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8:30 PM ET, August 30, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Is This Thing On?  Yahoo Firing Proves the Perils of Feeding Many Platforms  —  David Chalian, the Washington bureau chief of Yahoo News, was fired in record time on Wednesday after he was overheard on a hot mic making a remark about Mitt Romney and his wife not caring about the African-American victims of Hurricane Isaac.
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Column: Why the Yahoos at Yahoo were wrong to fire David Chalian  —  If you're a journalist and you've ever said anything “inappropriate,” as David Chalian got caught doing yesterday — and you know you have — please step forward to be fired now.  —  Chalian, the Washington bureau chief for Yahoo News …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Tries Cranking Up the Money Machine: More Precise Targeting = More Ad Dollars  —  Someone smart who doesn't work at Twitter tells me that the company expects to do $350 million in revenue this year.  —  Here's one of the ways they could get there: A new slug of ad dollars, generated by an overhaul of its ad platform.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' response to HBO Nordic: It's on!  —  Hot on the heels of HBO's announcement that the network is going over the top in Northern Europe, comes Netflix CEO Reed Hastings challenge for it to do the same in the U.S. Hastings posted the following comment Thursday afternoon on his Facebook page:
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Behind the Latest Palin-Fox Fight  —  Last night's kerfuffle between Sarah Palin and Fox News was a classic display of Sarah Palin being, well, Sarah Palin.  But her Facebook outburst complaining about Fox canceling her appearance at the Republic National Convention reveals something deeper …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News Responds To Sarah Palin's Facebook Post On Cancelled Fox Appearances
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Media Calls Out Paul Ryan Falsehoods  —  Paul Ryan's vice presidential acceptance speech ran into a lot of trouble with fact-checkers and journalists.  —  It seemed like some reporters' heads were going to explode on Twitter as Ryan spoke.  For instance, he blasted President Obama for not doing …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
U.S. journalist reportedly in Syrian custody  —  American freelance journalist Austin Tice, who has been unaccounted for in Syria for more than two weeks, has been captured and is being held in Syrian government custody, according to people familiar with the matter, including a senior diplomat.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study  —  New research out from Google, working with market analysts Ipsos and Sterling Brands, puts some hard numbers behind the often-noticed trend of how people in the U.S. are using a combination of phones, tablets, computer and TVs to consume digital content.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
CNN Camerawoman On Harassment At RNC: 'I hate that it happened, but I'm not surprised at all'  —  Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman at the center of a controversy at the RNC is speaking out.  On Tuesday, Carroll was on the job in the Tampa Bay Times Forum when two attendeeds threw nuts at her and said …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Three billion flips later, Flipboard turns to video  —  Tablet content aggregators like Flipboard and Zite have found favor by re-imagining modern web text as linear pages of ye olde magazines.  But can the same paradigm work for other online content?  —  Flipboard on Wednesday launched …
Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
News Corp doesn't have much to show for its boldness  —  Relative to its peers in old media, News Corp. made some aggressive moves in technology.  Few have paid off.  —  FORTUNE — Top executives working in the turbulent arena of digital media are nomadic — or they quickly learn to be.
Discussion: Guardian
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
CBS News Uses Makeup To Hide Identity Of Navy SEAL Who Wrote Bin Laden Book (VIDEO)  —  CBS News took an unconventional approach to protect the identity of the Navy SEAL who penned the book about the killing of Osama bin Laden.  The Navy SEAL sat down with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley for an exclusive “60 Minutes” interview.
Discussion: TVNewser
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Simon Fox named Trinity Mirror chief executive  —  Former HMV boss to take over from Sly Bailey, who stepped down in June  —  Trinity Mirror has appointed outgoing HMV chief Simon Fox as its new chief executive.  —  The company's seven-strong board met on Thursday afternoon to make a final decision …
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Guggenheim Partners Nearing Deal to Buy Dick Clark Productions (Exclusive)  —  The private-equity firm has entered exclusive negotiations to acquire the storied producer of the Golden Globe Awards.  —  Guggenheim Partners has entered final negotiations to acquire Dick Clark Productions …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and
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