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4:50 PM ET, November 4, 2010


 Top News: 
Illadore's House o Crack:
Copyright Infringement and Me  —  The tl;dr version of this post: My 2005 Ice Dragon entry, called “A Tale of Two Tarts” was apparently printed without my knowledge or permission in a magazine and I am apparently the victim of copyright infringement.  —  The story:
Jessanne Collins / The Awl:
My Summer on the Content Farm  —  Remember that “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy and Ethel take jobs in the chocolate factory and the conveyor belt starts pumping out candy faster than they can pack it in the wrappers so they start stuffing their faces and cleavage with the excess, cowering from the intimidating factory matron?
Nicholas Spangler / CJR:
In Demand  —  I spent eight years at The Miami Herald, mainly writing features, and when the paper laid me off in 2009, I was humiliated and sad.  But people told me getting laid off could be a good thing and I listened to them.  “Invent” and “take charge” and “define” …
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
More Content, More Devices  —  Since we kicked off our preview of Hulu Plus, it's been our mission to continually add more devices and content to the Hulu Plus service.  Over the past few weeks, we've added several titles to the Hulu Plus service, including new fall shows like Raising Hope …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Hulu Plus Opens Up, Doesn't Go on Sale
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Guardian Flips iPhone App To Subscription Model, Except In U.S.  —  We had expected The Guardian to move its popular iPhone app, which has a one-off £2.39 ($3.99) download price, to a recurring payment.  —  Now the paper says it is introducing a new app, due in December …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Dish Exec: Hulu Is Destroying the TV Industry  —  Hulu users would wait a lot longer to catch up on their favorite shows, if Dish Network VP of Online Content Development and Strategy Bruce Eisen had his way.  “If I can watch Glee tomorrow morning and I don't have to pay a pay TV service …
Discussion: Techdirt, CrunchGear and
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Does Forbes' First Sponsored Blog Look Too Much Like Editorial?  —  As SAP Weighs in Under AdVoice Label, Some Object  —  NEW YORK ( — Forbes' website has started running the sponsored blogs it promised back in September, letting the business software marketer SAP weigh in on cyber security …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Fox News On Christine O'Donnell: We Have ‘No Plans To Hire Her’  —  The midterms are over, and while the GOP regained control of the House, the coronation of the Tea Party movement is still up for debate.  Sure, a number of Tea Party candidates won their races, but perhaps the most visible …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Brokaw: 'There's Always a Reason to Turn Over a Rock & Find Out What's Under it  —  It's been six years since Tom Brokaw stepped down as anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” but he's just as committed to journalism as he ever was.  —  When I spoke with him by phone last week …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of Kindle Singles  —  [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.]  —  Maybe the newspaper is like the old LP — you know, as in “Long Play.”
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
The Last Female Staff Reporter Quits the ‘New York Observer’  —  As of five weeks ago, there were two women staff reporters at the New York Observer.  Three weeks ago, one of those women quit; today, Irina Aleksander, the last woman staff reporter, has given notice.
Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker
John Cook / Gawker:
The Final Insult to Arianna Huffington's Failed Journalism Experiment  —  The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, Arianna Huffington's failed attempt at nonprofit journalism, was taken over by the Center for Public Integrity.  Now the Center for Public Integrity has been taken over by a right-wing hack.
Discussion: Romenesko
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
New Times Magazine Editor Hugo Lindgren on His Plans: Big Subjects, More T, and the End of ‘The Way We Live Now’  —  In late September, the months-long search for a replacement for Gerry Marzorati as editor of The New York Times Magazine ended in a surprise: Times brass tapped Hugo Lindgren …
Discussion: New York Observer
Mike Vilensky / New York Magazine:
Graydon Carter: Editing Newsweek Would Be ‘A Completely Hopeless, Thankless Task’  —  Graydon Carter was unusually chipper last night at the Landmarks Conservancy's Living Landmarks Celebration, at which he was honored.  But the Vanity Fair editor, who was mingling with fellow honorees Jonathan M. Tisch …
Discussion: New York Observer
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
For Sale:, Barely Used  —  Psst.  Wanna buy a cool Web address?  —  Guardian Media has one for sale.  The British publisher is peddling the “” domain name, people familiar with the company tell me.  Asking price, I'm told, is something north of $100,000.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. Can't Wait For Google's Tablets  —  It's become standard issue for media executives to praise the iPad during public events.  Today Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes added a twist, by taking time to talk up tablets made by people other than Apple.  —  Here are Bewkes's prepared remarks from Time Warner's earnings call this morning:
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
“Saving money by being open”: Mike Bracken discussing innovation at The Guardian  —  At the risk of writing a blog post that looks like some very public sucking up to my really should read the presentation my boss Mike Bracken gave to the Gartner 2010 Symposium in Orlando.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Andrew Breitbart Says ABC ‘Humiliated’ Him, ‘Damaged’ His Brand  —  Under pressure from groups like Media Matters and Color of Change, ABC News first scaled back, and then canceled, Andrew Breitbart's planned participation in its Election Day coverage.
Discussion: Big Journalism
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
“I'm committed to the destruction of the old media guard.”
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Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Exclusive: News Corp. EVP Rich Battista Exits
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
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The Irish Times:
Sarkozy had ‘surveillance unit spy on journalists’
Eric Wilson / New York Times:
Women's Wear Daily Is How Old?
Brihendr / National Sports Journalism Center:
Daulerio: No regrets over ethical handling of Favre story
Stephen Lowman / Political Bookworm:
With Bush memoir, another embargo is broken
Discussion: News Desk and GalleyCat
Tom Pipes Up Again:
An Open Letter to Ross Watson — On the Future of News Media
Discussion: Guardian
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Washington Post hyperlocal launch expected in the 'late spring …
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Seth Colter Walls / The Awl:
Russ Feingold At Rest
Mike Madden / City Desk:
Politico Celebrates Politico  —  Around the District last night …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
The New New Andreessen
Erin Ailworth / Boston Globe:
Magazine sues Cambridge start-up
Discussion: Romenesko
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
“Travel + Leisure” Arrives on the iPad
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