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10:05 PM ET, August 20, 2010

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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
What ‘Fact-Checking’ Means Online  —  The day I became a fact-checker at The New Yorker, I received one set of red pencils and one set of No. 2 pencils.  [FC: There used to be a training period before the pencils.]  [[VH: O.K. for “the day I became a fact-checker” to designate end of training period?]]
Discussion: Romenesko and CJR
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Auto-Tune the News Hits the Billboard Top 100  —  Online video stars The Gregory Brothers continue making strides towards world domination.  Their latest hit Auto-Tune the News single, Bed Intruder, debuted at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 today.  —  Billboard uses a number …
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Not so fast  —  CNN is asking Larry King to postpone his final show — slated for fall — and stick around until the end of the year, The Post has learned.  —  British journalist and “America's Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan, who is widely thought to be King's replacement …
Gwen Ifill / Online NewsHour:
Unplanned Aberration: How Mosque Discussion Got Derailed  —  If the camera had continued rolling Monday night at the NewsHour after I completed a segment on the debate over the so-called Ground Zero mosque, you would have seen me beating my head against the anchor desk.
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Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
The Dumbest How-to Content From Demand Media  —  Do you know how to brush your teeth?  How to buy beer?  How to poison a gopher?  How to belch?  If so, you could be a contributor to Demand Media, one of a growing number of “content farms” that use large networks of freelancers to produce cheap reference content.
Discussion: The Wire, City Room and Romenesko
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Yahoo May Buy a Stake in Hulu Video Site, Stifel Nicolaus Says  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc. may buy a “considerable” stake in Hulu LLC if the video website pursues an initial public offering, according to Stifel Nicolaus & Co.  —  Hulu, owned by three of the biggest U.S. broadcast networks …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dave Levy / State of the Fourth Estate:
Paywall Gets Added to the Oxford Dictionary of English (and Bromance, too)  —  Great news: the newest round of “words added to the dictionary” has surfaced.  There are some choice additions this time around (are you telling me Chill Pill is only getting added now.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Should We Be Interested In ‘Saving’ Any Industry?  —  We hear it all the time, whenever anyone talks about an industry being “destroyed” by new technologies: “how do we save x industry?” where “x” can stand for “recording” or “news” or “movies” or whatever.  We saw it just recently …
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MediaShift:   Social Media, Entrepreneurship Dominate AEJMC 2010
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Industry Insiders Say Online Video Advertising Is Reaching A “Frenzy Point”  —  With the flood, comes the feast.  Advertising dollars are pouring into online video.  Some of the largest online video ad networks are seeing revenue growth accelerating this quarter, and expect the fourth quarter to be even bigger.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Elle to Launch Customizable iPad App  —  Hachette Filipacchi Media's Elle won't be the first of the big fashion monthlies to come out with its own app for the iPad when it launches with its October issue in mid-September (Condé Nast's Glamour beat it by a month, having launched with its September issue).
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Tom Keogh / Seattle Times:
‘This American Life’ host Ira Glass brings his radio stories to Seattle  —  It's a Monday morning and, no doubt all over the U.S., people have returned to work to find unexpected crises awaiting them.  —  Ira Glass, host and producer of public radio's immensely popular “This American Life” program, certainly has his share.
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Now Playing: A Short Film Starring Branded Content  —  IN “Charley,” a nine-minute film by Dee Austin Robertson, a young couple visiting New York for a romantic weekend, Courtney and Ryan (played by Alexia Rasmussen and Brian McElhaney), are first seen through a glass door with an Ace Hotel sign painted on it.
Discussion: AdPulp
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
The Highest-Paid Authors  —  Times may be tough for book sellers, but for Stephen King, James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer, the money keeps rolling in.  —  Publishers are feeling the heat, with hardcover sales weak and the rise of e-books promising to upend their business models.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Disney, TWC talks escalate  —  Negotiations between Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Cable over continued carriage of ESPN, ABC and other Disney channels are intensifying as both companies gird for battle.  —  ESPN President George Bodenheimer and Sean Bratches, the sports network's head …
Discussion: Light Reading and Company Town
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Chat Replay: Why Do We Need Female Journalists with Technical Expertise?  —  When reading my list of 20 South by Southwest Interactive panels that journalists should vote for, some people wondered: Where are all the women?  Only two of the 20 panelists I mentioned are women.
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone  —  One day you're the brightest star in the galaxy.  Then something new comes along — and suddenly you're a relic.  It's a turn of fate that awaits sports heroes, movie stars, political leaders.  And, yes, even household appliances.
Chicago Sun Times:
Tribune Co. says bankruptcy negotiations have failed  —  Staff and Wire Reports  —  The Tribune Co.'s plan to emerge from bankruptcy has unraveled in the wake of an independent report concluding that talks leading up to the company's 2007 leveraged buyout bordered on fraud, attorneys said Friday.
Discussion: LA Observed
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Studios Giving Up on DVD, Pushing VOD Instead  —  The time lag between DVD release dates and the availability of films on cable video-on-demand services has been drastically reduced over the past year, falling to just five days in the first half of this year, according to BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield.
Latoya Peterson / Poynter Online:
Humorous News ‘Warning Labels’ Hint at Serious Challenges for Media  —  Last week, Boing Boing, the popular technology and culture blog, trained its spotlight on a hilarious and painful project by British comedian Tom Scott.  He created a set of printable warning labels meant to alert consumers …
Discussion: Strupp
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Dr. Laura, Associated Content and the Googledammerung  —  I was on vacation for much of the last couple of weeks, so I missed a lot — including the self-immolation of Dr. Laura Schlessinger.  Apparently Schlessinger was the last public figure in the U.S. who does not understand the simple rules …
Discussion: Romenesko and TPMDC
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Revenge of the TV Writers  —  Annoy a television writer at your peril: You could wind up committing unspeakable crimes or dying a horrible death—in prime time.  Settling scores with difficult stars, clueless executives and childhood enemies.  —  After several seasons of disappointing reviews …
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Research shows Twitter's value in questioning rumors  —  Readers of this blog know that Twitter is one of the best tools for covering breaking news.  —  But if you listen to and read the Twitter haters, you also hear that Twitter is a place where false rumors spread rapidly.
Nick Axelrod / WWD:
No News at the New York Times Magazine... Fashion at Google: Out or In?...  NO NEWS AT THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE: The proposals are in to executive editor Bill Keller (he received upward of 20 applications, according to sources), but that's as far as The New York Times has gotten in the process …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Romenesko
 
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