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5:20 AM ET, November 18, 2010

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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Rockefeller: News media has surrendered to “forces of entertainment”  —  The 24-hour news cycle has forced the media to embrace hype and rumor-mongering to the detriment of the public interest, according to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Thanks:gnagesh
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Joe Flint / Company Town:
Sen. Rockefeller rips media industry at hearing on recent distribution fights  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) blasted the media industry at a hearing Wednesday afternoon.  —  Although the topic of the hearing being held by the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Communications …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
No Tweeting Allowed for President Bill Clinton's Keynote at Salesforce.com Event  —  No tweeting, live blogging, posting to Facebook or any other use of social media will be permitted when President Bill Clinton gives the keynote address at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce.com event taking place Dec. 6-8 …
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Bill Clinton's speech can be tweeted after all  —  Did former President Bill Clinton really ban tweeting, live-blogging and posting on Facebook during a keynote address for a business and technology conference?  —  No. But it definitely appeared that way over the past 24 hours.
Discussion: Romenesko and SAI
Aaron Wiener / The Washington Independent:
The Washington Independent, signing off  —  Nearly three years ago, The Washington Independent was launched as a bold experiment in online journalism.  The idea was to combine hard-nosed investigative reporting with all the web had to offer: the nimbleness of real-time coverage …
Russ Smith / splicetoday.com:
Love the Royals, Hate the Republicans  —  Media celebrity Tina Brown is extraordinarily agile: one day she'll bash wealthy Americans, and the next wax flowery about Prince William and his future bride.  —  There's only one certainty in the event of a nuclear war: Tina Brown will survive.
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Michelle Lodge / CNBC:
A year from now, the marriage Newsweek magazine with the Daily …
Discussion: Romenesko
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Twitter's Official Analytics Product Has Arrived  —  Twitter has started inviting a select group of users to test a new analytics product, Mashable has learned.  Such a product has been rumored for some time, and a Twitter executive said earlier this year that Analytics would debut by the end of 2010.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Bewkes: Era Of ‘Media Mogul’ Is Over  —  After trying to determine which seat was the power seat on stage at The Paley Center's International Council conference, the NYT's David Carr asked Jeff Bewkes, Time (NYSE: TWX) Warner's chairman and CEO, about where power resides in the media business today.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
‘The Daily’ is Murdoch's ‘No. 1 most exciting project’  —  On Tuesday, The Cutline's Michael Calderone and I wrote about News Corp.'s rapidly evolving plans for a national “newspaper” that will be available exclusively on the iPad and other tablet devices.  —  Details remain scarce …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
SNL Kagan: Cord-Cutting's A Fact; Other Factors Drive Down Pay TV Subs Too  —  Despite the insistence that there is no meaningful cable TV cord-cutting by media executives like Time (NYSE: TWX) Warner's Jeff Bewkes and Viacom's Philippe Dauman—not to mention research backed up by Nielsen …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Building a Better Explainer: Help Us Out  —  My graduate students and I are embarking a big project that revolves around a particular genre in journalism: the explainer.  And we need your help.  —  An explainer is a special feature that does not provide the latest news or update you on a story.
Paul Bradshaw / Poynter Online:
Data and Journalism Form a Powerful Combination  —  OnlineJournalismBlog.com and Birmingham City Uni  —  For the past two centuries, journalists have dealt in the currency of information: We transmuted base metals into narrative gold.  But information is changing.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Federated Media Acquires FoodBuzz  —  John Battelle's Publishing Aggregator Goes Foodie  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Advertising and publishing company Federated Media has acquired food-blog network FoodBuzz, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  At a time when advertisers …
Discussion: BoomTown, Thanks:edmundlee
WWD:
Memo Pad: Conde Nast Fights Back... Gap's Give-and-Take  —  FIGHTING BACK: “The gloves are off here at Condé [Nast],” said Wired publisher Howard Mittman, whose magazine will end the year in the number-one spot for ad page growth at the company, up 24 percent.
Discussion: MediaPost
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
TVNewser Acquires TVSpy  —  Industry news site grabs industry news site; seeks to get in on station job listings  —  WebMediaBrands, the company that owns the popular Web portal mediabistro.com, is acquiring TVSpy.com from Vault, Inc. WebMediaBrands also owns the industry news/gossip site TVNewser.
Discussion: Romenesko and MediaPost
Chip / Redlights and Redeyes:
open letter to newspaper photographers  —  If you think you are safe in your job, you aren't.  —  I say that bluntly to make the point stick.  You are a number.  You are expendable.  Your work will win awards.  Your work will sell papers.  In the end, if they don't sell that ugly ad around your photo, you don't have a job.
Jonathan Stray:
What's the point of social news?  —  According to Facebook, social news seems to be mostly about knowing what all my friends are reading.  I'm not so sure.  But I think there really is something to the idea of “social news” for journalism, and for journalism product design.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Village Voice Media To Handle Portion Of Ad Sales For Gothamist  —  Village Voice Media is branching out into ad sales for sites outside its blog network.  The free city weekly publisher has started selling some ad placements on Gothamist's site this week.  In an interview with paidContent Bill Jensen …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:nitwitty
Joy Mayer / RJI:
What “engagement” means to Lauren McCullough at the Associated Press  —  How do you build a relationship with a global audience, personalizing a brand and involving users in your coverage?  The Associated Press is going for it, with aggressive social media strategies and a reliance on its 3,000 journalists.
Nick Davies / Guardian:
NoW: Mulcaire ordered to name names  —  Judge rules that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire must identify journalists who instructed him to intercept voicemail messages  —  The private investigator at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal has been ordered by a high court judge to reveal …
 
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