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3:45 PM ET, October 19, 2010


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Tribune Board Said Ready to Oust Chief Executive  —  The board of directors of the Tribune Company is expected to ask for the resignation of Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive of the company, on Tuesday, according to a person directly involved in the matter.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tribune's Lee Abrams Defends Himself: “I Will Not Stop Pushing”  —  Apparently Lee Abrams' hasty exit from Tribune Co. did not involve signing a far-reaching non-disclosure agreement, because the former chief innovation officer just sent an extraordinary email defending himself against a number …
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Pooling Resources, Two Newsrooms Merge  —  The nonprofit investigative journalism world continues to expand with the announcement on Tuesday that the Center for Public Integrity will absorb the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism arm of The Huffington Post.
Jeremy Porter / Journalistics:
Top 25 U.S. Newspapers Ranked By Twitter Followers  —  While the Top 50 U.S. newspapers seem to be just starting to build up their fan base on Facebook, Twitter has been a priority for a while.  If you were to rank the Top 25 U.S. newspapers by Twitter followers, the order would be much different …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Welch warns beast  —  Tweet  —  Jack Welch, the former General Electric chairman nicknamed “Neutron Jack,” may have blown up merger talks between Barry Diller's The Daily Beast and Sidney Harman's Newsweek, The Post has learned.  —  Welch was brought in early to advise Diller …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
More Staff Shuffling At Newsweek As Merger Talks Collapse
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ooyala Launches Video Paywall Powered By PayPal  —  Video publishing platform Ooyala is launching a new product today, called Ooyala Paywall.  The feature is exactly what it sounds like.  Ooyala Paywall, which is powered by PayPal, allows publishers to implement a payment system to allow visitors view their videos.
Discussion: Business Wire, VideoNuze and Beet.TV
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Slate Taps Bethany McLean And Annie Lowrey For Business And Economics Coverage  —  There's been a gap in Slate's business and economics coverage since the departure last month of Dan Gross as Moneybox columnist.  But the online news and culture magazine has lured some new talent to fill it.
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
As Fox, Cablevision Play With Fire, the Whole Cable Industry Could Get Burned  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and James Dolan's Cablevision are playing with fire, and the whole cable industry could get burned.  —  The two companies continued to squabble late into the day on Monday about the price …
Discussion: and AdAge
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
No, We Don't Hate WikiLeaks  —  We interrupt our regular coverage to address a rare dispatch from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that crossed the WikiLeaks Twitter feed this morning.  —  In it, Assange slams, and this writer in particular, for what he labels a false report …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Newspaper Paywall Goes Up - And So Do Visitor Numbers  —  The New York Times is getting ready to roll out a “metered model” paywall in January, and plenty of people fret that the paper will see its audience disappear when the (porous) gates go up.  Here's a counter-argument: The Telegram & Gazette.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Reports 2010 Third-Quarter Results  —  The New York Times Company announced today 2010 third-quarter results, which are detailed below.  — Total revenues decreased 2.7 percent in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the third quarter of 2009 as advertising …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The scalability of collaboration: ProPublica partners with five (five!) other outlets for its latest story  —  Today brings the launch of a blockbuster story: A group of investigative journalists, looking into the financial practices of pharmaceutical companies, found that many doctors …
The Independent:
The Independent launches i  —  i, the UK's first quality daily newspaper to launch in almost 25 years, will go on sale nationwide on Tuesday 26 October.  Created by The Independent, i is designed for readers who want a concise, quality daily paper for just 20p.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scribd Rolls Out Apture's In-Page Browsing Feature Across Half Its Library  —  Social publisher Scribd is partnering with Apture to create mini-webpages offering videos, photos and other web info within the site's public and in-store documents.  Essentially, the feature, called Apture Highlights …
Discussion:, CNET News and TechCrunch
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