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Welcome to the 21st episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. This week is a special edition the war between the social networks, and what that means for the media world. Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at f8 to announce big changes to Facebook, including a new Timeline to showcase media from your entire life, as well as open graph apps that let you view media within Facebook. But he spent very little time talking about privacy issues. Do we all want to share our whole life on Facebook, "baby photos and all":http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/08/overexposed-baby-photos-in-the-age-of-facebook220.html?

Special guests Dan Reimold, a MediaShift contributor and assistant journalism professor at the University of Tampa, and SiliconFilter's Frederic Lardinois talked about the changes at Facebook, as well as whether Google+ has staying power. Google's social network just opened up to the general public, but will it remain "dead" as Reimold contended in "a controversial opinion piece on MediaShift":http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/09/google-social-media-upstart-worse-than-a-ghost-town262.html, or can it thrive as a hub for techies and media people? And where does that leave Twitter?

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The latest episode of the Mediatwits is a newspaper special.

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Welcome to the 19th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali, who is back from vacation in India. The news came fast and furious this week, with two Internet pioneers facing deep trouble. At Yahoo, CEO Carol Bartz was fired by telephone and told the media that Yahoo's board were "doofuses" who had "f---ed me over." At AOL, CEO Tim Armstrong has had to step in and fire TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington, who started a VC fund that brought up terrible conflicts of interest, and then demanded he get his editorial independence or get to buy back TechCrunch. 

Special guest Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of "AllThingsD":http://www.allthingsd.com, has been covering both stories in excruciating detail, calling the Crunchfund a "pig pile" and listing various nominees to run Yahoo. She Skypes in to join the conversation from a Starbucks, where she is furiously updating both big stories. Plus, Google got into the book publishing business by buying Zagat, whose restaurant reviews could help populate the search giant's Places pages, and help it take on Yelp.

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Welcome to the 18th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and Staci Kramer, editor of PaidContent, who's filling in for Rafat Ali. This show looks at the recent purchase of iPad aggregator app Zite by CNN for a reported $20 million to $25 million. Why is CNN getting into iPad aggregation? Special guest KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com, explains the importance of personalized aggregators and how they boost engagement. Estenson also talks about lessons learned from the CNN's online coverage of Hurricane Irene.

Next up is the U.S. Justice Department suing to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and the repercussions of that move. While Mark thinks the deal would have put a damper on competition, Staci does think it's such a cut-and-dried case. Also, the moves in streaming video have been fast and furious as September begins: Netflix's new pricing went into effect right as Starz announced it was ending its deal with Netflix. And while Hulu is still on the sales block it launched a new service in Japan, including a pricey paid service with no ads.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

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