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3:30 AM ET, November 27, 2010


 Top News: 
How Investigative Journalism Is Prospering in the Age of Social Media … In a society that is more connected than ever, investigative journalists that were once shrouded in mystery are now taking advantage of their online community relationships to help scour documents and uncover potential wrongs.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Court Says UK Papers Can Command Levies From Pay-For News Monitor Customers  —  In an important first-instance ruling, the UK High Court has upheld a stipulation that operators and customers of paid digital news monitor services should pay newspapers for crawling their stories.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Why the iPad Newspaper is Doomed  —  It's slow and backward  —  The Daily will be put to bed each night for consumption the next day, just like a newspaper.  As David Carr put it in the New York Times, “a button will be pushed and it will be ‘printed’ for the next morning.”
Agence France Presse:
Branson launching digital magazine for iPad  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - British tycoon Richard Branson on Tuesday will unveil a digital magazine tailored for viewing on Apple's popular iPad tablet computers, according to press conference invitations.  —  Word of Branson's plans to publish …
New York Times:
Netflix's Move Onto the Web Stirs Rivalries  —  In a matter of months, the movie delivery company Netflix has gone from being the fastest-growing first-class mail customer of the United States Postal Service to the biggest source of streaming Web traffic in North America during peak evening hours.
Discussion: DailyFinance
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
News Corp Kremlinology: what do the Times paywall numbers mean?  —  The publisher has released some numbers for its paper's subscriber-only site - but they leave more questions than answers  —  Earlier this month, Rupert Murdoch's News International released figures on the performance of the paywall it put around the Times last July.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Nic Newman / paidContent:
How News Corp.'s Daily Can Succeed Without Paper
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Testing Enhanced E-Books  —  Publishers Gauge Whether Readers Will Pay More for Augmented Versions of Digital Tomes  —  An image depicts the mechanics of Mickey Mantle's powerful swing from the enhanced, e-book version of ‘The Last Boy,’ a biography of the player.
Boston Globe:
Vineyard Gazette sold to retired KKR co-founder Kohlberg  —  Mark Alan Lovewell/Vineyard Gazette Photo  —  Vineyard Gazette editor Julia Wells (left) stands next to the paper's new owners, Jerry Kohlberg and his wife, Nancy Kohlberg.  —  By Beth Healy, Globe Staff
Discussion: Romenesko
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
Journalism: Opening up the 'insider's game'  —  I met Jonathan Stray this past summer when I was speaking at Oxford, and I've really enjoyed keeping up with him on Twitter and on his blog.  He's smart, and if you're thinking about journalism in new ways and thinking of how we can …
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Associated Press (Or CBS) Surrenders Their Dignity  —  A lot of people out there still seem to think that all blogs do is riff off of major media content.  Reblog it, or just plain plagiarism.  Most people know that most major news is now broken by blogs, but the prejudice is still out there.
Apps and widgets?  The secret to blog traffic is more simple than all that  —  Struggling to get traffic to your blog?  Want to know what widgets and apps will magically increase your hits and get you noticed?  The secret is actually rather simple: Hard-work, regular updates, extensive reading …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Flipboard's new FlipGifts section could redefine shopping catalogs  —  Right in time for Black Friday and with many of its users sitting around on sofas digesting their turkey, iPad news app Flipboard has just announced a new curated section called FlipGifts that allows you to flip through posts …
James Poniewozik / Time:
The Tick, Tick, Tick of the Times  —  The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, there was more news than the country could bear and more than a TV screen could fit.  Beyond the plane crashes and burning buildings, reports and rumors abounded of other attacks, explosions, evacuations.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A/B testing for headlines: Now available for WordPress  —  Audience data is the new currency in journalism.  I don't just mean the traditional Costco buy-in-bulk kind — “our readers are 52 percent male, 46 percent over $75,000 household income, 14 percent under age 35,” and so on.
Conrad Walters / The Age:
What television will look like in 10 years  —  Fights over the remote control will be a thing of the past.  Illustration By John Shakespeare.  —  Few people seek to look silly.  In public.  In perpetuity.  So when The Guide decided to repeat an experiment from 10 years ago …
Discussion: Crikey
Wall Street Journal:
Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback  —  One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry by privacy advocates in the U.S. and Britain appeared to kill it.
Rob O'Regan / eMedia Vitals:
Bonnier extends tablet design concept to news content  —  Swedish publisher Bonnier, which drew oohs and aahs earlier this year with its Mag+ magazine concept for the iPad, has extended its design format to news content with News+.  —  Announced today, News+ “combines the depth and editorial choices …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Ex-Newsweek Editor: Daily Beast Merger Was ‘Best Bet’  —  Jon Meacham.  Image by Getty Images via @daylife  —  Former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham didn't stick around to see what new owner Sidney Harman had planned for the magazine, but if there are any hard feelings, he's keeping them to himself.
Discussion: Editors Weblog, Gawker and Yahoo! News
Rend Smith / Washington City Paper:
What's Tweeting Courtland Milloy?  —  The Washington Post columnist tweaks D.C.'s newcomers as “myopic little twits,” but is he the crotchety grandpa the city needs?  —  FULL ARTICLE  —  With slicked back hair and a dapper sport coat, Courtland Milloy could be confused for a preacher.
Discussion: and Romenesko
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
News Outlets Eagerly Look To Twitter Followers For That Next Big TSA Video  —  The anger over the TSA security procedures makes for the perfect ongoing news story.  Sure, that “Ground Zero Mosque” thing had public anger, an easy narrative, and racial undertones, this story has public anger, an easy narrative, and sexual undertones!
Rob O'Regan / eMedia Vitals:
How are publishers budgeting for mobile?  —  Mobile publishing is getting plenty of attention, but is the money following?  Much like the transition to web publishing, media companies must answer one big question as they forge ahead into the mobile space: How do we pay for it?
New York Post:
AM New York exec Spears arrested for assault  —  Tweet  —  A top publishing executive at AM New York, part of the Cablevision-owned Newsday Media Group, was arrested at the freebie newspaper's Manhattan offices on Thursday for a domestic violence assault and attempted strangulation of his girlfriend.
Discussion: Gothamist and Gawker
Jason Boog /
HarperCollins Resolves Lawsuit with Gawker  —  In a statement, HarperCollins revealed they have resolved their lawsuit against Gawker over a post containing photographed excerpts from Sarah Palin's memoir, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.
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