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4:40 AM ET, January 8, 2011


 Top News: 
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 …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Village Voice says writer fabricated characters for for-profit colleges story
Mathew Ingram / GigaOMTech:
Memo to Newspapers: Stop Thinking Like a Portal  —  Updated: The story of homeless radio announcer Ted Williams became an Internet sensation this week, as a video of him got passed around on Twitter and in the blogosphere, and quickly led to appearances on the Today Show and job offers from around the country.
Discussion: prTini, Lost Remote and Ministry of Gossip, Thanks:mathewi
Martin Bryant / The Next Web: growing fast.  Over 6 million new blogs in 2010, pageviews up 53%  —  Automattic's, the commercially run leg of the popular blogging platform is growing incredibly fast, according to its latest statistics.  —  Automattic tells us that it has seen over 6 million …
Discussion: Mashable!
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Google and Demand Media Are Headed for a Showdown  —  There's been a chorus of criticism recently about Google's spam-filled search results, including pointed blog posts from a number of technology and web luminaries, complaining that the company's links are in many cases virtually unusable …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Cisco Expects 12 Billion Net Connected Devices by 2014 and Plans to Deliver Video to Many  —  LAS VEGAS, Cisco Systems expects that there will be 12 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2014 and plans to deliver video to many of these devices through Cisco Videoscape, says Murali Nemani …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Xtranormal Videos Run Rampant on Web, Make Their Way to TV  —  Startup Rolls Out Characters That Look a Lot Like Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer and Andy Rubin  —  LAS VEGAS ( — Geico's slick CGI gecko is getting competition from some adorably low-fi characters.
Discussion: GigaOM
Wall Street Journal:
Media-Tech Meet-Ups in Vegas  —  Media and technology companies cozied up to each other at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, touting their collaborations on stage and flaunting their friendships at private parties all along the Las Vegas Strip.  —  Talks progressed on a number of potential deals.
Jenna Sauers / Jezebel:
Epic Ladymag Meltdown Causes Duplicate Cover F**k-Up  —  “Glenda, we have a problem with the new cover.”  —  Glenda Bailey: “A problem?”  —  Editor: “Um, it's come out looking just like last month's.”  —  Glenda Bailey: “How so?”  —  Editor: “Well, the hair's the same …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL's Goal: Grow Homepage Traffic...A LOT  —  Earlier this week I told you that AOL recently kicked off what it calls the Winter Luge, a sort of motivational event in which employees are challenged to achieve certain goals within a compressed time frame.  (The previous incarnation was called Summer Sprints.)
Discussion: SAI
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser and Mediaite
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Robert Gibbs on tangling with the White House press corps  —  Robert Gibbs is well versed in the ways of the scoop-obsessed Washington press corps, having been a political spokesman for more than a decade.  But the outgoing White House Press Secretary says that the pace of news has only revved …
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 and NetNewsCheck Latest
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