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12:30 PM ET, July 29, 2011


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Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
Why Hyperlocals Are Making Anonymity Obsolete  —  I don't ordinarily read anonymous comments, but “patriotmommy” stopped my browsing eyes recently on Patch's Reston, Va., site.  I was reading an upbeat story about graduation at the high school where my two daughters were educated.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Hyperlocal sites tend to ban anonymous commenting  —  Many editors of news websites in small communities require that real names are attached to comments on their sites, Tom Grubisich reports.  Batavian publisher Howard Owens explains, “If you have people commenting in a public forum …
Seattle PostGlobe:
Goodbye and thank you from Seattle PostGlobe  —  It's been an eventful two years - sometimes fun, sometimes a mountain of work, but always worthwhile.  And now it's time for the PostGlobe to say goodbye and thank you.  It's time for us to move on.  —  We started as a nonprofit news site created …
Discussion: Poynter and GeekWire
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Does Apple have any interest in buying Barnes & Noble?  —  We received a tip from an unproven source claiming to have knowledge of discussions within Apple to possibly purchase Barnes & Noble.  While this might seem like a strange move at first, it actually makes a whole lot of sense.
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
The Economist Gives iPhones a Welcome Data Dump  —  If you are a policy wonk with a jones for statistics, then The Economist has the iPhone app for you.  The highly regarded international magazine of economics and policy has turned its franchise World in Figures book series into a highly usable …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT Has Attracted A Third More Digital Subs In The Last Year  —  iPad and mobile are becoming of increasing importance to The Financial Times, accounting for 22 percent of web traffic and 15 percent of new subscriptions during the first half of this year.  —  Last year, iPad had been responsible …
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Current TV's CEO Out Mark Rosenthal will be replaced by co-founder and former CEO Joel Hyatt By D.M. Levine  —  Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for Current TV  —  Adweek has confirmed that Mark Rosenthal is stepping down as CEO of Current TV.  Current co-founder Joel Hyatt, will take over for Rosenthal.
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
A false choice — and an excuse — for journalists: Better to be first or right?  —  An editor asks by email a question I hear often as journalists address the challenges of digital journalism: “Is it better to be first, or be right?”  —  Three times recently, the editor said, his staff was beaten …
Mike Shields / digiday:DAILY:
AOL's Vanishing Video Strategy  —  What's Arianna's video strategy, assuming she has one?  —  When AOL acquired The Huffington Post in February, Arianna Huffington was given carte blanche over the company's entire editorial strategy.  Since that time, video seems to be nearly forgotten at AOL.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Netflix and the digital shift  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he is surprised that customers …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can news publishers learn anything from Netflix?
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Former News of the World staff offered jobs in Siberia and Finland  —  Journalists who lost their jobs when News International closed the News of the World have been offered News Corp posts as far afield as Russia, South Africa, Siberia, Finland and Dubai  —  Former staff at the News …
FOX Television Shows:
Watching New Episodes Online  —  As of August 15, 2011 customers of DISH Network will be the first to access new episodes of FOX shows online.  All other online viewers will be able to watch new episodes of FOX shows 8 days after the episode airs.  This will be true wherever full episodes of FOX shows appear online.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Pruitt: ‘Feels like the 19th’ inning for McClatchy as it reports disappointing revenues again  —  With most newspaper companies now having reported results through the first half of the year, the basic story remains the same.  Print advertising revenues just keep declining.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Daily Show episode yanked from UK TV because Brit law prohibits using Parliamentary footage in satire  —  Graham Linehan (co-creator of such beloved TV as Father Ted and The IT Crowd) asked Channel 4 why they hadn't aired the most recent Daily Show in the UK, given that the episode deals with the News of the World scandal.
Nieman Storyboard:
Memoir's truthy obligations: a handy how-to guide  —  How true does a memoir have to be?  That question has been the basis of an ongoing debate kicked off by the revelation, five years ago, that much of James Frey's bestselling “A Million Little Pieces” was made up.  —  Unfortunately, it has never been adequately answered.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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