Multichannel News:
TV Everywhere: Sony's Singer Sets Bar High For Content Distribution's Future
Peter Kellner / Prospect Magazine:
Number cruncher: a matter of trust
Discussion: Guardian and Journalism.co.uk
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Company Claims Legal Right To Stream Broadcast TV Online; Broadcasters Disagree
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Patricia Wilson named National Journal deputy editor-in-chief
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Online content affecting cable offerings
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Public TV Project Aims to Make Baby Boomers Its Own
Discussion: MinnPost
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Show's Title, in Symbols, Defies DVRs
 Earlier Picks: 
Karin Munkebo / The Wall Blog:
Print is dead - long live the internet
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
The second great migration to new media
Discussion: MediaPost and Ezra Klein
Jill Drew / CJR:
See It Now!  —  Video journalism is dying.  Long live video journalism.
Discussion: KobreChannel
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Sued for the Sale of Video Programming on iTunes
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Steve Rosenbaum / The Wire:
Web Video Is The New Television
Discussion: LocalNewser
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
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