Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is What WikiLeaks Does Journalism? Good Question — While the U.S. government tries to determine whether what WikiLeaks and front-man Julian Assange have done qualifies as espionage, media theorists and critics alike continue to debate whether releasing those classified diplomatic cables qualifies as journalism.
Ben-Gurion U researcher reveals newspapers' historic resistance to granting reporters' bylines — A new study by Dr. Zvi Reich, a researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel, documents the process through which journalists at major newspapers fought …
Discussion: International Business Times
Balachander Suriyanarayanan / International …: Bylines Paved Way For Journalistic Stardom, Finds Study
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does the FCC Want to Kill Hulu? — One of Washington's proposed conditions on the Comcast-NBC U deal will force the merged company to offer NBC's shows to any Web competitor. — So what does that mean for Hulu, which has already locked up exclusive rights to NBC's Web video?
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post: Comcast-NBC merger gains traction
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder: F.C.C. Head Expected to Approve Comcast-NBC Deal
David Goetzl / MediaPost: FCC Looks Favorably On NBC/Comcast Merger
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine: Expect More Kabletown Jokes On 30 Rock
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Woos Local Advertisers — Google Inc., which helped popularize the idea of automated ad sales on the Web, has been quietly turning to an old-fashioned tool—phone calls—to compete in the hot market for local business advertising. — The Internet-search giant this year …
Discussion: SAI, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Gannett Blog and Search Engine Land
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Google Hiring Massive Sales Force In Desperate Attempt To Catch Up With Groupon
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Adds 100 Reps To Sell Google Local Ads
Michael Humphrey / Techno-tainers:
“Call of Duty” - Newspaper of the Future? — Two days ago, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick compared the “Call of Duty” franchise with Facebook. He told CNN this: … Kotick estimated that “Call of Duty: Black Ops” has already logged 600 million hours on consoles around the world. In six weeks.
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Could computer games be the journalism of the future?
Jason Falls / Social Media Explorer:
BREAKING: Newspaper Quietly Launches Hyper-Local Location-Based App — It appears the Cincinnati Enquirer is about to take yet another step along the scale of social media innovation by a traditional media member to help increase reader loyalty, advertiser commitment and continued relevance …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter: Cincinanati Enquirer launches Foursquare-like iPhone app
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Why Google Dropped Groupon and Local Just Doesn't Scale — Ad Age Talks to Infectious Greed Blogger and Tech Investor Paul Kedrosky — SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — Prolific tech business analyst Paul Kedrosky made a name for himself as the founder of longtime blog Infectious Greed …
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Did ‘Break Fee’ Bust Google/Groupon Deal?
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.
Discussion: The Wrap, Media Maverick and Company Town
L.A. Times / The Wrap: Theater Owners Ramp Up Fight Against Premium VOD
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick: Film theaters fight premium video-on-demand
Kimberly Turner / Regator:
Why Blogs (Still) Aren't Dead...No Matter What You've Heard — Stan Schroeder of Mashable recently published a post based on research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The post was originally titled: “Everyone Uses E-mail, But Hardly Anyone Blogs Anymore.”
Blake Farmer / NPR:
‘Street Papers’ Sold By Homeless Are Thriving … Homeless newspapers around the country have grown by double digits over the past few years, even while most printed publications struggle to keep their paying customers. The so-called street papers create jobs for homeless people, who buy the papers at cost and sell them for a dollar.
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost, New York Magazine, VentureBeat, Yahoo! News and New York Observer
Fern Siegel / MediaPost: IAC To Launch Online Content Farm
Dan Mitchell / VentureBeat: Questions over accounting delay Demand Media IPO
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News: Demand Media lures writers to work through the holidays with bonus potential
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
Come On, Demand Media, Just Drop The Bogus Accounting
Come On, Demand Media, Just Drop The Bogus Accounting
Discussion: Search Engine Land, CNET News, Techi.com, SAI and BoomTown
Byrne Hobart / Search Engine Land: How To Grind Out Q&A Content For SEO Success
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News: Financial gray areas plague Demand Media IPO bid
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Demand Media IPO Delayed, Tripped Up By Questionable Accounting Practices
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Anyone Notice That Sites Don't Have To Rely On Google So Much For Traffic Any More? — One of the driving forces behind some of the legal attacks on Google is that Google is the defacto monopoly on being found online. We've heard over and over again a claim along the lines of “if you're not in Google, you're not online.”
Gary Levin / USA Today:
In 2010, cable TV's ratings put networks on notice — Cable networks have been challenging broadcasters' hold on TV viewers for years, but the big networks' lackluster fall is proof of a new parity. — Nielsen figures show the Big 4 and basic cable gained 1% in 2010 as overall viewing continues to rise to a record 34 hours a week.