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3:15 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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).
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.
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
At Forbes, we believe in the “continuum” of media and content  —  When you've been in the media business as long I have, it's fascinating to watch how all of a sudden “old” becomes “new” again and “dead” springs back to “life.”  —  Barry Diller, who left the old (broadcast TV) for the new …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo's Big Video Plans: New Business Show, Scripted Entertainment …
Discussion: AdPulp and SAI
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
With Widevine Acquisition, Google is Poised to Go Hollywood
Discussion: MediaPost and TechCrunch
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Is Perez Hilton's conversion for real?
Discussion: The Big Picture
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
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Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Viacom Files Appeal in $1B Copyright Suit Against Google, YouTube
Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
Music by Numbers
David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
Dispatches from the Last Frontier  —  An aggressive Web site …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
INMA Transformation of Media Summit: Bundling, or how and when …
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Times of London Paywall Paying Off Already!*
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Poynter and Yahoo! News