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2:40 PM ET, January 7, 2011


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Paul Ford /
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium  —  I look forward to your feedback.  —  I sometimes chat with people in the book- and magazine-publishing industries.  They complain to me about the web.  They worry about what is being lost.  They can sound like this bookseller in Buffalo, New York:
Discussion: AdAge
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Newspaper removes ‘homeless voice’ YouTube clip  —  The YouTube video of the homeless man with the golden voice has to be one of the biggest social media hits in local media history.  Earlier this week, a Columbus Dispatch videographer saw a homeless man holding a sign that promised a …
The Wire:
Award-Winning Village Voice Contributor Canned For Fabricating Sources, HuffPo Deletes Posts  —  On Wednesday Village Voice editor Tony Ortega pulled an article from the Voice website after it came out that freelance reporter and recent Columbia grad Rob Sgobbo, had fabricated the sources …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mradamtaylor
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Village Voice says writer fabricated characters for for-profit colleges story  —  Voice editor Tony Ortega says freelancer and Columbia journalism student Rob Sgobbo made up a character, “Tamicka Bourges,” who claimed she'd amassed a large debt at Berkeley College without obtaining a degree.
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Coming Soon to Android Mobile Phones, Live on Vizio HDTVs  —  Since we launched Hulu Plus, it's been our goal to continue to add more platforms and devices to the subscription service to offer you as many ways as possible to stream the shows you want, whenever you want.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
IMG Sells The Daily to Founder; Name Dispute Still Unresolved  —  Whatever Rupert Murdoch decides to call the fancy new iPad-only news product he's launching in a few weeks, it's no longer IMG's problem.  The talent agency and media conglomerate has agreed to sell The Daily …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, The Fix and Fashionista
Brian Stelter / Gadgetwise:
In Its First Deal With a Network, Boxee to Sell CBS Content  —  LAS VEGAS — In a step forward for television episode sales, Boxee said Thursday that CBS would allow it to begin selling episodes through its software platform later in the year.  —  The arrangement, announced …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
The ‘Lost’ Paradox: Why Some Free Shows On The Web Are So Heavily Pirated  —  Earlier this week, the popular BitTorrent news blog TorrentFreak published a list of the most pirated TV shows of 2010.  The No. 1 most-pirated show—that would be ABC's Lost, which was illegally downloaded nearly six million times …
Discussion: PSFK
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
The Atlantic Posts Profit for First Time In Years  —  Claims double digit increases in digital, events and print.  —  The Atlantic says it turned its first profit in decades in the fourth quarter of 2010, driven by double-digit revenue increases year-over-year in digital (up 70 percent) …
Discussion: New York Observer and The Wrap
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Views-led news sparks identity crisis  —  From Oprah Winfrey to Glenn Beck, left and right are exploiting opinionated output - and now Piers Morgan enters the fray  —  There has always been a market for opinionated performance in the US that goes beyond what the temperate would describe as rational.
Discussion: TVNewser and Collective Talent
Jim Rainey / The Big Picture:
Ellen Weiss' first comments on her NPR resignation  —  Ellen Weiss called her decision to step down Thursday as the top news executive at National Public Radio “extremely hard” but declined to criticize NPR or back away from her decision to fire Juan Williams, the action that led to her downfall.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Julian Assange's $1.5M Memoir Being Rushed to Press by Publisher  —  Julian Assange's memoir — part of a $1.5 million book deal the WikiLeaks founder inked two weeks ago — already has a release date: April.  As in 2011.  —  Assange's U.K.-based publisher Canongate announced on Friday …
The Huffington Post:
Emmanuelle Alt Named French Vogue's New Editor-In-Chief  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Emmanuelle Alt has been named to succeed Carine Roitfeld as the editor-in-chief of French Vogue, according to President of Conde Nast France Xavier Romatet held a press conference on Friday saying that Alt …
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Quora Booms, But Will Marketers ‘Follow’?  —  Quora looks like the early favorite to become the digital darling of the year.  But whether it indeed ends up being akin to 2010's Foursquare - or simply a passing flavor-of-the-month like Chatroulette - remains to be seen.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Will Hollywood's ‘UltraViolet’ plan replace the DVD?  —  A group of stakeholders in the entertainment industry are poised to make a important sales pitch to consumers concerning the way they buy and watch movies and TV shows.  —  Warner Bros. Entertainment, Netflix, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard …
Oliver Luft / Press Gazette:
ITV News and NBC to share foreign correspondents  —  ITV News and the US network NBC have jointly appointed Rohit Kachroo to act as Africa correspondent for both broadcast organisations.  —  Kachroo, who is currently ITV News' crime correspondent, is expected to take up his new post …
Don Tapscott / The Huffington Post:
Macrowikinomics: Journalism in the Age of Collaboration  —  This article is the sixth installment in series written by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, authors of the newly released book Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World.  Mark Parker, the CEO of Nike calls it “A masterpiece.
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Many Huffington Post Readers Hate Site's New Facebook-Powered Recommendation Engine
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poynter
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leaking information to NYT's Risen
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Discussion: The Huffington Post and Styleite
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Primary Source Journalism and the Rise of “Little Brother”
Ego goes solo
Andrew Golis:
Six month anniversary.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Dallas Morning News publisher on paywall plans: “This is a big risk”
Discussion: Poynter and WebNewser
Meg James / Company Town:
Top Fox TV executive Tony Vinciquerra out in shake-up