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3:55 PM ET, October 8, 2010


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
News Outlets Circle Tablet  —  Several major news organizations are lining up behind a new tablet device from Samsung Electronics Co. built on Google Inc. software, in order to broaden mobile readership beyond owners of Apple Inc. popular iPad.  —  New York Times Co. and News Corp.'s Wall Street Journal …
Hollywood Reporter:
Ryan Seacrest in talks to launch cable network  —  EXCLUSIVE: Teaming with CAA, AEG on joint venture  —  The reality producer, radio personality and “American Idol” host is in early talks with talent agency CAA and entertainment company AEG about jointly launching a new cable network.
Michael Shain / New York Post:
CNN courts Couric  —  Tweet  —  Friends of Katie Couric are saying the chances of her remaining at CBS are getting slimmer.  —  CNN appears especially eager to sign Couric now that the new show starring ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer is off to a stumbling start.  —  Jeff Bewkes, the CEO …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple is changing its tune on music subs  —  Tweet  —  Apple is talking with the major record labels about a subscription music service that would give customers unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, sources told The Post.  —  Apple iTunes boss Eddy Cue was on the phone with music honchos …
Hulu prepares IPO amid battle with Netflix  —  * Morgan Stanley likely to lead underwriters -sources  —  * Hulu could file IPO plan with SEC this year -source  —  * IPO could come in first half of 2011 -sources  —  Popular U.S. Web video service Hulu is prepared to raise as much as $300 million …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Rick Sanchez Tells Mediaite: “I Got Greedy And I Got Mad And I Got In Trouble”  —  Rick Sanchez came to New York City today for a live interview on Good Morning America and a radio interview on WABC.  Before he left for Atlanta, I talked to Sanchez at his hotel, overlooking his former employer, CNN.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Journalists as entrepreneurs?  That's fine, but not if they have to sell advertising  —  It is time to talk of heresy.  The former Birmingham Post editor Marc Reeves has said once again that the editorial-advertising divide was the industry's biggest mistake.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Esquire for the iPad: Not Just Another Magazine Under Glass  —  “Hello, I am Javier Bardem.  Welcome to Esquire magazine.”  —  So opens the October edition of Esquire for the iPad, the first issue the Hearst-owned title has created for the device.  The walking and talking video …
John Bracken / KnightBlog:
Knight News Challenge '11: Mobile, Authenticity, Sustainability and Community  —  I'm happy to be able to share with you the details of the fifth Knight News Challenge, which will launch October 25.  —  As a newcomer to Knight Foundation, I can state without hubris that the News Challenge …
Holland Cotter / New York Times:
Art and News, Intersecting in the Digital Age  —  After steady assault from Twitter, Facebook and Blogger Nation, we have come to this: “The Last Newspaper.”  Or so the title of the New Museum's big fall show seems to tell us.  In reality the situation isn't quite that dire.
Can hacks and hackers work together?  A new ‘living experiment’ looks to find out  —  Can hacks and hackers work together in the new online news world?  This is the question posed by Open Journalism And The Open Web, a free online course being run by the online educational community site …
Choire / The Awl:
LA Times Declares War on “Rumors Spread by Bloggers with Axes to Grind”  —  The LA Times send out a newsletter today recruiting advertisers to the newsletter of The Envelope, which is (or at least should be!) the intentionally gossipy, rumor-filled awards-show blogging fiesta at their paper.
Discussion: LA Observed and The Atlantic Wire
Borrell conference looks at local mobile advertising opportunities for newspapers  —  INMA covered the recent Borrell Associates Local Mobile Advertising Conference in Dallas and came away impressed with the opportunities for newspapers learned from TV, direct mail, online pure-plays, and Yellow Pages.
Laura Oliver /
WEFHamburg: Crowd-funded news site is sticking to startup roots, says founder  —  “I still consider us a start-up.  Some people say 'you're a year-and-a-half old now so forget it.'”  —  But with a full-time team of never more than three people and a founder who is part customer service …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Marimow out as Philadelphia Inquirer executive editor  —  Bill Marimow will remain at the paper, according to the Inquirer's Twitter feed.  Romenesko tipsters and others are reporting that deputy managing editor/operations Stan Wischnowski is interim executive editor.  Nov. 8, 2006: Marimow named Inquirer editor.
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