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1:00 AM ET, December 7, 2010


 Top News: 
Clay Shirky:
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 …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Some news outlets stop calling WikiLeaks a ‘whistle-blower’  —  WikiLeaks' critics haven't been shy in their characterizations of the online document clearinghouse over the past week.  The Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, blasted editor-in-chief Julian Assange on on …
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Julian Assange Leads TIME Person of the Year Poll  —  You might have heard that Julian Assange leads the pack in the TIME magazine Person of the Year poll.  Before you protest—jaw dropped, caps lock depressed, appalled that America could choose a socialist spy as their person of the year …
Discussion: The Nation, TechCrunch and Guardian
Sam Gustin / Threat Level:
Columbia University Reverses Anti-WikiLeaks Guidance  —  Days after Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) caused an uproar by warning its students against linking to WikiLeaks or discussing the secret-spilling website's latest cache of diplomatic cables online …
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.
Macy Halford / The Book Bench:
The Google eBookstore: Mostly Good, a Little Bad
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Did Gawker's Attack on Barry Diller Go Too Far?  —  Barry Diller, left, sitting two seats away from known gay person Andy Cohen of Bravo, a network popular with gays.  Draw your own conclusions.  Image by Getty Images North America via @daylife  —  As a gossip site, Gawker has an acute interest …
Jason Fry / National Sports Journalism Center:   Gawker Has a Lesson for Sports Departments
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.
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
Ann Marie Kerwin / AdAge:
10 Trends That Are Shaping Global Media Consumption  —  Ad Age Has the Stats From the TV Penetration Rate in Kenya to the Number of World Cup Watchers and More  —  NEW YORK ( — While we've been obsessed with the carnage in American media markets for the last couple of years …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why a Day of Tumblr Down Time Matters to the Entire Web & World  —  Fast growing lightweight blogging service Tumblr has been down for most of the past day and its users are being mocked for their concern.  “Can Tumblr do a Twitter and recover?” laughs economics writer and funny man Paul Kedrosky, for example, on Twitter.
Greg T. Spielberg / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“An art brand”: Gawker Artists looks at the image beyond the display ad  —  Five years ago, Chris Batty, until this week Gawker's vice president of sales and marketing, was looking to fill un-purchased ad space on the site.  He wanted to forgo the “horrendous creative” of ad networks …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Lotame Raises $11 Million in Funding  —  Digital Data Company Brings in Sales Execs From Comcast, Metacafe  —  NEW YORK ( — Online data firm Lotame Solutions raised $11 million in a new round of funding, according to the company.  Emergence Capital, which led the previous round of $13 million …
Discussion: paidContent
New York Observer:
Best of 2010: The Year's Biggest Media Launches (Such as They Are)  — wasn't a big year for big new media ventures.  But compared to the year preceding it, 2010 actually saw a few media jobs opening up — a Great Media Hiring Thaw, if you will.  And alongside the job openings came …
Online Ad Spend Continues Double-Digit Growth  —  Large brand marketers and SMBs are major contributors to ongoing increases  —  The economy may be on an upward trajectory, but continued caution among advertisers will lead to a continued shift toward online advertising, eMarketer forecasts.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
The Messy Falling Out Between The AP And iCopyright  —  Updated with response from AP:  —  Back in 2008, the AP and iCopyright talked excitedly about their new partnership, an early attempt to make bloggers license AP's content instead of simply scraping it.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel:
Ad Growth Continues At Viacom  —  Sales Should Rise Again In Q4  —  New York—Coming off strong third-quarter domestic growth, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said that ad sales, up 8% in the period, should rise even higher in the fourth quarter.  —  Dauman, speaking here at the UBS Global …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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 …
Seeking Alpha:
The Future of Media Gradually Coming Into Focus  —  Suddenly there are a lot of moving parts on the media landscape.  And what's really interesting is that they all seem to be moving in the same direction.  —  We have old media coming toward new media: Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs building an IPad-only newspaper.
Discussion: newsplexer
New York Times:
In Online Privacy Plan, the Opt-Out Question Looms  —  The Federal Trade Commission's proposed privacy mechanism could cause a major shift in the online advertising industry, as companies that have relied on consumers' browsing history try to make up for what could be billions in lost revenue.
Discussion: Rough Type and ReveNews
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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. to Reorganize Corporate Sales and Marketing
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Bewkes Says Digital Should Help Time Warner
Discussion: Multichannel
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
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Discussion: Yahoo! News
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Twitter as story: a work in progress
Barb Palser / American Journalism Review:
Give Patch a Chance
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
IGN and GameStop Combine Online Content and Media Sites
 Earlier Picks: 
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Fairfax chief executive quits
Discussion: TheAustralian, Guardian and mUmBRELLA
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
A Bleak Budget Outlook for Public Broadcasters
Discussion: The Wire
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Salon's Swan Song?
David Carr / New York Times:
To Beat ‘Today,’ Look to Tomorrow
Discussion: FishbowlNY and TVNewser
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Cosmo Sets Sights on Mongolia
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
How Mark Zuckerberg Fooled ‘60 Minutes’
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Apps as Money Pit