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2:53 AM ET, November 19, 2012


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David Carr / New York Times:
At Washington Post, Katharine Weymouth Struggles for Surer Footing  —  At 11:45 a.m. last Tuesday, the editorial staff of The Washington Post was summoned on short notice to an announcement on the fifth floor of its building to hear something they already knew — that Marcus Brauchli …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Four things the Washington Post's new editor can do to avoid disaster  —  Now that the election is over, much of the talk in Washington media circles is likely focused on the other momentous change that has taken place: namely, the appointing of a new editor for the venerable Washington Post.
Allison Deger / Mondoweiss:
Israel targets (and defends attacking) journalists in Gaza  —  Al-Quds TV cameraman Khader al-Zahhar after Israeli air strike on media building, Gaza, 18 November 2012.  (Photo: Ali Hassan/Reuters)  —  Early this morning, just after dawn, the Israeli military targeted two media buildings in the Gaza Strip …
Gaza journalists wounded by Israeli attack on buildings  —  (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft hit two Gaza media buildings on Sunday, wounding eight journalists and drawing concern from press covering the fighting between Palestinian militants and the Jewish state.
Media Decoder:
News Corporation's Bid for a Stake in YES Would Value Channel at $3 Billion  —  News Corporation is on the verge of acquiring up to 49 percent of the YES Network from the Yankees and their partners, according to three people familiar with the negotiations.  The purchase price …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rupert Murdoch sorry for Jewish tweet  —  Rupert Murdoch apologized Sunday for a tweet in which he had singled out the “Jewish-owned press” for providing “anti-Israel” coverage.  —  “'Jewish owned press' have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters,” the media mogul tweeted.
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Automated Bidding Systems Test Old Ways of Selling Ads  —  Publishers and broadcasters have long tried to offer advertisers the right audience for their products.  Want to sell pick-ups to people who like sports?  Buy ads at halftime during a football game.  Selling luggage or airline tickets?
Discussion: @pkafka
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Major Garrett Named CBS News Chief White House Correspondent  —  Major Garrett, who left Fox News Channel two years ago for National Journal, is returning to TV and has been named Chief White House correspondent for CBS News.  The announcement was made just now by Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum: ‘Social watching just sounds like wishful thinking’  —  Somewhere in the past two decades, TV evolved from a wasteland rotting our minds into the premier medium for truly groundbreaking comedy, drama, and storytelling.  Series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer …
BBC begins search for director general  —  Trust chairman, Lord Patten, rules out lengthy process to find successor in wake of George Entwistle's 54 ill-fated days  —  When Lord Patten unveiled George Entwistle as the new man in charge of the BBC in July, he said it was the director general's job …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Spotify's plan for rescuing the music industry: let it fall apart first  —  Spotify, the music-streaming service, just scored a $100 million round of financing.  That values the company at $3 billion—but Daniel Ek, its founder, probably isn't all that hung up on the fact that he's now the head …
Discussion: Pitchfork and TechCrunch
Paul Armstrong / GigaOM:
Media companies better embrace Project Glass because it's going to change everything  —  As consumer hardware goes, few items have had such an instantly polarizing effect as Google's Project Glass, the concept smart glasses (or, to be more precise, augmented reality head-mounted display) …
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