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10:10 AM ET, January 6, 2011


 Top News: 
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Spilled the Secrets  —  The collaboration between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Web's notorious information anarchist, and some of the world's most respected news organizations began at The Guardian, a nearly 200-year-old British paper.  What followed was a clash of civilizations …
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Julian Assange: I Own All of the WikiLeaks Documents
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Turner CEO says heavy Web exposure made company lose interest in reruns of ‘Modern Family’  —  “Modern Family” co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan has not been shy about voicing his concerns that the show's exposure on the Web would hurt its long-term value and ratings.
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Turner Chief Explains How TV Industry Will Neutralize Netflix
Discussion: GigaOM
Hollywood Reporter:
Courtney Love's Tweets Lead to Unique Defamation Showdown … The following article appears in the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter available on newsstands Wednesday.  —  Courtney Love was very upset.  —  The firebrand rocker had been locked in a dispute with Dawn Simorangkir …
Tips /
Exclusive: Inches Closer To Pay Wall, City Paper Content Swap  —  Like many of us, the brass at Philadelphia Media Network, Inc. — the new corporate entity (sometimes known here also as The Groovie Ghoulies) that controls the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Glenn Beck Hires Former Huffington Post Chief  —  Looking to further expand his growing media presence, Glenn Beck, the conservative talk-show host, has hired a one-time chief executive of the left-leaning Huffington Post to lead his new Web site, The Blaze.
Lauren Sherman / Fashionista:
Tumblr is Sending 20+ Bloggers to New York Fashion Week  —  Tumblr, the image-heavy platform beloved by top fashion bloggers like Tavi Gevinson and Jessica Quirk (What I Wore), is focusing more of its energy on the fashion industry.  —  In fact, it's sending more than 20 of its bloggers to New York Fashion Week.
Discussion: New York Observer and Gawker
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
At Long Last, Hollywood-Backed ‘Video Anywhere’ Debuts in Mid-2011  —  It's been talked about for so long that it was beginning to feel like an impossible dream.  —  On Wednesday, the two and half year journey to make “video anywhere” a reality moved several important steps closer to completion.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Newsweek Hires Publisher  —  After months of staff turmoil including a new owner, editor and chief executive and scores of lower-level departures, the management ranks at Newsweek are beginning to stabilize.  —  The magazine has named a new publisher, Ray Chelstowski, a former publisher of Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, The Wrap, MediaPost and Adweek
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
The art of the hashtag  —  This is something we've been talking about with media partners more and more lately, so I thought it would be useful to mention it here on Twitter Media, too:  —  All hashtags are not created equal.  —  MTV's Video Music Awards hashtag—#ifbiebermetgaga— has become a canonical example.
Discussion: Poynter
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC to premiere ‘The Cape’ on iPad app  —  Here's a first.  NBC is premiering the one-hour pilot episode of “The Cape” on an iPad app — and not NBC's app, but on DC Comics' free iPad app.  —  “What better partner than DC Comics, whose audience is devoted to the comic book genre from which 'The Cape …
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Cisco's Videoscape: Ready to Reinvent TV?  —  Cisco announced an ambitious strategy for making high-quality video — whether it be from online or traditional TV and cable providers — pervasive across a wide range of devices, from broadband-connected set-top boxes to tablets and other mobile devices at CES Wednesday.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Desperate Campaign to Discredit Jane Mayer  —  Last August, Jane Mayer wrote a long investigative article in The New Yorker about the Koch brothers, the conservative billionaires who bankroll a host of right-wing causes.  Since then, she's apparently become the victim of a disturbing, organized smear campaign.
James Robinson / Guardian:
News of the World executive suspended over alleged phone hacking  —  News editor Ian Edmondson taken off ‘active duties’ as paper conducts internal investigation  —  A senior News of the World executive has been suspended following a “serious allegation” related to phone hacking.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL Goes to Town in Reorg, Closing Men's, Women's Sites  —  Going downhill fast?  AOL's motivational gift to employees.  —  AOL is sometimes criticized for not having a strategy, but that couldn't be more unfair.  Heck, they've got a new one practically every quarter!
Esther Bintliff / Financial Times:
Digital downloads fail to counter CD decline  —  Sales of music albums in the UK continued to fall in 2010, as a surge in digital album sales failed to offset the decline in CD sales.  —  The data from the Official Charts Company highlights the continuing transformation of the music market …
Matt Thompson / Poynter:
10 lessons for the future from women in media  —  As 2010 drew to a finish and the end-of-year lists started streaming in, I began to feel that there was something missing from the din of bold predictions and celebrated thinkers in the tech and media world: female voices.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Record your own TV talk shows on Avatar Kinect  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says his Xbox avatar is “pretty darn bald,” but he was clearly thrilled to lead off his annual keynote at CES with Xbox and the big-seller, Kinect.  Ballmer took the wraps off Avatar Kinect, a new Xbox Live game …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Attenborough: BBC's sails need to be trimmed
Discussion: The Staggers
Mark Leccese / Boston Globe:
The Future of Newspapers: National and Hyperlocal
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Nielsen: U.S. consumers crave TVs, mobile devices
Discussion: Nielsen Wire and SFGate
Jim / Gannett Blog:
How furloughs helped spur $3.5M in exec bonuses
Eric Wilson / New York Times:
eBay Takes a Page From the Glossies
 Earlier Picks: 
Wall Street Journal:
The Year Ahead for Media: Digital or Die
Discussion: Company Town
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
RSS dead for newspapers? Not at The Guardian it isn't
Discussion: MediaPost
David Carr / New York Times:
Cosmo Goes Beyond the Burqa in the Middle East
Kristine Lowe /
Quora: a tech journalist's utopia, but what does it mean for journalism at large?
Reid Pillifant / New York Observer:
Meet the Press! …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why ProPublica is publishing web ads …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Poynter
Anil Dash:
If You Didn't Blog It, It Didn't Happen
Discussion: Stowe Boyd