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7:40 PM ET, December 26, 2010


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Los Angeles Times:
Why KCET never became a major player in the PBS network  —  Critics say the station lacked ambition and failed to tap Hollywood resources.  Station officials say they were kept down by a network that catered to three powerful East Coast entities.  —  KCET building on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Karen Dionne / DailyFinance:
How E-Books Are Changing the Economics of Writing  —  In November, The New York Times reported that approximately 9 million electronic reading devices are in use in the U.S. When holiday purchases are tallied, that number will most certainly go up.  While there are many different kinds of e-readers …
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
(Re)Structuring Journalism:
The Molecules of News  —  We've talked about the atomic unit of news before - what's the basic building block of what we do.  For many journalists, it's the story, because in many ways that's what they produce each day, and what they offer to the world as a finished product.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
News Corp's Christmas Day Strategy: Catch iPad Gift Recipients  —  With News Corp.'s belief in the tablet opportunity ongoing, its UK newspapers tried snagging what it expected would be an army of new iPad owners on Christmas Day.  —  The Times and The Sun each said they were using iPad …
Discussion: TeleRead
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Glimpses of Online Journalism, From Inside and Out  —  Views from readers, responses from the staff and thoughts from Arthur S. Brisbane, the public editor.  —  •  —  I am writing to ask why The Times ran a picture of former President Bill Clinton on the front page on Saturday …
iPads, Print-on-Demand Slowly Transform Magazines in 2010  —  This revolution is going to take its time.  —  It's been a year of high expectations but little fulfillment for those who thought 2010 might forever change the way we read magazines.  We've seen that disappointing uses of new tools …
Discussion: and TeleRead
Ramin Vaziri / GigaOM:
Cord Cutters Survival Stories: Online Content Is Exciting  —  What is it like to cut the cord from pay TV?  What's working, what's missing, and what kind of equipment does the best job replacing the cable box?  In our new weekend series, we're asking cord cutters to tell us about their experiences.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Forbes editor leaving for PR  —  Melanie Wells, a Forbes Media executive editor who covered marketing and advertising, is leaving the magazine to become a managing director and chief content officer of a public relations firm.  —  Wells will join DiGennaro Communications on Jan. 10.
Cindy / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
2010 Trend Watch Update: Books and Newspapers  —  At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year.
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.
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
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