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Articles from August 19

Are Rival Syndicate Reps Telling 'Half-Truths' about the Future of 'For Better or for Worse'?
Are some syndicate salespeople -- in the hopes that newspapers will buy comics from their syndicates to replace "For Better or For Worse" -- hinting that "FBorFW" will end completely Aug. 31? Or are these salespeople exaggerating how much old material...
'Buffalo News' Extends Buyouts to 10% of Staff -- 'Modesto Bee' Offers to All
The Buffalo News is offering buyouts to 107 employees, or 10% of its workforce, according to a story posted on its Web site. Terming the offers "voluntary resignation incentives," the News stated the move is "an attempt to reduce operating expenses."...
Can You Count on Web Metrics? Debate Continues
Trying to keep track of the twists and turns of Web measurement -- how various metric and Web analytic companies count unique users, time spent, and page views -- is often confusing, frustrating, and for one major figure in the Interactive agency world,...
Meet the New Boss: 'LA Times' Publisher Hartenstein Meets the Troops
The latest man to fill the ever-revolving publisher seat at the Los Angeles Times has promised to run the troubled paper with more self-sufficiency. Eddy Hartenstein, 57, who was named to the position on Monday, joked with staffers at a meet and...
New Study: Google King of Customer Satisfaction -- 'NYT' and 'USA Today' Do Well
Consumers rated Google as one of the most satisfying Internet experiences out of all portals, search engines, and news sites, according to new data from the University of Michigan. The University produces a quarterly report called the American Customer...
Press Rumors Run Wild on Obama Veep Pick -- but in 2004 an Airline Mechanic Got the Scoop
All day today the names of Biden, Kaine, Sibelius, Clinton and Bayh have filled the Web reports of news outlets obsessed with Barack Obama's coming choice for vice president. But remember 2004? It's true, the New York Post got the most memorable scoop...
Secret New Bob Woodward Book on Bush and Iraq Now Has Title -- and Some Hints
As we reported two weeks ago, the upcoming Bob Woodward book on Iraq and President Bush -- his fourth in this series -- is coming on September 8 and has been a top-secret project with not even the title announced. That has just changed. The book...
TRAIL MIX: McCain Drills Message Home, May Name VP Next Week
Tuesday's Trail Mix focuses mainly on Sen. John McCain, who seeks to gain favor with America's voters by emphasizing offshore drilling. But a quip last Saturday about how much cash it takes to be considered "rich" these days may be coming back to haunt...
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