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7:45 AM ET, October 1, 2011

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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Course Instructs Journalists to Take Note That Jihad ‘Not a Leading Cause of Death’  —  A new online journalism course on Islam appears to downplay the threat posed by global jihad groups, suggesting reporters keep the death toll from Islamic terrorism in “context” by comparing that toll …
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Judith Miller: ‘Just what kind of journalism is Poynter promoting?’  —  Fox Newser Judith Miller took Poynter's free online course titled “Covering Islam in America,” then graded it “mediocre.”  She complains that “the implicit message” of the course is that the 3,000 9/11 deaths have been over-covered …
Judith Miller / Fox News:
Jihad Is Not Just Murder, Motive Matters
Discussion: Gawker
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple seeks worldwide iCloud music rights  —  Managers at iTunes are trying to lock down worldwide cloud-music rights, CNET has learned.  —  Sources familiar with the discussions between Apple, record companies, and music publishers, say Apple is seeking international music licenses for its iCloud service.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Don't hold your breath for a la carte cable  —  Is the cable industry starting to change its mind about the idea of letting consumers decide what channels they want?  A recent story from Reuters says cable operators are working on a such a plan and that it “represents a complete reversal …
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Alex Sherman / Business Week:
Cable's ESPN Dilemma: Wildly Popular—but Costly
Discussion: MediaPost
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Alibaba's Jack Ma at Stanford: “We Are Very Interested” in Buying the “Whole” of Yahoo  —  In answer to a direct question about whether his company was going to buy Yahoo at a forum at Stanford University in Silicon Valley this afternoon, Alibaba Chairman and CEO Jack Ma said: “We are very interested.”
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Who believes print newspapers have a future?  ‘The Occupy Wall Street Journal’ does  —  Amid all the complaints that there's an Occupy Wall Street media blackout, some protest-sympathizers have taken matters into their own hands.  —  Tomorrow, the rolling protest in the Financial District …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Historic New York Times Emoticon Headline Makes it into Print  —  When the New York Times published the headline “Study of Twitter Messages Tracks When We Are ” online, Yahoo reported that it marked first time an emoticon had been used to convey information in a headline-replacing a word in a sentence rather than punctuating it.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Who'll Be NPR's Next CEO?  —  NEW YORK — It's been over six months since NPR's board of directors ousted CEO Vivian Schiller, following a hidden-camera scandal involving an NPR fundraising executive, and eight months since NPR's top news executive, Ellen Weiss, was shown the door in the wake of the Juan Williams firing.
Peter Applebome / New York Times:
2 Long Island Weeklies Wonder About Spike in Sales  —  It is possible there is some larger lesson for ailing newspaper sales in the sudden good fortune of The Suffolk Times and The Riverhead News-Review, two modest Long Island weeklies that saw an unprecedented sales spike last week …
Matth / Nielsen Wire:
Top US Web Brands  —  Google was the most visited website during August 2011 with 176 million unique U.S. visitors.  The Top Sites among U.S. web users remained largely the same as the month before, with Amazon increasing its rank to become the 9th most visited site during August 2011.
Discussion: Mashable!
The Wrap:
Michael Ovitz Fails in Takeover Bid at IMG, Board Moves to Oust Him  —  Follow @sharonwaxman Follow @BrentALang  —  With IMG Worldwide Chairman and CEO Ted Forstmann on his deathbed, board member Michael Ovitz has made a failed play to take over the giant sports talent agency, and it has backfired, TheWrap has learned.
Discussion: FishbowlLA
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Muffingate's Sad Story: 178 Articles Perpetuate DOJ Myth, 37 Correct It  —  WASHINGTON — It seemed too good to be true and largely was.  —  A report released by the Justice Department's acting inspector general on Sept. 20 uncovered a treasure chest of “wasteful or extravagant spending” …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Spot, Poynter and Mother Jones
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Media Poachables 2011: The 25 Editors and Staffers to Steal For Your Masthead  —  IT'S A BUYER'S MARKET, AND THEY'RE JUST IN IT.  Only three years after 2008 ravaged many a media property, New York's editorial operations haven't just thawed, but many are now on a hiring hot streak.
Discussion: @mathewi and Talking Biz News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Memo to media: A Facebook app is not innovation  —  There's been a lot of attention paid recently to the new “social reading” apps that were launched by a number of publishers and content companies — including The Washington Post and The Guardian — at Facebook's f8 developer conference.
Discussion: Ink Think, Networked News and FishbowlDC, Thanks:mathewi
 
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J. David Goodman / The Lede:
American Who Waged ‘Media Jihad’ Is Said to Be Killed in Awlaki Strike
Sara Rafsky / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Mexico murder may be social media watershed
Discussion: Poynter
Boston Globe:
BostonGlobe.com will continue to be free until mid-October
Discussion: Poynter and Media Nation
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Newsweek Daily Beast's New President Starts to Make Mark
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Jerry Guo: What I Did Was ‘F-ed Up’ and I Must Leave for Grouper to Survive
Discussion: Jerry Guo's Blog and Gizmodo
Stephen Hull / The Huffington Post - UK:
Guardian's Alan Rusbridger: Twitter Is Wonderful But Without Reporters ‘We Are All F****d’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poynter
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Presenting The ‘Newspaper’ Nominees For Adweek's ‘Hot List’ Awards
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
Patch Fires Two Editors In San Francisco — Layoffs Looming?
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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J.C. Derrick / Reporters Committee News:
Newspaper asks Ohio Supreme Court to unseal documents
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Amy Baer out as head of CBS Films
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline.com
Paul Vale / The Huffington Post - UK:
Donald Rumsfeld Tells Al Jazeera ‘I Am Delighted You Are Doing What You Are Doing’
Discussion: TVNewser
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Georgetown Voice loses its longtime newsroom; 2 staffers fired
Discussion: Poynter
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Sean Parker Is Launching a Blog
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Betabeat's Jerry Guo Story Gets Taiwanese Animated! (Sniffle...So Proud. )
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
More Michael Wolff, Adweek Rumors
Discussion: Guardian
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Game Changer  —  Do games have any place in the training of future journalists?
Discussion: Future of Journalism
 

 
From Techmeme:

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries

 
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