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9:10 AM ET, September 20, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ Social, For a World Where Facebook Is the New Internet  —  Is Facebook a friend of news companies, or is it a rival?  No matter how much success publishers have piggybacking off its traffic, they can't escape the cruel math: The more of their time consumers spend on Facebook …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Source: Facebook To Launch Read, Listened, Watched, And Want Buttons  —  The cat is out of the bag that Facebook is going to launch something big at its developer conference f8 this week.  We've heard about the social music services that could be debuting in a few days …
Richard Littlejohn / Daily Mail:
No, I'm not kidding.  We really have to defend the Guardian  —  Are YOU sitting comfortably?  Then prepare for a shock.  You may even like to pour yourself a stiff drink.  I'm about to defend the Guardian.  —  First, though, the caveats.  When I heard that Scotland Yard was using …
Discussion: Guardian and Jon Slattery
Avril Ormsby / Reuters:
News International to pay $4.7 million to settle hacking case  —  (Reuters) - News International is expected to pay about three million pounds($4.7 million) to settle hacking claims by the family of murder victim Milly Dowler against the now defunct News of the World newspaper, sources close to the case told Reuters on Monday.
James Robinson / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Operation Weeting has cost £1.8m
NetNewsCheck Latest:
Scripps Consolidates Digital Operations  —  The company is moving all of its digital properties under one umbrella in an effort to accelerate the launch of new products and services for digital platforms.  Adam Symson will lead the company's new effort as vice president and chief digital officer.
Scripps Consolidates All Digital Under Symson  —  E.W. Scripps Co. announced a reorganization of its digital operations, consolidating it under Adam Symson vice president and Chief Digital Officer.  Based in Cincinnati, Symson will oversee all of the digital teams for Scripps' 13 daily newspapers and 10 TV stations.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Netflix is a cautionary tale for newspapers  —  When Netflix first announced earlier this year that it was changing its pricing plans for its legacy DVD-by-mail service as a way of promoting its digital streaming business, we wrote about how this was very similar to what newspapers …
Andrew Keen / TechCrunch:
Keen On... Sir Martin Sorrell: We Have to Get Consumers to Pay for Their Content (TCTV)  —  It's Stream time again.  Last year, when I interviewed Sir Martin Sorrell, the co-founder and CEO of WPP at the company's annual Stream unconference in Athens, Sir Martin argued that “free=fail.”
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Media Week
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Calling the beginning of a story a ‘lede’ is just another form of nostalgia  —  A Sunday morning tweet from NYU's Jay Rosen provoked a conversation about why journalists call the opening of a story a “lede.”  —  Jennifer Connic, a social media producer at, tweeted, “I kind of like lede still.
Discussion: The Awl and Change of Subject
David Kaplan / paidContent: Vertical Strategy Downplays The Brand To Deliver More Traffic, Ads  —  The value of being a weekly print brand in the online era has been in doubt for years, but Time magazine believes that it can retain relevance by putting a little less emphasis on Time the brand online …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
‘AdWords For Images’ Stipple Debuts Image Licensing Marketplace For Publishers  —  Stipple, a technology that allows you to tag people in images no matter where they reside on the web, is debuting a new product today—image licensing platform Stipple Marketplace.
Elizabeth Rubin /
Arianna Huffington: The Connector  —  Michelle Williams:  —  My Week with Michelle  —  Photographed by Norman Jean Roy  —  Everyone remembers the first time they met Arianna Huffington; everyone has a story.  Often it's not the first meeting that resonates but the first time she got …
New York Times:
In E-Books, Publishers Have Rivals: News Sites  —  Book publishers are surrounded by hungry new competitors: Amazon, with its steadily growing imprints; authors who publish their own e-books; online start-ups like The Atavist and Byliner.  —  Now they have to contend with another group elbowing …
Discussion: B2B Memes
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Berkeley j-school hires Spot.Us founder to research online business models  —  Romenesko+ Misc.  DigiDave  —  David Cohn, who launched community-funded reporting site Spot.Us in 2008, will be conducting research on economic models of online journalism publications and help to develop business products …
Discussion: Street Fight, DigiDave and Medacity
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