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2:51 AM ET, December 6, 2010


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity  —  The past week has seen plenty of ink spilled — virtual and otherwise — about WikiLeaks and its mercurial front-man, Julian Assange, and the pressure they have come under from the U.S. government and companies such as Amazon and PayPal …
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
What if the Secrets Stayed Secret?  —  I READ the Monday New York Times with what can only be described as a sinking feeling.  —  Here on display, based on yet another WikiLeaks release, was the breathtaking disclosure of American diplomats' highly sensitive internal communications about friends and enemies.
Discussion: Mediaite, CJR, CNBC and Gothamist
Misha Glenny / T Magazine:   The Gift of Information  —  Julian Assange and WikiLeaks …
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why WikiLeaks' latest document dump makes everyone in journalism …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Guardian
WikiLeaks fights to stay online after US company withdraws domain name
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: AOL mulls breakup, then merger with Yahoo  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc, undergoing a radical transformation into the king of content on the Internet, is actively exploring a breakup involving a complicated series of transactions that may lead to a merger with Yahoo Inc, sources close to the plans told Reuters.
Alan English / The Augusta Chronicle:
Chronicle is launching subscriptions for digital access  —  Free for a limited time.  —  Digital access to The Augusta Chronicle's news stories - also available in a nifty iPad format in the coming weeks - is moving from being completely free to a subscription-based model.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Times of London Paywall Paying Off Already!*
Discussion: Poynter, eMedia Vitals and Mashable!
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo's Big Video Plans: New Business Show, Scripted Entertainment and News Verticals  —  NEW YORK — Yahoo will significantly increase its original video offering in 2011 with a new business show on Yahoo Finance, scripted entertainment programming and with news video in a number of vertical areas …
Discussion: AdPulp
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   Yahoo IS Focused: “We're A Content Company”
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Set to Appeal in YouTube Case  —  Viacom Inc. says a new wave of digital piracy could threaten the U.S. media business unless federal courts overturn its defeat in a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Google Inc.'s YouTube video-sharing site.  —  The New York-based owner of MTV …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Viacom Files Appeal in $1B Copyright Suit Against Google, YouTube
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
French Publishers Fight Back With a Communal Digital Newsstand  —  PARIS — With sales of newspapers and magazines flagging at the ornate kiosks that adorn the boulevards of Paris, French publishers hope that a planned “digital kiosk” can help revive their fortunes.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
A Very Special Announcement: Changes at The Village Voice  —  ​Hello Runnin' Scared readers!  We have a special programming announcement for you all!  Are you ready?  You look ready.  Here we go:  —  Effective, like, the first week in January, Joe Coscarelli - our indomitable …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Sidney Harman: Man of all trades  —  The businessman who recently bought Newsweek and merged it with the Daily Beast founded an audio company, was a federal appointee and served as a college president.  He's now putting the finishing touches on a new academy at USC.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Is Perez Hilton's conversion for real?  —  Only time will tell if the snarky blogger, who built a career by being mean-spirited, is a changed man.  —  There he was on national television, the self-styled “Queen of Mean.”  Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton sat bolt upright in an almost-conservative jacket and tie.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Ben Widdicombe / Financial Times:   The business of blogging  —  If anyone, anywhere had an opinion …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Measuring the Nomads  —  The more diverse and ubiquitous the internet gets, the harder it becomes to measure.  Especially with the mobile version's rapid growth.  A few weeks ago, my friends from the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA) asked for a presentation discussing …
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Richard Branson's Project app launched without a lifeboat  —  The Virgin boss says his iPad magazine will have to sink or swim on its own merits - at a time when some venerable web publications are sinking  —  Richard Branson is a master of publicity (including self-publicity).
Richard Rogers / Guardian:
Virgin claims to cross final frontier with TV that taps the internet  —  Richard Branson unveils set-top box that puts him a terabyte ahead in online television race  —  Every few years comes a development in the technology that brings moving pictures into our homes invariably accompanied …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Warning to local TV: unbundled distribution is upon you  —  My friend Holly hasn't had a TV in years.  She was also the first friend of mine to give up a land line telephone, and I can't even remember how long ago that was.  So she's “one of those.”  She's been without TV or cable for many years …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple, Publishers Still Miles Apart on iTunes Subscriptions  —  Magazine publishers used to salivate over the iPad.  Now they're a lot more reserved.  They make hopeful noises about Google's Android tablets instead.  —  That's because Apple and the publishing industry haven't been able …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Ben Sherwood Named President of ABC News  —  7:34 p.m. |  Updated ABC announced on Friday that it had appointed Ben Sherwood, a former executive producer of its “Good Morning America” program, as the next president of its news division.  —  He will succeed David Westin …
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Diller on leaving the top spot at IAC: “The company wasn't being managed correctly”  —  FORTUNE — Barry Diller it seems has been pondering the future lately.  Today he took action.  —  Every summer Diller takes some time off to do a deep think.  “I call it my summer project,” he says in an interview with Fortune.
David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
Dispatches from the Last Frontier  —  An aggressive Web site covers Alaska and searches for profitability.  —  David Saleh Rauf ( is an AJR editorial assistant  —  As the Deepwater Horizon rig began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico in late April …
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
British Newspaper Finds Readers Flocking Online
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
With Widevine Acquisition, Google is Poised to Go Hollywood
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaPost
Rick Edmonds / Poynter Online:
Mary Meeker's math: Old media captures $50 billion in advertising …
Roku Readies Pay-Per-View System for Small Publishers
Discussion: GigaOM
Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
Music by Numbers
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
INMA Transformation of Media Summit: Bundling, or how and when …
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
Famed restaurateur Elaine Kaufman of Elaine's Restaurant dies at 81
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Tim Arango Is Next NYT Baghdad Bureau Chief
Discussion: Talking Biz News
 Earlier Picks: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Outfoxed by Fox News? No way.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Local Media May Have Blown Another Online Ads Opportunity
Discussion: MediaPost
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
DealBook's Sorkin: Paywall details still being ‘ironed out’
Discussion: The Wire and Talking Biz News
Associated Press:
Foursquare TV Series In The Works
Sarah Hartley / Guardian:
Hyperlocal and working with legacy brands: former TBD boss Jim Brady
Discussion: Sarah Hartley and Lost Remote
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Rupert Murdoch's Tablet Tabloid: How He Can Pull It Off
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Yahoo! News