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1:55 AM ET, October 27, 2010


 Top News: 
Nikesh Arora / The Official Google Blog:
$5 million to encourage innovation in digital journalism  —  Journalism is fundamental to a functioning democracy.  So as media organizations globally continue to broaden their presence online, we're eager to play our part on the technology side—experimenting with new ways of presenting news online …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google donates $5 million for news innovation to Knight Foundation and new international efforts  —  Google and news organizations have had a rocky time of it.  To overdramatize the situation only slightly: Google insists that it cares about journalism as a necessity of our shared democracy …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NY Times reporter defends profile of WikiLeaks' Assange  —  New York Times reporter John F. Burns considers WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange—the subject of a front page profile he co-authored Sunday— to be “an incredibly smart man” with an “extremely high IQ.”
American Journalism Review:   Spreading Leaks Before WikiLeaks
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Conde Nast Magazines Can Finally Sell Their Own Websites  —  Most Ad Sales Handled by Conde Nast Digital and CondeNet Before That Now Belong to Publishers  —  NEW YORK ( — Conde Nast, the publisher of magazines from Vogue to The New Yorker, is integrating many of the digital operations …
Damian Roskill / Compete Pulse: Crack Down: Sadly this appears to be working  —  Here at Compete we're always looking out for new marketing and advertising techniques - and we found an interesting one recently.  First, here's the homepage of  I click on the advertisement highlighted below:
San Francisco's New Wave of New Media  —  It's a Thursday night, and the Herbst Theatre is buzzing with people, including a disproportionate number of 20- and 30-somethings sporting some article of vintage attire.  It seems as though the entire San Francisco writing community is here.
Discussion: Romenesko
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NPR receives threat; timing suggests link to Juan Williams firing  —  NPR received a bomb threat Monday, five days after its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams sparked a hugely negative reaction.  —  Sources at the news organization said the threat was received via U.S. mail …
Joe Marchese / MediaPost:
Is Facebook A Media Company?  Is Apple?  —  It seems like only yesterday Google was constantly reminding everyone who would listen that Google was NOT a media company.  My guess is that Google wouldn't be so adamant now, given the release of GoogleTV.  But even GoogleTV doesn't automatically …
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:   Behold, the Next Media Titans: Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Fox Warns Cablevision: Stop Telling Customers to Steal Our Content  —  The nasty fight between Fox and Cablevision over fees just got nastier.  —  On Tuesday, Fox sent Cablevision a cease-and desist-letter demanding the company stop encouraging its customers to steal copyrighted material.
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Martha Stewart Executives Said to Leave Amid Reorganization Under Preston  —  Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.'s heads of marketing, broadcast sales and digital advertising sales are leaving the company amid a reorganization under executive Sally Preston.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Courts Former News Corp. Digital Exec Ross Levinsohn As U.S. Head  —  He's baaaaaack.  —  Former Fox Interactive Media President Ross Levinsohn, that is, who is the top candidate to replace Hilary Schneider as Yahoo's North American head, according to several sources close to the situation.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and SAI
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Journalism schools: New hyperlocal hubs for publishers?  —  Teaming up with journalism schools has long been a way for publishers to recruit and get inexpensive content in return for giving students coveted bylines and experience for their resumes.  Now, some publishers are taking university …
Why the 100% solution feels 95% wrong  —  There's a little meme, fired up mostly by Jay Rosen, about something called “the 100% solution” for journalism.  That is, taking a subject and covering everything about it (Rosen's example is a network of organisations and volunteers covering every single event …
Russ Smith /
The Media's Run Out of Gas A Week Before the Election  —  There's nothing left to say, but Democratic partisans are spinning out “resurgence” stories at a breakneck clip.  —  One day last week, at the height of the Juan Williams/NPR contretemps, I asked a colleague—an ultra-liberal …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Social media in the spotlight  —  Privacy and secrecy are increasingly sacrificed in the era of Facebook and Twitter, but some people are rebelling.  — launched last week with a promise to open up a new frontier, showing “what your favorite celebrities are up to and where they were last spotted.”
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
BoingBoing Slows Original Video Production, Focuses on Curation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — BoingBoing, the popular blog about technology and culture, has dialed back significantly from producing original daily packages to presenting mostly other's videos, says David Pescovitz, co-editor, in this interview with Beet.TV
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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