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10:05 PM ET, September 27, 2010

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Breaking: AOL Close to Buying TechCrunch  —  AOL, the New York-based online media company, is on the verge of acquiring TechCrunch, the online blogging network started by former attorney, Michael Arrington.  The deal is at a sensitive stage and might fall apart yet, but I don't think so.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Breaking: John Koblin Quits the New York Observer (Updated)  —  ​We just got word that the New York Observer's star media reporter John Koblin has left the paper.  This goes in line with rumors we were hearing that Koblin would be out following his yearly US Open coverage.
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Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Direct Line: Peter Kaplan on The John Koblin Hire, An iPad App, and WWD's Future  —  ​Well, big media change: John Koblin was hired by longtime former New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan — who is now the editorial director of Fairchild — to go report on media for Women's Wear Daily.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:   How Angry NYT Editors and HBO's Bored to Death Make the Case for Media Reporting
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Study Finds That Apple Dominates Tech News  —  A customer, Evan Wiendczak, spoke after buying the first iPhone 4 on Fifth Avenue in June.  —  A new study confirms what some in the technology industry have long sensed: Apple commands an inordinate amount of the media's attention.
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Journalism.org:
WHEN TECHNOLOGY MAKES HEADLINES  —  THE MEDIA'S DOUBLE VISION ABOUT THE DIGITAL AGE  —  The mainstream news media have offered the American public a divided view of how information technology influences society, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Want Twitter to Help You Find More Followers?  Pay Up For a “Promoted Account.”  —  Twitter is still working to get its first two ad products up and running.  But it's going to launch a third, anyway: Tomorrow the company will show off “Promoted Accounts” at an ad industry conference in New York.
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter Boosts Marketer Reach With Plan to Blast Promoted Ads  —  Positive Signs So Far, With Higher-Than-Average Interaction Rate  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Even after six months, campaigns with nearly 40 different marketers and repeat customers such as Ford, Virgin America and Verizon, Twitter still views its ads as experimental.
Mayhill Fowler:
Why I Left The Huffington Post  —  Yesterday The Huffington Post “posted” the last piece I will write for them, probably, barring the serendipity of life.  Below is my email exchange with Roy Sekoff, the founding editor, on the subject.  Arianna Huffington, for her part …
Martin Robbins / Guardian:
This is a headline about science  —  In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific finding?  —  In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes …
Discussion: Neatorama and kottke.org
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Loses Star Media Reporter Jeff Bercovici To Forbes  —  Veteran media reporter Jeff Bercovici is quitting AOL and going to Forbes, a source tells us.  —  Forbes is undergoing a transformation under Lewis Dvorkin, who came to the company through its acquisition of True/Slant last spring.
Paul Kim / WordPress.com News:
Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers  —  We're excited to announce that WordPress.com is now the default blogging platform for Windows Live Spaces users.  We've worked with our partners at Microsoft to create a simple migration service for Spaces bloggers to easily bring all their posts, comments, and photos to WordPress.com.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Outsources Blogging, Migrating 30 Million Users To WordPress.com
The Politico:
The Fox primary: complicated, contractual  —  With Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee all making moves indicating they may run for president, their common employer is facing a question that hasn't been asked before: How does a news organization cover White House hopefuls when so many are on the payroll?
Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
Why the revolution will not be tweeted.  —  At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.  They were freshmen at North Carolina A.  & T., a black college a mile or so away.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Gawker's Denton: Twitter's Audience ‘Too Elite’; Blogs Look Ludicrous  —  In general, online media needs to turn itself into TV, said Gawker Media head Nick Denton, identified in this week's New York magazine as the “demon blogger of Fleet Street,” in a Q&A with AllThingsD's Peter Kafka at the IAB's Mixx 2010 conference.
Discussion: Romenesko
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The real-time curation wars (exclusive first look at Curated.by)  —  Back in March I wrote a post about the seven needs of real-time curators.  Over the next week or so no less than three companies are shipping services that will fulfill that dream with tools that comply with all seven needs.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Networks Have Sharing Issues With Hulu  —  Advertisers are drawn to Hulu in part because the site is a popular place for fans to stream shows like NBC's 30 Rock and The Office.  Trouble is, Hulu doesn't actually sell any inventory in those shows.  —  In fact, according to sources …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TVbytheNumbers
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Nielsen Introduces New Ad Measurement Product  —  Proving a return on investment is crucial in advertising, and the Nielsen Company, the media ratings behemoth, is hoping that its new product will help advertisers and media companies measure their investments more accurately.
Neerav Bhatt / Rambling Thoughts Blog:
Modern Journalists Technology Toolkit To Cover Live Events  —  Republishing in full not allowed without permission.. Source: bhatt.id.au/blog/  —  In bygone days a journalist covering an event was likely to be accompanied by a photographer, cameraman or both.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Time Life: The last digital holdout  —  Get your box set via P.O. Box!  With dusty product offerings, outdated formats, and an aging demographic, the privately-owned company has nowhere to go but the selling block.  —  If you're up at night channel-surfing around the tube, you'll still see them …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Slate: Don't close that corrections window — open it all the way!  —  Craig Silverman had a fascinating column last week about changes that Slate has made in its corrections policy in the wake of an embarrassing dustup with Politico.  Here's Craig's pithy summary of this bizarre Escher-esque episode …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
HarperCollins to Start Conservative Imprint, Broadside Books  —  For a conservative, Adam Bellow has impeccable liberal credentials.  He is a longtime resident of the Upper West Side in New York, a son of the novelist Saul Bellow and a book editor in the Manhattan-based (meaning left-wing) publishing industry.
Bloomberg:
Sony, Warner, Disney Said to Plan $30 Home Film-Viewing Option  —  Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Co. are in talks with the largest cable TV systems to offer films for as much as $30 per showing soon after they run in theaters.  —  The studios are talking with In Demand …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Why children's television has to rely on merchandising deals  —  As the BBC celebrates 60 years of television shows for children, the genre faces a funding dilemma  —  Once upon a time, 60 years ago, the BBC children's department was born.  From the appointment of Freda Lingstrom in 1950 …
/ Jonathan Stray:
Designing journalism to be used  —  There are lots of reasons people might want to follow the news, but to me, journalism's core mission is to facilitate agency.  I don't think current news products are very good at this.  —  Journalism, capital J, is supposed to be about ideals such as “democracy” and “the public interest.”
Guardian:
Afghan stringers are the bedrock of our reporting  —  The two recent arrests of al-Jazeera stringers interrupted our coverage when they were picked up for being ‘Taliban facilitators’  —  Stringers in Afghanistan, where I am the correspondent for al-Jazeera, are the eyes and ears of the world's media.
Discussion: Gawker
 
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