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3:55 PM ET, September 7, 2011

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Jxpaton / Digital First:
Digital First: The Next Step  —  Today marks another important step for Digital First.  —  As announced earlier this morning, we have formed a new company - Digital First Media Inc. It will manage both the Journal Register Company and Media News Group and its mission will be to accelerate …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A wave of consolidation?  Some context on MediaNews, Journal Register, and Alden Global Capital  —  The big newspaper news this morning is that two of the nation's largest remaining chains, Journal Register Co. and MediaNews Group, are executing something like a merger-without-merging.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
MediaNews and Journal Register Co. brought under one roof with John Paton at helm  —  Journal Register Co. announced Wednesday that it is creating a company called Digital First Media Inc. to manage it and MediaNewsGroup.  John Paton will be CEO of Digital First and will act as CEO of MediaNews …
Discussion: paidContent
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Carol Bartz Out at Yahoo; CFO Tim Morse Named Interim CEO  —  According to sources at the company, Yahoo's Carol Bartz is no longer CEO of Yahoo.  CFO Tim Morse has been named interim CEO.  —  The situation around what is clearly an ouster is uncertain, but Bartz has had a very rocky tenure in her 32 months at the company.
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C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Information's triumph?  Three ways TechCrunch challenges ideas of journalism … In the spirit of doing what one does best and linking to the rest, I'll dispense with a lengthy overview of the controversy that erupted when AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Silicon Valley power-broker …
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Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The “end of TechCrunch”? It might not be such a bad thing
Discussion: Betabeat and Editors Weblog
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Murdoch And The Vicious Circle  —  As the phone-hacking scandal threatens Rupert Murdoch's empire, people are opening up about the fear he instilled in British society.  And while denial is still rife inside News Corp., the author hears how its supposedly hands-off chairman spawned a culture of coarseness and brutality.
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Guardian:
Guardian journalist questioned over alleged phone-hacking leaks  —  Case raises concerns about attempts to criminalise contact between journalists and off-the-record sources  —  A Guardian journalist has been questioned by police officers investigating alleged leaks of information from Operation Weeting …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Media Analysts Begin To Slash Ad Spending Forecasts As Economy Craters...  When the economy weakens, one of the first expenses that companies cut is advertising spending.  —  Especially advertising spending on old, dying media in which performance is unmeasurable—e.g., newspapers.
Adobe:
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite To Support iOS 5 Newsstand  —  For immediate release  —  Publishers To Create Newsstand-enabled Applications with Full Support for Subscriptions  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that publishers will be able to use Adobe® Digital …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Righthaven Terminates Lawyer, Stops Filing New Cases  —  Is copyright enforcer Righthaven, which has suffered a series of legal setbacks, folding its cards?  —  Righthaven burst on the scene over a year ago with a business model that involves enforcing newspaper owners' copyrights in return for a cut of the profits.
Discussion: Poynter, Threat Level and WebProNews
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Suggestions (but not standards) for live tweeting  —  “Do you know of any standards for content of live tweets?” a commenter asked on my blog recently.  —  “I have students live tweet meetings and speeches.  Would love some specific guidelines for what makes a good tweet,” asked Michele Day …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Newsweek Daily Beast Co. Hires New President Rob Gregory jumps from Plum TV By Lucia Moses  —  The Newsweek Daily Beast Co. is getting a new president.  CEO Stephen Colvin picked Rob Gregory, a veteran of Maxim and Rolling Stone with whom he worked at Dennis Publishing, for the newly created position.
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Bloggers Don't Follow the Script, to ConAgra's Chagrin  —  IN August, food bloggers and mom bloggers in New York were invited to dine at an underground restaurant in a West Village brownstone run, apparently, by George Duran, the chef who hosts the “Ultimate Cake Off” on TLC.
Discussion: The New York Observer and Gawker
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
YouTube becomes entertainment destination  —  Just for laughs, San Jose's Dylan Hart and a college friend posted a video on YouTube in 2007 about charging an iPod using an onion and a bottle of Gatorade.  —  More than 9 million views later, that video — uploaded at 5 a.m …
Steve Smith / MediaPost:
Ralph Lauren Takes Over The Times iPad App, Reminds Us What A ‘Sponsor’ Does  —  If you haven't yet caved to the New York Times paywall restrictions and ponied up the subscription fee, then you may have let your iPad app for the brand lie unused in recent months.
Discussion: Medialets and Poynter
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Ticker Taped: The 9/11 News Crawl  —  At 10:49 a.m. on Sept. 11, 21 minutes after the North Tower of the World Trade Center began to collapse, Fox News launched a news ticker—a ribbon of all-caps text along the bottom of the screen made up of headlines from scenes occurring off camera …
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
 
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
HuffPost's First e-Book: A People's History of the Great Recession
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Dan Levy / Sparksheet:
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Matthew Shanahan / eMedia Vitals:
Click-through rates: the metric for missed expectations
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Top 40 UK news websites: BBC still leads Mail Online
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
New London-based The Day to launch membership program
Discussion: paidContent
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Al Jazeera is America's post 9-11 network
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Roy J. Harris Jr / Poynter:
How The Wall Street Journal's improvised 9/11 battle plan helped it to a Pulitzer
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 Earlier Picks: 
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
Jonathan Chait to New York; Timothy Noah to New Republic
Discussion: FishbowlDC, FishbowlNY and Gawker
Erik Hayden / The Atlantic Wire:
Choire Sicha: What I Read
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Snarkmarket
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Tech reporter Nick Wingfield quits WSJ for NYT
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FishbowlNY
Stephanie Trong / New York Magazine:
Tavi Gevinson Explains Her New Website, Rookie
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Why it's dangerous to over-estimate how digital your audience is
Discussion: Future of Journalism, Thanks:rorybrown
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Daily Muse Wants To Bridge The Gap Between Glamour And The NYTimes