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3:40 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.
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
Zuckerberg named Time's Person of the Year  —  Time magazine has named Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Person of the Year, Rick Stengel announced on “Today.”  —  He overtook runners-up The Tea Party, Julian Assange, Hamid Karzai and The Chilean Miners.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Air Force Blocks Sites With Leaked Cables
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
Discussion: Twitter Blog and The Next Web
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.
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
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
More Signs Pointing Towards Hearst Buying Hachette
Discussion: FishbowlNY and
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 …
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.
Matt Thompson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Coming soon to journalism: Matt Thompson sees the “Speakularity” and universal instant transcription  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  —  We also want to hear your predictions: Take our Lab reader poll …
Matt Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Reality TV for the Rest of Us  —  We've all been there—spending hours in front of the TV, getting lost clicking through hundreds of channels, just to realize that you haven't really watched anything at all.  The best way to stay out of the TV weeds is to get recommendations from your friends …
Jonathan Cooper / Journal Register Company:
Journal Register Company's Open Newsroom Launches New Era In Community Journalism  —  Yardley, PA - Marking a new era in community journalism, Journal Register Company, a leading local news and information company, opened the doors of The Register Citizen's new, community-focused newsroom.
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.
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.
Jennifer Weil / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: ‘Exhibition’ Magazine Puckers Up... Tina Brown's Big Catch...  SIMPLY RED: New luxury magazine Exhibition has a singular intent.  That's to cover one particular object or product — often considered commonplace — in-depth in its single issue out yearly.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
AP staffers hold ‘byline boycott’ to protest proposed cuts  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  The AP union says members are also demonstrating unity by wearing red shirts and signing a petition asking management to reconsider a pension plan freeze and increases in medical payments by more than 40 percent.
Discussion: New York Observer
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Madhu Rajaraman / American Journalism Review:
The Comment Police  —  NPR says it's pleased with the results …
Brian Sheehan / AdAge:
Why Big Brands Are Dominating Social Media
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Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Better curation on Twitter, pushback against anonymity, and more …
Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Speeding up a startup, but slowing down at the same time
Thomas Pardee / AdAge:
Finding the Sweet Spot for Journalism and Social Media
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Smartphone growth, Murdoch's Daily, and journalism for the poor …
Eriq Gardner / Reuters:
Online vendor of 25-cent Beatles songs loses case
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent
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Nieman Reports:
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
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Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Cohen Upped To EVP At Bravo
Discussion: MediaPost
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
France Says Google Is Main Cause Of News Publishers' Woes
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
We Need New Ways of Judging the Success of Websites
Discussion: Mixed Media
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Exclusive: Ex-NBC Chief Resurfaces With Digital Venture
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
The Awl to start paying its writers in January