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7:00 AM ET, September 12, 2011


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon in Talks to Launch Digital-Book Library  — Inc. is talking with book publishers about launching a Netflix Inc.-like service for digital books, in which customers would pay an annual fee to access a library of content, according to people familiar with the matter.
David Carr / New York Times:
News Trends Tilt Toward Niche Sites  —  It was a rough week for the big guys on the Web.  Yahoo unceremoniously dumped its chief executive, Carol Bartz, and AOL faced a mutiny from TechCrunch, the Silicon Valley news site it bought last year.  —  Apart from the specific business issues feeding …
Discussion: Felix
Wall Street Journal:
A Business Model Based on Conflict of Interest  —  On TechCrunch it's hard to tell where news ends and investing begins.  —  New technology provides an endless supply of information online, but as even Silicon Valley found out this month, it comes at a price: Readers have to work harder …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Blogosphere's Soft Corruption  —  The TechCrunch / Arrington saga is the perfect illustration for the stealthy corruption plaguing digital information.  Skip this paragraph if you know the story.  In a nutshell: on September 1st, Michael Arrington, founder of the site TechCrunch …
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Report Details Rise of Social Media  —  As social media like blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube grow increasingly popular among consumers, marketers are seeking more data about the changing behavior of their customers.  —  The Nielsen Company, which has long provided such information …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
On Slow and Somber Anniversary, News Media Try to Stay Out of the Picture  —  Television is about faces, not names.  It's about motion, not stillness.  So the fact that so much time on Sunday was dedicated to the slow, solemn recitation of all the Sept. 11 victims was as significant a tribute as the camera can make.
Discussion: WebProNews
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
How 9/11 helped to change the media landscape  —  Everyone has their own memory of where they were when the World Trade Center was destroyed, and mine (not surprisingly perhaps) is inextricably linked to the media, since that's what I do.  There are obviously far more important and compelling versions …
Discussion: BBC, Media & Entertainment and Hot Air
Mike Madden / City Desk:
Dan Snyder Drops Lawsuit against Washington City Paper, Dave McKenna  —  Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has just filed papers in D.C. Superior Court to dismiss his lawsuit against Washington City Paper and staff writer Dave McKenna over “The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder,” which we published last November.
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck Faces Big Test as New Show Bows  —  Conservative firebrand Glenn Beck faces his first big test since leaving Fox News when his new two-hour show begins Monday.  —  The first episode of Mr. Beck's program “Glenn Beck,” which will air on his new Internet-only network GBTV …
Financial Times:
Turning the page: newspapers face the future  —  The digitalisation of the media is no longer just about the migration towards online news.  —  Tablets, apps and mobile sites are all part of the package that must be provided by modern news organisations whose century-old business models …
Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
Can Jane Espenson's Husbands jump from the web to TV?  —  For over a decade, writer/producer Jane Espenson has been celebrated among television nerds; her IMDB profile includes work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13 and Game of Thrones, just to name a few.
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Syed Saleem Shahzad's murder, Pakistan, and the ISI.  —  On May 30th, as the sun beat down on the plains of eastern Pakistan, a laborer named Muhammad Shafiq walked along the top of a dam on the Upper Jhelum Canal to begin his morning routine of clearing grass and trash that had drifted into the intake grates overnight.
Discussion: Ask the Author and Felix Salmon
Scott Eyman / Palm Beach Entertainment:
Former ‘Wall Street Journal’ publisher recalls the glory years of journalism in a new memoir  —  In 1947, Warren Phillips went to work at The Wall Street Journal as a copy editor.  The paper had a circulation of 100,000.  —  In 1991, Warren Phillips retired as publisher and CEO of Dow Jones & Co., the Journal's parent company.
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Thoughts From Jill Abramson, Executive Editor  —  ON Tuesday, Jill Abramson succeeded Bill Keller as executive editor of The New York Times, the first woman to serve as top editor since the paper's founding in 1851.  I spoke with her about her new post.  —  •
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