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3:10 PM ET, October 22, 2010


 Top News: 
Alicia Shepard / NPR:
NPR's Firing of Juan Williams Was Poorly Handled  —  Juan Williams once again got himself into trouble with NPR for comments he made at his other job, at Fox News.  And NPR's reaction has unleashed an unprecedented firestorm of criticism directed not at Williams - but at NPR.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Williams Episode Shows 2 Versions of Journalism  —  NPR's decision Wednesday to fire Juan Williams and Fox News Channel's decision to give him a new contract on Thursday put into sharp relief the two versions of journalism that compete every day for Americans' attention.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
In wake of NPR controversy, Fox News gives Juan Williams an expanded role
News Corp ices Alesia digital newsstand plan-source  —  * Alesia did not attract enough publisher partners  —  * Alesia not seen on fast track to launch in U.S.  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (NWSA.O) has put on ice ambitious plans to create a subscription online newsstand …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Rupert Murdoch Admits He Can't Compete With Google  —  News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch has likely never acknowledged (at least not publicly) that he has failed at something, particularly when it involves a market worth billions of dollars, but he appears to have conceded defeat in his attempt to build a competitor to Google News.
Wall Street Journal:
Networks in Rift With Google TV  —  ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why the TV Networks Blocked Google TV (It's About the Ads)
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Some networks blocking shows on Google TV
Jennifer Saba / MediaFile:
AOL loses key editors  —  A OL is losing more key writers and editors, including the head of AOL News.  Mike Nizza the editor in chief of AOL News is decamping for News Corp. World editor James Graff is departing to take the managing editor position at The Week and James Burnett, AOL's enterprise editor, left for Rolling Stone.
Robert Quigley / Old Media, New Tricks:
Newspapers on Twitter, ranked by followers  —  Inspired by this interesting but flawed effort to measure U.S. newspaper Twitter followers, I scoured the Twittersphere to come up with an exhaustive list of Twitter followers for as many U.S. newspapers as I could.  I ended up with 200, but I think I'm the only one exhausted.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Tweet This: The Top 25 Magazines on Twitter
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Our Friends Over At GigaOm Just Raised Another $2.5 Million  —  Om Malik, well-respected journalist and founder of technology news blog network Giga Omni Media and its flagship blog GigaOm, broke the news about us being acquired by AOL about a month ago now.
Discussion: MWD Tech News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Okay, We Got More Money
Discussion: paidContent
Media Week:
Murdoch aims sideswipe at ‘traditional elites’ curbs on News Corp  —  Rupert Murdoch used a speech in London last night to obliquely criticise the UK media industry's opposition to his attempt to secure full control of BSkyB.  —  Rupert Murdoch: aims to secure full control of BSkyB
Discussion: Press Gazette and Arif Durrani
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
R.I.P. Chatroulette: A Sad Tale of Missed Opportunity  —  Remember Chatroulette?  It's hard to believe that barely eight months ago the anonymous video chat site had everyone captivated.  Venture capitalists clamored to invest, journalists tripped over one another to profile—and now Chatroulette is dying, unused and unloved.
Andrew Beaujon / TBD All News:
Tom Shales confirms he's likely to leave Washington Post  —  Tom Shales, the Washington Post's Pulitzer-prize winning television writer, says he's probably going to leave the paper when his contract expires at the end of December.  “It's been a long process,” he says.  —  Shales took the paper's buyout offer in 2006.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Investigation Into MySpace Was Quietly Killed  —  A few days ago the Wall Street Journal published a series of articles about a supposed Facebook privacy breach.  We and others noted that the article was complete rubbish.  —  We also noted that the Wall Street Journal's sister company …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
How US newspapers are coping with abusive commenters  —  What's to be done when readers' online comments tip over from the critical into the abusive?  That problem has been faced by several newspapers in the US.  —  In the latest example, the Portland Press Herald shut down its comments service …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Plans for News Corp.'s iPad Tabloid Taking Shape — Fast!  —  Who launches a newspaper in the year 2010?  Rupert Murdoch, that's who.  The News Corp. chairman's pet project — a national news tabloid, created expressly for tablet computers like the iPad — is moving ahead rapidly …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Combat India Piracy  —  NEW DELHI—Google Inc. plans to launch a music service in India to help users search for legal online streams and downloads, a move aimed at combating rampant digital piracy that has held back the country's entertainment industry.
Scripting News:
New blogging techniques  —  What I call paragraph-level permalinks have made an appearance in Jay Rosen's blog, thanks to the innovative design work of Lauren Rabaino.  —  Nieman Lab calls out the feature.  —  And this got a geek going, Daniel Bachhuber, whose new (today) …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
After Three Issues, Jody Quon Resigns from ‘W’  —  Jody Quon has resigned as creative director and editor Stefano Tonchi's number two at W after three issues.  She was one of the leading voices in the new design of the magazine for its September relaunch.  A spokesperson for the magazine told …
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
AP's “ASCAP for news” — new ecosystem, new revenue streams, new enterprise opportunities  —  In a speech on Monday, Associated Press CEO Tom Curley announced that the AP would soon set up “an independent rights clearinghouse for news publishers to manage the distribution and use of their content beyond their own Web properties.”
Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
TV reporter Lu Parker plays by her own set of rules  —  The KTLA reporter is dating L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, advocating for causes and promoting herself in ways that critics say is a problem for her professional reputation.  Parker says media standards have to change with the times.
Discussion: Gawker, Romenesko and LA Observed
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Creditor Proposal Expected Friday
Discussion: Romenesko
Joe Pompeo / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter Online
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Discussion: Gawker
Emma Hall / AdAge:
Russian Billionaire Will Launch U.K. Newspaper i Next Week
Washington Times Creditors File Bankruptcy Petition on Newspaper Company
Discussion: Bloomberg and Das Krapital
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Books and Video Win on the iPad, and Users Are Buying
Discussion: The Next Web and MediaPost