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4:51 AM ET, August 16, 2010

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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. plans national newspaper for tablet computers and cellphones  —  It's the latest bid by a major media company to build readership using new devices such as the iPad.  The new publication would offer short, snappy stories and operate under the auspices of the New York Post.
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Murdoch's New iPaper: One Last Tragic Roll Of The Digital Dice  —  “Rupert Murdoch To Launch New National Newspaper”.  —  As headlines go, that's up there with “DeLorean To Unveil New ‘Gull-Wing’ Car”, “Freddy Laker Reveals Trans-Atlantic Airline Plans” and “Charge! says Light Brigade” …
Discussion: broadstuff
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Meet The Print Guy Who Will Lead Rupert Murdoch's Digital Newspaper
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity  —  No more than 25% say they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in either  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue to express near-record-low confidence in newspapers and television news — with no more than 25% …
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Times Paper in Mass. to Charge for Online Content  —  The Telegram & Gazette, a New York Times-owned newspaper in Worcester, Mass., said that it would begin charging readers to view some of the local news articles that appear on the paper's Web site.  —  Starting on Monday …
New York Times:
Hulu Is Said to Be Ready for an I.P.O.  —  By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED  —  Hulu, the rapidly growing hub for online television and movies, aims to go public through an offering that could value the company at more than $2 billion, according to people briefed on the matter.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kevin Kelleher / DailyFinance:
Demand Media's Bad Week: Accusations of Malware, Lies and Plunging Traffic  —  Has it only been a week since Demand Media filed for an initial public offering?  For Demand Media, it's been a long week, and certainly not a felicitous one for its plans to go public.
Discussion: MediaPost
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Demand Media Faces Harsh Spotlight En Route to IPO
Discussion: BoomTown and Beyond Search
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Snaps Up Chai Labs  —  In yet another small acquisition, Facebook has bought Chai Labs, several sources said.  —  BoomTown could not confirm the price for the purchase of the content-focused start-up, but it is likely to be around $10 million and more focused on acquiring talent.
Katie Roiphe / New York Times:
The Language of Fakebook  —  I HAVE a feeling that if Andy Warhol were alive he would be spending the summer writing a novel that takes place in real time on Facebook.  In that spirit, Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser have been writing a clever serialized novel on Slate called “My Darklyng.”
Discussion: New York Observer
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Fair Use: Okay, Let's Talk About It  —  It is a pet peeve of mine when people throw around arguments citing “Fair Use” and yet fail to actually explain what a fair use argument actually is.  So it was mostly for that reason that I was annoyed by Jeff Bercovici's misleading, poorly-reasoned post yesterday on AOL's Daily Finance.
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Citizens Agenda in Campaign Coverage  —  The idea is to learn from voters what those voters want the campaign to be about, and what they need to hear from the candidates to make a smart decision.  So you go out and ask them: “what do you want the candidates to be discussing as they compete for votes in this year's election?”
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
The Independent:
Pied Piper of Mischief leads the red tops on a merry dance  —  Chris Atkins tells Paul Bignell of his disciples' desire to continue planting fake stories  —  Film director Chris Atkins appears to have a death wish - having already taken on the collective might of tabloid newspapers, PR guru Max Clifford and Bob Geldof.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
With Summer, Big Cable Channels Keep Getting Bigger  —  Thirty-one percent ratings growth is the kind of history that the History channel likes to make.  —  The channel is having a remarkably strong summer, with an average of nearly 1.6 million viewers a night in June and July, up from 1.2 million in the same months last year.
Tom Scott / Tom Scott's updates:
CONTENTS NOT VERIFIED  —  It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content.  —  I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers.
Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Goodreads.com founder pushes print on the Web, not on paper  —  The website for book lovers is run by Otis Chandler of newspaper family fame.  —  ByJames Rainey  —  “Book reviews in newspapers, well, those are gone,” the young Web entrepreneur told me in the most matter-of-fact way.
Christopher Cox / The Paris Review:
TPR v. The New Yorker: The Softball Diaries  —  After the jump, a recap of Tuesday night's softball game against The New Yorker.  —  Pregame: It's a tense start to the annual Paris Review v. New Yorker softball game.  By staff size alone, the Small Fry (apparently it's a rule …
Josef Adalian / New York Magazine:
Starz Plans Party Down's Digital Afterlife  —  Party Down is very much dead, but if the folks responsible for axing it have their way, TV's greatest-ever catering comedy will soon morph into a mighty zombie show far more popular than the TV version that aired on Starz for two seasons.
Discussion: TVWeek.com and Movieline
Robin Wilson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
What Killed Kevin Morrissey?  —  How the death of an editor threatens the future of the University of Virginia's prestigious literary review  —  When Kevin Morrissey walked to the old coaling tower near the University of Virginia campus late last month and shot himself in the head …
Discussion: Romenesko
Randee Dawn / Los Angeles Times:
Blogs move from monitors to TV and movie screens  —  Projects that prove hits online can become hot commodities in Hollywood but don't always click there.  Sometimes you get ‘Julie & Julia,’ sometimes ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.’  —  Sometimes the next big thing comes in a small package.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Launching Official Live Streaming Channel: Facebook Live  —  Today at 3 PM PST (6 EST), Facebook will unveil its new official live video streaming channel, Facebook Live.  To kick off the launch, actress America Ferrera will stop by Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto …
Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals:
Why now is a good time to go hyperlocal  —  We are experiencing something of a hyperlocal renaissance right now.  The Long Island daily Newsday is on a hiring binge, looking for thirty-four hyperlocal beat reporters.  If by the second half of last year the hyperlocal space was heating up …
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Richard Morgan on payback, freelancing and the myth of the “made man”  —  Richard Morgan recently found a new measure of fame writing about writing, with his funny/terrifying piece “Seven Years as a Freelance Writer, or, How to Make Vitamin Soup.”  Though Morgan's work has appeared …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Secrets Behind a Viral Web Hit-And the Huffington Post's Success  —  Everyone who makes stuff for the Web wants it to go “viral.”  But you can't just make your stuff go viral-anyone who actually found out how to do that would be very, very rich.  —  Still, there are ways to increase your chances of making stuff go viral.
 
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