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9:20 AM ET, September 21, 2010

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Publishers Should Be Careful What They Wish For  —  Both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News have confirmed earlier reports that Apple is working on a “digital newsstand” venture that would handle subscriptions for newspaper and magazine publishers through the iTunes store.
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yelvington.com:
Beware, journalists: Apple is not your friend
Discussion: Techdirt and Poynter Online
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Why the TV Grid Still Matters  —  With competition at an all-time high, scheduling has never been more important  —  The DVR is going to end television as we know it, even as just a transitional technology until we move to a completely on-demand world.  The idea of network schedules …
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
At Networks, Gloves Are Already Off
Jane H. Furse / NY Daily News:
The Algonquin, famed hotel of literary and artistic legends, will be become a Marriott  —  The Algonquin, the hotel where literary figures of the 1920s held court at the Round Table, is becoming a Marriott.  —  The storied landmark at 59 W. 44th St. will become another link in the giant hotel chain …
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In a hamster-wheel world, is there room for journalistic creativity?  Evidence from The New York Times  —  The essential question facing newsrooms today is this one: Does more speed and more content come at the cost of creativity?  Does the “hamster wheel,” as described by Dean Starkman …
Discussion: CJR and Kirk LaPointe's …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
1 in 4 local firms plan newspaper ad cuts: poll  —  Nearly one in four local businesses plan to cut back on newspaper advertising this year, according to a poll being released today.  And there is no mystery about what they are doing with the money.  —  At the same time those businesses …
Discussion: The Wire and NetNewsCheck Latest
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Kaus takes his blog to Newsweek.com  —  MICKEY KAUS BRINGS KAUSFILES BLOG TO NEWSWEEK.COM  —  New York - Blogger and recent U.S. Senate candidate Mickey Kaus has joined Newsweek and will be posting his pioneering political blog “kausfiles” several times a day on Newsweek.com, Newsweek announced today.
Discussion: LA Observed
MediaShift:
Professors Speak Out About Changes Coming to J-Schools  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways.  See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why Hearst Created an Advertising Director for ‘Tablet Media’  —  Q&A With Hearst President Michael Clinton on the Newly Created Job and What It Means for Hearst's Magazine Publishers  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hearst Magazines has named an advertising manager at Town & Country …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Joe Flint / Company Town:
In Comcast-DirecTV talks over new G4 deal, there's no playing around [Updated]  —  Looks like satellite broadcaster DirecTV and cable giant Comcast Corp. are headed toward another throw-down.  —  At issue this time around is G4, the Comcast-owned channel that caters to young men with shows …
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
Real-time Web + journalism = Real-time reporting  —  By Robert Hernandez: The next phase of the Internet affecting journalism — for better or worse — is well underway.  —  We started out with websites, then blogs, then the interactivity of Web 2.0.  Now, we are in the era of the real-time Web.
Discussion: Web Journalist Blog
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Picture Time!  The Front-Page Dummy for the 'Journal's New Saturday Edition  —  The Associated Press spoke to Robert Thomson about the Journal's new weekend edition that debuts this weekend.  —  The Journal's spokeswoman Ashley Huston helpfully sent us an image of the front-page dummy.
Discussion: Associated Press
Hamid Tehrani / Global Voices Advocacy:
Iran: Jailed blogger, Hossein Derakhshan ("Hoder") may face death penalty  —  A reliable source has told Global Voices that Tehran's prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (also known as “Hoder").  The presiding judge, named Salavati, has not yet ruled in the case.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Zadie Smith Takes Over New Books Column for 'Harper's Magazine' … Harper's Magazine editor Ellen Rosenbush announced today that Zadie Smith will be taking over the magazines' New Books column.  “I think a good book review is a place to meet a book on its own terms, not as an ideological vehicle …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Kiely leaves USA Today to join National Journal  —  Kathy Kiely Joins National Journal Editor Team  —  Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2010) — National Journal Group announced today that veteran political journalist Kathy Kiely is joining the news organization as Managing Editor for Politics.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The Journalist as Spy  —  In his five decades as a muckraking Washington columnist, the late Jack Anderson broke scores of big stories about political scandals, Capitol Hill perfidy, the machinations of American foreign policy, and the abuse of power by the White House, the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon, and corporations.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
How The Wall Street Journal Is Starting to Sound Like Fox News  —  If you have any doubt that The Wall Street Journal is fast becoming steeped in the corporate culture of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWS), I invite you to read a couple of quotations from today's news.
