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3:30 AM ET, August 12, 2011


 Top News: 
Ken Auletta / News Desk:
The Stain on News Corp.  —  Rupert Murdoch's woes, like the blood Lady Macbeth sees, will not go away.  His positive quarterly News Corp. earnings report may create the illusion that they will, as does news that his newspapers may not have been the only ones in England that hacked into private phones.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
A Rogue Tweeter Titillates, Then Vanishes  —  For the last five days, fear has hushed the elevators at Condé Nast.  Few dared say much for fear of having their words appear on a satirical Twitter feed called @CondeElevator, which purported to capture the banalities and inanities …
Jay Habegger / AdAge:
Why Amazon Is About to Become a Force in Online Advertising  —  Expect Other Retailers to Follow, Leveraging Their Data for Sales and Profit  —  Amazon flew under the radar in late June when it announced it was entering the world of advertising by using its consumer data to deliver targeted advertising …
CNNMoney Tech Tumblr:
HuffPost/AOL now “aggregating” video as well  —  The Huffington Post tends to be under constant fire for what many call over-aggregating: taking too much content from other sources and making it their own.  It's always been more of an issue with print stories than video, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
Discussion: Nation Now and The Huffington Post
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the next recession  —  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.  —  If the current events of the world are scary for all of us, they're particularly horrifying for news publishers.
Ari L. Goldman / The Jewish Week:
Telling It Like It Wasn't  —  Former Times reporter looks back on coverage of the event, and what went wrong.  —  Twenty years ago next week, on the night of Aug. 19, 1991 — the night that Gavin Cato and Yankel Rosenbaum were killed — my editor called me at home to tell me that riots had broken out on the streets of Crown Heights.
Discussion: Poynter
Joel Gunter /
Cameron: media has a responsibility to hand over riot footage  —  Prime minister says he will encourage media organisations to hand over unused footage to aid police investigations  —  David Cameron has said in parliament that media organisations have a responsibility to hand over unused footage of rioters to the police.
Discussion: Guardian, and Press Gazette
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Brauchli: No plans for a Washington Post paywall  —  At the AAJA convention in Detroit, Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli said “we are quite content being the largest free premium newspaper online” and that a paywall won't be going up anytime soon.  Knight Foundation's John Bracken told the audience that “print is the new vinyl.”
Discussion: @ronlin and
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Gene Weingarten on journalistic ethics: two case studies from his career  —  The final session of last month's Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference offered The Washington Post's Gene Weingarten in conversation with Brian Sweany, deputy editor of Texas Monthly.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
A Perp Walk on Twitter  —  Lifting a page from the hacker's handbook, the Greater Manchester Police are naming and shaming rioters on their Twitter feed.  —  “We promised we'd name all those convicted for their roles in the disorder — here we go ...” the police announced …
Discussion: CNET News and New York Times
Alex / digiphile:
New digital journalism tools and platforms to connect, present and inspire  —  “It doesn't have to be like this,” said Alexis Madrigal.  “You don't have to write bad stuff to get people to come to a website”  —  Tonight at the August meeting of the Online News Association in D.C. …
Amanda Lucci / eMedia Vitals:
What magazines with the most fans are doing right  —  Magazine brands with the most Likes are obviously doing something right and other publishers could learn from their strategies.  Digital think tank L2 recently released a survey with various statistics about digital presence …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Disney to put its shows behind a pay wall online, too  —  Fox might not be the only broadcaster to begin restricting access to its shows online and requiring next-day viewers to be pay TV subscribers.  Disney is also working out deals with distributors that would allow viewers to watch shows sooner if they log on with a cable ID.
Discussion: Electronista
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