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8:25 AM ET, August 9, 2011


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Current TV President Planning Shows Around Keith Olbermann  —  NEW YORK — TV news veteran David Bohrman, who took over Monday as the new president of Current TV, says the network will be undergoing a major transformation in the near future.  —  “It won't transform itself in a day or a week,” Bohrman said by phone.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Current TV Taps David Bohrman as President  —  Former CNN Washington bureau chief David Bohrman has been named president of Current TV, the cable TV channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.  Current has switched its focus in recent months from non-fiction and user-generated content towards news …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
NYT Labs: Can a newspaper think like a startup?  —  After delaying the project while it launched a paywall, the New York Times has finally rolled out its version of Google Labs, the now-shuttered project that provided a home for the search company's various web experiments.
Dan Duray / The New York Observer:
Conde Nast Sued Over Vanity Fair Oleg Cassini Story  —  Conde Nast has been sued for libel over Maureen Orth's September 2010 Vanity Fair article, “Cassini Royale,” about designer Oleg Cassini and the battle over his estate.  The plaintiff identifies herself as Marianne Nestor-Cassini …
Discussion: WWD Media Headlines and The Wrap
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
View Along the TV App Landscape  —  A company-by-company look at the app strategies of top channels, operators and TV program producers  —  To get a detailed look at the TV app landscape, B&C recently spoke to 25 executives who work in a broad cross section of the media industry.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Onion's CTO: Our paywall experiment is just that  —  When word got out about The Onion testing a paid content model overseas, Gawker declared the beginning of the end: “It only affects dirty foreigners at the moment, but everyone knows damn well that these things always presage a domestic rollout.
Discussion: A.V. Club, The Consumerist and AdPulp
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple's rumored ‘Replay’ service a ways off  —  Warner Bros. is one of at least four top film studios from which Apple has yet to obtain streaming-movie licenses, sources say.  —  The rumors from last week about Apple being “on the edge” of launching a cloud movie service …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
What journalists need to know about libelous tweets  —  Rumors that CNN had suspended Piers Morgan due to the News of the World phone hacking scandal spread on Twitter earlier this month, sparking an important discussion about whether journalists need to verify information before tweeting.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why the Web's New TV-Style Ratings Might Not Mean More Ad Buys  —  Nielsen's ‘Campaign Ratings’ Isn't a Cure-all, Could Expose Other Ills  —  It's become an article of faith among digital folks that once online media can be measured apples to apples to TV, big dollars will flow to the web.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Why Huffpo Would Be Better Off Without ‘Zombie’ AOL  —  Tim Armstrong.  Image by AOL via CrunchBase  —  Back in February, Arianna Huffington said that selling her company to AOL was like “stepping off a fast-moving train and onto a supersonic jet.”  In terms of creating value for shareholders …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
AOL iPad Mag “Editions” Missed The Memo About The AOL Way
David DiSalvo / Neuropsyched:
Why Scientists and Journalists Don't Always Play Well Together  —  A few months ago I came across a blog post written by a well-credentialed scientist, the gist of which was that he'd recently given his last interview to a journalist.  So horribly were his words misrepresented in the subsequent article …
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
‘NOTW’ staff offered lucrative severance pay  —  Former staff at the News of the World are being offered lucrative “early leaver” settlement packages worth tens of thousands of pounds in what appears to be a U-turn on a promise by Rupert Murdoch that all employees of the defunct newspaper would be found work within his media empire.
Trymaine Lee / The Huffington Post:
The Rise And Fall Of KING, The 'Illest Men's Magazine Ever'  —  “We need to talk about KING,” the Harris Publications exec told Datwon Thomas, editor-in-chief of XXL magazine and a founder and editorial director of KING, the men's lifestyle magazine.  —  It was early 2009.
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Dino Grandoni / The Atlantic Wire:
America's Newspaper History Gets Mapped
Discussion: Freelance Unbound
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
‘Extreme Couponing’ show blamed for rise in newspaper thefts
Edward Jay Epstein / The Atlantic Wire:
Can E-Books Pay Off for Writers?
Michael Wolff / Adweek:
How Bad Is News Corp.?
eMedia Vitals:
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Hawaiian punch! A paywall showdown in Honolulu
Discussion: Future of Journalism
 Earlier Picks: 
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Adventures in self-publishing: Here's what a month-old news site looks like
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
London riots needed Twitter news curators, but where are they and who pays for them?
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Neil Thackray / TheMediaBriefing:
A Perfect Storm for Newspapers
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Curation Tool Storify Partners With MSNBC's Breaking News For Sourced News Content
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why 500 Channels Means 19 Shows About Pawnshops
Discussion: Company Town and Multichannel, Thanks:learmonth
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: Digital's Second Age Begins Now, FT CEO Says
Discussion: eMedia Vitals