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1:45 AM ET, September 21, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sports Illustrated Tells iPad Readers to Turn Around  —  Magazine publishers keep adding bells and whistles to their iPad editions.  But Sports Illustrated's newest tweak goes the other way, and takes an option off the table.  —  The magazine used to give readers the ability to look at the app in …
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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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Goodbye (Crummy) CAPTCHAs.  Hello Ad Dollars?  —  Hate dealing with captchas-the squiggly, indecipherable text strings Web sites often force you to read and regurgitate for security reasons?  Join the club.  And pay attention to what Solve Media is trying to do.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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: FishbowlNY and Gannett Blog
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
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Barbara Fairchild Out at Bon Appétit  —  Barbara Fairchild, the longtime editor of Condé Nast's Bon Appétit, will be replaced later this year after a 32-year career with the magazine, including 10 as its editor-in-chief, the company announced today.
Wall Street Journal:
Shaping Ads for Web-Connected TV  —  Software Offers New Real Estate to Tout Products, Ability to Target Messages  —  Technology companies racing to deliver video to the living room over the Web are exploring the idea of offering ads on their services, seeking to capture some of the billions of ad dollars that flow to television.
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Mark Cuban joining ABC's ‘Shark Tank’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Entrepreneur to appear in three episodes  —  Entertainment entrepreneur Mark Cuban is joining ABC's “Shark Tank” for the show's second season.  —  The owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and chairman of cable channel HDNet will be a guest venture capitalist for three episodes.
Discussion: New York Magazine and PopWatch
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.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
At Networks, Gloves Are Already Off  —  The new TV season kicks off on Monday night — and it's sure not starting with a whimper.  —  In what several network executives described as the most intensely competitive opening night in recent memory, each of the four major networks has something to prove and a lot on the line.
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 …
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.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In Martha Stewart's Work With Hallmark, Questions for Future  —  LOS ANGELES — A cheerful Martha Stewart was on the line, ready to talk about her new partnership with the Hallmark Channel.  Last week, the channel started to run no less than eight hours a day of programming, five days a week, from the décor doyenne's orbit.
Discussion: Gawker and Hollywood Reporter
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.
Mail.com Media Corporation:
MMC ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC TRANSACTION WITH EUROPE'S LARGEST INTERNET COMPANY  —  LOS ANGELES, CA.  September 20th, 2010 - MMC, the leading publisher and digital media company that owns content properties such as OnCars.com, Deadline.com, HollywoodLife.com, Movieline.com, BGR.com, YHAwards.com …
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?
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Signs of the Times: Newsweek Goes Down  —  Via Newsweek-reporter-turned-Tumblr- Emissary Mark Coatney and Newsweek's Sarah Frank, here's a picture of the Newsweek sign being pulled down.  She notes: “In case anyone wants to watch, they're pulling the Newsweek sign down from the front of the building right now.
 
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Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
L.A. Times' controversial teacher database attracted traffic …
Discussion: LA Observed
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
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Mormon-Owned Paper Stands With Immigrants
Discussion: Free Press
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Billy Witz / New York Times:
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Discussion: L.A. NOW, LA Observed and MinnPost
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
10 Ways Journalism Around the World Is Being Revived and Reinvented
Discussion: Reportr.net and Editors Weblog
David Carr / New York Times:
Blurring Satire and Politics
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
TV Guide Cuts Path to Relevance
Discussion: TVWeek.com
Michael Gross / Crain's New York Business:
Forget the denials. It's war for Times, WSJ
Discussion: Strupp and Michael Gross