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6:50 PM ET, November 12, 2010

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Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Daily Beast, Newsweek to Wed!  —  Some weddings take longer to plan than others.  The union of The Daily Beast and Newsweek magazine finally took place with a coffee-mug toast between all parties Tuesday evening, in a conference room atop Beast headquarters, the IAC building on Manhattan's West 18th Street.
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Nick Summers / New York Observer:
New Details Emerge on Newsweek-Beast Merger  —  Tina Brown met separately with the staffs of The Daily Beast and Newsweek today, just hours after a merger between the two very different publications was completed.  Details of the combined entity, to be known officially as The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, are beginning to emerge.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Newsweek and Daily Beast Have a Deal  —  Tina Brown is back in the world of print.  —  After a brief and interrupted dalliance, Newsweek, the 77-year-old magazine, and The Daily Beast, Ms. Brown's two-year-old Web site, have decided to put their cultural differences aside and join forces.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Newsweek CEO First Casualty of Deal with Daily Beast  —  Tweet  —  No sooner did the ink dry on the Newsweek-Daily Beast merger, than it claimed its first casualty in what could be a tumultuous marriage between print and the Web.  —  Newsweek CEO Tom Ascheim — the Washington Post Co. holdover …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Inside the New Beast  —  As The Daily Beast and Newsweek combine forces, editor-in-chief Tina Brown, Barry Diller, and Sidney Harman on how the deal came together and reimagining the newsmagazine.  —  On the morning of Oct. 18, after weeks of frenetic courtship and arduous negotiations …
Mark Milian / CNN:
Yahoo to expand its blog network Monday  —  (CNN) — As countless print- or TV-based news organizations continue their descent, the future of the news business still seems curiously bright.  —  Just sniff around online for a look at the multitude of startups and internet giants throwing their bets on the table.
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Twitter Takes the Newsroom  —  The media's in trouble.  The microblogging sensation is on fire.  Can Biz Stone's latest gambit help prop up a financially crippled industry?  Howard Kurtz reports.  —  Biz Stone, the funny and engaging co-founder of Twitter, had an unusual message …
Discussion: KnightBlog, AllTwitter and Romenesko
Wall Street Journal:
James Frey's Next Act  —  For James Frey, success and controversy are a package deal.  —  His 2003 debut book, “A Million Little Pieces,” was named Amazon Book of the Year and has sold eight million copies in more than 30 languages.  When it was revealed that parts of the purported memoir …
Discussion: io9 and The Awl
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Funding Talk Swirls, Tumblr Lands A Director Of Product  —  Earlier today, a Business Insider report indicated that Tumblr has landed a “very big and competitive” new round of funding from Sequoia Capital.  We're still looking into that, and they're not commenting, but here's one thing …
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SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Tumblr Lands “Very Big And Competitive” Round From Sequoia
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Chat Replay: Can You Judge Wired by its Covers (and Coverage) of Women & Tech?  —  In an open letter to Wired this week, reader Cindy Royal criticized the magazine for featuring a cover image of a woman's cleavage for a story about breast tissue regeneration.
Wall Street Journal:
Valuing Facebook's Ads  —  The Site Commands 24% of Online Display Ads, but the Dollars Don't Match  —  Facebook Inc. is attracting more advertising, but marketers are still trying to figure out the value of those ads.  —  New data from comScore Inc. show that in September 24% …
Discussion: MediaPost and SAI
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast to Unveil NBC Universal Reorganization  —  Comcast Corp.'s chief operating office Steve Burke plans to announce a major reorganization of NBC Universal as early as next week, according to people familiar with the matter, bringing in some new talent while expanding the role of several existing executives.
Discussion: Company Town and GigaOM
Ted Koppel / Washington Post:
Olbermann, O'Reilly and the death of real news  —  To witness Keith Olbermann - the most opinionated among MSNBC's left-leaning, Fox-baiting, money-generating hosts - suspended even briefly last week for making financial contributions to Democratic political candidates seemed like a whimsical …
Discussion: Mediaite, Romenesko and TVNewser
Alexis Mainland / City Room:
Young Manhattanite Is a Beacon on the Blog Scene  —  ON THE SCREEN In a list on its home page, the group blog Young Manhattanite offers 13 definitions of itself, including “a random Tumblr page” and “blogging Illuminati.”  Both are accurate, as is this: YM is a cipher of insider chatter.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Boxee's Box Doesn't Matter-And Why It Does  —  I've seen lots of oohing and aahing about the new Boxee Box that rolled out Wednesday.  I haven't played with it yet, but for now I'll assume it's as cool as the gadget press says it is.  —  But let's be clear about what the Boxee Box is, and what it's not:
 
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