Wikileaks and the Long Haul — Like a lot of people, I am conflicted about Wikileaks. — Citizens of a functioning democracy must be able to know what the state is saying and doing in our name, to engage in what Pierre Rosanvallon calls “counter-democracy"*, the democracy …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Whimsley, mathewingram.com/work, Boing Boing, Guardian and The Huffington Post
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News: Some news outlets stop calling WikiLeaks a ‘whistle-blower’
Glenn Fleishman / Boing Boing: Clay Shirky's Nuanced Position on WikiLeaks
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian: Columbia students told job prospects harmed if they access WikiLeaks cables
Jeff Jarvis / The Huffington Post: Transparency: the new source of power
Sam Gustin / Threat Level:
Columbia University Reverses Anti-WikiLeaks Guidance
Columbia University Reverses Anti-WikiLeaks Guidance
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Dan Abrams Plans 3 Web Sites — After a successful run with his Web sites that cover media, sports, gossip and technology, Dan Abrams, perhaps best known not as an Internet entrepreneur but as an MSNBC personality, is expanding. — Mr. Abrams will start three online properties early next year …
Discussion: WebNewser, On Media's Blog and Poynter
David Cohen / WebNewser: Abrams Media Network Launching Three New Sites
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Dan Abrams expanding online empire
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Mediaite.com founder Abrams to add three sites in 2011
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.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine: Report: AOL Mulls Breakup, Merger with Yahoo
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: AOL Wants To Merge With Yahoo And Spin Off Its Dialup Business
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: AOL & Yahoo Plan Merger? Building an “Exclusive” on...Well, Nothing Actually
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Yet another rumor of AOL split, Yahoo merger
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: YAOLhoo: Two Rocks Do Not Float Better Than One
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: AOL Scheming To Sell Itself To Yahoo?
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley: Report: AOL considering breakup followed by merger with Yahoo
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat: Does anyone want to tell Yahoo that AOL wants to merge with it?
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: AOL to split, then join forces with Yahoo?
Allie Townsend / Techland: AOL Plans Merger With Yahoo
Stephanie Vallejo / New York Magazine: AOL Considers Plan to Break Up Operations and Seek Merger With Yahoo
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Dexter Filkins Poached by The New Yorker — Dexter Filkins, a star war correspondent for The New York Times, is heading to The New Yorker, a person familiar with the situation tells The Observer. — Mr. Filkins, who is in Istanbul today, declined to discuss the move, which he has been considering for two months.
Discussion: WWD Media Headlines, Yahoo! News, The Wire, The Huffington Post and Gawker
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: NYT Star Reporter Dexter Filkins Leaves For The New Yorker
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Dexter Filkins to The New Yorker
Abraham Murray / The Official Google Blog:
Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of booksellers and devices — Today is the first page in a new chapter of our mission to improve access to the cultural and educational treasures we know as books. Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore.
Discussion: IndieBound, GigaOM, Epicenter, Yahoo! News, The Book Bench, New York Times, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Wrap, paidContent, Ars Technica, New York Observer, GalleyCat, MacStories, Techland, Search Engine Land, Tech Trader Daily, App Advice, Faster Forward, Gizmodo, eBookNewser, Switched, ReadWriteWeb, Kindle Review, Engadget, Hillicon Valley, SAI and ResourceShelf, more at Techmeme »
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: Google's New Bookstore Cracks Open the E-book Market
Ryan Singel / Epicenter: Google Launches Online Bookstore, Challenging Amazon
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News: Google's eBook store open for business, but will it make a dent in Amazon?
Macy Halford / The Book Bench: The Google eBookstore: Mostly Good, a Little Bad
Julie Bosman / New York Times: Google Opens Doors to E-Bookstore
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Google launches ebook store with world's largest library of titles
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Google eBooks: E-Reading Takes To The Cloud
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Google Launches E-Book Store With 3 Million Titles
David Kaplan / paidContent: Google eBookstore Finally Opens For Business
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Google launches eBookstore with choice of sellers and devices
Adrianne Jeffries / New York Observer: The Anarchist's Bookstore — Google's eBooks initiative debuted today …
Jason Boog / GalleyCat: Google eBookstore Cheered by Indie Booksellers
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Official Google Books iOS App Goes Live
Doug Aamoth / Techland: Google Launches E-book Store, Mobile and Web-based Apps
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land: Going Head-To-Head With Amazon, Google Launches eBooks
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward: Google launches e-book store
Jason Boog / eBookNewser: Google eBookstore Has Launched
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Sweet Gingerbread: Android 2.3 Delivers a Better Keyboard and More Gaming
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: Google eBookstore Goes Live with 3 Million Titles
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley: Google launches eBook store
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Google Opens Its eBook Store
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Orders Up a New Bite-Size Show. It's Going to Taste a Lot Like “Talk Soup.” — Hulu is a great place to see shows that just ran on TV. Is it a good place to see Internet shows that talk about shows that just ran on TV? — Stay tuned! — Plans are underway for a Hulu …
Discussion: Mediaite, Mixed Media, Fast Company, mediabistro.com and The Next Web, more at Techmeme »
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: The New Networks: Netflix, iTunes and Hulu
