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5:20 PM ET, December 15, 2010


 Top News: 
Lev Grossman / Time:
Mark Zuckerberg  —  On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Columbia j-school staff: WikiLeaks prosecution ‘will set a dangerous precedent’  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism faculty and officers tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that “while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks' methods and decisions …
Barton Gellman / Time:
Julian Assange  —  On Dec. 9, 2006, an unsolicited e-mail arrived for Daniel Ellsberg, the whistle-blower of Vietnam War renown.  The return address said only “WikiLeaks,” and the signature at bottom, “WL.”  In the orotund prose of a manifesto, the message invited Ellsberg to become …
Discussion: Computerworld and The Wrap
Wall Street Journal:
Air Force Blocks Sites With Leaked Cables
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter Raises $200 Million at $3.7 Billion Valuation; Adds McCue and Rosenblatt to Board  —  Twitter has completed its latest round of funding-$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation-with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.
New York Times:
YouTube May Buy Video Production Company  —  By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and BRIAN STELTER  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is in talks to buy Next New Networks, a Web video production company, according to two people briefed on the discussions.
Larry Yang / The Official Google TV Blog:
What's new with Google TV?  —  It's been two months since the first Google TV device went on sale.  Since then, we have been hard at work thinking about how we can make the platform even better for our users.  In fact, one of the greatest things about Google TV is that it comes with free …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Bloomberg Hires 2 to Lead Opinion Venture  —  12:13 p.m. |  Updated Bloomberg L.P. is making a foray into opinion writing, a move intended to further broaden the company's reach beyond its bread-and-butter financial news service.  —  The company has hired two big names — James P. Rubin …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Launches Online Form to Buy Ads, Trending Topics & More  —  The business end of Twitter has revamped its website tonight and it now includes a form that companies can use to express interest in purchasing Promoted Accounts, Promoted Tweets or Promoted Trends.
Brian Ries / The Daily Beast:
The Hackers Who Broke Gawker  —  As Gawker Media users scramble to change their passwords in the wake of a massive security breach, members of Gnosis say they're not planning any more big hacks—but their power has increased exponentially, says Brian Ries.  —  Members of the hacking group Gnosis …
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Turning Gawker On Itself
Discussion: AdAge, New York Post, Gothamist and Poynter
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
E-Readers With Color Open Door for Pictures  —  Millions of consumers have embraced black-and-white e-readers like the Kindle for reading simple novels or nonfiction — but books with color illustrations have generally remained better read in print.  —  Now publishers are making headway …
Jonathan Stray:
Does journalism work?  —  How do we know that the work that journalists do accomplishes anything at all?  And what does journalism do, exactly, beyond vague statements like “supports democracy” and trivial ones like “gives me movie reviews”?  —  I made this image a couple months ago to introduce the question at a conference.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Look how many newspapers are still sold every day in the UK...  How many people in Britain buy a newspaper every day?  It's a question often asked and rarely answered with any authority.  —  I found myself floundering for an exact answer during a US radio broadcast at the weekend, guessing at about 12m.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ's secret project to launch end of next month  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Wall Street Journal's secret project will launch in six weeks, with a formal announcement of its launch detailing what it will be expected early next year, sources within Dow Jones & Co. said Tuesday.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Launches First IAd for IPad, for Disney's ‘Tron Legacy’  —  Initial IAd for Apple's Tablet Is a Preview of What's Coming Next Year  —  NEW YORK ( — The first iAd for iPad will launch this afternoon for the upcoming Disney blockbuster “Tron Legacy.”
David Zax / Fast Company:
“Turbulence,” an Interactive Movie, Coming Soon to an iPad Near You  —  An Israeli professor of film and television takes a new, more theoretical, approach to developing an interactive film.  —  The woman's husband is cheating on her, but she does not know this yet.  She stands alone in their dark bedroom.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Taxi TV Screens Gain Ad Business in New York  —  Take a taxi through the East Village this week, and there is a good chance that a commercial for the Blue Man Group — playing nearby on Astor Place — will pop up on the miniature television facing the back seat.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Deborah Burns Out at Hachette  —  As Elle and Woman's Day publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. continues sale talks, it has lost another senior executive, Deborah Burns.  —  Burns, a 26-year Hachette vet, had been svp for Metropolitan Home and Elle Decor until Met Home folded in 2009.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, and Adweek
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Givhan, Gopnik leaving the Washington Post
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
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