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1:30 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
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 …
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.
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.
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).
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 …
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 …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
British Newspaper Finds Readers Flocking Online  —  PARIS — For daily, or even hourly, updates on the life of Cheryl Cole, a British television talent-show judge and sometime pop singer who used to be married to a soccer star, there may be no better resource than the Web site of The Daily Mail.
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
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.
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