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Aug. 9, 2010, 6 p.m.

Links on Twitter: TBD launches its local news site, Ushahidi launches Crowdmap, Forbes launches HuffPo-style blogging initiative

Journal Register Company finishes Q2 ahead of its $12M earnings goal, on track to share profits with its employees http://j.mp/d1Rmq9 »

Exciting: @Ushahidi launches Crowdmap, a free, quick-to-install, easy-to-use version of the platform http://j.mp/bJJiNz »

More Google news, via @jilliancyork: the company is beginning an extensive recruitment campaign in China http://j.mp/cjgKtZ »

Here it is, from @googlepubpolicy: "A Joint Policy for an Open Internet" http://j.mp/9gB5UF »

Forbes to enlist HuffPo-style unpaid bloggers. Others will be paid based on traffic stats http://j.mp/9EE0Rf »

Working on a journalism project in Philly? Apply for one of 10 $5K grants http://j.mp/dpAeG7 »

How @TBD got its name: "We were just cursed." http://j.mp/97UpzO »

Betting against the atom: Dorchester Publishing goes all-digital http://j.mp/9oKxJ4 »

 
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