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: CNET News, Salon, Whimsley, ReadWriteWeb, Threat Level, The Wire, Boing Boing, mathewingram.com/work and Guardian, more at Techmeme »
Declan McCullagh / CNET News: MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments
Glenn Greenwald / Salon: The lawless Wild West attacks WikiLeaks
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Wikileaks' Assange May be TIME's Person of the Year
Joe Weisenthal / The Wire: Remember When Julian Assange And Wikileaks Were Cool?
Glenn Fleishman / Boing Boing: Clay Shirky's Nuanced Position on WikiLeaks
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, Slate, Guardian, News: News blog, Hit & Run, New York Times, Jon Slattery and The Daily Caller
Lance Whitney / CNET News: Online activists fighting to keep WikiLeaks alive
Christopher Hitchens / Slate: The WikiLeaks founder is an unscrupulous megalomaniac with a political agenda.
Sam Jones / Guardian: Assange's Swiss bank account closed
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run: Assange Updates: British Cops, Swiss Banks, Canadian Cabals
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times: Hundreds of WikiLeaks Mirror Sites Appear
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller: WikiLeaks calls for ‘censorship resistant mirrors’ of site
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 …
Discussion: New York Times, Guardian and TPMMuckraker
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times: Assange to Meet With British Police, Lawyer Says
Owen Bowcott / Guardian: Julian Assange to be questioned by British police
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Julian Assange WikiLeaks - latest — • Lawyer announces Julian Assange to meet police — • WikiLeaks founder will fight any extradition attempt — • International pressure mounts as Assange account closed — • Follow latest developments live with Josh Halliday
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine: Julian Assange's New Image: Just in Time to Talk About Those Rape Accusations
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock: Julian Assange Will Turn Himself In And Appear In A London Court Tomorrow
Hans Villarica / newsfeed.time.com: All About Assange: Obama May Need to Resign and Other WikiLeaks Weekend Updates
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: Guardian, The Nation and TechCrunch
Afua Hirsch / Guardian: Julian Assange's legal team will fight extradition
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: WikiLeaks' One True Home Is Twitter, But For How Long?
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: TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, Gawker, VentureBeat, GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb, Yahoo! News, MediaPost, Consumer Reports …, MacStories, Search Engine Land, The Book Bench, Gizmodo, eBookNewser, Switched, Techland, App Advice, Kindle Review, Jacket Copy, The Wrap, O'Reilly Radar, Faster Forward, Publishing Perspectives, BGR, The Next Web, New York Observer, Engadget, Tech Trader Daily, Ars Technica, ResourceShelf, SAI and Hillicon Valley, more at Techmeme »
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Google eBooks: E-Reading Takes To The Cloud
Ryan Tate / Gawker: Google Is Selling E-Books Now
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Google launches ebook store with world's largest library of titles
James Kendrick / GigaOM: Google Books for Android — a Review
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: Google eBookstore Goes Live with 3 Million Titles
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News: Google's eBook store open for business, but will it make a dent in Amazon?
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Google eBookstore Open For Business
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Official Google Books iOS App Goes Live
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land: Going Head-To-Head With Amazon, Google Launches eBooks
Macy Halford / The Book Bench: The Google eBookstore: Mostly Good, a Little Bad
Jason Boog / eBookNewser: Google eBookstore Has Launched
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Sweet Gingerbread: Android 2.3 Delivers a Better Keyboard and More Gaming
Doug Aamoth / Techland: Google Launches E-book Store, Mobile and Web-based Apps
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy: Google launches its eBooks store
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Google Launches E-Book Store With 3 Million Titles
DC Denison / O'Reilly Radar: Getting Google to notice your ebook
Hannah Johnson / Publishing Perspectives: Will Google eBooks Save Indie Booksellers?
