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    4 Minute Roundup: Facebook as News Reader; Engadget Comments

    by Mark Glaser
    February 5, 2010

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    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the rise of Facebook as a place to find news. Hitwise found that Facebook was the #4 referrer of traffic to news sites, after Google, Yahoo, and MSN — and above Google News. Plus, the tech blog Engadget shut down comments after an influx of trolls, before relenting to open them again. And I ask Just One Question to Google News founder Krishna Bharat, who explains how 9/11 inspired him to create the service.

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Facebook Largest News Reader? at Hitwise

    Facebook Could Become World’s Leading News Reader at ReadWriteWeb

    Creating Your Personalized News Channel at Facebook blog

    Is Facebook, Not Google, the Real Global Newspaper? at The Atlantic

    Facebook helps the news industry, but it’s no white knight at VentureBeat

    We’re turning comments off for a bit in Engadget

    Comments getting out of hand, Engadget turns them off at AFP

    Engadget editor – Why I turned off comments at VentureBeat

    Are Blog Comments Worth It? at Web Worker Daily

    How Much Blog Would a Blogger Blog If a Blog Chucked Its Comments? at MediaPost

    Commenting on Engadget – a human’s guide at Engadget

    Google News to Publishers – Let’s Make Love Not War at PBS MediaShift

    Here’s a graphical view of the most recent MediaShift survey results. The question was: “What do you think about Apple’s iPad?”

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about where you find news online:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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