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12:05 PM ET, December 25, 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 …
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?
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 …
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.
Discussion: TeleRead
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Christmas Gifts May Help E-Books Take Root  —  The publishing industry used to be afraid of e-books.  In 2010 it embraced them.  —  Publishers expanded their digital divisions, experimented with video-enhanced e-books, worked on digitizing their older titles and made sure that new books …
Discussion: TeleRead
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Hulu gets more YouTube-like with playlists  —  Hulu unveiled some new features today that could help users discover more content on the TV- and movie-watching site, as well as make it a little more social.  —  The biggest addition is the ability to create playlists.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: The media heroes of 2010  —  Traditional reporting can still have an impact in our high-tech times.  —  The news may not have been bigger in 2010.  But it came at us every which way — on cellphones and iPads, laptops and BlackBerrys, even by conventional television and newsprint.
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.”
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 …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Anyone Notice That Sites Don't Have To Rely On Google So Much For Traffic Any More?
Gary Levin / USA Today:
In 2010, cable TV's ratings put networks on notice
Blake Farmer / NPR:
‘Street Papers’ Sold By Homeless Are Thriving
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Dirty Secret of Connected TV's: Advertising is Not Ready for Prime Time
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Should names of Julian Assange accusers be published?
 Earlier Picks: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Tremor Media Coughed Up At Least $65 Million For ScanScout
Discussion: BizReport
Kristina Loring / design mind:
Print is Dead? Nah, It's Just a Start-Up
Foster Kamer: My Top 5 Longreads of 2010
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:markarms