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6:41 AM ET, December 24, 2010

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Henry Blodget / The Wire:
Come On, Demand Media, Just Drop The Bogus Accounting  —  The reason the Demand Media IPO has been delayed, Kara Swisher says, is that the regulators are taking a closer look at the company's accounting.  —  As well they should.  —  Because it's unusual.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Demand Media's Accounting Is Even More Bogus Than It Seems  —  Demand Media is making headlines today for disclosing its unorthodox method of accounting in a new filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The so-called content farm, which is trying to get approval for a $125 million IPO …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's IPO-Which Won't Happen Until After the New Year Now-Depends on How It Accounts for Content  —  Yesterday, Demand Media submitted another amended S-1 to the Securities and Exchange Commission, part of its march to an initial public offering many had expected to take place sooner rather than later.
Los Angeles Times:
Theater operators fight studios' plan to release movies in homes earlier  —  The chains are trying to build support for preserving ‘theatrical windows.’  —  Theater operators are mounting a challenge to plans by Hollywood studios to release movies in the home when they are still in theaters.
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Drives More Video Traffic Than All But Google  —  Facebook has surpassed Yahoo in the amount of traffic sent to video destinations, although Google still has the lead in this regard.  —  This comes from a report by Brightcove and TubeMogul based on data what the two call aggregate media sites …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Tribune's new management team releases updated conduct code  —  “It's impossible to spell out every possible situation that you might face,” says a memo sent to Tribune employees on Wednesday, so “use common sense and good judgment to steer your behavior and decisions.”
Susan Crawford blog:
Why Comcast/NBCU matters  —  Since January 2010, I've been writing about the Comcast/NBCU merger.  Now we're in the end-game - so let's pull some threads together for this last post for the year.  —  This merger has more angles than a marathon trick-billiards match, but the most important one is this …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Tremor Media Coughed Up At Least $65 Million For ScanScout  —  Tremor Media, a New York-based online video monetization and advertising company, recently acquired streaming ad placement service provider ScanScout for an undisclosed sum.  Now, thanks to this SEC filing, we know they spent at least $65 million on the merger.
Discussion: BizReport
Fortune:
So you want to be a viral video?  —  A look at Xtranormal, the company that makes those sardonic robot videos, and how they plan to be the Zynga of intentionally bad online animation.  —  By Chadwick Matlin, contributor  —  Screengrab from the Xtranormal Geico commercial
Longreads:
Foster Kamer: My Top 5 Longreads of 2010  —  Foster Kamer (ex-BlackBook + Gawker + Village Voice) is online features and news editor at Esquire.  —  2010 was an incredible year for writing, bottom line.  Despite the proliferation of things whose output is mostly antagonistic to great writing …
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Kristina Loring / design mind:
Print is Dead?  Nah, It's Just a Start-Up  —  In 2010, it seemed everyone was eager to declare that print was finally dead, even before a proper funeral.  The economic recession shed light on the outrageous cost of production (printing the New York Times costs twice as much as sending every subscriber …
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Computers That Trade on the News  —  The number-crunchers on Wall Street are starting to crunch something else: the news.  —  Math-loving traders are using powerful computers to speed-read news reports, editorials, company Web sites, blog posts and even Twitter messages …
Discussion: GigaOM and eMedia Vitals
 
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
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Editorial Tussle at Washington City Paper
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Why Netflix has content and Google TV doesn't
Justin McGuirk / Guardian:
Good as news  —  We can see design thinking at work in web phenomena …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
WikiLeaks' Assange isn't talking to the NY Times (while still talking …
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Peter S. Goodman / The Huffington Post:
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Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Paywalls, Patch, Public Media & Pointcast Memories: 11 Conventional …
Nils Pratley / Guardian:
Cable likely to cost Murdoch dear
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

 
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