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2:00 PM ET, August 5, 2011

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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Fox News vs. Politico: ‘Obama and His Rapper Friends Did Not Fix Economy’ Report Classic Case of Awful Aggregation  —  Media Matters screen-grabbed what you're seeing on the left from the Fox Nation website earlier today.  Yes: it's real.  They didn't provide context, but we will.
Anthony Ha / Adweek:
Startups Look for the Future of Social TV  —  With venture capital and investment dollars flowing in, social TV has become one of the hottest startup categories.  —  Now consolidation may be underway.  Social TV startup Philo was just acquired by advertising company Local Response.
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
The New York Observer Will Switch From Tabloid to Broadsheet  —  Beginning August 24, The New York Observer will be printed in a mini-broadsheet format, Observer Media Group president Christopher Barnes announced today.  —  The mini-broadsheet is a shorter, narrower version of the traditional broadsheet …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News gets a new human touch, launching publisher-curated Editors' Picks as a standing section  —  When Google News launched in 2002, it did so with some declarations: “This page was generated entirely by computer algorithms without human editors.”  And: “No humans were harmed or even used in the creation of this page.”
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
David Bohrman Leaving CNN  —  After 14 years with CNN, former Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman, named “chief innovation officer” of CNN Worldwide in March, is leaving the company, TVNewser has learned.  —  In a farewell email to staff, Bohrman writes, “I have been offered a fantastic new opportunity …
Discussion: Mediaite and Inside Cable News
Guardian:
Introducing Guardian Shorts  —  Guardian Shorts is a new series of ebooks from the Guardian, providing detailed guides to topical news stories, public policy, sports and cultural events.  The ebooks will demonstrate the best of Guardian journalism, with timelines, data and comment, curated and packaged for a quick, portable read.
Discussion: paidContent and TeleRead
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
New York Times plans new social networking, comment features for fall launch  —  The New York Times is developing a new system for social interaction on its website, with big changes to begin arriving this fall.  —  Following up on speculation that its Times People social network had been shuttered …
John Higginson / Metro.co.uk:
Guardian journalist: Phone hacking gave me a ‘thrill’  —  A Guardian executive admitted hacking telephone messages - and getting a ‘voyeuristic thrill’ from it.  —  Assistant editor David Leigh said he intercepted voicemails in an article written in December 2006 in order to investigate …
Barb Palser / American Journalism Review:
A Strategy for Facebook  —  News outlets are devoting a great deal of energy to heightening their presence on social media.Posted: Fri., Aug. 5, 2011  —  Barb Palser (bpalser@gmail.com) is director of digital media for McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Co.  —  For most of us, being “Liked” is a social affirmation.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
The Onion Testing A Metered Paid Model  —  Some readers' eyes may now start to water when they cut a few layers in to The Onion's website.  —  “America's finest news source” has begun requiring a $2.95pm/$29.95pa charge from non-U.S. visitors who want to read more than about five stories within a 30-day period.
Larry Atkins / The Huffington Post:
Media and Consumers Must Be Careful in Relying on Twitter for Breaking News  —  Last week, a false rumor that CNN's Piers Morgan had been suspended as a talk show host due to his alleged role in phone hacking as an editor for a UK tabloid was spread repeatedly by journalists through Twitter for a brief time.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Playbook's first subscriber was Clinton strategist Howard Wolfson  —  The 1,500th edition of Politico's Playbook was published today, and author Mike Allen marked the occasion by sharing the history of the D.C. must-read morning roundup. … Little-known fact: Mike Allen profiled Jim Romenesko …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
DirecTV CEO downplays interest in Hulu  —  One more potential Hulu acquirer has thrown its hat in the ring, with DirecTV admitting it has joined Apple, Yahoo, Google, Verizon, AT&T and Amazon in taking a look at the online video site's financials.  But while it's an interesting opportunity …
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
101 Years-Young: WWD Refreshes Web Presence  —  Citing Women's Wear's roots in the early 20th Century, editor Edward Nardoza announced to readers yesterday a “reimagined” WWD.com on a digital platform where “pages don't yellow or crumble.”  —  The new design has a clean tri-column structure …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Many Magazines Eke Out Gains, or at Least Hold Their Ground, in New Circ Report  —  Print Fighting the Undertow at Newsstand  —  Most magazines won't put grand slams up on the scoreboard when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases figures for the first half of the year on Tuesday …
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
 
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Discussion: TVNewser
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
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Discussion: The New York Observer
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Media stocks drop more than the market as a whole
Discussion: Fox News and MarketBeat
 Earlier Picks: 
American Journalism Review:
A Welcome Change  —  After years of decline, the audience for network news jumps upward.
Discussion: Poynter
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
Fox Business launches series on Media Matters
Bloomberg:
Murdoch's Cleanup Effort Draws Criticism
 

 
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TechCrunch:
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Sources detail how Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, who recently proposed a privacy bill, has undermined privacy negotiations for years

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

 
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