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9:05 PM ET, December 15, 2010

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Lev Grossman / Time:
Mark Zuckerberg  —  On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter Raises $200 Million at $3.7 Billion Valuation; Adds McCue and Rosenblatt to Board  —  Twitter has completed its latest round of funding-$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation-with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.
New York Times:
YouTube May Buy Video Production Company  —  By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and BRIAN STELTER  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is in talks to buy Next New Networks, a Web video production company, according to two people briefed on the discussions.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Columbia j-school staff: WikiLeaks prosecution ‘will set a dangerous precedent’  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism faculty and officers tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that “while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks' methods and decisions …
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Barton Gellman / Time:
Julian Assange  —  On Dec. 9, 2006, an unsolicited e-mail arrived for Daniel Ellsberg, the whistle-blower of Vietnam War renown.  The return address said only “WikiLeaks,” and the signature at bottom, “WL.”  In the orotund prose of a manifesto, the message invited Ellsberg to become …
Larry Yang / The Official Google TV Blog:
What's new with Google TV?  —  It's been two months since the first Google TV device went on sale.  Since then, we have been hard at work thinking about how we can make the platform even better for our users.  In fact, one of the greatest things about Google TV is that it comes with free …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Bloomberg Hires 2 to Lead Opinion Venture  —  12:13 p.m. |  Updated Bloomberg L.P. is making a foray into opinion writing, a move intended to further broaden the company's reach beyond its bread-and-butter financial news service.  —  The company has hired two big names — James P. Rubin …
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: Multiple Syndicators Pitching Katie Couric on Daytime Talker  —  While many expect her to stay with CBS News, daytime option emerges  —  As Katie Couric's contract with CBS News nears its end, multiple syndicators are approaching her about daytime possibilities, confirm several sources.
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Launches Online Form to Buy Ads, Trending Topics & More … The business end of Twitter has revamped its website tonight and it now includes a form that companies can use to express interest in purchasing Promoted Accounts, Promoted Tweets or Promoted Trends.
Nate Freeman / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Two More Top Editors Out at GQ  —  Having had a fairly stable masthead for years, Conde Nast men's title GQ is hemorrhaging top-level editorial talent.  —  In late October style editor Adam Rapoport was named editor of Bon Appetit, and now sources say two more top editors are set to exit.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Madhu Rajaraman / American Journalism Review:
The Comment Police  —  NPR says it's pleased with the results of its decision to outsource the battle against offensive online comments.  Posted: Wed, Dec. 15 2010  —  Madhu Rajaraman (mrajaraman@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  It was a victim of its own success.
Discussion: Poynter
Phil Davidson / Splitsider:
Short and Funny, Part 1: Conversations with Twitter's Top Comedy Writers  —  It wasn't that long ago, you'll recall, that Twitter was derided as an exercise in vanity for famous people to feed their comically-obsessed fans a glimpse of the celebrity lifestyle, no matter how mundane the details.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Condé Nast's Epicurious App Adds Pay Model To Mix  —  Just a week after Condé Nast's iPad-only Gourmet Live added pay-to-download features within the app, the publisher's two-year-old Epicurious app is shifting to a paid model after 3.5 million free downloads.  The app itself is still free.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
YouTube-Meets-Quora Video Site Vyou Raising ~$2 Million, Publishing iPhone App  —  New York startup Vyou is looking for money, a source close to the company tells us.  —  This source, who's not unbiased by the way, told us the video Q&A site has already crossed 1 million monthly uniques and that it's looking to raise about $2 million.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
E-Readers With Color Open Door for Pictures  —  Millions of consumers have embraced black-and-white e-readers like the Kindle for reading simple novels or nonfiction — but books with color illustrations have generally remained better read in print.  —  Now publishers are making headway …
Brian Ries / The Daily Beast:
The Hackers Who Broke Gawker  —  As Gawker Media users scramble to change their passwords in the wake of a massive security breach, members of Gnosis say they're not planning any more big hacks—but their power has increased exponentially, says Brian Ries.  —  Members of the hacking group Gnosis …
 
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Matt Thompson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
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Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Speeding up a startup, but slowing down at the same time
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Jonathan Cooper / Journal Register Company:
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