Discussion: TVNewser, The Wire and Romenesko
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Bay Citizen's Jon Weber-Editor of Web 1.0-Talks About Journalism 2.0  —  It's been less than a year since the former top editor of the Industry Standard-the once high-flying (and then not so much) magazine of the Web 1.0 era-Jonathan Weber got back to the Bay Area from his stint away in Montana.
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
A Journalist Whose Sport Is Controversy  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since Jason Whitlock's arrival here in 1994 to write a sports column at The Kansas City Star, he has grappled publicly with team owners and coaches, local news media personalities and even the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Discussion: Deadspin and Romenesko
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Goodbye, cruel words: English.  It's dead to me.  —  The English language, which arose from humble Anglo-Saxon roots to become the lingua franca of 600 million people worldwide and the dominant lexicon of international discourse, is dead.  It succumbed last month at the age of 1,617 after a long illness.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A warning to nonprofit news organizations: Government funding may not boost the bottom line much  —  At a time when some Americans are talking about increasing government support for journalism, here's an interesting new study that adds a useful data point to the discussion …
Discussion: papers.nber.org
Siddharth Cavale / Reuters:
Internet Brands to be acquired for $640 mln  —  (Reuters) - Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman on Monday agreed to acquire internet media company Internet Brands (INET.O) for $640 million in cash.  —  The private equity firm's offer of $13.35 a share was 46.5 percent more than the company's last closing price.
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Fineman On Newsweek, Huffington Post and Fox News  —  After spending 30 years at Newsweek, Howard Fineman is leaving for Huffington Post.  His move from the traditional weekly magazine to the leader of online news and opinion is itself a mark of the change afflicting media coverage today.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp., Cablevision Square Off  —  In the latest standoff over fees sought to air television channels, News Corp. is trying to rally consumers to its side in a spat with Cablevision Systems Corp.  —  News Corp.—which is seeking higher fees for its channels in negotiations with Cablevision …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
The blog-broadcast barrier and the reach-responsibility ratio: How our media system crashes, and what to do about it  —  This is a long post describing a phenomenon I've been observing for a decade and a half.  Here is the summary:  —  You know the blood-brain barrier?
Bill White / Morning Call:
Journalism gates being trampled  —  One of my colleagues sent me a link the other day to a story from Dan Gillmor of salon.com, asking the excellent question:  —  “Who is a journalist?  Does it matter?”  —  When a fire destroyed two buildings in south Bethlehem late last summer …
Archibald Preuschat / Wall Street Journal:
BMG Rights Venture Buys Music Publisher  —  BMG Rights, a Joint Venture of KKR And Bertelsmann, Agrees to Acquire Evergreen Copyrights, a Small Rival  —  BMG Rights Management, a music publishing venture of Bertelsmann AG and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., on Monday announced …
 
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James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Mark Cuban joining ABC's ‘Shark Tank’
Discussion: PopWatch and New York Magazine
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Biz appetite for acquisitions under scrutiny
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In Martha Stewart's Work With Hallmark, Questions for Future
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Gawker
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Barbara Fairchild Out at Bon Appétit
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Interview: Meltwater CEO Lyseggen Will Fight UK ‘Link Tax’ On Two Fronts
Discussion: nla.co.uk
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
L.A. Times' controversial teacher database attracted traffic …
Discussion: LA Observed
 Earlier Picks: 
Alan Rusbridger / Spectator:
How to stifle the press  —  England has become the world capital of libel.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microblogging Wars Escalate: Posterous Claims Tumblr Blocks Its Autopost Feature
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
The BBC and missed data journalism opportunities
Discussion: BBC
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Goodbye (Crummy) CAPTCHAs. Hello Ad Dollars?
David Kaplan / paidContent:
WebMediaBrands Buys Semantic Tech Conference And Blog Company
Wall Street Journal:
Shaping Ads for Web-Connected TV