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Yahoo! aims to be "number one" independent news source

By Alisa Zykova

Yahoo! News may be considered as a news organization, according to Jessica Barron, director of editorial programming. Unlike online news outlets that aggregate news content from the Web, Yahoo! is not only investing in its own journalists but is also signing agreements with wire services and "traditional" sources.

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"Our aim is to reach these bigger names and use our reporting talent to break news. We are really going for the kinds of questions that will make news," said Barron."We have been doing a lot of original reporting and we are going to be doing a lot more."

AP’s ethnography of news consumption

By Ethan

A media group in continuous operation since 1846 may not be the company you should look to for advice on the future of media. Or maybe they should: the Associated Press is both doing well in a digital age (when they’re not making boneheaded moves like pretending that fair use doesn’t exist) and looking towards the future, trying to figure out its role in the media ecosystem. And they’re carrying out some very interesting research to determine just what their role is going forwards.

Reading between the lines

Trial by tabloid is never the fairest form of tribunal, and the air over the Turkish press these days is murkier than a Beijing smog alert, thick with charges and counter-accusations.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad, al-Bashir and media

By BUGÜN, AHMET TAŞGETIREN

Are you aware of the Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit’s importance for Turkey?

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CUMHURİYET Private channels to broadcast in Kurdish The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has paved the way for broadcasting in Kurdish on private channels in addition to the state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Association, daily Cumhuriyet reported yesterday. The new national program drafted by the AKP to align its legislation with the European Union acquis foresees reform of regulations on radio and television broadcastings in different languages and dialects to include both public and private broadcasters by 2010. This means private channels will be able to broadcast in Kurdish if the radio and television supreme council, or RTÜK, allows it.

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A businessman from Bursa, İsmail Dengiz, has made headlines by organizing an extravagant circumcision ceremony for his son. He rented a helicopter to bring his son to the ceremony site and invited more than 5,000 guests.

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Workers at the DESA leather factory who had been fired for engaging in unionization activities staged a demonstration Saturday on İstiklal Street in the Beyoğlu district of İstanbul, delaying traffic in the area.

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Shopping malls responsible for robberies -Yeni Şafak The Supreme Court of Appeals has approved a local court’s decision to make security firms pay

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Participants of the Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit, held in İstanbul to boost ties between Turkey and African countries, cruised the Bosporus on a tour organized by President Abdullah Gül.

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Drought changing Turkey’s map -Akşam Salt Lake, or Tuz Gölü, has ceased to be the Turkey’s second-largest lake due to global warming, drought and irresponsible irrigation

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participated in the inauguration ceremony of a sports complex in İstanbul’s Kartal district on Tuesday. The complex was named after former Turkish Soccer Federation President Hasan Doğan, who died of a heart attack in July.

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An elderly Georgian couple escapes from a house set on fire by a South Ossetian militia in the village of Kvemo-Achebeti outside the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali.

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Academic success is not enough for employment-Hürriyet A young woman who speaks two languages and has a master’s degree in management still could

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Police academy students forced to stay single -Takvim According to a new regulation, police academy students will not be able to get married while they

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People crowd around a Turkish Red Crescent bus distributing humanitarian aid in the Georgian town of Gori, which was struck by Russian warplanes following rising tension between the two countries.

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The Night of Forgiveness (Berat Kandili/Leylet-ul-Bera’at), observed on the n

ight between the 14th and 15th days of Sha’ban — the eighth month of the Hijra calendar, was commemorated with prayers on Saturday night by Muslims around Turkey.

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Ergenekon produced documents in the name of MİT -Milliyet The National Intelligence Agency, or MİT, declared that certain documents in the Ergenekon

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Unions to collectively bargain with government – Vakit Civil servant unions will sit down with government officials Friday for collective bargaining, reported

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Shipyard workers protested against work-related deaths at shipyards in İstanbul’s Tuzla district on Wednesday. Workers carried banners that read "We were killed by drowning this time. This is no accident. This is murder."

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A Russian soldier detains a Georgian civilian who was carrying a weapon in his car at a checkpoint in the Georgian city of Gori. Armed conflicts still continue in Georgian towns despite calls from the international community for a cease-fire.

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Nine soldiers killed on Monday in a PKK ambush in Erzincan’s Kemah district were laid to rest in their hometowns by grieving relatives.

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Minister of justice accused of helping son’s career / RADİKAL The minister of justice is facing accusations that his son has benefited from his influence in attaining a

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Laborers tried to rescue coworkers who fell into the water along with a lifeboat they were testing at a shipyard in İstanbul’s Tuzla district on Monday. The accident resulted in three fatalities.

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‘Koç knew about Sabancı murder’ – Vakit The Koç famliy, a Turkish business giant, was aware of the assassination plan against Özdemir Sabancı, a big business player who was killed in

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Öcalan to brief the prosecutor on Ergenekon – Vatan The leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who is currently serving his prison

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Two female athletes, one Georgian and the other Russian, sent messages of peace to the politicians of their countries as they posed for cameras shoulder to shoulder during a medal ceremony at the ongoing 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Ninety-five Turkish students, who graduated from Austrian universities, celebrated their graduation with a lavish ceremony held at İstanbul’s Grand Cevahir Hotel on Saturday.

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Bureaucrats blacklisted by gendarmerie sources -Radikal A document uncovered in the Ergenekon case has revealed that a list was kept between 2003 and 2004 of bureaucrats who were described by the

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First marriage school, then wedding feast – Zaman A group of 40 couples received pre-marriage certificates from the fifth marriage school organized by the Küçükçekmece Municipality,

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