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8:10 AM ET, October 26, 2010


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Politico, Seeing a Market Need, Adds a Paid News Service  —  To the rapidly growing field of Washington reportage, add one more entrant: Politico Pro.  —  Politico, the Web site and free daily publication that brought a 24-7 cable news sensibility to political reporting …
Discussion: New York Magazine, Thanks:eldon
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Globe and Mail Uses Old Weapons in Press War  —  TORONTO — Like many newspapers in North America, The Globe and Mail rushed out an iPad application.  But the technology that the 166-year-old Globe is really staking its future on is not the sort that immediately comes to mind in an increasingly digital world.
Discussion: Guardian, J-Source and The Wire
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
No Longer ‘Must-See TV’  —  Drop in Thursday's Prime-Time Viewing Could Cost Marketers Weekend Shoppers  —  Television is losing ground in one of its most lucrative strongholds: Thursday nights.  —  Fewer people in the U.S. are watching Thursday prime-time TV so far this fall …
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and TV Squad
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Claims of Good Faith, and Bad, in Cable Dispute  —  The high-stakes feud between the News Corporation and Cablevision reached the point of filing grievances before the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, with each side trying to prove that it had been bargaining in good faith — while charging that the other side had not.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why NPR Matters (Long)  —  I have known and very occasionally worked with Juan Williams, and I don't want to say much about him.  I think Andrew Sullivan is very astute in pointing out the difference between the complex way Williams wrote about racial stereotypes and racial differences early in his career …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
In Growing Up, Did Wikileaks Also Sell Out?  —  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  Image via Wikipedia  —  One of the most noteworthy things about this past weekend's gigantic release of Iraq War documents by Wikileaks was what wasn't in it: the names of confidential informants who worked with American and Iraqi security forces.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:bcaulfield
Nat Ives / AdAge:
How to Read Newspapers' New Circulation Numbers  —  Industry's Circulation Decline Slows, But Dive Below the Top Line to Really Understand  —  NEW YORK ( — Newspapers' circulation losses have slowed further, to a 5% daily drop in the most recent report from an 8.7% decline …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Win for Adobe: Condé Nast Will Use It Instead of Rolling Its Own Tablet Magazines  —  Here's a win for Adobe, which could use one: Condé Nast, which has been testing the software company's tablet publishing tool against a homegrown version, is going to use Adobe's offering instead.
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Murdoch calls on company troops to fight film PR blockade  —  Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi, at the Academy Awards.  —  The world's largest media company, News Corporation, is threatening to deny coverage of movies starring artists who routinely refuse to give interviews to its outlets, one of its senior journalists has revealed.
Discussion: MediaPost
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Debut for a Nimbler, Newsier National Journal  —  WASHINGTON — “The conversation” is a term of art in the media often associated with longing.  Media companies want to join it, shape it, lead it.  —  This has not always been a strong suit for National Journal.
Financial Times:
National Journal defies print logic
Kevin Nguyen / The Bygone Bureau:
On Editing: A Look Inside The Morning News, McSweeney's, and The Awl  —  The web has a reputation for being scrappier and looser with its editorial standards than traditional print outlets.  But even with fewer formal structures for editing and fewer editors, a handful of websites still publish …
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
CW Says Study ‘Dispels Myth’ About Aversion to Ads in Online Video  —  Fans Watched 95% of Spots to Completion; Industry Sees Signs That Viewers Will Tolerate More Intrusion Into Shows  —  NEW YORK ( — In the infant business of streaming TV shows online, media companies have long …
Discussion: paidContent and VideoNuze
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MTV Is Looking Beyond ‘Jersey Shore’ to Build a Wider Audience  —  The second-season finale of “Jersey Shore” last week was one of the highest-rated hours all year on MTV.  There was, perhaps, no better time to promote another boozy, in-your-face unscripted show.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt's “Just Move” Joke About Google Street View & How It Went Missing  —  Don't like Google Street View taking pictures of your house?  “Just move,” joked Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in a CNN interview on Friday.  A controversial joke, no doubt — one made even more controversial for later seeming to disappear from the interview.
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
‘Monday Night Football’ Goes Online for Subscribers  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. and ESPN are planning to serve up a bold cable-TV experiment in making programming available online behind a paywall, starting with this week's “Monday Night Football.”  —  The two companies say they will make …
More newspaper companies partner with The Onion  —  Most recently The Onion has been in the news as the website which originated the “Sluts” video which led to Lee Abrams' ouster from The Tribune Company.  That's apparently not dissuading other major newspapers from partnering with the satirical news content company.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The Rule of Thumb on Disrupting Digital Businesses aka Why The internet is not disrupting TV  —  There is a widespread misconception that the common thread to industries that the Internet has disrupted is that the disrupted industries were or remain analog and the digital nature of the internet made it impossible for them to keep up.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why Content And Commerce Is A Marriage Made In Heaven  —  Frédéric Court is a partner at Advent Venture, an investor in Dailymotion, Qype and others.  —  The internet has disrupted both the media and the retail industries.  Now, new business models are emerging that blend the two together …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Why the New York Post's iPad App is Amazing, Awesome, and Completely Necessary (Video)  —  ​Remember that time Apple released this thing called the iPad and a bunch of people who worked in media were like ooh I wonder if it's going to save us so pretty wanna touch and everyone else …
Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
See a great media story?  Tip it to Mediagazer on Twitter and get recognized.  —  You can now use Twitter to tip Mediagazer to breaking media industry news - and you may do so unintentionally.  —  If you read Mediagazer, you're probably aware of Twitter, the microcontent platform …
Michael Gross / Crain's New York Business:
Elvis has left the building  —  I've been in and i've been out. in is better.  A fashion designer said that to me about the famously punitive Women's Wear Daily in its heyday.  I couldn't help but recall the line when Richard Johnson abruptly left his job as editor of Page Six.
Discussion: Romenesko
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Anthony Kaufman / Speakeasy:
David Simon on ‘Treme’ and Why Journalism Might Not Be Doomed
Discussion: New York Observer
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Just who does Jon Stewart think he is?
Discussion: Next Media Animation and Romenesko
Mike Hudack / NewTeeVee:
The Golden Age of Choice and Cannibalization in TV
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Local newspaper boasts ultimate passive-aggressive paywall policy
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Behold, the Next Media Titans: Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Mommy blogger Lyss Stern agreed to write puff piece to pay off …
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Free enterprise just hasn't been good for journalism
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Discussion: WMUR
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Discussion: Editors Weblog and Poynter Online
Wall Street Journal:
Political Ads Inundate Media Markets
Kevin Shalvey / Flood Magazine:
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Discussion: New York Observer
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Discussion: TUAW
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
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President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

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