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4:00 PM ET, August 29, 2011

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Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
How NY1 won the Irene-hits-New York story, and what national cable news could learn from them  —  Somewhere around midmorning on the day Hurricane Irene landed in New York City, I switched from NY1 to CNN.  This was a mistake.  —  Things had been calming down in the city …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hurricane Coverage Is Ratings Driver for Weather Channel  —  NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Standing where he warned others not to tread, the beach on the Outer Banks during Hurricane Irene's landfall, Mike Seidel had sand in his teeth, his pockets and his ears.  He was soaking wet, barely able to hear — and he was beaming.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
A Hurricane of Hype  —  Irene fell far short of the media's …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
NYT business editor responds to ombud's ‘absurd’ column  —  Times business editor Larry Ingrassia tells his staff that public editor Art Brisbane's Aug. 28 column on DealBook “was so absurd and so poorly reasoned that I felt compelled to write a response.”  Ingrassia tells Brisbane that …
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Chalk it up to the hacks: New York scraps $27 million education contract with Murdoch firm  —  ALBANY - The Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal has prompted the state to kill a controversial $27 million contract with one of the media mogul's subsidiary companies.
Wall Street Journal:
For Wal-Mart, a Rare Online Success  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has stumbled often in Internet retailing, but the big-box granddad has been surprisingly successful in one online venture: digital movie downloads.  —  A year after buying streaming service Vudu, which lets customers rent …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Flattering words from Schmidt - but he isn't going to save the TV industry  —  The boss of Google charms the Edinburgh TV festival but the company's relationship with the media is complex  —  Google is the loveable monopolist.  It didn't set out, perhaps, to dominate internet search.
Discussion: GigaOM and ZDNet
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Google crashes TV's Edinburgh party
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast Deepens Its Social Connections  —  Readers of the online versions of Condé Nast publications will have to look no further than the bottom of their screens to see what content other readers have deemed worthy of a “Tweet” on Twitter or a “like” on Facebook.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction  —  THE mass media, including interactive social-networking tools, make you passive, can sap your initiative, leave you content to watch the spectacle of life from your couch or smartphone.  —  Apparently even during a revolution.
Discussion: Poynter and Future of Journalism
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
Anchor to Leave PBS's ‘Need to Know’  —  PBS's Friday newsmagazine “Need to Know” is losing Alison Stewart, the second of its original co-anchors to depart, when it switches to a half-hour format on Sept. 16.  —  Ms. Stewart has been anchoring the hour-long show on her own since Jon Meacham became …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TVWeek.com
Polly Curtis / Guardian:
Labour seeks law change to stop News Corp renewing BSkyB bid  —  Fears that Rupert Murdoch could reopen bid prompts ‘public interest test’ motion by shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis  —  Labour is trying to secure cross-party support for an emergency change in the law to prevent News Corporation …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Reuters:
How to hack like a News of the World reporter  —  World renowned computer hacker, Kevin Mitnick, shows you step-by-step how the News of the World journalists hacked into private voicemails.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sony TV Aims for Prime Time  —  CULVER CITY, Calif. — In October 2001, an exasperated Howard Stringer, the chief executive of Sony, ordered a dramatic downsizing at the company's studio here.  —  Moviemaking would continue apace, but the production of new television shows …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
To @ or not to @?  When and how to name drop in social media  —  Imagine for a moment that you are at a party, standing in a circle of people and exchanging stories.  You start to tell the one about the time your friend John, who is across the room, fell into the lake on a fishing trip.
Discussion: A VC
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Product Placements Find Fresh Territory in Telenovelas  —  Viewers who tuned in to watch the Telemundo telenovela “Mi Corazón Insiste” last week may have seen a new type of cliffhanger, one that directed them to a Web site with exclusive content sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.
Discussion: MediaPost
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
D.C. Drama Has Been Very Good for Politico  —  The long, politically heated summer has been very good for Politico.  —  While many news organizations have benefitted from three months of scandal, budget crises and campaign intrigue, few welcome it as much as the four-year old political site …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
 
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