The Morning Lowdown 09.13.10

»  The Hollywood Reporter will cease publishing a daily print digest and will replace it with an online PDF for subscribers as it transforms into a weekly mag and aims for a more aggressive, breaking news style. [NYT]

»  Late next month, Atlantic Media’s Nationaljournal.com will begin offering content from the staffs of siblings Congress Daily and Hotline on a free site in front of the paywall in the hopes of beating the competition and emerging as a national consumer brand. [NYT]

»  Billboard is preparing a new ranking for new artists and will charge them a $100 for an annual subscription service to help them catch the attention of managers, promoters and labels in search of up-and-coming talent. The service lets artists post their work online and track their exposure across a range of social media like Twitter and music blogs as well as radio play and sales. [WSJ]

»  The New Yorker just hitting the stands has a lengthy profile of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg stuffed with rich detail from author Jose Antonio Vargas. Examples: Facebook’s theme is blue because he’s colorblind; his girlfriend is a third-year med student who wants to be a pediatrician; and some of the conference rooms at the Facebook Bunker are named after bad ideas — like Beacon. Zuckerberg calls privacy the “third-rail issue” online.

»  Weren’t TV networks always concerned about clutter? Not MTV Networks’ Spike. It’s been bumping up its commercial pods from six minutes long to an almost unheard of 10 minutes. [AdAge]

»  YouTube is unveiling a live streaming platform, starting with content partners Next New Networks, Howcast, Young Hollywood, and Rocketboom. [Techcrunch]

»  A judge in Manhattan has dismissed a lawsuit against Yelp by a dentist who alleges that he was defamed by a bad review on the site. [Mediapost]