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9:30 AM ET, September 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Arianna Huffington / Guardian:
Leonard Downie's downer  —  Old media sniping about the Huffington Post as a ‘parasite’ aggregator just shows they don't get the new link economy  —  Once again, some in the old media have decided that the best way to save, if not journalism, at least themselves, is by pointing fingers and calling names.
Discussion: The Wire, WebNewser, Romenesko and Cision
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
As another magazine charges for access, where's the proof of paywall success?  —  The great paywall debate centres on the decision of big publishers to charge for access.  So most of the noise has been generated by Rupert Murdoch's online paywalls at The Times, Sunday Times, and now the News of the World.
The Wall Blog:   Readers react negatively as UBM puts building mag behind paywall
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.
The Wall Blog:
Has the Times paywall killed its blogs?  —  I wrote last week that I don't have a problem with The Times paywall just its implementation.  One of its biggest failing appeared to be shutting its once popular blogs behind the paywall.  —  I've suspected it is doing them no good and a couple …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Jason Fell / Folio:
Hearst Turns Inward for New Business Ideas  —  Launches internal project soliciting plans for ‘high-potential’ ventures.  —  One of the biggest players in consumer magazine publishers is looking inward for inspiration.  —  As Hearst gears up to launch its mobile application think tank the App Lab …
Discussion: Romenesko
Ed Yong / Not Exactly Rocket Science:
Should science journalists take sides?  —  Tonight I took part in a debate at the Royal Institution of Great Britain entitled “Should science journalists takes sides?”  The event was chaired by Fiona Fox of the Science Media Centre and panellists included myself, Mark Henderson from the Times …
Discussion: Argo, the Blog
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.
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Philadelphia Inquirer Lenders Outbid Raymond Perelman for Newspaper Owner  —  Philadelphia Inquirer lenders won a bankruptcy court auction for the newspaper and its sister publication with a high bid of $105 million, outbidding Raymond Perelman, father of billionaire Ronald Perelman.
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
Disney's Internet Chief Resigns  —  The Walt Disney Company's top Internet executive, Steve Wadsworth, resigned late Thursday following a difficult tenure in which the media giant's Web strategy underwent repeated retrenchments.  —  Mr. Wadsworth, whose title was president …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and paidContent
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
just cancelled Bob Woodward interview ...  I just cancelled a Bob Woodward new book interview because the publisher won't get me a copy to READ BEFORE I do the interview.  ON THE RECORD at ten is not the Home Shopping Channel - I actually read the books before I do the interview out of respect for the viewers …
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.
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: Talking Biz News, CJR and Romenesko
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
The Problem With TV Everywhere: There's No Business Model  —  Some cable providers and networks have been busy creating so-called TV Everywhere services that let subscribers log in and view on-demand video content online.  But despite some early enthusiasm from select networks, these services have been slow to catch on.
Discussion: FM Blog and Multichannel News
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Broder and Woodward Still on Lecture Circuit  —  Two years ago, I wrote about private groups offering big speaking fees and perks to David Broder and Bob Woodward, even though both had talked in the past about the impropriety of journalistic “buckraking.”  Broder, for example, said in 1996 …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Apple TV Splits Networks  —  Top Media Executives Question Whether 99-Cent Rentals Hurt Pay Model  —  NEW YORK—Media executives gathered this week at a conference here sounded a note of caution on Apple Inc.'s 99-cent digital-rental service for TV shows amid a division in the industry on whether to participate.
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 …
Discussion: and MediaPost
Steven Bertoni / Money Talks:
Tribune Insider Denies Eisner Rumors  —  “The name Michael Eisner has never been uttered in any board conversation.” … That's what a Tribune director recently told me over the phone.  He says the company has no bad opinions of the famous former Disney chief, just that the Tribune board has no idea where the rumors are coming from.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Next New Networks Chairman, CEO Swap Roles  —  Web video startup Next New Networks announced that CEO Lance Podell is stepping down from his current role, citing personal reasons.  Podell will continue to oversee the broader strategic direction of the company as its chairman.
A Guide to Rising Public Media Networks in the U.S.  —  While it's taken public broadcasters awhile to catch up to the possibilities and dynamics of social and mobile media platforms, over the past year on MediaShift we have been documenting a flurry of innovation that reveals new possibilities …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Netflix May Launch Streaming-Only Plan in the U.S.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings doesn't usually reveal future plans, but he decided to throw us a bone today after two days of bad publicity, hinting at the option of a cheaper subscription plan that comes without any physical DVD rentals in the U.S.
Joel Meares / CJR:
Q&A: This Week Host Christiane Amanpour  —  The move to Sunday morning, her critics, and reporting in a new age  —  Christiane Amanpour has been sitting at the newly-refurbished This Week desk for nearly two months now.  While some reviewers took shots at the former foreign correspondent …
ADVANCES IN SOCIAL NETWORKING KEEP TWITTER ATWITTER  —  New developments in the tech world sometimes make mainstream news headlines, but they almost always generate major attention on Twitter.  Last week was no exception as Twitter was dominated by developments and new products …
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.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
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 remains in second place with 35 million  —  Mail Online defied the traditionally quiet month of August to hit a new traffic record …
Discussion: Press Gazette and Media Week
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, New York Times Co, We'd Like To Work With You, But We're …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
ESPN's Newest Premium Apps Are For Insiders Only
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Company Claims Legal Right To Stream Broadcast TV Online; Broadcasters Disagree
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What impact is SEO having on journalists? Reports from the field
Discussion: WebNewser and Guardian
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of Apple's “digital circulation” share
Discussion: New York Observer and Newsonomics
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Reuters Adds Some Star Power, Moves Away From The Old “Wire Mentality”
Discussion: Romenesko
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTubeSocial Lets You Simultaneously Watch Videos With Friends
Discussion: Fast Company and WebNewser
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen Testing a New Web-Ad Metric
Discussion: Inside Facebook and The Next Web
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Patricia Wilson named National Journal deputy editor-in-chief
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook: At the Movies with the Winklevosses
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