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2:15 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Glenn Beck Launches “News And Opinion” Website, The Blaze  —  Having conquered TV, radio, book publishing and now live events, Glenn Beck is looking to expand his media empire into a new arena - the web (obviously GlennBeck.com is thriving too).  —  Mediaite has the exclusive details …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Bombastic Beck busts out  —  When I interviewed Glenn Beck two years ago, I told him that I found his remarks about the first Muslim member of Congress “horribly offensive.”  —  He had informed Minnesota's Keith Ellison during an interview that “what I feel like saying is, sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.”
Mike Florio / NBCSports.com:
Washington Post suspends Mike Wise for a month  —  At the outset of his daily radio show on 106.7 the Fan in D.C., Mike Wise announced that the Washington Post has imposed a one-month suspension on him for his ill-advised Tuesday Twitter hoax regarding, ironically, the suspension of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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Erik Wemple / TBD:
Colleague defends Washington Post's Mike Wise
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Barb Palser / American Journalism Review:
The Hazards of Hyperlocal  —  Why neighborhood news online is a dicey proposition A hallmark of a successful product is that it addresses an unmet consumer need or want, either conscious or latent.  Like DVRs, Facebook and aerosol pancake batter.  At this moment, news organizations …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NYTimes.com Connects With Facebook; Users Must Opt In  —  We're not tracking every site that adds log ins using Facebook or Twitter but when the site is a few months away from putting up a paywall—and it's one of the top news sites— it's worth a little attention.
Los Angeles Times:
Murdoch may be key to Apple's plan to offer 99-cent digital rentals of TV shows  —  Executives of the media baron's News Corp. are said to be split over whether to go along with the plan.  NBC, CBS and Time Warner are opposed, while Disney is in favor.  —  The price that people pay to watch …
Jack Lail / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Q&A with Elizabeth Spiers: Media insider offers insight on changing landscape  —  Elizabeth Spiers says it's a great time to start a digital content business.  As part of the Future of News project, e-mail Q&A's were done with digital media industry insiders for their observations …
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Patrick Smith / psmith, journalist:
It's not about selling news, it's about keeping customers  —  The paywall debate has focused on how consumers might consume the news industry's end product: news.  “Will readers pay for news online?”  “Will the industry survive this change?”  “Won't people just get it for free someplace else?”
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Two Can Play That Game, Rupert  —  The Times has the smarter strategy in the head-to-head with The Wall Street Journal  —  Rupert Murdoch has de-emphasized business coverage in The Wall Street Journal since buying the paper in 2007, something that The Audit, focused as we are on the business press, has criticized quite a bit.
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Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
As Newsweek Staff Dwindles, Still No Savior In Sight  —  Turnover is probably a good thing for a magazine as sclerotic and outmoded as Newsweek, and there's been turnover aplenty in the weeks since audio equipment mogul Sidney Harman bought the failing title from the Washington Post Co. (WPO).
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Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Another Departure From Newsweek
Discussion: On Media's Blog
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Roku Tries A Price Reset With Google TV, Apple Whatever In The Wings  —  Video service Roku cut prices by 23 to 30 percent across its WiFi set tops today, taking its most expensive device below $100 in the hopes of being perceived as the best value heading into the fall sales season.
Jason Fell / Folio:
Modern Luxury Sold  —  Regional magazine publisher to be bought by Atlanta-based Dickey Publishing.  —  After going on the block this spring, regional magazine publisher Modern Luxury Media has agreed to be sold to Atlanta-based Dickey Publishing.  Under terms of the deal …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Poynter Forums  —  Too many old, decrepit newspaper captains  —  Missoulian digital manager Tim Akimoff's farewell (posted on Facebook)  —  The next adventure  —  So I've tried to live by G.K. Chesterton's quotes for the last few years of my life.  “An inconvenience is only an adventure …
Discussion: The Wire
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The AP and Google reach a licensing renewal agreement — here's what it might mean for their relationship  —  Earlier today, Google and The Associated Press announced that they've struck a new licensing deal that will allow Google to continue posting content from the news cooperative.
WWD:
French Vogue Celebrates 90... A Bigger Niche?... Cindy Sherman Wears Chanel...  WWD.com is the authority for news and trends in the worlds of fashion, beauty and retail.  Featuring daily headlines and breaking news from all Women's Wear Daily publications, WWD.com provides …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
In Defense of Links, Part Two: Money changes everything … The Web is deep in many directions, yet it is also, undeniably, full of distractions.  These distractions do not lie at the root of the Web's nature.  They're out on its branches, where we find desperate businesses perched …
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
In Defense of Links, Part One: Nick Carr, hypertext and delinkification
Discussion: TeleRead
Julie Bosman / ArtsBeat:
Esteemed Literary Journal Closes Offices After Suicide  —  The award-winning literary journal The Virginia Quarterly Review has canceled its winter issue and closed its offices in the aftermath of the suicide last month of its managing editor and a subsequent investigation by the University of Virginia, which operates the journal.
Discussion: New York Observer
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Former HP CEO Mark Hurd Will Not Be Re-Nominated to News Corp.'s Board  —  News Corp. said Mark Hurd, who stepped down as the chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co., has not been nominated for re-election to the media company's board of directors.  —  Hurd won't serve as a director …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Cable iPad Apps at the Forefront of TV Everywhere  —  After years of dragging their feet with online video, cable companies are now cautiously making their videos available on the Internet and on mobile devices.  Consumers, after all, have a near-infinite number of entertainment choices …
Bloomberg:
News Corp.'s MySpace Said to Extend Google Ad Deal by One Month  —  Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) — MySpace.com extended a search advertising contract with Google Inc. by one month as the News Corp.-owned social-networking website tries to secure a new agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
ESPN Teaming With YouTube for ‘SportsCenter’ Stunt  —  Social media blitz by sports network  —  Who doesn't want to appear in a highlight on SportsCenter?  Now you might get your chance.  —  ESPN is getting ready to launch a tie-in between SportsCenter and YouTube in which fans will be able …
Discussion: TVWeek.com
 
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