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3:15 AM ET, September 15, 2011


 Top News: 
Zach Rait / Facebook Blog:
Introducing the Subscribe Button  —  Until now, it hasn't been easy to choose exactly what you see in your News Feed.  Maybe you don't want to see every time your brother plays a game on Facebook, for example.  Or maybe you'd like to see more stories from your best friends, and fewer from your coworkers.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
New Subscribe button lets journalists use Facebook like Twitter  —  Facebook announced a new feature today that competes directly with Twitter and will make it easier for journalists to use their personal profiles to share updates and links with the public.  Facebook users can now visit …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
When it comes to disclosing potential conflicts of interest, New York Times shouldn't throw stones at Arrington  —  The meta-media debate for the last few weeks has been about the conflict of interest inherent in Michael Arrington's proposal to run a new venture capital fund while writing …
Discussion: True Ventures and Boing Boing
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Venture Capitalists With Powerful Blogs May Run Afoul of the SEC  —  Image via BacktoGeek  —  Has Blogging Become the New Insider Trading? … Michael Arrington wanted to have it all.  The editor-in-chief of TechCrunch, the nation's most powerful tech blog, had, except for a brief hiatus …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
All for One!  Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft Band Together for Ad Plan.  —  AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft compete for ad dollars.  But a new pact calls for the rivals to cooperate on ad sales, too.  —  The three companies are going to start selling ad inventory on each others' sites …
The Independent:
Johann Hari: A personal apology  —  I've written so many articles over the years laying bare and polemicising against the errors and idiocies of other people.  This time, I am writing an article laying bare and polemicising against the errors and idiocies of myself.  If you give it out, you have to take it.
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Vanity Fair Nabs New York Design Director Chris Dixon  —  Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter has poached Chris Dixon, New York magazine's design director, according to an internal memo sent out today.  —  Longtime VF design director David Harris is reducing his role at the magazine.
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
Keeper of the Commentary  —  Gone are the days when Reuters was just a wire service.  Former Slate media critic Jack Shafer, hired last week, is only the latest appointment op-ed editor James Ledbetter has made in his effort to turn the Reuters opinion page into a leading source of commentary.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Hearst To Convert All Sites to HTML5  —  Good Housekeeping is the first redesign with multi-device functionality.  —  NEW YORK—Hearst Magazines is aiming to improve its digital strategy through the integration of HTML5, the company announced plans early Tuesday to implement the platform …
Nikki Finke /
BREAKING!  Deadline's Parent Company Sues The Hollywood Reporter's Parent Company For Copyright Infringement  —  2ND UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has just removed from its website PMC's unique and original featured module comprised of source code that produced PMC-owned's distinctive homepage.
Janine Gibson / Guardian:
Unveiling the Guardian's new US homepage  —  The Guardian has launched a new US front page at  Janine Gibson explains why  —  Today we're unveiling the new url and front page for our US readers.  It's the first tiny step in our bid to improve the Guardian website for US users …
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Apps vs. eBooks: Where can newsrooms and journalists make the most money?  —  By Robert Niles: How much time do you or your news organization spend developing apps?  What's your return on that investment, and by that I mean - how much money are you making on app sales and from direct advertising on those app platforms?
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
How Tumblr is Changing Journalism  —  Earlier this week we looked at the remarkable growth of Tumblr, a blogging and curation service that now gets over 12 billion page views per month.  Tumblr is mostly used as a consumer curation tool - it's an easy way for people to re-post articles, images and videos.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Could Homer Simpson get his own channel?  —  Ready for a channel devoted to nothing but “The Simpsons?”  —  Don't laugh, it is one idea News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey threw out when speaking Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
WSJ's Alan Murray: The iPad Has Driven the Paper's Video Programming Expansion  —  The Wall Street Journal would not be delivering its three and a half hours of programming if it were not for the iPad, says Alan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal and Executive Editor of the
Discussion: Online Video News is all grown up (and now free)!  —  We're pleased to announce that has officially spun out of bitly to run as an independent company under betaworks.  Here's what John Borthwick has to say about the change on his blog: Over the past year, has been incubated within bitly.
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Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
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Latoya Peterson / Poynter:
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The Independent:
Exposed after eight years: a private eye's dirty work for Fleet Street
Hollywood Reporter:
Top Viacom Ad Exec Out Over Alleged Kickbacks (Exclusive)
Discussion: MediaPost and Business Insider
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Reveals Big Plans For Web Network
Emily Witt / The New York Observer:
$2 a Word?  Chump Change!  With Byliner and Atavist, Hungry Freelance Writers Seek Out Alternatives To Magazine Work
Discussion: Editors Weblog and CJR
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Righthaven Defendant Asks Judge Not To Let Company ‘Slither Away’
Inside Cable News:
Wall St. Journal vs. CNBC?
The Independent:
Female war reporters: 'We're given the softer side of war'
Discussion: Erik Wemple and BBC
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Google News removes website financed by water district