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11:20 AM ET, August 19, 2010

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
As Combat Troops Leave Iraq, News Media Ride Along  —  The combat mission in Iraq doesn't officially end until Aug. 31 but viewers and readers could be forgiven for thinking it ended tonight.  —  In a broadcast that Brian Williams said constituted an “official Pentagon announcement,” …
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
NBC/MSNBC All-Stars Exclusively Report On Last US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq  —  Now we know where Rachel Maddow has been hiding these past few days: Baghdad.  The MSNBC primetime star traveled to Iraq, along with embedded NBC reporter Richard Engel, to deliver an exclusive report …
The Wire:
We Need To Change Copyright Laws To Save Newspapers  —  Copyright and patent laws were introduced to benefit society by providing authors and inventors incentives to create; by giving authors and inventors an opportunity for personal gain from their own creativity intellectual property protections create …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Professor Says News Should Get Special 24 Hour Protections So No Aggregator Can Link To It  —  We've seen all sorts of really bizarre and downright dangerous plans to change copyright law to favor newspapers, but a new one, posted at Henry Blodget's Business Insider may be the most ridiculous of all.
Discussion: TeleRead
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
iVillage to Launch New User-Gen Content Section  —  iVillage has always maintained a close relationship with its community—particularly its more vocal and active members.  —  Now the NBC Universal-owned site is looking to channel the energies of several of its vociferous users …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Gawker's No Longer a Blog  —  Gawker is no longer a blog.  And Nick Denton no longer runs a blog network.  —  Gawker Media - which, for better or worse, defined and largely influenced the modern blogosphere as we all know it — is undergoing a massive redesign that will render its collection …
Discussion: NYConvergence
C.W. Anderson / The Atlantic Online:
Print Culture 101: A Cheat Sheet and Syllabus  —  Editor's Note: So, people no longer just read ink printed on paper.  Now that the electronic word has become embedded in our lives, we have a new perspective on what might have been special and specific about the last few hundred years of information dissemination.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Zakaria Jumping to Time From Newsweek  —  Time magazine will announce Thursday that Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post and Newsweek and editor of Newsweek's international editon, has been named a contributing editor for Time and will write a column for the magazine every other week.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype's Chief Development Officer Leaves Amid TechCrunch Comment Fiasco  —  Madhu Yarlagadda, who joined Skype as Chief Development Officer last month, has left the company.  Generally speaking executives don't leave a startup as it jumps into the IPO process, and they certainly don't leave after just a month on the job.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Where Do Media Companies Give Their PAC Money?  —  News Corp. the parent company of Fox News Channel, gave a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association in June through its News America PAC.  The news was buried in a story in Bloomberg Businessweek.
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
As Web Surfers Share, Marketers Track  —  Add this to the list of consumer-data collection tactics that can raise eyebrows: Clearspring Technologies' “AddThis” button.  —  The button allows users to alert friends and contacts to interesting or useful material on the Web.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Gannett Debuts School Sports Microsites  —  38 media markets get local HighSchoolSports.net sites this month  —  Gannett is launching more than 100 co-branded local sports sites out of its HighSchoolSports.net division.  Gannett says the “microsites,” a joint operation between Gannett's TV …
BBC:
Ofcom report highlights ‘multi-tasking media users’  —  Multi-tasking allows people to consume even more  —  The average Briton spends almost half of their waking life using media and communications, data suggests.  —  The statistics from regulator Ofcom suggest people in the UK spend seven hours …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Financial Times launches new audience measurement  —  The Financial Times has launched a print and digital circulation measure that calculates the total number of people who access paid-for FT content each day.  —  The paper believes the measure is the first of its kind produced by a media owner.
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
YouTube Launches Charts to Rank Top Web Videos  —  YouTube has just announced it will be featuring its top videos in a new section called YouTube Charts.  —  This page will keep you updated on which videos are trending right now, which are all-time classics, how various vids stack up against one another and more.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and The Next Web
MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Training Citizen Journalists Made a Difference  —  I recently attended the Walkley Media Conference in Sydney, Australia.  It is run by the Walkley Foundation, a very interesting outfit that I'm learning more and more about.  The Foundation aims to encourage professional and ethical journalism …
Christopher K. Sopher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The kids are alright: How news organizations can tap the vast potential of younger consumers  —  [Christopher Sopher is a senior at the University of North Carolina, where he is a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a Truman Scholar.  He has been a multimedia editor of the Daily Tar Heel and has worked for the Knight Foundation.
Quentin Hardy / Neural Net Worth:
The Tech News Pyramid Scheme  —  It is a rare time of year: The Tech Conference Latitudes.  Behind us are News Corp's AllThingsD, AlwaysOn's AlwaysOn at Stanford, TimeWarner's Fortune Brainstorm, and the eponymous Techonomy.  In a few weeks we will have TechCrunch, GigaOm, and Web 2.0.
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Global Pay TV Expect To Hit $312M in 2010  —  TV advertising revenues continues to show strength post-recession — as do pay TV revenues.  Revenues from global pay TV services — cable, satellite, IPTV — have climbed 9% in the second quarter to $58 billion, versus the same period in 2009 …
Joe Konrath / A Newbie's Guide to Publishing:
The Changing Face of Publishing  —  Things seem to be happening quickly in the publishing world.  Quickly and, unfortunately, not optimistically.  —  I'm currently in Florida, having just spoken at a mystery writer convention.  They flew me here to talk about ebooks.
Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals blogs:
Poetsandquants: BW editor turns media entrepreneur  —  John A. Byrne created the business school rankings for BusinessWeek in 1988 and now, in his latest incarnation as founder of C-Change Media, is hoping to create a successful content and monetization network for the business audience.
 
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