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3:05 PM ET, January 4, 2011


 Top News: 
Wayne Barrett / Runnin' Scared:
Time for Something New  —  ​Ed Koch and I were inaugurated on the same day in 1978.  He became mayor and I became his weekly tormentor.  —  I had written a few pieces for the Voice before I took over the Runnin' Scared column that January, going back as far as 1973.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Barrett, Robbins Out at Village Voice  —  Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins, two muckraking fixtures of the New York City press corps, are leaving The Village Voice.  Mr. Barrett was let go; Mr. Robbins quit in protest.  —  Mr. Barrett, who has written for The Voice since 1973 …
Discussion: Gothamist
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter And Facebook Really Are Killing RSS (At Least For TechCrunch Visitors)  —  Earlier today, we ran a “TechCrunch 2010 In Review” post featuring some key data sent our way for 2010.  Interesting stuff all around.  However, as some people have noticed, in our top referrers for the year …
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
3rd Quarter Ad Spending Accelerated, Report Finds  —  The recovery in advertising spending gained momentum in the third quarter, according to a report scheduled to be released on Tuesday morning, underlining the belief that Madison Avenue may be poised for continuing gains in the new year.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Judy Miller responds to criticism over Assange slight  —  Judy Miller riled up some bloggers and Iraq War critics on Monday by calling WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange a “bad journalist” who “didn't care at all about attempting to verify the information that he was putting out or determine whether or not it would hurt anyone.”
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Entertainment forecast 2011: Insider predictions on who and what will make headlines  —  Our informed crystal ball says: Apple will unveil its own TV set and Netflix will buy the Starz channel.  Also, CBS will move to gobble up Sony Pictures, and — surprise!  — Carl Icahn will continue to make trouble for Lions Gate.
Ben Adler / Newsweek:
Why Journalists Aren't Standing Up for WikiLeaks  —  Three reasons that efforts to prosecute Julian Assange aren't drawing more of an outcry about the First Amendment.  —  If you think prosecuting journalists is the province solely of the sort of authoritarian governments in the developing world …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In London, A Case Study In Opinionated Press … This is the first in a two-part series looking at ideology in the media.  —  British newspaper reporter Polly Curtis strides around back corridors of the Houses of Parliament with a steely confidence in her paper's mission:  —  Get the facts.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and New York Observer
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yes, iNewsStand Is Coming, But Not From Apple  —  The fight is on for the nascent digital periodical market, with Apple and Google each positioning itself to be the leading vendor.  In the latest development, Google is courting publishers for a “digital newsstand for users of devices that run …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
USA Today Buys Consumer Electronics Review Network  —  The USA Today just announced the purchase of, a group of 12 consumer electronics review sites that focus on gadgets, technology and more.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
New iTunes Features Aim To Outdo DVD  —  Some of the coolest so-called “extras” embedded only on the iTunes' version of several recent film releases from Sony (NYSE: SNE) Pictures aren't even mentioned in their promotional materials.  That's because Sony Pictures Home Entertainment …
John Dunbar / CJR:
A Television Deal for the Digital Age  —  How to worry about the Comcast-NBC Universal merger … Those in the know say you don't need a television to watch TV anymore.  All you need is an Internet connection and a screen.  Missed last night's episode of 30 Rock?  No worries.
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Dallas Morning News to launch paid content on Web, mobile  —  The Dallas Morning News will launch new iPad and iPhone apps this month in conjunction with plans to move to a paid content model in February.  —  Brendan Case reports that the new initiative will launch on Jan. 18 …
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Lots of Good News in the Trib's 2010 Analytics  —  It was a very interesting and newsworthy year for Texas politics and public policy, so it makes sense that traffic on our still-new-ish site would be robust — but even we optimists at Trib HQ didn't imagine that it would be this robust.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst, Lagardère Finally Confirm Sales Talks  —  French publisher's U.S. arm Hachette includes Elle, Woman's Day  —  Could the media M&A market be primed to kick off?  Hearst Corp. and Lagardère SCA finally admitted they're in sales talks, confirming the growing buzz of an impending deal.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Ziff Davis Shakes Up Publishing Model, Launches Ad Platform, Acquires Coupon Co.  —  Ziff Davis on Tuesday unveiled the launch of the ad platform BuyerBase and revealed the acquisition of, which provides tech deals and coupons.  BuyerBase, an audience-based ad targeting platform …
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Facebook vs. Time Warner: A Not-So-Rigorous Financial Evaluation  —  Word arrived Monday that Facebook, the burgeoning social media company that surpassed Google last year as the most visited Web site, was worth $50 billion dollars based on a deal done by Goldman Sachs.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Chartbeat Says the Rise of the Machines Won't Be So Bad if You're a Cyborg  —  Tony Haile has a vision of the future, and it involves turning people like me into cyborgs.  —  And Haile thinks this is a good thing!  It's part of his pitch for Chartbeat, a Web analytics start-up …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
St. Louis Beacon On Pace To Raise $3.5 Million  —  Nearly three years into its publishing life, the nonprofit St. Louis Beacon starts the new year with some breathing room thanks to a $1.25 million gift from the hometown Danforth Foundation.  The gift, the largest single donation so far …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The New York Times is Capturing the “Character-Driven Drama” of Wall Street with Dealbook Videos  —  The newly expanded Dealbook section of The New York Times, is adding several video elements to its offering in an effort to capture the “character-driven drama” of Wall Street, says Mac William Bishop …
Discussion: WebNewser
Peter Costa / Wicked Local East Bridgewater MYSOURCE:
Telling stories as journalists  —  I'm often asked at holiday parties what I do.  Usually I respond, “I'm a print journalist.”  That used to mean something, but now young people might as well highlight the word “journalist” and hit control-p for print.  —  What is print?  Is that like the opposite of cursive?
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
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