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7:40 AM ET, September 28, 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.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Here's a Deal That Is Happening-AOL Buying Web Video Distributor 5Min  —  Here's a deal we can confirm: AOL is buying Web video start-up 5Min Media.  —  The price for the deal is between $50 million and $65 million, sources close to the situation said.  AOL (AOL) plans to announce the deal Tuesday morning.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Pros and Cons of a TechCrunch/AOL Deal  —  Could AOL buy TechCrunch-a possibility that both Om Malik and the Wall Street Journal say is on the table?  Sure.  —  Does that make sense?  Good question.  —  TechCrunch is a big, successful Web site, and big successful Web sites are very hard to build.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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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.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
How Angry NYT Editors and HBO's Bored to Death Make the Case for Media Reporting
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.
Discussion: iMediaConnection Blog and PSFK
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OneTrueFan Is The Foursquare For Websites
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
There Are Stories Out There On Twitter, Flickr, YouTube — Build Them With Storify
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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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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.
/ 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.”
Discussion: Text Technologies
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Why I am Not a Journalist: A True Story  —  The short answer is: I wanted to be, but I screwed it up, so I couldn't be.  —  Discovering journalism in college saved me.  At the time (1976) I was on a track that would have led to an assistant manager's job at an Applebees.
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 …
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Outsources Blogging, Migrating 30 Million Users To WordPress.com  —  Back in 2006, we covered the launch of Windows Live Spaces, a blogging service for Windows Live users.  Today the service is headed in a new direction: Microsoft has teamed with Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com …
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
TVGuide Using Facebook Technology for Check-in Feature  —  Users Will Be Able to Share on Social Networks What They're Watching  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — For TV, check-ins are the new black.  But as more and more networks and studios try it on, Facebook has yet to make a major move in the space.
Discussion: WebNewser
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Analyst: NBC Network Is Worth ‘Negative $600 Million’  —  USA's estimated value: $11.7 billion.  —  NEW YORK — USA Network is the most valuable part of NBC Universal at $11.7 billion, but the NBC network is worth a negative $600 million, according to Wunderlich Securities analyst Matthew Harrigan.
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
Another Twitter feed gets CBS comedy deal  —  Exclu: Call it “$#*!  My Roommate Says.”  —  CBS is developing two new comedies, including a project based off a Twitter feed produced by social-media master Ashton Kutcher.  —  Following on the successful launch of its Twitter-inspired comedy “$#*!
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Dailymotion Hits 70 Million Monthly Uniques with 57 Percent Jump in North America: Launches in Australia, Next Morocco  —  PARIS — Dailymotion, the Paris-based online video site, has registered a 21 percent rise in unique visitors around the globe to reach 70 million, according to the latest numbers from comScore Media Metrix.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Block by Block: Once you've launched, what's Phase 2 of a community news startup?  —  Jay Rosen called it “entrepreneur atomization overcome.”  And, for an event that put nearly 100 formerly disconnected community news publishers together in one place, it's an apt description.
Dean Starkman / CJR:
Of Hamsters and Values  —  “The Hamster Wheel,” my argument against news organizations' cranked-up productivity requirements for reporters, generated some nice discussion, including a post by Felix Salmon over at Reuters, who pushed back against some of its main points.
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Bloomberg hiring more than 100 people in D.C. area for Web-based government information venture  —  Bloomberg, the New York giant of financial news and data, is hiring more than 100 people in Washington and has leased new space as it prepares to launch its Web-based government information venture, Bloomberg Government.
Discussion: Romenesko
Steve Green / Las Vegas News from the Las Vegas Sun:
Executive says suing over R-J copyrights worth the negative publicity  —  One of the executives behind the copyright infringement lawsuits over online Las Vegas Review-Journal stories says the newspaper industry hasn't done a good job of protecting its copyrights.
Discussion: Romenesko and mediabistro.com
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 …
 
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