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6:30 PM ET, October 23, 2010


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New York Times:
Tribune Company Ousts Randy Michaels as Chief  —  The Tribune Company's board of directors resolved on Friday what had been its preoccupation for most of the week: sealing the fate of Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive who became a dark sideshow to his bankrupt company's financial struggles.
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
‘South Park’ Apologizes for Lifted Material in ‘Inception’ Parody  —  Updated  —  The creators of “South Park,” the animated Comedy Central series, apologized on Friday to the creators of a Web comedy video satirizing the summer blockbuster “Inception”, following a recent episode of …
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Post's Amazon links in stories raise ethical questions  —  When you're reading a Post review online, click on a highlighted book title and you'll likely be directed to, where you can purchase it instantly.  It's convenient for readers.  But is it costly to credibility?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
There is No New Media: It's All New Consumption  —  “The most ominous of fallacies-the belief that things can be kept static by inaction.”  -Freyda Stark  —  So, now television broadcasters are blocking Google TV from getting access to the content they're putting online.
Discussion: TeleRead and NewTeeVee
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
OpenFile Wants to Re-Invent Local Journalism  —  When OpenFile founder and CEO Wilf Dinnick was still working as a foreign correspondent for CNN in the Middle East, he was summoned to the network's London office where the senior executives showed off iReport, CNN's citizen journalism project.
The Daily Beast:
Barry Diller Talks Newsweek & the Future of The Daily Beast  —  Today's lunch interlude at The Daily Beast Innovator Summit in New Orleans — between this morning's Peter Orszag, Spotify investor and Justin Timberlake doppelganger Sean Parker, and this afternoon's General McChrystal …
Discussion: Fast Company and SAI
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
The Weekend Of WikiLeaks Begins: Embargo Ends And The Torrent Of Classified Info Starts To Seep Out  —  And, with that, the release of 400,000 classified military documents, dubbed The Iraq War Logs, has begun.  WikiLeaks, the organization that previously released 70,000 documents …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL's Eun: Yes, We Still Want The Best Writers, Editors  —  Following reports Friday, including ours, that suggested AOL (NYSE: AOL) is shifting editorial strategies again, David Eun, president of AOL Media and Studios, insists that isn't the case.  The speculation was prompted …
Discussion: The Now/ledge and MediaFile
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NPR's Schiller Says Juan Williams Was Fired Because of Ethics Guidelines  —  The timing might not have been perfect.  But firing Juan Williams was the right decision, the NPR chief executive, Vivian Schiller, said in an interview Friday.  —  NPR found itself under fire on Friday for the decision …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
NBC's got a ratings situation on its hands  —  Every now and then a number leaps out.  —  Friday morning it was the size of NBC's Thursday's night audience.  On a night that NBC owned for decades, the network averaged less than 5 million viewers.  To put it into some context …
Edmund Lee / Capital New York:
My life in the pictures  —  On a cool, stubbornly sunny evening in April 2007 I was standing outside the Loews Theater on 34th Street, a dark suit and a Liberty tie sewn tightly around me, my wife Elizabeth, dressed more confidently in a jewel-toned column.  The movie actor John Cho of Harold …
Andrew Baron / TechCrunch:
The Future Of TV Is HTML  —  The title of this post is both a very old idea and a very new one.  With the prevalence of fiber connectivity and pervasive broadband speeds, this year has been a hot one for bringing together the home computer and the living room TV.
Discussion: MediaPost
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