Kit Eaton / Fast Company: Hulu's Original TV Recap Show Hints at the End of Programming As You Know It
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
How Mark Zuckerberg Fooled ‘60 Minutes’ — Leave it to 60 Minutes to pass off Facebook's utterly meaningless redesign of the site's profile pages as some kind of “exclusive” worth leading a segment on the company's founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It's not just that correspondent Lesley Stahl …
Jordan Riefe / The Wrap: Sorkin: Leaked IMs Show Facebook Founder Out for Revenge
Jay Yarow / The Wire: Mark Zuckerberg Rocked On 60 Minutes (And The Winklevosses Looked, Well, Pathetic)
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Zuckerberg on 60 Minutes: the toddler CEO keeps his cool in the hot seat
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: A tense look at Facebook on ‘60 Minutes’
Alex Hillman / dangerouslyawesome:
Fear and Loathing in Phoenix - My 48 Hour Binge Experience at NewsFoo — I'm coming down from a 48 hour binge. Not one fueled by two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers …
Discussion: krochmal's posterous and Timetric Blog
Andrew Walkingshaw / Timetric Blog: Ignite NewsFoo: The Back of an Envelope
David Carr / New York Times:
To Beat ‘Today,’ Look to Tomorrow — When a sports team loses long enough, fans get restless and soon enough, the coach ends up getting the gate. After all, you can't fire the whole team, right? — Unless you work in television. Last week, every single member of the perennially last place “Early Show” on CBS was shown the door.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and TVNewser
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Carr Criticizes New Lineup
Alex Weprin / TVNewser: David Carr: Anchor Changes at the ‘Early Show’ …
Amy Larocca / New York Magazine:
Planet Monocle — Tyler Brûlé ushered in a design revolution with Wallpaper magazine. His new global media strategy is equally rarefied, and only occasionally ridiculous. Listen to him for a while, and the world seems positively aglow with possibility.
Discussion: TVNewser, Yahoo! News and Das Krapital
Molly Stark Dean / TVNewser: Tyler Brûlé on Bloomberg TV: 'I hope it will be a return …
Moe Tkacik / Das Krapital: Tyler Brûlé Can Definitely Think Of A Few Ways …
Wall Street Journal:
No Longer Tiny, Netflix Gets Respect—and Creates Fear — As Rivals Look to Counter Its Online Movie-Streaming Service, Hollywood Cautiously Cuts Deals to Provide Some Content — After years as a bit player in entertainment, Netflix Inc. is being eyed for a new role by Hollywood: industry hulk.
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb, GigaOM, Tech Trader Daily, Engadget, DSLreports and SAI
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Online game distributor OnLive plans to stream movies next year
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: Amazon Working on Rival to Netflix Streaming-Only Subscription Service
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: Watch Out, Netflix: Vizio, OnLive Might Stream As Well
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: This Morning: Netflix's Advance, AOL's Plans
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ESPN Says Study Shows Little Effort to Cut Cable — Seeking to understand the cutting of cable cords, ESPN has waded into the Nielsen Company's audience sample and concluded that the cancellations are currently a “very minor” phenomenon. — The sports network's study provides a new answer …
Discussion: The Next Web, Online Video News, Company Town and Techland
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web: ESPN: Only 0.11% of cable subscribers really cut the cord last quarter
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News: ESPN, using Nielsen data, says cord-cutting is a ‘very minor’ nuisance
Michelle Castillo / Techland: ESPN: People Aren't Ditching Cable For Streaming TV
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Cosmo Sets Sights on Mongolia — Coming to a newsstand most likely not near you: Cosmo Mongolia. — Cosmopolitan, which has been helping women all over the world unlock the secrets to better sex, tighter tushes and the enigmatic male psyche for four decades, will begin to sell a Mongolia edition this week.
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Observer and New York Magazine
Stephanie Vallejo / New York Magazine: Cosmo Launches Another International Edition, Lives Up to Technical …
New York Times:
Comcast and NBC — Television is undergoing a wrenching change. Companies like Netflix and Google TV are lining up to offer movies and TV online. Cable systems are developing online bundles as they add broadband customers but lose TV subscribers. Broadcast networks are still figuring …
Discussion: TVNewser, WebNewser, Post Tech and Stop Big Media News
Alex Weprin / TVNewser: NY Times, B&C Editorialize on Comcast-NBCU Merger as the Process Nears its End
David Cohen / WebNewser: NYT Editorial on Comcast-NBCU: Hands Off Internet Video
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech: As Comcast-NBC try to tie up merger, news editorials differ on consequences
Lucia Moses / Brandweek:
Apps as Money Pit — Magazine publishers are pouring money into apps, seduced by the notion that tablet computers can open a new avenue to make money from their content. But will they ever make it back? Certainly not in the near term and, perhaps, never.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Web Site for Teenagers With Literary Leanings — When Jacob Lewis helped create the beta version of the Web site Figment with Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, Mr. Lewis envisioned it as a sort of literary Facebook for the teenage set. — “I really went into it and thought …
Discussion: LA Observed, FishbowlNY and New York Observer
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed: Figment: a new website for young writers and readers
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Newsday redesigns website, offers free access through Jan. 7 — Newsday editor Debby Krenek says that “perhaps the most noticeable change is our new, fresh look, with a lighter color scheme and darker text, as well as a faster load time.” The one month of free access is sponsored by Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Salon's Swan Song? — Popular site seeks buyer amidst tough market — Who will buy Salon.com? The site's search for a buyer has drawn attention to its troubled business model as a standalone news site, but its content and audience could be valuable to a company willing to assume its losses.