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8:20 AM ET, December 31, 2010

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Nick Davies / The Huffington Post:
The Julian Assange Investigation — Let's Clear the Air of Misinformation  —  Bianca Jagger last week launched a fierce attack on the Guardian for carrying my story about the evidence collected by Swedish police who have been investigating the claims of sexual assault by the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Alicia Shepard / NPR:
NPR Apologizes for WikiLeaks Mistake; Nina Totenberg and Teena Marie  —  Thanks to one persistent listener, NPR published a correction admitting that it has mistakenly - and more than once - inflated the number of State Department diplomatic cables released recently by WikiLeaks.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Should Provide Program Contracts to the FCC, Groups Say  —  Advocacy groups asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to demand more documents from Comcast Corp. before voting on the cable company's proposed merger with General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal.
Discussion: MediaPost
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Nonprofit News May Thrive in Comcast Takeover  —  Included in Comcast's promises regarding its acquisition of NBC is a little-noticed plan that may stimulate the growth of nonprofit news organizations.  —  Comcast is pledging to establish partnerships between news nonprofits and at least five …
Mary Ann Giordano / New York Times:
The Year in Collaborative Journalism  —  Some end-of-year thank yous — and explanations.  —  This time last year, The Local was in a state of flux.  Our founding reporter/blogger, Andy Newman, had just been elevated to run City Room, the popular blog for all things NYC on nytimes.com.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
If an App Is Your Content Strategy, You Are Doomed  —  When the iPad first arrived on the scene, many newspaper and magazine publishers seemed to see it as a digital savior that would restore their fortunes and allow them to withstand the whole “information wants to be free” aspect of the Internet.
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
How to rescue magazine sales on iPad
Discussion: PC Magazine, MarketingVOX and GigaOM
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Nonprofit Start-up Bay Citizen Adds $9.5 Million In Funding  —  The Bay Citizen is going public with a new round of funding a little sooner than planned after a column in the rival San Francisco Chronicle left the impression it was running out of money.  Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Weber told paidContent …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Parsing Pew: What The Latest Online Content Buying Numbers Really Say  —  You are about to see a host of references to a new batch of numbers from the Pew Internet & American Life project pop up all over the place.  The headline is tantalizing: 65 percent of those surveyed this fall paid for online content.
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Pew: Two-Thirds of Web Users Buy Online Content
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Borders Delays Payments  —  In a potentially ominous turn of events for the book business, Borders Group Inc. said Thursday that it is delaying payments to some publishers, a sign that its financial troubles are worsening.  —  The nation's second-largest bookstore chain by revenue …
Felix Salmon:
The evanescence of Twitter debates  —  Rob Beschizza has a very good post on the dynamics of the spat between Wired.com and Glenn Greenwald.  For an excellent overview of the fight and what it's about, I recommend Blake Hounshell.  But Rob picks up on something else:
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
News.me, Betaworks & NYT's Stealthy Social News Project, Starts Accepting Invite Requests  —  News.me, the stealthy social news project being developed by Betaworks in conjunction with The New York Times, has just started accepting invite requests.  As part of the partnership deal …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Finding a Use for Tumblr  —  To tumble or not to tumble, that is the question.  Well, it's a question I hear often from friends and people in the tech world: “Do you use Tumblr?”  —  My response is usually the same.  I explain that “I try to use Tumblr — that I want to use it — I just can't find a use case for the service.”
Discussion: New York Observer
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yext Organizes The Anti-Google Local Advertising Alliance (Screenshots)  —  Google, as you may have heard, is making a big push into local advertising.  It is currently offering $100 million in AdWords credits to new small businesses that sign up and promotes Google Places results for all local searches.
 
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John Shelton / iMediaConnection Blog:
TV Advertising Still Rules in 2011
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How We Shared Content in 2010: Still More Facebook, More Email …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Murdoch media to control over a fifth of UK news consumption
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
In its debut year, the iPad has not saved journalism, but it …
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