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10:10 AM ET, December 5, 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: CJR and CNBC
Misha Glenny / T Magazine:
The Gift of Information  —  Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have been jettisoned to fame or notoriety (choose your noun, please) not because of a passing political battle but for reasons much deeper: the desire to possess, distribute and devour information.  Ever since the release in July …
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”
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).
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.
Discussion: paidContent and WebNewser
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
With Widevine Acquisition, Google is Poised to Go Hollywood  —  Just as the week is wrapping up, Google has announced its acquisition of Widevine, a provider of digital content protection and video optimization technologies.  Widevine was a private company that had raised over $50 million to date.
Discussion: MediaPost and TechCrunch
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
Rick Edmonds / Poynter Online:
Mary Meeker's math: Old media captures $50 billion in advertising that should go to Internet  —  Besides Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I mark November as the occasion for analyst Mary Meeker's voluminous and always provocative report on the state of the Internet.
Roku Readies Pay-Per-View System for Small Publishers  —  While Netflix, the and Amazon have sophisticated payment systems in place on the Roku platform, smaller publishers have few options to generate subscription or pay-per-view payments.  —  Beginning early next year …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
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Discussion: Poynter
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Yahoo! News
Internet Partner Sues the AP
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
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