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3:30 AM ET, December 19, 2010

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Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Memo: 'Gawker tech team didn't adequately secure our platform'  —  “On several fronts — technically, as well as customer support and communication — we found ourselves unprepared to handle this eventuality,” says Gawker chief technology officer Thomas Plunkett's memo to staff.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Amazon Brings Newspapers, Magazines to Kindle Apps, Starting With Android  —  Amazon's expanding the capabilities of its Kindle apps, starting with Android, to include digital newspaper and magazines singly or in subscription form.  Just in time for the iPad “Daily” newspaper.
Discussion: Gawker, The Wrap and The Next Web
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
GROUPON CLIPPING  —  The history of the Internet is, in part, a series of opportunities missed: the major record labels let Apple take over the digital-music business; Blockbuster refused to buy Netflix for a mere fifty million dollars; Excite turned down the chance to acquire Google for less than a million dollars.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Expand And Market Movie Streaming Service In 2011  —  Google is expanding its feature film streaming service, says a source who's been briefed on the product.  The service will likely be an expansion of the current movie rental/streaming test launched by Google earlier this year.
Discussion: SAI and GigaOM
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Study: Some Viewers Were Misinformed by TV News  —  News organizations can educate voters about public policy and economic conditions, but they can also misinform voters.  As if to prove the point, a study released Friday found that “substantial levels of misinformation” …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Patch.com clicks with veteran California journalists  —  Seasoned reporters in California are stamping their mark on the online news' community sites, a trend that can help bolster Patch.com's credibility as it continues its explosive growth into hyper-local reporting.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Data journalism central  —  The folks at the Guardian have been doing inspired work with data for several years.  Now, they've added a new data store-one stop shopping for anyone interested in making data more meaningful.  In addition to the data blog that highlights the British newspaper's own analysis …
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Exclusive: Another Executive Exits Disney Digital: Paul Yanover  —  It's over for Paul Yanover at Disney (NYSE: DIS) Online.  The chief architect behind the rebuilding of Disney.com is leaving to “pursue new opportunities outside the company,” as he told staffers Friday morning in an internal e-mail (full memo below).
Discussion: MediaPost, Company Town and The Wrap
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Mike Bloomberg's New Megaphone  —  The New York City mayor is going into the op-ed business.  Howard Kurtz on what Bloomberg wants—and how his new venture will keep hope alive for fans who want to see him in the White House.  —  Michael Bloomberg is already fabulously wealthy …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and CJR
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
$180 Million Is Not Chump Change If You've Got to Give It Back  —  In the past few days I've twice been forwarded a document that my Tribune sources find pretty astonishing.  It's a list of 209 Tribune Company managers and former managers who came into quite a bit of money when Sam Zell took …
Discussion: Poynter and The Wrap
Jason Fry / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A blow to content farms, Facebook's continued growth, and the continued pull of the open web  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  Today, our predictor is Jason Fry, a familiar byline at the Lab.
New York Post:
Details beefs up with fitness  —  Tweet  —  Can Details muscle up?  —  The perennial little brother to GQ at Condé Nast, Details is trying to add a little bulk by borrowing some of the fitness service that has long characterized the Rodale flagship, Men's Health.
James Kanter / New York Times:
E.U. Deepens Investigation Into Google  —  BRUSSELS — European Union authorities have broadened their investigation of Google by accepting two complaints from Germany, one involving a powerful group of newspaper and magazine publishers and the other, a mapping company, officials said on Friday.
Discussion: MediaPost and Post Tech
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:   EU extends Google investigation to news and mapping
 
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Who really owns the M&A beat?  —  As a followup to Nick Summers' recent …
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Frederik Joelving / Reuters:
When the news breaks the journalist: PTSD
American Journalism Review:
Undocumented or Illegal?
Damian Kulash Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The New Rock-Star Paradigm  —  Succeeding in the music business …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jason Deans / Guardian:
Tracy Corrigan appointed WSJE editor
Discussion: Digital Trends
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
Word-Wide Web Launches
Discussion: Digital Trends, AOL News and Guardian
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Research firm offers cash for journalists' opinions
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Jon Stewart, the Advocate, on the 9/11 Health Bill
Discussion: The Wire and New York Observer
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Will Apple Force More Publishers to Build Paywalls?
Discussion: Poynter
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Vevo (Finally) Launches Free iPad App
Discussion: MediaPost
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Jason Kilar Exclusive: Hulu's $260m 2010 revenue
Discussion: SAI