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Media Watch: AP to Link to Newspapers with Scoops, Hulu Worth Nothing without Exclusive Content

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 21, 2011 at 9:46AM

The AP has decided to give some credit where it’s due; they will acknowledge (and maybe even direct traffic to) news organizations that break big stories. Starting August 1, when the AP uses a local story, they will link back to the original. Nieman Lab disclosed the AP staff memo and reports: “because the AP is a cooperative, it has no legal obligation to credit its members. But ‘that’s a legal point, not a journalistic one,’ said Mike Oreskes, AP’s senior managing editor.”
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The AP has decided to give some credit where it’s due; they will acknowledge (and maybe even direct traffic to) news organizations that break big stories. Starting August 1, when the AP uses a local story, they will link back to the original. Nieman Lab disclosed the AP staff memo and reports: “because the AP is a cooperative, it has no legal obligation to credit its members. But ‘that’s a legal point, not a journalistic one,’ said Mike Oreskes, AP’s senior managing editor.”

-Although Yahoo! is interested in buying Hulu’s streaming service after Microsoft dropped out of bidding, Yahoo! says Hulu is worthless without exclusive content. RapidTVNews reports that Yahoo! wanted a guarantee from Hulu’s current owners (Disney, News Corp, and Comcast-NBCUniversal) that they will give Hulu exclusive content for five years. Without that pledge, Hulu is “not worth anything.” Currently, Hulu has offered two years of exclusive content.

-Are 140 characters' days numbered? Slate’s Farhad Manjoo argues for Twitter to double its character limit:

Proponents of Twitter's limit argue that I should feel frustrated when I tweet. The classic defense of the 140-character perimeter is that, as with a haiku or sonnet, a rigid form inspires creativity. I don’t buy it.For one thing, that argument positions Twitter as more high-minded than it really is, or needs to be. Obviously, we aren't all poets, and we shouldn't have to be to use a mainstream social network.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.