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1:00 AM ET, October 8, 2010


 Top News: 
Isabel Macdonald / The Nation:
Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite  —  Research support for this article was provided by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.  —  In Lou Dobbs's heyday at CNN, when he commanded more than 800,000 viewers and a reported $6 million a year for “his fearless reporting and commentary,” …
Edward Helmore / Guardian:
Daily Beast bids for Newsweek  —  British publisher plans to strengthen her web magazine - and challenge rival Arianna Huffington - by a merger with the ailing weekly  —  Tina Brown, one of New York's best-established British media figures, has set her sights on Newsweek …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:   What Would a Tina Brown-Helmed Daily Beast-Newsweek Hybrid Look Like?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Columbus Dispatch Signs On To News Corp. Digital Plans; UK Pubs Balking  —  A few more details are seeping out about News Corp.'s Project Alesia initiative to create new digital products for its own outlets and for other publishers.  The Columbus Dispatch (circ: about 170,000) …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
NI yet to convince rivals over aggregation app
Discussion: Poynter Online
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
CNN's research says 27% of us share 87% of news links  —  CNN has been researching how news articles are shared through social media, identifying different motivations for sharing and the increased benefit for advertisers who feature on recommended news pages.
David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
From Covering Parties to Hanging with an Algorithm  —  Megan McCarthy's journey to Mediagazer, a media news aggregator with a heavy tech flavor  —  David Saleh Rauf ( is an AJR editorial assistant  —  Megan McCarthy's career as a reporter blossomed from a single e-mail.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Naked Brett Favre Won't Make Money for Nick Denton  —  Gawker Media's Deadspin sports site says it will publish nude photos of Brett Favre today, along with some voicemails it says the quarterback left for a woman who is not his wife.  —  Which means that corner of Deadspin is going to be very, very popular today.
Discussion: The Wire, Salon, Deadspin and Runnin' Scared
Choire / The Awl:
LA Times Declares War on “Rumors Spread by Bloggers with Axes to Grind”  —  The LA Times send out a newsletter today recruiting advertisers to the newsletter of The Envelope, which is (or at least should be!) the intentionally gossipy, rumor-filled awards-show blogging fiesta at their paper.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Testing Twitter Integration With “Friends”  —  Google is testing a new feature that lets you connect your Twitter account to Google News.  Some people are seeing a “Friends” box on the right hand side of Google News inviting them to do this.  —  The friends box asks you to enter your Twitter username and click “Save.”
Associated Press:
Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Literature Prize  —  STOCKHOLM (AP) — Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world who once ran for president in his homeland, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.  —  The Swedish Academy said it honored …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Los Angeles Times collaborates across the newsroom and with readers to map neighborhood crime  —  There's something about the immediacy of the web that makes interactive features seem effortless: One click and the information is there.  But of course the feel of the end product is not the same as the process required to get it there.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of sports avidity  —  [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.]  —  When The Sporting News began publishing, the telephone was barely 10 years old.
Jennifer Whitehead / AdAge:
France Halts Plans to Ban Remaining Ads on Public TV  —  In Struggling Economy, State Broadcaster's Revenue Needs Trump President Sarkozy's Political Priorities  —  LONDON ( — The French government has halted a move by President Nicolas Sarkozy to ban all advertising …
Technology Review:
When Digital Marketing Actually Works  —  Lessons from Web and mobile campaigns that yielded real-world business results.  —  What do you get for your digital marketing dollars?  Figuring how much revenue or brand value companies are generating from their investments in digital media seems to be getting more and more complex.
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Thinking about starting an online news business?  Here's your start-up checklist  —  By Robert Niles: Have you been thinking about starting a news website?  Are you considering “being your own boss” as the next step in your journalism career?  —  You can stumble your way into entrepreneurship …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' Dark Arts: Four Stories Apple Is Suspected of Manipulating  —  For a man who assiduously avoids the news media, Steve Jobs is incredibly skilled at exploiting his leverage with the press.  So skilled, it's alleged, he turned a top newspaper into a key tool of Apple's public relations.
Mark Leccese / Gatekeeper:
Sports Guy breaks Randy Moss story by “accident”  —  ESPN blogger and Boston sports nut Bill Simmons — known as “The Sports Guy” — used his Twitter account Wednesday evening to send a direct message to one of his 1,265,832 followers seeking “info,” he says, on a rumor he heard …
Discussion: Deadspin, Lost Remote and Switched
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
BloombergTV's New Docu Series Kicks Off Tonight With Mark Zuckerberg Rivals The Winklevoss Twins  —  BloombergTV is trying to get a piece of CNBC's business-documentary turf with a new show called “Bloomberg Game Changers.”  —  The 11-episode, 30-minute series premieres tonight at 9 p.m …
MediaShift: Execs Push for Quality, Refute ‘Content Farm’ Tag  —  Journalists love to categorize, generalize and put everything into easily digestible chunks of information.  But in our quest to explain something in simple terms, we also can oversimplify things.
Anna Fata / Daily Texan:
CBS president says new technology bolsters broadcast TV  —  Blogs, tweets, Internet help to expand online attention  —  The common belief that new technology, such as the Internet, will lead to the death of television is false, said CBS President Leslie Moonves on campus Monday.
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 More News: 
Elizabeth Spiers / Forbes:
A Force Of Nature  —  Forbes Magazine dated October 25, 2010
Discussion: Gawker
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Sara Vilkomerson Out at New York Observer
Knight Foundation News Releases:
New Knight Grant Accelerates Digital Transformation Of Investigative …
Discussion: KnightBlog
Rachel McAthy /
WEFHamburg: Washington Post managing editor stresses value of legacy in digital age
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Current TV Taps Sims Creator Will Wright For Interactive Webisode Series
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. bankruptcy muddled as mediation founders
Discussion: Romenesko and Beachwood Reporter
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
College Humor Gets a New Grown-Up: Time Inc. Digital Dude Paul Greenberg
 Earlier Picks: 
Laura Oliver /
WEFHamburg: Paywall will not remove NYT from ‘online conversation’, says CEO
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Media Week:
IPC profits fall 37% in recession-plagued 2009
Discussion: Press Gazette
Henry Unger / The Biz Beat:
Ted Turner worried about right-wing alternative to CNN long before Fox
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Reed Hastings' Six Lessons for the Newspaper Industry
Discussion: Romenesko
Wall Street Journal:
Hasbro Aims to Show TV Channel Isn't One Big Commercial
Discussion: Company Town, Free Press and AdPulp
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Mark Zuckerberg's Take on “The Social Network”
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Guarded Pals in a Critical TV Rivalry