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1:55 PM ET, August 27, 2012


 Top News: 
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Star Correspondents Bolt Tampa For NOLA, As Isaac Approaches  —  Two TV news correspondents who made their marks covering Hurricane Katrina seven years ago are returning to New Orleans as another hurricane approaches.  —  Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith and CNN's Anderson Cooper …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Isaac Bearing Down, Networks Weigh Their Options  —  Put yourself in the shoes of a network news president for a moment.  There's a tropical storm bearing down on the Gulf Coast, reviving memories of Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.  But there's also a political convention beginning in Tampa …
David Carr / New York Times:
Political Conventions Can Learn From Reality Shows
Discussion: Gawker, Politico and Media Decoder
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
IAC Buys From NY Times Co. For $300 Million  —  “Invest in the Times” is the watchword at The New York Times Co. these days.  Now the publisher has another $300 million to invest in its core brand, thanks to internet mogul Barry Diller.  Diller's IAC has completed a deal to buy …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Here's How Much Money The New York Times Was Losing On  —  IAC has agreed to buy from the New York Times for $300 million in cash, according to Bloomberg, and no wonder—the encyclopedia site was losing barrowloads of cash.  But the sale won't fix NYT's overall digital problems …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Fox asks court to ban Dish's ad-skipping features  —  (Reuters) - Fox Broadcasting Company is asking a court to put a stop to two features on Dish's new digital video recorder that let consumers skip commercials because it is hurting the TV networks' business.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Los Angeles Times
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Fox Seeks Ban on Dish's Ad-Skip Feature Pending U.S. Trial
Discussion: @alanmairson
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Slate’ Gets a New Publisher  —  Online magazine Slate recently created a dedicated sales force to capitalize on its traffic growth, and now it's getting a new publisher to lead it.  Matt Turck, the vp of sales and marketing who built up the new team, will start in the new role Sept. 10.
Discussion: The Wrap and FishbowlNY
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
CNN Looks for a Boost From HBO Shows  —  In a bit of corporate synergy, Time Warner is planning to dip into one of its strongest cable channels, HBO, to help revive the fortunes of one of its weakest, CNN.  —  As part of Time Warner's attempt to reinvigorate its 24-hour cable news channel …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Book Reviewers for Hire Meet a Demand for Online Raves  —  TODD RUTHERFORD was 7 years old when he first understood the nature of supply and demand.  He was with a bunch of other boys, one of whom showed off a copy of Playboy to giggles and intense interest.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Can Websites Get Depressed?  —  Can social media sites go through large scale emotional trends?  Like, can Twitter or Facebook get depressed or have a manic episode?  Can Tumblr as a whole wake up on the wrong side of the bed?  We recently tried to answer that question, at least for BuzzFeed …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Hijacking the news: how hackers are manipulating the press from the inside out  —  In May of last year, PBS reported online that “prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand.”  The U.K.-based The Sun devoted its front page in July to a report …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google discloses paid bloggers and journalists, says Stanford professor Mark Lemley is outside counsel  —  inShare Google has followed up with a judge's order to disclose anyone it might have paid to influence coverage of its trial against Oracle, and the list includes a well-known Stanford professor …
Discussion: Marketing Land and Gizmodo
Erik Wemple:
Brisbane hammers NYT for ‘progressivism,’ Occupy bias  —  Outgoing New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane made himself a hot aggregational commodity this weekend with a farewell column accusing his paycheck issuer of bias.  The money graphs: … So the New York Times covered Occupy Wall Street like a cause, huh?
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Coming in the side door: The value of homepages is shifting from traffic-driver to brand
Discussion: Poynter, MediaPost and BtoB Magazine
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Photo Alert: Instagram Goes Mainstream as the AP Plans Convention Coverage via iPhones