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2:20 PM ET, October 11, 2010

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Ben McGrath / New Yorker:
SEARCH AND DESTROY  —  Nick Denton's blog empire.  —  For years after starting Gawker Media, the online publishing network, in 2002, Nick Denton ran the company out of his apartment, in SoHo.  “He said, ‘If you run it out of your house, then no one expects anything,’ ” …
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Felix Salmon:   Gawker's numbers  —  Ben McGrath's long-awaited New Yorker profile …
New York Times:
After Building an Audience, Twitter Turns to Ads  —  Twitter at last looks serious about making money.  —  In the last two weeks, the company has introduced several advertising plans, courted Madison Avenue at Advertising Week, the annual industry conference, and promoted Dick Costolo …
David Carr / New York Times:
A Vanishing Journalistic Divide  —  If you were going to pick an epicenter for mainstream media, The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz would not be a bad place to land.  With his running scorecard on Beltway journalists, his interviews of other scorekeepers on his “Reliable Sources” show on CNN …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CNN Will Give ‘Parker Spitzer’ Time to Grow  —  Eliot Spitzer's debut on CNN's prime-time lineup has been greeted by tepid viewing and some scathing reviews.  But the network plans to give the former New York governor time to build on signs of early growth, as producers hone the show's tone and format.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CBS Is a Network on a Roll  —  Three weeks into a new television season, the usual carnage is becoming apparent, with new shows collapsing and crises appearing all over network prime-time schedules.  —  Except in one place.  —  At CBS, a network that unashamedly embraces the supposedly dying notion …
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
New Web Code Draws Concern Over Privacy Risks  —  Worries over Internet privacy have spurred lawsuits, conspiracy theories and consumer anxiety as marketers and others invent new ways to track computer users on the Internet.  But the alarmists have not seen anything yet.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Freed Journalist Laura Ling Will Host ‘E! Investigates’  —  Laura Ling, who was detained in North Korea with a colleague from Current TV last year, is restarting her television career at a channel much closer to home — E!, the entertainment channel.  —  Ms. Ling has been hired to host “E! …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
Storify's Burt Herman on the evolution from reporter to entrepreneur  —  By Robert Hernandez: For this week's post, I sat down with Burt Herman (@burtherman), entrepreneurial journalist who is the CEO of Storify and founder of Hacks/Hackers.  —  NOTE: We did the Q & A-style interview …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The oversimplified coverage of ‘tough-talking’ Rahm Emanuel  —  Rahm Emanuel's candidate may have won the presidency, but that didn't dull Emanuel's serrated edge.  —  “He's a guy who stabbed a steak knife into the table at Doe's restaurant after Bill Clinton's election,” his former colleague Paul Begala recalls.
The Wrap:
Arianna's $250K Bus to Jon Stewart Rally a ‘Shock’ at HuffPo HQ  —  Arianna Huffington's surprise gift to Jon Stewart — a convoy of shuttle buses to his “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington — was an even bigger surprise to the folks at the Huffington Post.
Discussion: Romenesko and The Wire
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Strong Personalities Color Talks Between Newsweek, Daily Beast  —  Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast news website are deep in talks over a possible combination and the likelihood of a deal is increasing, though some hurdles remain.  —  The key question hanging over talks is whether …
Discussion: DealBook, Romenesko and Gawker
King Kaufman:
Watching a misquote in real time  —  It's not every day you get to see a media outlet twist around a source's words, but KNTV, the Bay Area's local NBC affiliate just served up a nice little illustration of how easily media distortion happens on a show called “Sports Sunday Prime Time.”
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
About.com Founder Scott Kurnit Launches Huge New Startup Called “AdKeeper”  —  About.com founder Scott Kurnit (one of our investors) has been working on a stealth-company for the past year.  —  Other than saying it's a potentially massive business and that he actually chose between this idea …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Anthony Crupi / Mediaweek:
The Graydon Carter Show?  —  Although they'd be disinclined to cop to it, nothing would make New York media hounds quite so moony as a Graydon Carter-Kurt Andersen reunion tour.  For those who have made a fetish of the duo's print collaboration, lapsing into swooning reverie at the mere mention …
 
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