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12:20 AM ET, August 9, 2010

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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
TBD.com making its move into the crowded market of local news  —  TBD.com — odd name, but let's move on — is a new all-local news Web site that seems to be the answer to a question that no one has really been asking: Do media-saturated Washington and its environs need yet another source …
Discussion: The Solomon Scandals and Romenesko
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Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
10 Reasons to Watch Next Week's TBD Launch  —  For a multimedia site, TBD showed some media savvy, lining up a media briefing today, complete with visuals, numerous staffers and a sampling of local bloggers who've joined the TBD Community Network.  —  You'll find several good write-ups on TBD today.
Discussion: BuzzMachine, paidContent and Romenesko
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:   Four Key Questions that TBD Could Answer about Online News
Jim Harper / Wall Street Journal:
It's Modern Trade: Web Users Get as Much as They Give  —  If you surf the web, congratulations!  You are part of the information economy.  Data gleaned from your communications and transactions grease the gears of modern commerce.  Not everyone is celebrating, of course.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Inside the Numbers: How Demand Media Will Pitch a Billion Dollar IPO  —  Demand Media is a money-losing company.  How will it convince Wall Street to value it at a billion dollars or more?  —  By directing investors' attention to a set of numbers which say it's a very profitable company.
Discussion: Beet.TV and MediaPost
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Demand Media's IPO: The Google & SEO Aspects  —  Demand Media has filed for an IPO.  The company, known as a content farm to some, produces much of its content on sites like eHow and others in direct response to what it determines people are searching for on the web.
Discussion: CNET News and All Facebook
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Renewed Interest in Financing Original Web Shows  —  LOS ANGELES — When Illeana Douglas, long active in independent film, wanted to make a show about a Hollywood actress who becomes a cog in a blue-collar wheel, she turned to the Web and to an unusual ally, Ikea.
Discussion: Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nicholas Negroponte: The Physical Book Is Dead In 5 Years  —  Today at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA, CNBC's Maria Bartiromo sat down with a panel including Bill Joy, Kevin Kelly, Nicholas Negroponte, and Willie Smits.  The topic was basically the future of technology.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Fox News' Digital Divide  —  Dominant cable news net's site lags rival CNN.com.  Why?  —  In the cable TV news world, Fox News Channel is a force to be reckoned with.  So why does the network continually get its digital clock cleaned—by CNN, of all rivals?
Chris Thilk / AdAge:
Is Hollywood Suffering From Clip Overload?  —  Studios May Have Unwittingly Created a ‘Freemium’ Model With Extended Looks at Releases  —  Have you seen the seven or eight extended clips from “The Sorcerer's Apprentice”?  Did you watch the seven or eight that were released in advance of “Despicable Me”?
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
Unemployment Media  —  I just learned that Chris Meadows, smart writer and one of the most prolific bloggers at e-book site Teleread, was (until very recently) unemployed for sixteen months: … This resonates with me, because I've been unemployed and in need of a new laptop since the end of the summer …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Mass Paperback Publisher Goes All Digital  —  As digital books continue to gain market share, one of the country's oldest mass paperback publishers is abandoning its traditional print books and making its titles available in digital format and print-on-demand only.
Mark Brown / Epicenter:
How Google Counted The World's 129 Million Books  —  In a blog post published this week, search mammoth Google explained the deep and thoroughly elaborate algorithm used by its literary offshoot, Google Books, to count just how many books exist in the world, right now.
 
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