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4:05 PM ET, September 29, 2011

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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Should Google Tweak the News We Consume?  —  Should Google play an editorial role in presenting readers with news?  —  That question was a matter of debate at Zeitgeist, a Google conference this week in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where Larry Page, Google's co-founder and chief executive …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is it Google's job to somehow improve the media?
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Amazon's Kindle Fire Could Ignite Tablet Media Consumption  —  At Less than Half the Price of iPad, New Device Pulls Down Barriers to Entry  —  By pricing its new Kindle Fire tablet at less than half the cost of an Apple iPad, Amazon is setting up tablet consumption of media to spread …
Discussion: Poynter, MediaFile, Epicenter and GigaOM
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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Magazines Join With New Tablet Challenger
Brad Stone / Business Week:
The Omnivore  —  First it was Earth's Largest Bookstore.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Add Comcast, Verizon Pay TV to Xbox Live  —  Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) through Xbox Live, in an bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Felix Salmon:
Business Insider and over-aggregation  —  Henry Blodget has a long and detailed response to Marco Arment, which is fascinating to anybody interested in the nuts and bolts behind a modern for-profit blog.  —  If you boil Blodget's 4,000 words down to a single idea, it's basically this: over-aggregation.
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Dear Marco Arment!  Sorry About Last Week.  We Finally Figured Out What Happened...  Last week, an entrepreneur and writer named Marco Arment trashed us in a blog post, which was then picked up and forwarded around the Twitter-sphere.  —  Marco accused us of lots of horrible things …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Michael Wolff Era at Adweek Is Over  —  Media bomb-thrower has been editor of Adweek for less than a year.  Earlier this month, rumors began circulating that he would soon be replaced.  Now, we hear, Wolff's days at Adweek are definitively coming to an end.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Fake Steve Jobs: Funny.  Real Dan Lyons: Sloppy, Lazy, Too Old For This S**t.  —  Like everyone else, I used to be a big fan of Fake Steve Jobs.  Then he was revealed to be Dan Lyons.  The magic was over.  The 15 minutes was over.  He had to go back to doing his actual job — though not before he got a book out of it.
Discussion: @mathewi
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Kindle Fire, and the tricky business of chasing scoops
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
A female columnist writes about football and is told to ‘stay in the kitchen next time’  —  Albany Times Union columnist Jennifer Gish wrote last week that the Buffalo Bills' 2-0 start “has brought the worst out” in some fans and that “one of you left voicemails for the [Times Union] …
David Plotz / Slate:
Meet the New Slate  —  The same great stories, but a better home page, improved tools, and a brand-new CMS.  —  Did you notice that Slate looks a little bit different today?  It's not a new haircut, and we haven't lost weight.  There is a series of small, but we hope excellent …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch's ‘Daily’ Has 120,000 Weekly Uniques; Nearly Two-Thirds Paid  —  The folks at News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) have been cagey about nearly every number to do with The Daily from the beginning—except for the amount of the investment, $30 million in the last fiscal year and a run rate of nearly $500,000 a week.
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp.'s ‘Daily’ Trails Murdoch Reader Goal
Peter Farago / Flurry:
iOS & Android Apps: Prime-time All the Time  —  On broadcast television, brands seek to reach their target audiences as efficiently as possible.  For example, a brand might run a TV campaign targeting 24 - 35 year old females through prime-time shows that reach that desired audience.
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
The Netflix Of Terrorism  —  Terrorist organizations are notorious videographers—particularly when it comes to uploading clips to the web to spread messages or recruit sympathizers.  Now private company IntelCenter has assembled one of the world's largest collections of streaming terrorist videos for viewing on demand.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Righthaven copyright suits tossed in Colorado, too  —  In the last year, newspaper copyright troll Righthaven has brought its dubious lawsuits in two states: Nevada and Colorado.  (Update: a lawyer in South Carolina says Righthaven filed a single case there as well.)
Discussion: Techdirt, TeleRead and Plagiarism Today
Declan Fahy / CJR:
Skeptical of Science  —  Among other new roles, journalists becoming more critical of research  —  The recent coverage of the subatomic particles found to have travelled faster than the speed of light—tentative evidence that could mean a revision of Einstein's special theory of relativity …
David Skok / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why we need to separate our stories from our storytelling tools  —  Edward R. Murrow was a pioneer in television who has shaped the way we tell stories in that medium for over 60 years.  He has been immortalized in film and even has a J-school named in his honor.
Sabrina Ford / Reuters:
Warner Bros puts your face in Facebook Web series  —  (Reuters) - Warner Bros. on Thursday will unveil a Web show from “Charlie's Angels” director McG that seeks to create a new genre the studio calls a “social series” by taking pictures, music and information from a viewer's Facebook page and putting it in the video.
Jessica Davies / New Media Age:
Facebook will be the leading distributor of media by 2020, says former Bebo investor  —  Facebook will be the leading distributor of media by the year 2020, according to Dharmash Mistry, partner at former Bebo investor Balderton Capital.  —  Speaking at Red Bee Media's Tomorrow Calling event last night …
Discussion: Noted
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ media blackout myth: Plenty of stories, none of them big  —  News interest in the demonstrators presently camping out in a park in the Financial District appears to have increased after a high-ranking police officer was caught on camera apparently pepper-spraying a pair of protesters Sunday.
 
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Onion joke about “screams and gunfire” inside Congress backfires
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
‘Gruesome’ Bin Laden death photos should be secret, White House says
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Fox News:
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
George Monbiot urges journalists to register their interests
Discussion: Press Gazette and Editors Weblog
Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
Nicolas Sarkozy ally accused of spying in latest scandal to hit re-election bid
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: second NoW journalist takes News International to tribunal
Discussion: Press Gazette and Associated Press