Andrew Munchbach / BGR: Google officially announces electronic bookstore
Adrianne Jeffries / New York Observer: The Anarchist's Bookstore — Google's eBooks initiative debuted today …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Google launches eBookstore with choice of sellers and devices
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Google Opens Its eBook Store
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley: Google launches eBook store
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google's New Bookstore Cracks Open the E-book Market
Google's New Bookstore Cracks Open the E-book Market
Discussion: USA Today, Epicenter, New York Times, TechCrunch, New York Observer, paidContent, The Next Web and MediaMemo, more at Techmeme »
Ryan Singel / Epicenter: Google Launches Online Bookstore, Challenging Amazon
Julie Bosman / New York Times: Google Opens Doors to E-Bookstore
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Reading A Google eBook On My iPad
David Kaplan / paidContent: Google eBookstore Finally Opens For Business
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Another eBook Store? Yep! But This One's From Google.
Paige / IndieBound:
Independent Bookstores Selling Google eBooks
Independent Bookstores Selling Google eBooks
Discussion: Consumer Reports …, App Advice, Switched, GalleyCat and eBookNewser
Consumer Reports Electronics Blog: Daily Dispatch: Google eBooks now available for multiple devices …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice: Google Launches Its Own E-Book Store & Dedicated Universal iOS App
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Google Launches eBooks for Just About Every Device, And We Don't Hate It
Jason Boog / GalleyCat: Google eBookstore Cheered by Indie Booksellers
Dianna Dilworth / eBookNewser: Can Google Save Indie Bookstores?
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
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, Yahoo! News, Gawker, The Wire and The Huffington Post
John Koblin / WWD: Dexter Filkins Leaves The New York Times for The New Yorker
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Dexter Filkins to The New Yorker
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: NYT Star Reporter Dexter Filkins Leaves For The New Yorker
Jason Fry / National Sports Journalism Center:
Gawker Has a Lesson for Sports Departments — Gawker Media boss Nick Denton made waves last week with an explanation of the thinking behind his sites' new look, which will become the norm next month. (You can see how Deadspin looks in a beta version here.)
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: Did Gawker's Attack on Barry Diller Go Too Far?
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: Mixed Media, Fast Company, Mediaite, The Next Web and mediabistro.com, 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
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
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: The Huffington Post, Post Tech, TVNewser, WebNewser and Stop Big Media News
Sen. Bernie Sanders / The Huffington Post: NBC-Comcast Merger Not in the Public Interest
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech: As Comcast-NBC try to tie up merger, news editorials differ on consequences
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
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’
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: Yahoo! News, Inside Cable News, TVNewser 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 …
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 …
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: SAI, CNET News, ReadWriteWeb, GigaOM, VentureBeat, Tech Trader Daily, Engadget and DSLreports
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Vizio, OnLive may be prepping video-streaming services
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Online game distributor OnLive plans to stream movies next year
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: This Morning: Netflix's Advance, AOL's Plans
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.
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.
Discussion: paidContent, NetNewsCheck Latest, GigaOM, MarketingVOX, TechCrunch and AgencySpy, more at Techmeme »
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: U.S. Online Advertising Expected to Grow 14 Percent in 2010
Kiran Aditham / AgencySpy: eMarketer Raises Online Ad Forecast
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.
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Further Speculation On AOL-Yahoo Rumors And Other Useless Endeavors
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Yet another rumor of AOL split, Yahoo merger
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: AOL & Yahoo Plan Merger? Building an “Exclusive” on...Well, Nothing Actually
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: YAOLhoo: Two Rocks Do Not Float Better Than One
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
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
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: FishbowlNY, New York Observer and LA Observed
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed: Figment: a new website for young writers and readers
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.
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, Company Town, Techland and Online Video News
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web: ESPN: Only 0.11% of cable subscribers really cut the cord last quarter
Michelle Castillo / Techland: ESPN: People Aren't Ditching Cable For Streaming TV
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.
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 …
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 (AdAge.com) — While we've been obsessed with the carnage in American media markets for the last couple of years …
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Lotame Raises $11 Million in Funding — Digital Data Company Brings in Sales Execs From Comcast, Metacafe — NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Ad Targeter Lotame Gets $11 Million More