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3:40 PM ET, January 5, 2011


 Top News: 
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Huffing and Puffing  —  Reminiscent of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Arianna Huffington is being sued by two political consultants, Peter Daou and James Boyce, who claim a critical role in creating her top-ranked Web site, the Huffington Post.  So what exactly happened in the fall of 2004 when Huffington …
Arianna is the new Zuckerberg  —  A few months ago …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
RSS dead for newspapers?  Not at The Guardian it isn't  —  Lots of chatter about whether RSS is dying after this (subsequently updated and calmed down) post from Kroc Camen.  Malcolm Coles has weighed in by showing that the subscription numbers to newspaper RSS feeds are way down in Google Reader with …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sure, RSS Is Dead — Just Like the Web Is Dead  —  A brush fire has been swirling through the blogosphere of late over whether RSS is dead, dying, or possibly severely injured and in need of assistance.  It seems to have started with a post from UK-based web designer Kroc Camen that got picked up by Hacker News and re-tweeted a lot.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
American Media's True Ideology?  Avoiding One … This is the second in a two-part series looking at ideology in the media.  —  In a media landscape littered with opinionated talk show hosts and ideology-driven websites, strong points of view are hardly tough to find.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Why We're Publishing Advertising, and Where We Stand on Funding  —  Starting tomorrow, ProPublica will begin publishing advertising on its web site, and likely soon we'll include it as well in our daily email, on our mobile site and in our iPad app.  —  We're doing this for the usual reason …
Discussion: Poynter and WebNewser
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Why ProPublica is publishing web ads …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
An Electronics Show That Media Companies Dare Not Miss  —  LAS VEGAS — When ESPN announced a high-definition channel nine years ago, its executives barely knew about the Consumer Electronics Association.  —  By the time it was ready to announce a three-dimensional channel last year …
Anil Dash:
If You Didn't Blog It, It Didn't Happen  —  Clive Thompson's newest Wired piece argues that the flow of short-form messages as we see on Twitter and Facebook is encouraging longer meditations in other media.  I've been thinking about this phenomenon for a while in terms of the impact …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
David Carr / New York Times:
Cosmo Goes Beyond the Burqa in the Middle East  —  Like Coke and McDonald's, Cosmo is one U.S. brand that has a significant reach outside American borders.  The magazine, which is published by Hearst Magazines and began printing in 1886, now has 61 international editions appearing in 32 languages …
Discussion: Gawker and FishbowlNY
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify 2010 US launch ‘delayed by labels’ high cash demands'  —  Spotify's long-awaited 2010 US launch failed because the major record labels demanded “extremely high cash advances”.  —  Spotify until recently has claimed it will launch stateside by the end of 2010.
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Inside the Media Hiring Bubble  —  “I didn't feel like I was being interviewed for a job,” said the AP's Ron Fournier, about the lunch that would lead to his becoming the next editor of National Journal.  —  “It was not a job interview,” said The New Republic's Michelle Cottle …
Discussion: Poynter, LA Observed and The Corsair
New York Post:
Smear disappears  —  Who is behind the apparently concerted campaign to smear The New Yorker's Jane Mayer?  —  For several weeks, the Daily Caller, a conservative Web site — co-founded by Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, a former aide to former vice president Dick Cheney …
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!
Discussion: SAI
Ruth Teichroeb / Safety Net:
Eighteen Months Later: What's happened to Seattle P-I journalists  —  Six months after Hearst shut down the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, I surveyed my former colleagues to find out how they were faring.  Most were still looking for work, reeling from the shock of losing their jobs in the depths …
Discussion: Guardian and Poynter
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Reports: Newsweek Staff Gutting to Continue With Buyouts  —  After multiple rounds of layoffs and Daily Beast merger  —  Between financial instability and a change in ownership, Newsweek has lost a number of its top journalists over the past year.  But now talk is spreading …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Kristine Lowe /
Quora: a tech journalist's utopia, but what does it mean for journalism at large?  —  “Feels like just went viral today after months of quiet.  Are others seeing lots of new ‘follows’ as the world checks it out?,” Harward Law professor Jonathan Zittrain tweeted last night.
Discussion: Guardian
David Kaplan / paidContent:
VC Money Keeps Pouring In For Ad Targeters: Turn Raises $20 Million  —  Turn is the latest ad tech firm to greet the new year with a whopping sum of venture capital.  The Silicon Valley-based company has raised $20 million in a fourth round funding, bringing its total raised to $57 million in the past five years.
Discussion: MediaMemo and Turn
Reynolds Journalism Institute / RJI:
The Transition - creating a new copy editor from the ashes of the old production desk.  —  Nick Jungman is Knight Visiting Editor in the Columbia Missourian newsroom and a visiting assistant professor in the Missouri School of Journalism.  For 13 years, he was a reporter and editor for The Wichita Eagle …
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
Tom Robbins On Why He Quit the Voice, And Journalism's Plight  —  Yesterday was a sad day for the once-illustrious Village Voice, which lost two of its legendary muckraking reporters, Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins.  Barrett, who has been with the paper since the Koch administration …
Wall Street Journal:
The Year Ahead for Media: Digital or Die  —  New Businesses and Alliances Sprout Across a Quickly Evolving Industry  —  An onslaught of digital technologies has laid waste to traditional media.  The new year will bring a clearer picture of what will emerge from the rubble.
Discussion: Company Town
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Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
We didn't kill newspapers, says Google
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Journalism's problem isn't the Internet or advertising; it's attitude
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You're Being Gamed  —  Gabe Zicherman, the author of Game-Based …
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HuffPo Hangs the ‘Help Wanted’ Sign
Discussion: Poynter
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From Techmeme:

Connor Jones / The Register:
UnitedHealth says the February ransomware attack on Change Healthcare cost the company $872M in Q1; another ransomware group appears to be extorting the company

Financial Times:
Microsoft invests $1.5B in Abu Dhabi-based AI startup G42 for a minority stake, after G42 severed ties with Chinese suppliers; Brad Smith will join G42's board

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