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4:50 PM ET, August 23, 2011


 Top News: 
Heather Kelly / VentureBeat:
The Daily Dot wants to be a small town paper for the entire Internet  —  The biggest hurdle to enjoying The Daily Dot, a fun new online news site that launches today, is that its premise is based on a bad metaphor: The Internet is a community and The Daily Dot is its local paper.
5 Lessons Learned Building The Daily Dot, a Media Startup  —  This is the third and final post in a series from Nicholas White, the co-founder and CEO of The Daily Dot.  —  It was one year ago this month that I moved to Austin, Texas, in full dedication to creating The Daily Dot, the hometown newspaper of the world wide web.
Discussion: Future of Journalism, Thanks:dmfreeman
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Journalists Kept in Hotel as Battle Rages Outside  —  With an 18,000-square-foot spa, helicopter service upon request and a self-described “culture of service perfection,” the Rixos is Tripoli's premier hotel.  —  But over the weekend, the 120-room oasis in the center of the war-torn Libyan capital became …
Tim Cuprisin /
OnMedia: The courage of CNN's Tripoli reporters
Discussion: Mediaite and The Wire
Billionaire Slim Boosts Stakes in NYT as Market Slumps  —  Mexican Tycoon Pays $6.83 to $7.09 for 553,000 Times Co. Shares  —  Billionaire Carlos Slim spent $8.8 million to boost his stakes in Saks, Inc. and The New York Times Co., adding to his biggest U.S. holdings as the stock market slumped last week.
Discussion: Poynter, On Media's Blog and FishbowlNY
The Huffington Post:
It's Official: Sharpton Gets MSNBC Hosting Gig  —  Al Sharpton has been officially named the host of the 6 PM hour on MSNBC.  The network announced Tuesday that Sharpton will host “PoliticsNation” on weeknights starting August 29.  —  Sharpton has been the de facto host of the hour for many weeks …
Discussion: Inside TV
Teresa Novellino / Portfolio:
Social-Media Mags Want to Friend Business Readers  —  Why is there no magazine focused on using Facebook or Twitter to build business?  Exactly, thought GSG WorldMedia, whose founders say their four social-media magazines will debut with 5 million subscribers, thanks to Office Depot.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and MediaPost
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
American Printer Magazine Folds After 128 Years; American Press Closes Shop  —  Penton mag saw no model of profitability; printer closes due to economy.  —  Started in 1883 as Inland Printer, Penton Media's American Printer magazine will be stopping production after 128 years.
Discussion: Audience Development
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
U.K. Tabloid Daily Mail's U.S. Web Boss Out After Less Than a Year  —  The man who is supposed to help British tabloid The Daily Mail establish itself in the U.S. has left, after less than a year on the job.  —  Matthew Kearney, whose title had been CEO of U.S. for MailOnline …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Time Inc. Launches Its First Four Magazines On Nook Color  —  Time Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is expanding its magazines' presence on the Nook Newsstand.  Starting today, print subscribers to Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, and Time will be able to read the Nook editions of those magazines for free …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
What you need to know about StumbleUpon, the Web's newly-hot referral source  —  The social-powered Web browsing service StumbleUpon now claims to drive more than half of all social media referral traffic in the U.S., according to new data from StatCounter.  —  Is it true?
Discussion: Mixed Media and Marketing Pilgrim
Amy Wicks / WWD:
People Bets on Kardashian Ka-Ching  —  WILL KK GO KA-CHING?  Kim Kardashian might have been Glamour's top-selling cover girl of the year so far, but will her upcoming People cover, for which the title is said to have paid $1.5 million to the reality star and her new husband, do as well?
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Adam Hochberg / Poynter:
Rick Perry's assertions on global warming reveal reporting challenges when science, politics collide  —  In the course of two days last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry expressed controversial views on two politically sensitive scientific issues.  The news coverage of his remarks once again demonstrated …
Discussion: Mediaite and Agence France Presse
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
Bill Moyers Returns to Public Television, but Not PBS  —  Bill Moyers says he is returning to public television in January, but he won't be found on the PBS lineup.  —  His new hourlong weekly show, called “Moyers & Company,” will focus on one-on-one interviews with people not often heard on television …
Discussion: TVNewser
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
East Coasters Turn to Twitter During Virginia Earthquake  —  A 5.9 earthquake originated in Mineral, Virginia, Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  —  Tweets began pouring in from D.C. nearly 30 seconds before we felt the quake at our headquarters in New York City …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Katherine Travers / Editors Weblog:
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Felix Salmon / CJR:
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