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9:40 PM ET, September 4, 2012


 Top News: 
Media Decoder:
New Editor at Cosmopolitan: Joanna Coles Replaces Kate White  —  In January, Kate White the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, went to David Carey, the president of Hearst Magazines, and told him she was thinking about retiring after 14 years on the job.  Given the importance of the franchise to the company …
Amy Wicks / WWD:
Anne Fulenwider to Head Marie Claire  —  Anne Fulenwider is the new editor in chief of Marie Claire, succeeding Joanna Coles, who will become editor in chief of Cosmopolitan.  Fulenwider previously served as executive editor at Marie Claire before taking the job as editor in chief of Brides in October 2011.
Discussion: MinOnline and FishbowlNY
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
For conventions, TV viewing down, social media up  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When it comes to following political conventions, Twitter may soon trump television.  TV viewership for last week's Republican National Convention dropped sharply from 2008, suggesting interest in this presidential race falls short of some past contests.
Discussion: Gawker, Poynter, CBS News and TVNewser
John Aloysius Farrell / National Journal:
Why, Exactly, Are 15,000 Journalists in Charlotte?
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Guardian
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Facts, Truth ... and May the Best Man Win  —  In “Gore Vidal's The Best Man,” now in an enjoyable and timely revival on Broadway (extended but scheduled to end this week), the lead character - a candidate for president in 1960 - poses a rhetorical question:  —  “Since when has the truth been a deterrent at this convention?”
Discussion: Capital New York and Poynter
Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
Harvard Crimson Editors Have Bigger Balls Than Your Media Boss  —  The privileged young people of Harvard College are not often recognized for their integrity and backbone.  They made a whole movie about how Zuckerberg stole Facebook from the terrible Winklevoss twins, for instance.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube movie rentals are coming to connected TVs  —  YouTube is going to launch VOD-style movie rentals on TVs and connected devices later this year.  The Google-owned video service will add a premium component to its TV application on various Smart TV platforms, according to an announcement by YouTube hardware partner TPVision.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Warner Bros. Takes Another Crack at Flixster — And UltraViolet  —  Making movies is hard.  Making movie-recommendation services is a lot easier.  —  But Warner Bros. is trying to do both.  And the newest version of Flixster, the recommendation service it bought last year, is pretty interesting.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Pro-Assad hackers have taken over Al Jazeera's hompage to protest its coverage  —  Conclusion: Al Jazeera is now back online.  As of this moment, the group has yet to comment to TNW on the nature of the hack, total downtime, or any other related issue.  Note: Not everyone is seeing the hacked page.
Discussion: Guardian and Gizmodo
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
More than 1,000 people identified as victims of hacking  —  More than 1,000 people have been identified as likely victims of hacking, the police officer leading the investigation into the scandal said today.  Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Sue Akers, told the Home Affairs Select Committee …
Jason Deans / Guardian:
Phone hacking investigations and prosecutions ‘could take three years’
Discussion: @lisaocarroll
Ben Protess / DealBook:
Dick Clark Productions Sold to Guggenheim Partners  —  Dick Clark Productions, the company that produces the Golden Globe awards show and the New Year's Eve broadcast hosted for nearly 40 years by its late founder, was sold Tuesday to Guggenheim Partners and a group of investors.
The New York Observer:
Punch!  Magazine Scraps Editorial Content...For Now  —  Punch!, a Spy Magazine-inspired iPad “appazine” that paired long-form journalism with short comedy segments and interactive games, has scrapped its editorial content to focus entirely on an authoring tool for apps.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch compensated $30 million, a 10% cut  —  News Corp. directors bestowed CEO Rupert Murdoch with a $30-million compensation package in the company's 2012 fiscal year, a nearly 10% decline — or $3 million cut — over Murdoch's fiscal 2011 compensation of $33.3 million, according to regulatory filings.
Discussion: Multichannel
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
Syria: The search for Austin Tice  —  Czech diplomats are working on behalf of the United States to find the whereabouts of an American journalist and former U.S. Marine who went missing in Syria more than three weeks ago.  The State Department asked Czech diplomats, who are the “protecting power” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Discussion: Guardian
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