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9:50 AM ET, August 27, 2012

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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
IAC Buys About.com 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 …
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Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Here's How Much Money The New York Times Was Losing On About.com  —  IAC has agreed to buy About.com 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 …
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 …
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David Carr / New York Times:
Political Conventions Can Learn From Reality Shows
Discussion: Politico
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Tampa prepares for 15,000 journalists covering the RNC
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
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.
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Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Fox Seeks Ban on Dish's Ad-Skip Feature Pending U.S. Trial  —  Fox Broadcasting Co., a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWSA), sought a preliminary court ban against Dish Network Corp.'s feature that let consumers skip commercials, saying it would lose revenue otherwise.
Discussion: @alanmairson
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.
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
No, metered-content walls won't save journalism  —  Paywalls of all kinds have been popping up at newspapers across North America like mushrooms after a rainstorm, thanks in large part to the adoption of a metered paywall at the New York Times last year.  The latest to join the cavalcade …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Two moves that tell you everything you need to know about Twitter's future  —  We've been writing a lot lately about the transformation that Twitter is going through — one that has seen it shift from being a kind of real-time information utility to being a global media entity …
Discussion: paidContent
The Independent:
Angry Murdoch used Harry photos to defy Leveson  —  An angry Rupert Murdoch ordered The Sun to publish pictures of a naked Prince Harry against the wishes of the Royal Family because he wanted to send a warning shot to Lord Justice Leveson, sources said yesterday.
Discussion: Reuters, Gawker, Digital Spy, Guardian and BBC
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT's Abramson rebuts Brisbane charge  —  The executive editor of the New York Times is disputing an accusation of liberal bias made by her very own public editor, Arthur Brisbane.  —  In his final column for the Times, Brisbane wrote that his fellow staffers “share a kind of political …
 
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Aram Bakshian Jr / The National Interest:
Voice of the New Global Elite
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Coming in the side door: The value of homepages is shifting from traffic-driver to brand
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
CBS goofs up the green beat
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Photo Alert: Instagram Goes Mainstream as the AP Plans Convention Coverage via iPhones
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