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10:41 AM ET, December 24, 2010

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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.
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Should names of Julian Assange accusers be published?  —  Should news outlets print the names of the two women who have lodged rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, considering that their identities have already been widely publicized?  Washington City Paper doesn't think so.
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Betsy Rothstein / mediabistro.com:
Editorial Tussle at Washington City Paper
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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 …
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.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Dirty Secret of Connected TV's: Advertising is Not Ready for Prime Time  —  While more and more online video publishers are connecting with audiences in their living rooms with smart TV's, Blu-ray players and devices such as Roku and Google TV, advertising on these platforms is not yet in place.
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
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.”
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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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
 
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Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft unveils Bing generative search, which shows AI-generated answers with the sources used to create them, currently available to a small subset of users

Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Around 500 World of Warcraft workers vote to unionize with the CWA, bringing the number of unionized US gaming employees at Microsoft to around 1,750

 
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