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12:00 PM ET, November 17, 2012

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo CEO Mayer Cuts End-of-Year “Week of Rest” for Employees, While Prepping Plans to Identify Bottom 20 Percent of Staff  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is now starting to unveil the flip side of free lunches and smartphones, with two employee-focused moves that are a little more tough love in nature.
Dalton Caldwell:
Twitter is pivoting  —  Peter Chernin had this to say during his days as President of News Corp, owners of MySpace, in 2006: … This was the justification and mentality that MySpace employed as they blocked various fast-growing platform partners that they felt impinged in MySpace's core user experience.
Muhammad Lila / ABCNEWS:
Oops!  Taliban Reveal Identities of Their Mailing List Members  —  Somewhere out there, Mullah Omar must be shaking his head.  —  In a Dilbert-esque faux pax, a Taliban spokesperson sent out a routine email last week with one notable difference.He publicly CC'd the names of everyone on his mailing list.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Earth Unplugged: BBC Worldwide launches its first ever original-content YouTube channel  —  Back in October, BBC Worldwide announced two new YouTube channels, including a nature channel, delivering new films from its BBC Earth Productions company.  Well, the first channel is now live.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hey, Tim Ferriss: Book banning isn't a marketing gimmick  —  Huckleberry Finn, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird: Those are among the titles that schools and libraries have most commonly banned over the years.  An Illinois school district banned a book this year because it included a reference to gay families.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferriss Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book  —  Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and a stalemate between Amazon and big retailers, including Barnes & Noble, over the sale of books from the online giant's publishing imprint …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Avid library ebook borrowers claim it doesn't affect their book buying  —  Publishers have grappled with how and whether to make ebooks available to libraries — fearing, in part, that a library ebook checkout means a lost sale.  A new survey from digital library distributor OverDrive …
Michael Wolf / Forbes:
Three Ways Social TV Analytics Is About to Change the TV Business  —  While talk of social TV is not new, the industry is still stuggling to understand what exactly the intersection between social media and the TV business will mean.  —  For consumers, today it's a watercooler conversation …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Apple Now Owns the Page Turn  —  If you want to know just how broken the patent system is, just look at patent D670,713, filed by Apple and approved this week by the United States Patent Office.  —  This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N shuts down the pioneering Fictionwise digital bookstores  —  When Fictionwise launched in 2000, it was a pioneer in a Kindle-less, Nook-less, iPad-less world.  The site sold ebooks in a variety of formats like Palm, Rocket and Microsoft Reader.  It let users download ebooks to their mobile phones — in 2001.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix CEO: Amazon Losing Up to $1 Billion a Year on Streaming Video  —  Reed Hastings says that, one day, Amazon will provide real competition for Netflix.  —  But the Netflix CEO says Jeff Bezos will have to spend a lot of money before that happens: Hastings says Amazon is losing between $500 million …
Jim Romenesko:
Geneva Overholser to step down as USC Annenberg J-School director  —  Geneva Overholser, who has led the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism since 2008, is stepping down in June when her five-year term ends.  A release says: “During the past four years …
Discussion: USC Annenberg School … and CJR
Jay Rosen / Quote and Comment:
Is there anyone with the same power and visibility who flat out makes stuff up like Roger Ailes?  —  I don't think there is.  (See this one, for example.  Or this.)  Here's what he said the other day to TVNewser's Chris Ariens: … As soon as I read that quote, I knew it was wrong.
Discussion: TVNewser
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Did Roger Ailes Consider Joining CNN?
Discussion: Gawker
Reuters:
Tribune Co gets FCC approval, nears bankruptcy exit  —  Tribune Co, the owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and 23 television stations, said on Friday it received a key regulatory approval needed to end its nearly four-year stay in bankruptcy.  —  Tribune said it received approval …
Discussion: Cable Television News
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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