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2:00 PM ET, October 16, 2010


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Fox Stations Go Dark as Dispute With Cablevision Escalates  —  Updated  —  Executives at Cablevision and News Corporation are scheduled to meet at noon Saturday to resume negotiations in a spat that has left Cablevision subscribers without access to Fox network programming.
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Breaking Business:
Lee Abrams resigns from Tribune Co.  —  Lee Abrams.  (Handout)  —  Tribune Co. Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams, who began the work week by sending a companywide e-mail that contained content deemed inappropriate, resigned Friday.  —  The e-mail, the latest in a weekly series …
Dennis Romero / The Informer:
Marcia Parker, AOL Patch's West Coast Honcho, Says The News Site Will Address L.A.'s Diversity By Using Google Translate  —  ​In the last few months AOL's “hyper-local” news sites called Patch have been hard to ignore.  Not only have they moved into some of Los Angeles County's …
Discussion: LA Observed and LAist
Dikenta Dike / Forbes:
Gawker COO: Our Journalism Is Like Stir-Fry  —  The past few weeks have seen two major New York City magazines publishing long-form feature articles on Gawker Media founder Nick Denton - provocateur, raconteur, lover of bicycles and the choice table at SoHo's bistro Balthazar.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Gannett's Digital Revs Continue To Surge, As Print Declines Recede  —  Digital revenues in Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing unit, which houses the company's 80 local papers, were up 10.2 percent in the quarter due to gains in virtually all ad categories.  Meanwhile, flagship USA Today's …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
e5 Global Media Is Now Prometheus Global Media  —  It's been 10 months since a consortium of investors formed e5 Global Media and bought Nielsen's eight media-entertainment b2b brands—including The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Mediaweek and others—and now is the time for a change.
Discussion: Folio, The Wrap and FishbowlNY
Alex Weprin /
Dennis Kneale to Join Fox Business Network  —  It looks like another CNBC reporter is leaving to join Fox Business Network.  —  TVNewser hears that Dennis Kneale is expected to join Fox Business in an on-air role covering media and advertising.  —  We have calls out to Fox Business, and will update when we hear back.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Actor-writer McCarthy named Travel Journalist of the Year  —  Former “Brat Pack” actor Andrew McCarthy (left) took the top individual honors as 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition for his articles in National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appétit, Islands, Afar and other magazines.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
This Is Not a Blog Post … Like This Story … - What's Scarier, an Italian Mob Boss or an Armenian Vor?  - Facebook Billionaire Peter Thiel's Appalling Plan To Pay Students To Quit College - Colorado Senate Candidates Try Desperately To Appear as Angry as Voters …
Dan Trombetto / Folio:
Would These Editors Hire You?  —  Three top editors chime in about what skill sets they're looking for today.  —  “An editor's role will never be what it was just five years ago.”  —  That's a line from a June 2009 FOLIO: story on publishers developing the edit staff that will define the company's future.
Reporting Recipe: Using Amazon's Mechanical Turk for Data Projects  —  Of all of journalism's recent evolutions, data-driven reporting is one of the most celebrated.  But as much as we should toast data's powers, we must acknowledge its cost: Assembling even a small dataset can require hours of tedious work …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Index, Union Square Like SoundCloud's Web-Based Tune  —  Here's another bet on Web-based music: SoundCloud, a start-up that makes it easy to share streaming music, is about to land a funding round from high-profile investors.  —  Sources tell me that Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures are leading a …
Discussion: MediaPost
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Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
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