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10:30 PM ET, December 24, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
Discussion: Poynter, Thanks:jspepper
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 ( — Prolific tech business analyst Paul Kedrosky made a name for himself as the founder of longtime blog Infectious Greed …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Fast Company and MediaPost
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