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6:55 AM ET, October 25, 2010


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Against Odds, Web Site Finds Niche  —  Something odd showed up last week in the mailbox of Choire Sicha, a veteran blogger who lost his job and started a Web site with a few pals two years ago: a paycheck.  —  In September 2008, Mr. Sicha, Alex Balk and David Cho all found themselves laid off from Radar …
Discussion: The Hairpin
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
NPR News Analyst: How Juan Williams Got Fired  —  “The term ‘analysis,’ as NPR is using it here, means something so obscure, tendentious and peculiar to the culture of professional journalism that the vacuous and tautological statements I've quoted are probably the network's better option.”
Farai Chideya / The Huffington Post:
What Everyone Is Missing About NPR's WilliamsGate  —  “juan, gettin ugly.  wonder if it will result in him severing ties, or mutual”  —  That was my note at the top of an email I sent back in September of 2007 to a colleague at NPR.  In full disclosure, I am a former employee of NPR …
Discussion: WBUR and NPR and Media Decoder
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Candidates Running Against, and With, Cable News  —  When Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive of the News Corporation, donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association this summer, he may have given an even bigger gift to its opponents.  —  The Democratic Governors Association …
New York Post:
Staff at ABC News' DC bureau is icy to ‘cold’ Christiane Amanpour  —  Tweet  —  The knives are out for Christiane Amanpour at ABC News' DC bureau.  Since the ex-CNN war correspondent began anchoring “This Week” in August, she's upset some co-workers by being a “distant outsider,” sources said.
Discussion: Gawker, TVNewser and Chickaboomer
Markcuban / blog maverick:
How Google TV Could Hand Netflix the entire streaming universe  —  I personally can't think of anything stupider for the big broadcast networks to do than give their shows to Google for free.  Why ?  Because they are finally getting BILLIONS of dollars in retransmission fees from their distributors.
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
Newsboy  —  Looking for one last turn in the spotlight, 92 year old Sidney Harman paid his dollar for Newsweek.  And Tina Brown was all set to dance.  So why did it fall apart?  —  Tina Brown has always had a thing for older men—years ago, she'd married one.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Will Instapaper and other “read it later” services change the way online content is written?  [TNW Media]  —  Perhaps it's the iPad or the large screens on smartphones.  Maybe it's the increasing attractiveness of reasonably-priced ebook readers.  It could just be that the constant river …
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Internet TV and The Death of Cable TV, really  —  Yes, you heard this before.  The Death of Cable TV.  Yet, it hasn't happened.  But now, so many disruptions are happening in the video space, cable tv is really stepping towards the cliff.  Don't expect the cable industry to just give up.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Self-Publisher Comes to SoHo  —  To make a book using an online publishing service, you create the design, add text or images, pay the fee, and in a few days or a week, the finished product is delivered to your door.  —  But there is the nagging question: Will it look homemade?
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Expanding Into New Territories  —  In defining business strategies for modern medias such as online newspapers, the most difficult part is finding the right combination of revenue streams.  Advertising, pay-per-view, flat fee... All are part of the new spectrum media companies now have to deal with.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
PBS Making Digital Push With New Website, iPad Application … PBS is beta-launching Monday a new website at, which will offer local content from member stations alongside national content and offer auto-localization features.  —  The public broadcaster also is launching PBS for iPad …
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