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Aug. 26, 2011, 6 p.m.

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"Why not print out some of this fine Awl content to read by candlelight as the world crumbles around you?" http://t.co/YtyDYe6 »

.@NewYorkObserver launches a free bi-annual magazine for NYC parents, brunch enthusiasts http://t.co/0FoUYdi »

Watch the spread of this week’s East Coast earthquake alongside tweets about it http://t.co/DOYX83T (via @zephoria) »

Nielsen: 61% of ereader owners are now female, compared to 46% this time last year http://t.co/RKkxsLM »

MT @PDColford: Word from @AP Managing Editor @LouFerrara is that we have roughly 100 AP journalists covering #Irene across all formats. »

RT @HugoLindgren: @jackshafer Please get in touch if you feel like doing any magazine writing. »

Report: Tumblr is set to raise $75-100 million in venture capital, which will bump its value to $800 million http://t.co/pGlRQYW »

Be conversational, be promotional, be flexible: @stevebuttry‘s advice for institutional Twitter feeds http://t.co/uKzAG8T »

How to make more effective "About Us" pages http://t.co/RqWf2fw »

RT @ericuman: @nytimes has @brianstelter covering Irene & is rocking his Twitter handle right on homepage http://t.co/ltgbpMH »

How Journal Register newsrooms in Connecticut are joining forces to cover Irene http://t.co/Dt7wJEp »

"What we’re witnessing right now is Jobs’ final masterstroke." http://t.co/b0eaeS0 »

10 million: the magic number for professional news site profitability? http://t.co/8eSoN1p »

.@jayrosen_nyu has a proposal for improving political journalism http://t.co/EcJRgUR »

 
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