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7:30 AM ET, August 3, 2011


 Top News: 
Joanna Geary:
Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet  —  Last Saturday I presented to students taking part in the brilliant Young Journalist Academy.  —  The topic was “New Media” (not my title) and the primary aim was to get them up and running with their own blog and learn to publish online.
Discussion: Guardian and Future of Journalism
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
EXCLUSIVE: Halperin Reinstated at MSNBC  —  Will return to network this week  —  MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin will be returning to the network this week, according to an MSNBC spokesperson, saying it had been a one-month suspension.  —  Halperin was suspended …
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Big media rings up sales as advertisers keep coming  —  (Reuters) - U.S. media giants are set to report quarterly revenue gains on the back of a booming advertising market that shows little sign of retreating.  —  Thanks largely to the strongest advertising spending in years …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Facebook snaps up e-book startup Push Pop Press  —  Facebook has acquired Push Pop Press, a San Francisco-based digital publishing platform startup purportedly aimed at “redefining the way we publish and experience books.”  Terms of the deal have not been released.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Economist Launches Android App, All-Access Subscriptions  —  The Economist rolled out both an Android tablet edition and all-access subscription options Tuesday.  —  The newsweekly joins Sports Illustrated and Time in its multi-platform subscription offering, which enables readers to access …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Rachel Maddow Extends MSNBC Contract (Exclusive) … MSNBC has extended Rachel Maddow's contract in a new multi-year deal that will keep the primetime host at the cable news network well beyond the 2012 presidential election.  —  The announcement is expected to come Tuesday at the network's portion …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Boston Globe creates a Twitter board for the newsroom  —  There once was a time (cue the piano music, sepia tones, and Ken Burns effect) when one of the major components of newsrooms was the Teletype machine, a novel technology that delivered dispatches from the tiniest reaches of the United States and the farthest corners of the globe.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
How USA Today Slips $82 Million a Year Onto Your Hotel Bill  —  People checking out of a hotel are usually in a hurry, whether on their way to catch a plane, return a rental car or get back to their families.  Certainly they're too busy to notice or care about a measly extra charge for 75 cents for an unrequested newspaper.
Alphonso Labs / The Pulse Blog:
Pulse Gets Sporty with a Revamped Sports Category  —  Yes, the dog days of summer can be rough on sports fans, but as baseball season turns the corner, and with the NFL's glorious return finally imminent, hope is on the horizon.  Pulse is here to add to this budding sense of optimism …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
The Latest Front in the Developer Talent Wars: Newspapers  —  Hopefully not how developers think of newsrooms.  —  News media have joined the great engineering talent grab.  The Washington Post is looking for an iPhone developer; the Boston Globe needs a front-end developer for and
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Poynter
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Spanfeller Media Group Raises $6 Million Second Round  —  Spanfeller Media Group, which runs foodie site The Daily Meal has secured a $6 million second round funding led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, with participation from existing investors.  The company plans to use the funds to expand the site …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AOL Finally Ready With Editions, Its iPad Magazine  —  After a nine-month gestation, AOL says its online iPad magazine is ready to meet the world.  —  Editions by AOL, as the app is known, should hit the iTunes store later today or by Wednesday morning at the latest.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Bits
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Dow Jones circulation chief calculates, by platform, the news people will pay for  —  As Dow Jones senior vice president of circulation, Lynne Brennen probably sells more subscriptions on more platforms than any other American news executive.  —  Brennen was musing recently that …
Discussion: News on News
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
What Former Dow Jones CEO Thinks of Murdoch's WSJ
Discussion: Guardian
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Arianna Huffington: How HuffPo Got to 100 Million Comments  —  Readers of The Huffington Post like to share their opinions: That much is obvious from the comment counts on its stories, which can frequently number more than 10,000.  —  HuffPo recently celebrated a testament to the large …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Real-Time Analytics Turn the Web Into a Targeted Broadcast
Discussion: Wired Science and Betabeat
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Star Time Inc. Designer Defects for ESPN
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Brains And Bots Deep Inside Yahoo's CORE Grab A Billion Clicks
Discussion: Poynter and MediaPost
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Media ‘must be forewarned’ of injunctions
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Glamour Looks To Mobile And Social For September Print Promotion
Julie Moos / Poynter:
New paywall charges print subscribers for digital access to 6 Lee papers
Discussion: paidContent and eMedia Vitals
 Earlier Picks: 
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Breaking Down Condé Nast's Digital Sales
Discussion: Folio and NetNewsCheck Latest
SocialFlow Blog:
Engaging News Hungry Audiences Tweet by Tweet: An audience analysis of prominent mainstream …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Wall Street Journal:
Bribery Arose in Libel Case
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
CNN Readies “Social Network for News”
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Phone-hacking scandal: Stuart Kuttner is latest NoW exec to be arrested
Budd Mishkin /
One On 1: Journalist Wayne Barrett Turns A New Page
Discussion: The New York Observer

From Techmeme:

Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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