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8:55 PM ET, November 4, 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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)
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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.”
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
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
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 …
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:
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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