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6:10 AM ET, August 11, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet the Prankster Brothers Behind “Jenny,” the Whiteboard-Using, Farmville-Exposing, HPOA Girl  —  Yesterday, everyone on the Internet loved Steve Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job by cursing out his passengers and bolting out of his plane using the emergency slide.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Quitting Tale That Suckered the Whole Internet  —  Photos of an aspiring broker purportedly telling off her boss garnered widespread news coverage and more than 105,000 Facebook “likes” Tuesday.  Too bad the story was published by two guys who have pranked the media before.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed
James Ledbetter / Slate:
What Happened to Demand Media's Audience?  —  Something strange has happened on the way to Demand Media's IPO.  For the last several years, Demand Media has been like a tornado ripping through traditional media.  The company's model is to produce hundreds of thousands of evergreen pieces …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Demand Media Is Afraid That Google is Going to Compete With It
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   The Lesson of Demand Media (And AOL): The Online Content Business …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Did Netflix Pay Too Much for Epix Content?  —  The news that Netflix is teaming up with Epix to bolster its online catalog has generally gotten good reception today, with Netflix stock up 8 percent and analysts like J.P. Morgan's Imran Khan giving the deal a thumbs up.
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Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Media Industry to Grow Faster than US Economy  —  A new report out today from Veronis Suhler Stevenson forecasts spending on media and communications will outpace economic growth as consumers invest in mobile and web access and companies pay to reach them there.
Discussion: Business Wire, rbr.com and MediaPost
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
To click or not to click: Could tiered data plans water down advertising possibilities for news publishers?  —  In the good old days (of three months ago) you could surf the web on your iPhone with abandon.  Do I want to watch this video?  Sure!  Do I want to download this huge attachment?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Goes Hollywood With New Office And Hires  —  Back in June, I sat down with Ustream CEO John Ham, who talked about the site's rapid growth and its plans to expand.  At the time, Ham told me that one of Ustream's key strategies was to foster its relationship with the entertainment industry.
Discussion: The Wrap
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Location services to ‘devastate local media’  —  As rumored for what feels like the last decade, Facebook will launch its geolocation feature “within weeks,” according to a CNET report: … If you work in local media — or run a neighborhood blog — what does this mean?
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
How News Consumption is Shifting to the Personalized Social News Stream  —  In honor of Mashable's five-year anniversary, this series is supported by IDG.  Join social conversations to market your brand with IDG's social advertising platform, IDG Amplify.  Learn more about how it works here.
Discussion: MEDIA BEESWAX
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
A Weekly Magazine Meant for Mobile  —  A small group of former magazine journalists and editors, including the former president of Newsweek, plan to launch a weekly digital magazine this fall that they hope will capitalize on the idea of creating content specifically for mobile technology.
Kevin Rawlinson / The Independent:
Rupert Murdoch claims to own the ‘Sky’ in ‘Skype’  —  Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB is fighting a legal battle with the internet telecommunications pioneer Skype, claiming that it owns the “Sky” in “Skype”.  —  Skype yesterday announced that it plans to float on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Cablers Cover Alaska Plane Crash  —  Around 10:30amET, the cable news networks began continuing coverage of a small plane crash in Alaska which occurred Monday night.  Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe were believed to be onboard the plane which carried nine people.
Olivia Koski / Epicenter:
10 Media Takes on the Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal  —  For a document with no actual authority behind it, the Verizon/Google policy proposal on openness rules for the country's wired and wireless networks has caused quite the media storm.  —  Today the authors themselves joined in via a Washington Post op-ed.
Mike Taylor / FishbowlNY:
ProPublica's Top-Paid Employees All Made Six Figures in 2009  —  Add a fat paycheck (by the standards of today's struggling journalism market, anyway) to the list of reasons why it's awesome to work for ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit investigative outfit.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Stefano Shows Off His Very Own Vanity Project … “I think we should have our salad and then we will go fast through the magazine,” said Stefano Tonchi, the editor of W. It was Tuesday afternoon on the fourth floor of 4 Times Square and Mr. Tonchi was wearing a two-button gray suit and an open-collared white shirt.
Wall Street Journal:
H-P Board Surprised Hurd Didn't Go Quietly  —  Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board got caught off guard by the public relations campaign waged on behalf of its ousted chief executive, Mark Hurd, to defend his reputation in the wake of his departure.  —  H-P's directors “hoped he would move on,” …
 
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Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
Globe hires vice president for digital content
Discussion: Romenesko
AdAge:
How Steve Slater Is Stifling JetBlue's Social-Media Strategy
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Former Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller Dishes On His Forthcoming Food Website
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
AP to Improve Obits of the Famous and Newsworthy
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
Can Newspapers Create New Revenue Stream with ‘Digital Malls’?
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek's Evan Thomas leaving the magazine
Andrea Domanick / Multichannel News:
NBCU Digital Studio To Launch ‘Fact Checkers Unit’
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
 Earlier Picks: 
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
All Our Ideas facilitates crowdsourcing — of opinions
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
More Money for iPhone Ads: Medialets Raises $6 Million
Discussion: TechCrunch
Boston Globe:
Back off, critics — TV news benefits from fresher voices
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
How Two Former Ringtone Giants Are Faring As That Market Crumbles
Robin J Phillips / BusinessJournalism.org …:
Former BusinessWeek.com editor launches b-school site
Leslie Katz / CNET News:
Could MetaMirror reflect future of interactive TV?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alex Alvarez / FishbowlNY:
U.S. Magazine Circulation Falls