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11:15 AM ET, September 13, 2011


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Seeks Tablet Content  —  As its tablet launch draws near, Inc. is in the market for content.  According to people familiar with the matter, the Seattle retailing giant is starting talks with magazine and newspaper publishers on new terms for subscriptions and single copies of periodicals for the device.
Judy Muller / Los Angeles Times:
Where newspapers thrive  —  At a time when doomsayers are predicting the death of traditional journalism, thousands of small-town weeklies are doing just fine, thank you.  —  We've been hearing a lot of depressing news in recent years about the dire financial prospects for big daily newspapers, including the one you're now holding.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
From the Ashes of Righthaven, the Promising Future of Digital Media  —  Copyright troll Righthaven's flawed business model—suing hundreds of bloggers and small websites for dubious cases of alleged copyright infringement of newspaper articles—appears to be grinding to an inexorable finish.
Discussion: Threat Level, Adweek and WebProNews
New Details on Philly Papers' Bold Tablet Plan Android tablets to spur digital content adoption By Lucia Moses  —  Making a big bet on the tablet market, the Philadelphia Inquirer and sibling paper Philadelphia Daily News in July announced a plan to sell deeply discounted tablets containing subscriptions to its digital editions.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
The Wall Street Journal's Shoddy Journalism on TechCrunch: It's Not About the Personalities, It's About the Principle  —  Now that the TechCrunch editorial dispute has been resolved, let me turn my attention to the Wall Street Journal's coverage of it.  —  In the most egregious case …
“Deciding” To Move On  —  AOL has issued the following statement …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Mike Arrington Goes Nuclear: Says NY Times Is Conflicted Tech Investor via True Ventures
Mother of 7/7 victim to sue NoW publisher  —  High court judge to take Sheila Henry's case as one of the lead actions over phone hacking at the former tabloid  —  Sheila Henry, the mother of 7/7 victim Christian Small, has launched a legal action against the publisher of the News of the World …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Authors Sue to Remove Books From Digital Archive  —  Three major authors' groups and eight individual authors filed suit against a partnership of research libraries and five universities on Monday, arguing that their initiative to digitize millions of books constituted copyright infringement.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Pierce leaves Boston Globe for Esquire  —  Romenesko+ Misc.  —  Charles P. Pierce, who has been an Esquire contributing editor since 1997, will be the full-time lead writer on's “The Politics Blog.”  He's stepped down from the Boston Globe after nine years as a reporter …
James Robinson / Guardian:
Phone hacking: James Murdoch recalled by MPs  —  News Corp boss to face fresh questions about whether he knew News of the World hacking went further than one reporter  —  James Murdoch is to be recalled to give evidence to MPs on the Commons culture, media and sport select committee following a vote on Tuesday.
John Ortved / Adweek:
Is Digital Killing the Luxury Brand?  —  High-end fashion brands have a problem.  Let's call it the “Kreayshawn quandary,” after the young Bay Area rapper made famous by the Internet and her hit song “Gucci, Gucci,” which has gotten over 16 million views on YouTube.
Vicky Ward / Vanity Fair:
Veni, Vidi, Vivi  —  One of the most intriguing men in media, Vivi Nevo guards his privacy so well that for years he was un-Googleable.  The 47-year-old financier's art-filled Malibu compound, where he can relax with his chums, is a study in all the beauty, simplicity, and, sometimes, loneliness that money can buy.
Discussion: The Corsair
The Huffington Post:
Algeria Makes Sweeping Media Reforms  —  ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria has passed sweeping media reforms, ending a state monopoly on the broadcast sector and the imprisonment of journalists for libel.  —  The move is part of the president's political reforms announced on April 15 …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Americans spend just a fraction of online time with news compared to social media  —  In a report on social media published Monday, Nielsen breaks down how Americans spend their time on the Internet.  The results are sobering for the online news industry.  Americans spend 22.5 percent …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New CEO at Reader's Digest  —  Ailing Reader's Digest Association is installing its third chief executive in less than five months as it struggles to stem an advertising and circulation slide.  —  The New York company, which publishes the flagship magazine as well as Every Day with Rachael Ray …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Why do newspapers use different figures for fatalities of Sept. 11 attacks?  —  An astute viewer of our front page collection from Sunday's best 10th anniversary coverage of 9/11 noted that at least three of the newspapers used different figures for the number of people who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Discussion: Charles Apple
Aaron Wall / SEO
Algorithmic Journalism & The Rise of Corporate Content Farms  —  The “Best” of Big Media  —  Large publishers who lobbied Google hard for a ranking boost got it when Panda launched: … At the same time, said “premium publishers” were backfilling their websites padding …
Discussion: Bits
Ownership, privacy to be debated in media inquiry  —  THE Gillard Government is expected to announce an inquiry into aspects of the media within days after a vigorous debate on ownership, democracy and privacy in the ALP Caucus today.  —  But the inquiry is not expected to include …
Tim Ebner / American Journalism Review:
For the Online News Association, the Future Is Now.  —  There will be no “future of” panels later this month at its convention, which will focus on digital tools that news organizations and journalists should be embracing at this moment.  Mon., September 12, 2011
Discussion: Crikey
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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