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5:05 AM ET, October 14, 2010


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Wall Street Journal:
AOL, Firms Explore an Offer for Yahoo  —  AOL Inc. and several private-equity firms are exploring making an offer to buy Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, devising a bold plan to marry two big Internet brands facing steep challenges.  —  Silver Lake Partners …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu's “Modern Family” Problem  —  Hulu's pitch to viewers: We have all the great network TV shows you want to watch, for free.  The pitch for Hulu Plus: Pay us $9.95 a month and you can watch even more episodes of those same shows.  —  But Hulu Plus can't show subscribers all of the episodes of all the shows in Hulu's catalog.
Revamped Forbes Pushes Advertorials, Social Media, Conflict  —  Earlier this year Kevin Gentzel, the chief revenue officer of Forbes, took a look at what the chief marketing officers in the Forbes CMO Network were doing with their companies.  He realized they were becoming content creators …
Josh Tapper / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Does investing in print help the bottom line?  Discouraging evidence from the San Francisco Chronicle  —  The Globe and Mail is the latest newspaper to double down on print — investing big money in a new, glossy, full-color format aimed at making the value of news-on-paper more clear.
Discussion: Romenesko and The Snitch
Sergio Hernandez / Runnin' Scared:
SHOTS FIRED: Warring NYU Journos Will Destroy Each Other, and Then Themselves  —  NU's student-run blog NYU Local - not owned nor supervised by NYU - dispatched a writer to sit in with the NYU-owned and supervised campus newspaper, Washington Square News, for a series of features on student journalism at the school.
Jeremy / @JeremyLittau:
Chile is a story about journalism's failure  —  Jay Rosen, as usual, beat me to the punch with his thoughts this morning on the Chile mine story.  This is why I tweet more than I blog; sometimes you just say it and fill in the gaps later.  I did a bit of mini-ranting last night, at least.
Alex Weprin /
Comcast, NBCU Tout News, Public Interest Commitments for Proposed Deal in FCC Meeting  —  Comcast and NBC executives met with the FCC last week to tout the unified company's commitment to news and public interest programming once the acquisition of NBC Universal is completed, according to documents obtained by TVNewser.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
A Surge in Ratings as First Miners Appeared  —  More than 10 million people were watching CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as the first of 33 miners was were rescued in Chile Tuesday night, marking the beginning of the end of a two-month ordeal for the men trapped underground.
Steve McClellan / Adweek:
NBC, Google Abort TV Ad-Sales Pact  —  The partnership launched amid much fanfare in 2008  —  NBC Universal and Google have discontinued their ad sales partnership begun in 2008, the companies have confirmed.  The split deprives Google's TV ad sales unit of one of its major alliances …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Yahoo Hires Ex-Talking Points Blogger to Replace John Cook  —  Yahoo may be having trouble retaining top executives, but the company continues to hire high-profile bloggers to crank out original content.  —  On Wednesday, Yahoo is expected to announce the hiring of Zachary Roth …
Discussion: Romenesko and WebNewser
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Digital Natives: More different than you think  —  This column originally was published in Editor & Publisher Magazine and is being reprinted with permission.  To subscribe to the magazine so you can see the full array of industry coverage when it first appears in print, click here.
Discussion: TeleRead
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
White House Meeting for Black Journalists Doesn't Stay Off-The-Record for Long  —  The White House is usually quite good at keeping a muzzle on the media after one of its off-the-record sessions with President Obama and senior members of his administration.  —  But not this week.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics and The Awl
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tribune Exec Lee Abrams Suspended  —  Tribune Co. chief innovation officer Lee Abrams, who was forced to apologize after sending a company-wide email containing racy video, has been suspended from his duties.  Here's the memo:
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Big media wants more piracy busting from Google  —  Filmmaker Ellen Seidler shows how a visit to a site that offers her pirated movie also displays ads via Google.  —  (Credit: Ellen Seidler)  —  When it comes to fighting online piracy, some music and film industry executives think Google could be doing more to help.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WP's Garcia-Ruiz named editor for strategic projects  —  Subject: Staff News: Emilio Garcia-Ruiz will take on a new role as Editor for Strategic Projects  —  We are delighted to announce that Emilio Garcia-Ruiz will take on a new role as Editor for Strategic Projects.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Dude-Centric Video Network Break Media Goes After Hispanic Market With Tu Vez  —  Break Media, a social video and entertainment site for guys, is launching another vertical today: Tu Vez.  Tu Vez is a Hispanic male-focused website that similar to Break's other male-focused video sites features video …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Uh Oh!  What Happened To The New York Times iPad App?  —  If you happened to be cruising the news section of the App Store today, you may have noticed something peculiar — that being, the absence of The New York Times iPad app.  (See screen grab at right)
Discussion: WebNewser
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
Google TV, Apple TV, iPads, a revolution of online video products fueled by Boomer buying power  —  I am a Baby Boomer.  Class of '55, I get AARP magazine, but am still reluctant to ask for the 5 percent discount a local bakery gives “seniors” over 50.  I find myself reaching for my reading glasses …
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Stories hidden in the data, stories in the comments  —  My attention was drawn this week by David Hayward to a visualisation by David McCandless of the tax gap (click on image for larger version).  McCandless does some beautiful stuff, but what was particularly interesting in this graphic …
Mark Brown / Guardian:
Howard Jacobson wins Booker prize  —  • Jacobson's The Finkler Question comes out top in 3-2 vote  —  • Andrew Motion praises ‘clever, complicated, wise’ novel  —  Howard Jacobson's laugh-out-loud exploration of Jewishness, The Finkler Question, last night became …
Discussion: Observer and Omnivoracious
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Current TV Attempts to Reboot  —  Now five-years-old, Current TV has failed to make a dent.  But CEO Mark Rosenthal wants to broaden by doubling-down on investigative programming.  He talks exclusively to Peter Lauria.  —  Early on in War on the Border, a three-part special examining …
Discussion: TVNewser, Romenesko and The Daily Beast
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