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12:00 PM ET, September 23, 2011


 Top News: 
Ryan McCarthy / Felix Salmon:
Business Insider, over-aggregation, and the mad grab for traffic  —  The news that Business Insider raised approximately $7 million should be great news for those who follow the world of web media.  Henry Blodget's got a flat-out growth story on his hands: his staff of 60 now attracts 12 million visitors …
A Business Insider retrospective  —  After reading Ryan McCarthy's post at Reuters about Business Insider, I wanted to run some numbers.  —  After all, they've linked to nearly every significant article I've written for the last few years, often automatically by scraping Techmeme.
David Bowden / Sky News:
Phone Hacking: Lawyers To Launch US Action  —  Lawyers acting for phone-hacking victims are planning to launch legal action in the US against directors of the News Of The World's (NOTW) parent company News Corp, Sky Sources have said.  —  It is another significant escalation in the phone-hacking saga …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post CEO Explains Facebook Partnership  —  NEW YORK — For the past few months, Washington Post CEO Don Graham tried out a beta version of the newspaperâs Social Reader, one of several news apps unveiled by Mark Zuckerberg at Thursdayâs f8 conference.
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Mashable!
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Press Widely Criticized, But Trusted More than Other Information Sources  —  Views of the News Media: 1985-2011  —  OVERVIEW  —  Negative opinions about the performance of news organizations now equal or surpass all-time highs on nine of 12 core measures the Pew Research Center has been tracking since 1985.
Sarah Marshall /
The Guardian and Independent launch Facebook apps  —  Facebook unveils new type of app ‘which could be very interesting in terms of traffic’, according to the Guardian  —  The Guardian and Independent have become the first UK newspapers to launch a new style Facebook app …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
In Seattle Times' new digital-first newsroom, roles change to ‘creation, curation, community’  —  The Seattle Times has reorganized its newsroom to a digital-first structure with three personnel roles: creation, curation and community.  Reporters and editors create content …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Cheryl Corley / NPR:
‘Ebony,’ ‘Jet’ Parent Takes A Bold New Tack … Circulation figures for Johnson Publishing's flagship Ebony and Jet magazines are up substantially in recent months.  —  Johnson Publishing Co., the black American icon based in Chicago, is hiring.  It's a sharp turnaround for a company …
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and MediaPost
Andrew Shotland / Google News Ranking Factors 2011:
How Do You Get To The Top of Google News?  —  That's the question on the minds of pretty much everyone in the news industry.  And that's the question Tim Ruder, Neil Pharazyn and I were discussing when we came up with the idea for the Google News' Ranking Factors Survey.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Time Warner's Bewkes: 'Cordcutting Hasn't Arrived'  —  Warned by an interviewer at today's Goldman Sachs conference hat he was about to talk about cordcutting, the subject that won't go away, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes couldn't resist a bit of a joke.  “The cordcutting that won't go away won't come either.
The Next Web:
Facebook's f8 livestream: 25 days in the making, a 40-person team, a milestone in online media  —  For me, the biggest news from Facebook's f8 event today isn't social music, the partnerships or even the new Timeline feature - it's the livestream.  —  This was no live feed …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Emily Peck leaves WSJ for Huffington Post  —  Emily Peck will be Huffington Post's managing editor for Money and Finance.  At the Wall Street Journal, she was most recently Management and Careers Editor, and Online Real Estate Editor before that.  “She brings a reputation as a consummate team player …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Fuego 2.0: A fresh look and new features for our tool to keep you plugged in to the future of news  —  It was one month ago today that we launched (as part of our redesign) Fuego, our heat-seeking Twitter bot.  Fuego scans through the future-of-news sector of the Twitterverse to identify …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
NI chief executive reneges on Rebekah Brooks promise to staff  —  Tom Mockridge declines to meet former NoW staff in a ‘town hall’ meeting as had been promised by former NoW editor  —  News International's new chief executive, Tom Mockridge, has declined to meet with former News of the World staff …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Facebook, Netflix Push Congress on Social Integration, Video Privacy  —  At today's Facebook F8 developer conference, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings joined Mark Zuckerberg on stage for a surprise announcement: Netflix will finally be integrating social sharing with Facebook.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
What f8 Means for Advertisers: The Ability to Target Users Based on Media Consumption  —  Advertisers will gain an important new way to target Facebook users thanks to changes launched earlier today at f8, we've learned after talking with two Facebook Ads and marketing executives.
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Discussion: Media Week and
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