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8:45 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 …
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
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Fans Plot World Series Sweep to Bars, Amid Cablevision Shutout  —  Baseball fan Jon Eisenstein set up a new 55-inch, 3-D television at his house ahead of the World Series opener today.  He can't count on watching the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on it though.
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 …
Dpakman / Pakman's Blog:
Why Netflix Won  —  Very few digital media upstarts have been able to build scale businesses in online entertainment.  No startup has succeeded at scale in digital music (with only Apple and, barely, Amazon registering any level of success — these are hardly startups).
Discussion: MediaMemo
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:
Bill Cromwell / Media Life Magazine:
Media buyers: Tribune Co. is a disaster  —  Poll: Majority think its management is incompetent  —  At least the Tribune board did one thing right: They finally canned Randy Michaels, but in all other ways Tribune Co. and its leaders have made a real mess of things, and it's unlikely …
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 …
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
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel Establishes Its Own Free Press  —  Intel has gone into the news business, sort of.  —  The giant chip maker already creates and posts all the conventional press releases, blogs, tweets, presentations and marketing materials.  Yet some people at Intel started hankering for something more …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amex's Ad Agency Asks Us To Remove Post, Threatens Future Business  —  An advertising agency that represents American Express took issue with my post yesterday complaining about my failed efforts to get a simple credit card.  In the post, titled Damnit Amex, Give Me A Credit Card …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
LimeWire Shutters File Sharing Services After RIAA Win  —  LimeWire on Tuesday finally shuttered its file sharing services months after a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America and found the New York company liable for a “substantial amount of copyright infringement” …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The Value of Your Time and How it Impacts the Internet Video vs Traditional TV battle  —  The argument is pervasive.  Kids don't want or need cable.  They have the internet for content.  Why would they pay all that money when they can find most, if not all the entertainment they want and need for free ?
Max Abelson / New York Observer:
Schmoozing on a Global Scale: The Economist Draws the Pooh-Bahs of Finance For a Pretend Meltdown  —  “Oh, Joe!”  Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, said to the Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.  It was Monday afternoon in an emptying auditorium across from the Empire State Building.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Epicenter
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Emma Heald / Editors Weblog:
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Nielsen Wire:
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Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
Comcast launches new web video service, stepping up fight
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and MediaPost
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Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
National Journal editor wants to ‘win the morning’ (and then some)
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