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1:40 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 …
Discussion: Gawker and FishbowlNY
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.
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  —  Amid the breakdown of negotiations that would have merged Newsweek with The Daily Beast, the magazine's revolving door continues to spin.  —  As reported last week, staff writer Nick Summers is heading over to The New York Observer …
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 …
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 …
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: AdAge and
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.
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 …
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, Beet.TV and VideoNuze
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 …
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Death outside a DC nightclub: TBD uses Storify to create a breaking news narrative  —  Can social media serve as source material for compelling news narratives?  A number of innovative tools and programs have been developed that have interesting à la carte uses or make for beautiful visuals …
Discussion: The Evolving Newsroom
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fear And Loathing At The Wall Street Journal  —  Ahhhhhhhhhahhhaha!  —  The inmates are now running the asylum.  —  All anyone is talking about today is the series of articles that the Wall Street Journal has written about a “Privacy Breach” at Facebook.
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