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7:30 PM ET, August 4, 2010

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Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Time Warner CEO Talks Up Conan, iPad Apps, Broadband HBO On Demand  —  On a conference call this morning, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes talked up the “strong ad uptick” that helped boost his company's second quarter profits to $562 million, up 7% from $524 million a year earlier …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
iPad Apps Are Fun!  But Boring Old Magazines Are Still Big Business For Time Inc.  —  iPad apps are fun to talk about.  They may even but the future of the magazine business!  But for now, magazine publishing is still a print and ink proposition, and that's not necessarily a terrible thing.
Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Newsweek's Hidden Problem  —  Not only is Newsweek's new owner new to the media world, the money-losing magazine is holding on to the CEO who devised its business strategy.  Plus, view the confidential memo obtained by The Daily Beast.  —  As 91-year-old radio magnate Sidney Harman begins …
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter Online:
Does Newsweek Have a Future as a Nonprofit?
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
AOL's Turnaround Turns Into a Tough Slog  —  Ad Revenue Down Steeply at CEO Armstrong's ‘Sick Patient’  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Need a reminder how tough AOL's turnaround is going to be for CEO Tim Armstrong and his team?  Look no further than the company's second quarter …
Discussion: AOL Corp
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FishbowlNY:
AOL Swings to a 2Q Loss on Charges; Ad Revenue Falls 27%
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
AOL Earnings Train Wreck Driven By Bebo and Ad Revenue Shortfall
Discussion: The Social and MediaPost
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Advertisers Boost Spending 10-Fold, Sandberg Says  —  Facebook Inc.'s biggest advertisers have boosted spending by at least 10-fold in the past year as the social network crossed the half- billion user mark, becoming more alluring to marketers that want to reach a broad online audience.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
News Corp.'s Full-Year Profits Soar on Back of ‘Avatar’  —  News Corp. said on Wednesday that the company finished its 2010 fiscal year with $4 billion in operating income - an increase of 11 percent - thanks, mostly, to the ridiculous box office success of “Avatar” and a recovering ad market.
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Joe Pompeo / The Business Insider:
Rupert Murdoch Really Does Love Those iPads, Thinks London Times …
Discussion: Show Tracker
John Koblin / New York Observer:
The Savior of Condé Nast: Scott Dadich Is The New It Boy of the Mag World  —  Someday, when they tell the story of how digital magazines saved Conde Nast, it will begin in San Francisco's Caffé Centro sometime in May 2009.  —  It was there that Wired creative director Scott …
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Conde Nast Hires Joe Simon to New Executive Tech Position
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
WHY BRISTOL WENT TO PEOPLE  —  As the Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston relationship drama has unfolded in the public spotlight, especially in the past few months, People and Us Magazine have duked it out for exclusive interviews and scoops on the Alaskan couple.  —  People reported on July 26 that Bristol was “taking Levi Back.”
Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
The generative web event  —  Last week, a bunch of digital humanists got together at the Center for History and New Media to make a new tech tool that the broader academic AND nonacademic communities could use for their work.  The catch: they had to conceive, design, and ship the thing in JUST one week.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Deadspin Pushes Ethical Envelope Again With Brett Favre Story  —  Fading football star Brett Favre is all over the news today thanks to another one of his patented “Will he or won't he?” performances.  If you're a sports blogger, what better time to whip out a meaty bit of gossip …
Aaron Rutkoff / Metropolis:
So What Will Happen to the Conde Nast Cafeteria? … When Condé Nast vacates its current home at 4 Times Square, an outcome the company now considers “highly likely,” as The Journal reported this week, the publishing giant will be leaving behind what is perhaps the most famous corporate cafeteria in New York City.
Discussion: Gawker and Curbed NY
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Down-town & country
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Boy, Could the Former Editor of Maxim Ever Tell You Some Stories  —  Q&A With Keith Blanchard, Now of Story Worldwide  —  For this latest edition of Dumenco's Media People — an ongoing series of conversations with media grandees — I interviewed longtime print guy Keith Blanchard …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Romenesko
The Huffington Post:
Michael Hastings, Reporter Whose Rolling Stone Article Felled McChrystal, Denied Afghan Embed  —  WASHINGTON — The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, has been denied permission …
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
John Cook / Yahoo! News:
Federal records show CNN, Chicago Tribune hosted active-duty Marines as interns  —  Much has been made of the media's practice of “embedding” reporters in military units, allowing them to file immersive reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while under the total care and control …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Judge Strikes Down CA's Prop 8, Leaked Ruling Sends Scribd Traffic Skyrocketing  —  Minutes ago, San Francisco federal judge Vaughn Walker struck down the infamous Proposition 8, a measure that banned same-sex marriage in California.  Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with the news (as you'd expect) …
Steve Green / Las Vegas News from the Las Vegas Sun:
Legal attack dog sicked on websites accused of violating R-J copyrights  —  Websites and blogs that post Las Vegas Review-Journal content, however innocent their intent, can expect to be sued without warning  —  Steven Gibson is CEO of Righthaven, which buys copyrights from the Las Vegas Review-Journal …
Discussion: Romenesko
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Gets Out of Kayak  —  Forgive me if this is old news, but it seemed new to me: AOL says it has sold off its stake in Kayak, the giant travel site (okay, not giant, but big among the iPad-owning tech set, at least), for $19 million.  The company mentions the deal as an aside …
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Jack Griffin To Replace Ann Moore At Time Inc.  —  The shake-up of the magazine industry's corner offices will continue next week as Time-Warner is expected to announce that Jack Griffin, the former Meredith Corporation executive, will become chief executive at Time Inc., replacing Ann S. Moore.
Louie / Technically Journalism:
Newspaper photog uses iPhone 4 to cover immigration protest  —  Working where I do allows me some great opportunities.  The coolest one is working next to supremely talented people who will try anything in the name of getting and presenting the news.  —  It's what that in mind that I post …
Discussion: Poynter Online
Joseph Frydl / AdAge:
How HSN and ‘Eat Pray Love’ Turn Content Into Commerce  —  Shopping Network's Promotion of Upcoming Julia Roberts Film Offers Marketers Lessons in Branded Entertainment  —  The business of marketing and the business of entertainment are fundamentally about the same thing: Turning audience attention into commerce.
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Groupon Moves Into TV Land, Does Deals With Top Chefs  —  Groupon.com, a website that offers local daily deals through group coupons, is teaming up with restaurants owned by Top Chef contestants from the show on the Bravo TV network.  —  From August 4 through August 8 …
 
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
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Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
It's All About the Web  —  To hear Dan Abrams tell it …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and New York Magazine
Maxine Shen / New York Post:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
On the Internet, no one has to be a gatekeeper, but everyone can be
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Report: Mobile Video Advertising Set to Take Off
Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Struggling KCET examines its options
Discussion: TVWeek.com, Show Tracker and L.A. NOW
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Murdoch: Tablets are the future for News Corp