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8:25 PM ET, July 27, 2010

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John Cook / Yahoo! News:
Leaked files indicate U.S. pays Afghan media to run friendly stories  —  Buried among the 92,000 classified documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks is some intriguing evidence that the U.S. military in Afghanistan has adopted a PR strategy that got it into trouble in Iraq: paying local media outlets to run friendly stories.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
WikiLeaks Rolled Dice to Raise Its Profile
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
No one who's been paying attention should be surprised by the …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Ex-Washington Post blogger David Weigel joins Slate  —  Journalist David Weigel, who resigned from the Washington Post last month after a leaked-email controversy, is joining Slate as a political reporter.  —  “I'm thrilled to be joining Slate, thrilled to be working with writers I've read …
Justin Osofsky / Facebook Developers:
Working with Media Organizations to Build Social News  —  Small blogs to major media organizations focus on producing great content and surfacing it to the right people.  Facebook Platform offers the ability to supplement this content by making the experience more social …
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Facebook launches a “Facebook + Media” page  —  Last night, Facebook unveiled a project that it's had in the works for a while: a media page devoted to journalists, developers, and other “media partners.”  Facebook + Media is dedicated, it says, to “helping news, TV, video, sports …
Discussion: Hacks and Hackers …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
'FT's paywall helps us understand users'  —  The Financial Times has enjoyed another profitable six months, with total content revenues from print and online up 14% year on year.  —  Online sales showed record growth, meaning that FT.com subscription revenue in the first six months of this year was 48% ahead of the first half of 2009.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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Dominic Ponsford / Editor's Blog:
The paywall debate: At the Financial Times there is no debate, it works
Discussion: Press Gazette
Daniel Frankel / The Wrap:
The Twitter Effect Isn't What Hollywood Thought  —  The Twitter Effect.  —  The term entered the lexicon last summer after Universal's Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Bruno” tumbled more than 36 percent in its first 24 hours in theaters.  —  One year later, the social media trend …
Discussion: The Big Picture and MediaPost
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Redstone gifted rocker with his own stock  —  THR EXCLUSIVE: Mogul gave shares to Barbarellas singer  —  NEW YORK — Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone gave the lead singer of a girls' band some of his own company stock as a personal gift, according to a copy of the regulatory filing obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Discussion: Company Town and MediaPost
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Steve Jobs' mark on ABC's Lost  —  How the Apple CEO may have changed the course of the hit ABC show with one comment back in 2005.  —  by Patricia Sellers, editor-at-large  —  from left to right Carlton Cuse, Barry Jossen, Damon Lindelof, and Anne Sweeney
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Hulu's sharp decline in viewership underscores inconsistency in measuring size of online audience  —  Contradictory data from competing measurement firms make it hard for advertisers to determine which websites should get their business.  —  Keith Richman, chief executive of Break.com …
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Boston Screamer: News nabs Convey to pummel Post  —  Kevin Convey's office at the Boston Herald isn't far from downtown Boston, but its windows look southeast, across a freeway, toward Southie, the longstanding Irish and white ethnic Boston enclave that, in the past two decades, has rapidly gentrified.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Media Nation
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Discovery Promotes Digital Media Head Campbell  —  Discovery Communications (NSDQ: DISCA) is giving corporate development exec Bruce Campbell some additional responsibilities as chief development officer and general counsel.  At the same time, Campbell will be handing over his duties …
China Real Time Report:
GQ China Pulls July Issue … The Chinese edition of GQ quietly recalled its July issue the day after it hit the newsstands to remove an unflattering feature on rich Chinese young people, but no one can say why.  —  On Friday, a news article discussing the recall was quickly taken …
Amy Wicks / WWD Media Headlines:
Deborah Needleman New Editor in Chief of WSJ Magazine  —  Deborah Needleman has been named editor in chief of WSJ. and editor of a new weekly Saturday lifestyle section in development, slated for fall.  During the past few months, Needleman has served as a consultant for the new weekend section.
Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Recording Industry Giant Tries to Undermine ‘Safe Harbor’ Rules for Online Video Sites  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of nonprofit groups have asked a federal appeals court to protect the “safe harbor” rules for online video service providers …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Mark Fitzgerald / EditorandPublisher.com:
New ABC Publisher's Statement Will Count ‘Branded Editions’ and Nonpaid ‘Verified’ Circulations  —  CHICAGO  —  The Audit Bureau of Circulations' board approved sweeping changes in the way newspapers report circulation.  —  Among the changes: Newspapers that publish so-called “branded editions” …
Discussion: Romenesko, Newsonomics and paidContent
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Clients Weigh In On Nielsen Plan To Give Less ‘Weight’ To Internet Households  —  Nielsen will huddle with clients this morning to discuss a controversial plan to begin mathematically adjusting its TV ratings estimates this fall based on several new factors, including the number of households …
Emma Rosenblum / New York Magazine:
What the Times' Mean Snooki Profile Says About Celebrity Journalism  —  Cathy Horyn's “Sunday Styles” profile of Jersey Shore mascot Snooki has been getting attention as an unnecessarily nasty takedown of a somewhat oblivious target.  Jezebel's Hortense Smith calls it “the cruelest profile I've seen …
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction:
Longlist announced for Man Booker Prize 2010  —  Man Booker Dozen announced  —  The judges for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction today, Tuesday 27 July, announce the longlist for the prize, the leading literary award in the English speaking world.  —  A total of 138 books …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Value-added journalism  —  I asked Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, whether his paper should have started Wikileaks.  I wondered whether the Guardian was looking at WIkileaks the way it looked at HuffPo when it started (that is, ‘darn, we should have thought of that, so we will’ ... and it started CommentIsFree).
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Study: Most Brands Still Irrelevant on Twitter  —  Marketers Are Certainly Tweeting, but Users Are Barely Listening  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Attention brands: Twitter users aren't talking to you or about you.  In fact, they barely know you exist.  —  That's one of the conclusions …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Fair Use is Not Just Acceptable, It's Essential for the Future  —  The Library of Congress added a number of ambitious new exceptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's prohibition of breaking copyright technologies today, most notably concerning iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking.
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Read On  —  Why the iPad hasn't killed the Kindle.  —  Amazon's Kindle e-reader is a terrific device, but a lot of people, myself included, figured that once Apple's iPad came out, the poor little Kindle would be toast.  The first thing I did at the iPad introduction event was snap …
 
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
The new journalism  —  Less gatekeeping, thanks to the Internet …
Discussion: Mediaite
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Partisan Tools At Journo-List And Trig
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Reality Show Payrolls Rise With Stardom
Tim King / Prospect Magazine:
The battle for Le Monde
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
BlogBeat: The New Yorker Is Working on a Profile of Nick Denton
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Evanovich Takes Her Bounty to Random House
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