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2:10 PM ET, October 17, 2010


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision Customers - And Turns It Back On [UPDATED]  —  UPDATE: That was fast.  People familiar with the situation say that News Corp. is changing tactics and will turn on access to and Fox programming on Hulu for Cablevision's customers.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox Outage in Second Day for Cablevision Subscribers  —  Updated |  The blackout of the Fox network in Cablevision homes is into its second day, with negotiations set to pick up again at noon.  Whether or not viewers will be able to watch the Giants football game on Sunday afternoon is still in the air.
Discussion: Gothamist, New York Times and TVNewser
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former Yahoo and Microsoft Exec Dossett to Demand Media  —  According to sources, Jeff Dossett has taken a job at Demand Media as its SVP of Content Partnership Development.  —  That means Dossett, who has held top online jobs at both Yahoo and Microsoft, will be focused …
Amanda Andrews / Telegraph:
News Corp delays plans for ‘iPad’ news aggregation app  —  News Corporation, the owner of The Times and Sun newspapers, is understood have scaled back its plans for a news aggregation app.  —  The project, in which rival publishers would come together and offer an app on devices such as the iPad …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Borders targets bloggers with new e-book publishing platform  —  Following last week's debut of “Kindle Singles,” a new shorter-form publishing format exclusively for Amazon's Kindle e-reader, book retailer Borders has announced its own blogger-centric e-reader publishing platform called “Borders — Get Published.”
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
Again!  Kutcher sells blog (a different one) to CBS  —  CBS continues to find new comedy ideas on the Internet.  —  The network has just bought a series concept from Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Productions and the Schiff Co. based on the blog and Twitter feed Dear Girls Above Me.
Discussion: /Film, Perez Hilton and PopWatch
Nikki Finke /
ICM Expanding Its Books-To-Film Division  —  EXCLUSIVE: ICM has hired Nick Harris to co-head its books-to-film department in the agency's Los Angeles office.  Harris and Josie Freedman will co-head the department, which also includes veteran agent Ron Bernstein.  Harris is expected to join the agency on November 1st.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mixed Media and The Wire
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Leanback Freshens Up For Google TV's Debut  —  One of the things that Google thinks you'll do with Google TV is watch a lot of Google video, via YouTube.  That's why the search giant introduced a “Leanback” version of the site, designed for couch-bound surfers, over the summer.
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
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Dan Trombetto / Folio:
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Discussion: WebNewser
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Discussion: The Wire
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
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Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
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