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3:05 PM ET, August 18, 2010

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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
What's Wrong With “X Is Dead”  —  Technologies die violent deaths less often than we think.  —  This is the basic problem with the Chris Anderson-anchored Wired cover story, “The Web is Dead.”  If you think about technology as a series of waves, each displacing the last …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Wired Says ‘The Web is Dead’ — On Its Increasingly Profitable Website
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google TV Is a Tough Sell Among Would-Be Partners  —  Google Inc. is launching a campaign to line up TV networks' support for its new Google TV software, but many remain reluctant to partner with a service that encroaches on their turf.  —  The service will allow people to watch and search cable …
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:   Google TV undergoes a trial by partisans
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
News Corp. defends $1 million donation to Republican Governors Association  —  Rupert Murdoch, who has never been shy about making his political views known, has voted with his sizable checkbook.  —  Murdoch's News Corp. has made a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association …
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Auton on the go at Time Inc.  —  Shakeups are already underway at Time Inc. in advance of Ann Moore's exit and Jack Griffin's arrival from Meredith as the new CEO.  —  Sylvia Auton, executive vice president in charge of Time Inc.'s Lifestyle Group, which includes Real Simple and Southern Living …
Lee Margulies / Los Angeles Times:
Dr. Laura to leave radio amid N-word controversy  —  Schlessinger, under fire since using a racial slur on her radio show, won't renew her contract.  ‘I want my 1st Amendment rights back,’ she says, citing threats.  —  “I want my 1st Amendment rights back, which I can't have on radio without …
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
OK, Cupid!  Baby Angel Alexis Ohanian Comes to New York  —  There's a new angel in town! 27-year-old Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social news aggregation site Reddit.com, is moving to Brooklyn, and he's looking to expand his investment portfolio of early stage start-ups.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Verizon to Put Live TV on the iPad  —  Verizon unveiled a series of new video applications today, including an upcoming iPad app that will allow FiOS subscribers to watch the same linear programming that is available on their TV screens on their tablet devices.
Joe Pompeo / The Business Insider:
Fareed Zakaria Is Leaving Newsweek  —  We hear that Fareed Zakaria, arguably the biggest name on Newsweek's masthead, has decided to leave the magazine at the end of September.  The news was announced to the magazine's sales team yesterday, a source told us.  —  Newsweek did not immediately return calls and emails for comment.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: BermanBraun Strikes Big Ad Deal with Starcom  —  In an interesting move for premium online content, Hollywood's BermanBraun has signed an advertising deal with Starcom MediaVest Group, the media agency unit of advertising giant Publicis Groupe, sources said.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: People magazine iPad app delayed by paparazzi  —  Photo agencies want payment for photos used with new app  —  The publishing world's headlong rush to Apple's iPad has hit a big hitch.  —  More than a dozen of the photo agencies that supply celebrity snapshots from the paparazzi …
Discussion: Poynter Online
Gina Lovett / New Media Age:
News of the World paywall planned for October launch  —  News International is to put News of the World content behind a paywall by October, with The Sun to follow.  —  This content is only accessible to subscribers of new media age.  Sign in below if you already subscribe to new media age or subscribe now for unrestricted access
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent:UK
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
The education of 'Mosque'-tweeter Oz Sultan  —  Photo by Brian Solis.  —  “I'm sorry, I've been fasting and it has been a very long day,” Sultan said.  —  It began when Sultan, the social media consultant hired to help Park51, the Islamic cultural center planned for lower Manhattan …
mUmBRELLA:
Hot, censoring atheists: Google's insight into what punters think about pollies and journos  —  One of the charms of Google is autocomplete, where it takes a punt on what you're going to ask, based on what the rest of the world has been wondering previously.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Digital Media Deals Up 68 Percent in First Half 2010  —  However, individual valuations decline, according to Peachtree Media Advisors.  —  The number of digital media deals exploded in the first half of 2010, up 68 percent to 564 while overall value for those deals jumped 117 percent to $9 billion …
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Brian Williams on Katrina, being No. 1 and Couric  —  Commentary: The NBC anchor is at the top of his game  —  This is the first of a two-part series about NBC News anchor Brian Williams.  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Say this about Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC's No. 1-rated “Nightly News” program.
Discussion: Speakeasy and The Huffington Post
E.B. Boyd / WebNewser:
5 Questions with John Byrne of BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Now, C-Change Media  —  Last week, former BusinessWeek and Fast Company editor John Byrne's new company, C-Change Media, launched the first site in a network he says will become “the Huffington Post of business.”
Discussion: Inc.com
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Improving EMI Says Digital Music Is Over-Inflated, Too Reliant On iTunes  —  EMI again isn't detailing how much money it's making from digital in latest earnings, but it is saying estimates for digital growth were too high and labels must ween themselves off iTunes Store...
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Up Close: A Founder of Vice Magazine Branches Out  —  SHANE SMITH, a founder of Vice, the streetwise, testosterone-fueled culture and fashion magazine, still chugs canned American beer.  He still listens to Bad Brains.  And he still favors tattered Vans skateboard shoes and black T-shirts.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Gray, the Reporter, Often Becomes the Story  —  Two incidents in the past six weeks are serving to mold the public's jaded view of the reporter Jim Gray.  —  When he interviewed LeBron James for ESPN last month, he needlessly stretched the night's suspense for six minutes before asking …
Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals blogs:
Gawker's media image-driven redesign  —  Gawker Media sites are in the beta version of a significant redesign.  Each redesign in beta — which at present only involves Gawker and Jalopnik — features a prominent headline over a single, dominant image while directly underneath lie three less prominent stories and a menu to the side.
Discussion: NYConvergence
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Nine Questions on Patch's New Push: National Hyperlocal?, SEO Sauces, and the Case of the Besieged Florist  —  It's Patch day in the news news world, as AOL formally announces the expansion of its network of local sites.  It's really a ratification of what we've been hearing …
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:   Patch and Pro-Am Media by the Numbers
 
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