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Newsfeed Update: 08.04.10

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Hastings_M_8.4.10.jpgMichael Hastings Denied Afghan Embed (HuffPo)
The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, has been denied permission to join U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Defense Department spokesman Col. David Lapan told reporters that freelance writer Michael Hastings was rebuffed when he asked to accompany, or "embed," with American forces next month.

On The Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity In Name Only (WSJ)
From a single click on a website, [x+1] correctly identified Carrie Isaac as a young Colorado Springs parent who lives on about $50,000 a year, shops at Wal-Mart and rents kids' videos. The company deduced that Paul Boulifard, a Nashville architect, is childless, likes to travel and buys used cars. The company didn't get every detail correct. But its ability to make snap assessments of individuals is accurate enough that Capital One Financial Corp. uses [x+1]'s calculations to instantly decide which credit cards to show first-time visitors to its website.

Does Newsweek Have A Future As A Nonprofit? (Poynter)
Washington Post Co. CEO Don Graham made good on his pledge to put Newsweek in the hands of an owner who would honor its editorial traditions rather than hold out for more money from a buyer who would grab the brand and totally remake the magazine. Now what? One wonders whether, over the next couple of years, Harman will covert Newsweek to a nonprofit. It would fit both the struggling magazine's finances and Harman's intentions and circumstances.

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