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3:45 AM ET, August 30, 2011

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Joe Grimm / Poynter:
Following layoff, Jack Shafer tells journalists: ‘Always be looking’  —  In this week's career chat, we talked with longtime media critic Jack Shafer, who has covered the media for about 25 years.  Just last week, he was laid off from Slate.  —  Shafer, who said no audience questions were off-limits …
Discussion: AllThingsD, GalleyCat and FishbowlNY
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Paul Smalera / MediaFile:
How to reboot Slate  —  The opinions expressed are his own.  —  There's really no schadenfreude to be had for Slate, which laid off four staffers and a few freelancers last week.  After all, this is the online magazine that gave birth to a Twitter meme, #Slatepitches …
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How The New York Times is taking Twitter reporting faster and deeper with @NYTLive  —  After 346 tweets and 22,000 followers in three days, @NYTLive has gone dormant — for now.  —  The Times' new Twitter megaphone for in-depth, real-time curation of big news stories got its first test run this weekend for Hurricane Irene.
Discussion: NYConvergence.com and Bits
Reuters:
Murdoch expands internal inquiry of papers  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers for Rupert Murdoch's News International are conducting a broad inquiry into reporting practices at all of the company's UK newspapers, according to sources who have been briefed on the probe.
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Christopher Hope / Telegraph:   Phone hacking: judge to question Rupert and James Murdoch under oath
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Without Jobs as CEO, Who Speaks for the Arts at Apple?  —  What is the secret to Apple's success?  After introducing the iPad 2 in March, Steve Jobs offered one answer: … Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO of Apple leaves the company without its founder and lead visionary, but still in very capable hands.
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 …
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Felix Salmon:
In praise of DealBook  —  Every so often, Andrew Ross Sorkin …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and The Awl
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FishbowlNY
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why doesn't the Times have something like Quora?  —  There are all these Quora-like services coming online these days.  —  Why doesn't the Times have one?  —  I'm not suggesting that they develop it.  Partner.  The Times is a distribution channel.  They already have a lot of smart readers and a smart website.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Which Marketers Should (and Shouldn't) Tap Social-Media Darling Tumblr  —  As Brands' Presence Grows, Blogging Platform Finds Sweet Spot in Fashion, Media  —  New York-based blogging platform Tumblr has experienced astronomic growth in the past year, more than tripling its audience …
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
JRC journalists use social media to cover earthquate and hurricane  —  I've curated Journal Register newsrooms' use of social media in covering Hurricane Irene and last week's earthquake.  I'm not sure why I can't get this to publish to my blog (I've done that several times with Storify), but you can read it at the link above.
Discussion: Connecticut Newsroom
New York Times:
A News Corp. Decision  —  To the Editor:  —  David Carr wrote about a corporate merger that was reviewed by the Justice Department in 1997, when I was assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust under President Bill Clinton ("News Corp.'s Soft Power in the U.S.," The Media Equation column, Aug. 8).
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
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.
Lifehacker Australia:
The Onion's Digital Guru Explains How To Use Tech (And Why Chaos Is Great)  —  Baratunde Thurston is the director of digital for everyone's favourite satirical news source The Onion, but being funny is easier when you're organised, technically proficient and open to inspiration.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Fantasy Football at ESPN: Record 500 College Games Live this Fall  —  With an expanded digital platform for live sports, ESPN will stream 500 college football games this fall, says Tim Connolly, VP for Distribution for Disney/ESPN in this interview with Beet.TV
 
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
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Discussion: SocialTimes.com and ReadWriteWeb
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
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Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction
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Wall Street Journal:
For Wal-Mart, a Rare Online Success
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