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11:10 PM ET, August 15, 2011


 Top News: 
Foreign Policy:
Epiphanies from Bob Woodward  —  A decade and five books later, the world's most famous investigative journalist has told us more about what happened behind closed doors in Washington's global war on terror than anyone.  So how does he think it will be remembered?  —  Ten years since 9/11.
Discussion: ...the deadline
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
MediaNews Group Adds Paywalls To 23 More Newspapers  —  Readers of MediaNews Group's small- and medium-sized newspapers in California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Vermont will pay for online content under a metered model starting today, even if they are print subscribers.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The (actual) future of the Big Idea  —  The critics are right: Neal Gabler's essay in yesterday's New York Times — the one proclaiming the death of the big idea at the hands of Twitter and Facebook and the Internet in general — is wrong.  And we should probably, after giving the thing …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Why the Observer Is Going All In (the Pink) on Power Lists  —  Just two weeks ago, the Observer poked fun at itself for overplaying its hand when it came to “Power Lists.”  At the time, editors were reacting to lots of (not entirely flattering) attention paid to their Media Power Couples list.
The New York Observer:
The Free Agent List: 2011′s 50 Media Most Eligible Bachelors  —  What goes into making a list of media bachelors?  The proprietary formula is in the end just that, but a few of the standards are pretty transparent.  —  First and foremost, they should be desirable, be it by physical specimen …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Why Google's Motorola acquisition is a huge TV play  —  Google announced this morning that it's sweeping up Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, a whopping 60% premium over Friday's close.  You've likely read that the acquisition will give Google access to a fresh crop of patents and allow …
Felix Salmon:
Whither the M&A scoop?  —  You've heard it here and everywhere: Google is buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.  But here's the media twist to the story: you didn't hear it anywhere first.  —  Deal scoops are the most basic currency of business journalism.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Market Ills Give CNBC a Bounce  —  When Nik Deogun was running the financial coverage of The Wall Street Journal during the crisis in 2008, he kept a constant eye on CNBC as the events played out on television.  “It was news being made, all the time, in real time,” he said.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The Gregory Brothers Auto-Tune the Internet  —  When Diana Radcliff stepped into a convenience store in Kansas City, Mo., on the morning of Sept. 1, 2010, she had no idea she'd be a witness to a botched robbery and a frantic escape accompanied by a hail of bullets; or that her account of the thwarted crime …
Discussion: Betabeat
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Orlando Sentinel editor: ‘We chose to cut news pages to help bolster our bottom line’  —  Give Mark Russell a few points for honesty.  The editor of Orlando Sentinel tells readers that “the move to cut news pages was driven by our need to reduce expenses ...
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What Reddit says about the expanding idea of journalism  —  Can we find clues about the future of news and journalism in the way a link-sharing site like Reddit operates?  David Weinberger, co-author of the seminal Web 2. book The Cluetrain Manifesto, took a look at that question over the weekend …
Lewis DVorkin / Forbes:
The Future of Digital Journalism is Transactions  —  There is a framed movie poster sitting on a radiator in my office almost directly across from my desk.  I can't help but see it every day, all the time.  It's an original “one-sheet” (creases and all) that was used in theaters to promote …
How the internet has all but destroyed the market for films, music and newspapers  —  The author of Free Ride warns that digital piracy and greedy technology firms are crushing the life out of the culture business  —  For most of the 80s and 90s, NBC dominated US television: Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends.
Discussion: Techdirt, MPAA Blog and Techland
Frédéric Filloux / Guardian:   Gunning for the copyright reformers
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Felix Salmon:
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