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1:30 AM ET, November 5, 2010


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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:
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Magazine Editor Steals Article, Tells Writer ‘You Should Compensate Me!’  —  Writer Monica Gaudio was surprised to see an old article of hers appear in Cooks Source, a “publication for food lovers in Western New England.”  So she wrote the magazine's editor to ask how they got it.  The reply: insanity.
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
How one company games Google News  —  Note the second cluster of stories produced by a Google News search for “iTunes” yesterday afternoon.  All of those Red Label News stories were basically the same: spammy SEO-keywords alongside Web ads.  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Tom Krazit/CNET)
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
How Facebook and Twitter Are Replacing Blogging  —  It's hard to recall these days, now that most bloggers are corporate drones (*cough*), but blogging was originally the pursuit of hobbyists.  And now a lot of those hobbyists appear to be giving it up, or at least cutting back …
Discussion: Technorati
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Nielsen Admits Undercounting Web Traffic  —  Computer Glitch Caused System to Under Count Time Spent By 22%  —  NEW YORK ( — The Nielsen Co. disclosed today it has been undercounting traffic to websites — for at least the last three months — due to a flaw in its system that failed …
Discussion: MediaPost and FM Blog
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
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 …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
ABCi: Publishers say paid content, ads part of mobile revenue strategy  —  A new survey from ABC Interactive (ABCi) reports that U.S. and Canadian publishers see mobile technology as “an increasingly important element” of their future and are pursuing strategies related to the mobile Web, e-readers, tablets and smart phones.
Associated Press Television News to undergo complete digital transformation  —  The digital upgrade allows the AP to enhance the compelling coverage delivered every day from around the world  —  NEW YORK - Associated Press Television News, the world's leading video news agency …
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 …
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Expands DealBook Franchise, Delivering Must-Read News and Insight for Players at All Levels of Deal Community  —  New York Times Enlists Veteran Wall Street and Financial Journalists and Columnists to Expand The Times's Already-Noteworthy Coverage
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Bloglines Will Be Resurrected By IAC-Funded MerchantCircle  —  The saga continues.  After informing us in September that the IAC-owned Bloglines was to be shut down permanently, (the IAC property that operates Bloglines) has resurrected the troubled RSS feeder, the company tells TechCrunch exclusively.
Sam Grobart / Gadgetwise:
Long-Form Journalism Finds an Online Friend  —  Anyone who's spent time writing for the Web knows the basic rule: Keep it short.  Attention spans, we are told, are collapsing faster than pig houses on Angry Birds.  At this rate, municipalities won't just fluoridate their city water supply, they'll have to Ritalinize it as well.
Hunter Walker / New York Observer:
The Cult of Jon Stewart Fires Back at Media Critics  —  Much of Jon Stewart's schtick involves critiquing the media, but those who question Stewart face the wrath of his devoted followers.  —  At his Oct. 30 “Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity” where he spoke before approximately 200,000 supporters …
Discussion: Bloomberg
/ Andy Brett: Writing:
Reclaiming Fragmented Disk Space; Or, Thoughts Upon Leaving TechCrunch  —  As the title indicates, the following is an attempt to do a bit of reflection on the past 16 months that I've been working at TechCrunch as a developer.  It started out as an exercise just for me to clear my head …
Hunter Walker / New York Observer:
Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Doesn't Need You To Read His Magazine  —  On Oct. 28, Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets, threw a lavish launch party in Chelsea to celebrate the arrival of Snob magazine in New York.  The event was complete with foie gras and a performance by jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson.
Rob O'Regan / eMedia Vitals:
Hearst hones its app strategy  —  Hearst Magazines has a broad array of mobile apps, offering everything from e-magazines to recipes to sex tips.  But one element is fairly consistent: Almost all of them carry a price tag.  —  Speaking on a panel about premium content at the ad:tech conference …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Welcome to ATD: The Very Enterprising Arik Hesseldahl  —  And Arik Hesseldahl (pictured here) makes it four.  —  New reporters and bloggers for All Things Digital, that is.  —  The well-known tech writer-based in New York-will be covering the enterprise arena, as well as chips, for us.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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
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 Warner Cable Says It's Looking for Cord Cutters, but Can't Find Them, Either  —  Last week, Comcast lost 275,000 subscribers, but said those losses weren't due to “cord cutters"-people who ditched cable TV for Web video.  —  So this week's news from Time Warner Cable should have a familiar ring to it …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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