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8:10 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: MediaMemo and Broadcasting & Cable
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Turner Chief Explains How TV Industry Will Neutralize Netflix  —  If there was ever any doubt that the animus towards Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) runs deeper throughout Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) than chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes, get a load of what one of his top lieutenants had to say at the Citigroup …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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: The Wrap, MediaPost and Adweek
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Reports: Newsweek Staff Gutting to Continue With Buyouts
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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: Gawker
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
Gail Shister /
Why Did John Roberts Join Fox News?  Roger Ailes  —  Why did CNN's John Roberts suddenly jump to Fox News this week?  —  That question has been buzzing in media circles since it was revealed Monday that Roberts — headed to Atlanta as CNN's senior national correspondent …
Vanity Fair's odd HuffPo story  —  What to make of Bill Cohan's big Vanity Fair piece on a slightly skeevy lawsuit where a pair of Democratic party operatives are trying to pull a Winklevoss on Arianna Huffington?  Arianna's flack, Mario Ruiz, is clearly enjoying being asked to comment on it:
Discussion: Guardian, Mixed Media and Vanity Fair
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
After Slashing Through Newspapers, Internet News Eyes TV  —  If you were writing an obituary for newspaper, you would probably state that its fatal illness became critical in 2008.  That year more people began preferring the Internet for news than newspapers.
Mark Leccese / Boston Globe:
The Future of Newspapers: National and Hyperlocal  —  One important but unnoted consequence of the Long Dark Decade of the Newspaper Business is the widening circulation gap between America's three national newspapers — the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times — newspapers and its regional dailies.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
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How furloughs helped spur $3.5M in exec bonuses
Eric Wilson / New York Times:
eBay Takes a Page From the Glossies
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:
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Reid Pillifant / New York Observer:
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Poynter
Anil Dash:
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Robert Gibbs leaving the White House
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify 2010 US launch ‘delayed by labels’ high cash demands'
David Folkenflik / NPR:
American Media's True Ideology? Avoiding One
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Sky Atlantic to launch next month