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Aug. 12, 2010, 6 p.m.

Links on Twitter: Google teams up with DirecTV, Bloomberg begins hiring for DC project, Zagat goes the way of Groupon

Wag the…blog? Boston.com launches a new site for pet lovers http://j.mp/9lBFCL »

“Most people don’t need to buy design. And only about half the people trying to buy design should be.” http://j.mp/cIW4vH »

Q: Do we still need websites? A: Yes, but… http://j.mp/bL6i6i »

Zagat joins the group-buying phenomenon http://j.mp/8Zto4m (via @nytimesbits»

“Unfortunately, the experience is maddening”: @Pogue reviews Google’s App Inventor software kit http://j.mp/a4jesV »

Bloomberg’s new DC-based project now hiring http://j.mp/dzuT0S »

eMarketer: Facebook ad sales to hit $1.285 billion this year, with self-serve ads accounting for 50% of ad revenue http://j.mp/bOHUFh »

Google partners with DirecTV to sell ads for cable networks http://j.mp/ciUn0G »

 
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News organizations just want to get readers hooked, whether their habit’s news, podcasts, or puzzles
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McClatchy files for bankruptcy, likely ending 163 years of family control and setting up more consolidation in local news
The hedge fund that will likely soon control America’s second-largest newspaper chain, Chatham Asset Management, is also majority owner of the National Enquirer and Canada’s largest newspaper chain. It is advancing its “fundamental thesis on late-stage media consolidation in North America.”