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10:50 PM ET, December 28, 2010


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Putting the Record Straight on the Lamo-Manning Chat Logs  —  Editor's note: This is a two-part article, in which editor-in-chief Evan Hansen and senior editor Kevin Poulsen respond separately to criticisms of the site's Wikileaks coverage.  —  The Case for Privacy
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oprah Network and Cablevision Reach Deal  —  OWN, Oprah Winfrey's forthcoming cable channel, will be carried by Cablevision, the companies said Tuesday.  —  The carriage agreement is important because Cablevision was one of the last big gaps in OWN's distribution footprint …
Phil Rosenthal / Tower Ticker:
Gerry Spector exiting as Tribune Co. COO  —  Tribune Co. Chief Operating Officer Gerry Spector, a long-time associate of real estate billionaire Sam Zell, is leaving the Chicago-based media company he has helped lead since Zell took it private three years ago.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Shuster's officially out of MSNBC; starting new journalism venture  —  David Shuster told his Twitter followers Monday night that he's “returning to the airwaves” as a substitute radio host this week.  —  The brief message was notable because it had been more than five months since Shuster …
Justin Osofsky / Facebook Developers Blog:
Making News and Entertainment More Social in 2011  —  Throughout this year, we have worked closely with media organizations to make their content even more social by empowering readers to experience media through their friends and easily discover and share great content.
Discussion: Lost Remote, Thanks:malliegator
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
2010 Surprise: Newspaper Stocks Q4 Surge  —  Newspaper publishers face huge challenges—the decline in subscriptions and ad revenue, and the flight of readers to the web.  So it comes as a surprise that newspaper stocks have led media in the fourth quarter, rising 22 percent.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued Over Applications Giving Information to Advertisers  —  Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., making of the iPhone and iPad, was accused in a lawsuit of allowing applications for those devices to transmit users' personal information to advertising networks without customers' consent.
Blake Eskin / The New Yorker Blog:
Denis Dutton  —  Returning to the office after the Christmas holiday, I was cleaning out my RSS reader and noticed that the daily feed for Arts & Letters Daily was missing its trademark three teasers to stories elsewhere on the Web.  In the past, I have e-mailed Denis Dutton …
Neal Pollack / Wired:
Spotify Is the Coolest Music Service You Can't Use  —  On the first Monday in October, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a speech to students at Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  The lecture hall—"one of the most vertical auditoriums I've ever been in," Ballmer told the group …
MediaShift Idea Lab:
Why Are New Media Conferences Lacking in Minorities?  —  It's been a couple of weeks since Tim O'Reilly's News Foo rolled into the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, and while I truly enjoyed thinking big thoughts with big thinkers about the direction of our industry …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Watch the next Ashes on the Times website  —  It's the future of media: live and exclusive daytime sports from the comfort of your office and your favorite Murdoch newspaper.  Don't bother with the rest.  —  So, England may yet win the Ashes, which some of you will have been watching during …
Sports Illustrated:
Media Awards for 2010  —  Honoring best, worst from TV, radio, print, online … Person of the Year  —  THE PICK: Mike Pereira (Fox Sports).  —  Revolutions in sports television sometimes come with little fanfare.  Fox initially thought Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL …
Clive Thompson / Wired:
Clive Thompson on How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis  —  We're often told that the Internet has destroyed people's patience for long, well-thought-out arguments.  After all, the ascendant discussions of our day are text messages, tweets, and status updates.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The merger of journalists and government officials  —  (updated below)  —  The video of the CNN debate I did last night about WikiLeaks with former Bush Homeland Security Adviser (and CNN contributor) Fran Townsend and CNN anchor Jessica Yellin is posted below.
Kevin Zimmerman /
Late Night Comedy to U.S. Congress  —  Will Jon Stewart soon be another Al Franken?  —  A piece in yesterday's New York Times explores the idea that Jon Stewart's vocal support of a bill pledging federal funds for 9/11 responders' health care was key to its passage.
Steve Krakauer / CNN:
Media Analysis: Murrow didn't do fart jokes: Why Jon Stewart …
Discussion: Media Myth Alert
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