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7:20 PM ET, October 27, 2010


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
News Corp. Rejects Cablevision Offer  —  Updated With only a few hours before the World Series begins on Fox, Cablevision said Wednesday afternoon that it had put a new offer on the negotiating table to end it's dispute with News Corporation over retransmission fees.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Fans Plot World Series Sweep to Bars, Amid Cablevision Shutout  —  Baseball fan Jon Eisenstein set up a new 55-inch, 3-D television at his house ahead of the World Series opener today.  He can't count on watching the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on it though.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Barry Diller On The Daily Beast: “Breaking Even Is Not On Some Distant Shore”  —  The Daily Beast will have a print component at some point and is getting closer to breaking even, Barry Diller, chairman of the website's parent company, IAC, said on a conference call with analysts Wednesday morning.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
IAC Says It Wants To Launch A Print ‘Companion’ To The Daily Beast  —  IAC's talks to merge The Daily Beast with Newsweek didn't go anywhere, but IAC (NSDQ: IACI) CEO Barry Diller said during the company's earnings call today that his online news magazine still wants to launch some sort of print product.
Discussion: The Next Web
Rick Edmonds / Poynter Online:
Curley: Newspapers Now Provide Only 20 Percent of AP Revenue  —  Revenues from newspapers have fallen by about one-third at the Associated Press since 2008, from $220 million a year to about $140 million in 2010, and now make up just over 20 percent of the organization's total revenue.
Discussion: paidContent
Mark Binelli / Rolling Stone:
Conan O'Brien Comes Clean  —  He has overcome his depression and anger.  Now the comedy genius is ready for one last late-night ride  —  By … In July, shortly after his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour wrapped up, Conan O'Brien began visiting the set of his new talk show …
Nate Freeman / New York Observer:
On Cusp of Expansion, WSJ.  Magazine Brings In New Publisher  —  With its last Tina Gaudoin-helmed issue currently on newsstands, WSJ.  Magazine has brought in Andrew Cenname to become publisher of The Journal's glossy, Dow Jones announced in a statement.  Cenname had previously …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and MediaPost
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Ross Levinsohn To Run Americas Business  —  Yahoo has hired Ross Levinsohn, the former President of Fox Interactive Media, as EVP America's Region, we've confirmed.  AllThingsD first broke the news that he was close to taking the job.  —  Levinsohn will replace Hillary Schneider.
Discussion: BoomTown, SAI and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Comcast Says Its Disappearing Subscribers Aren't Cord Cutters  —  Comcast lost 275,000 cable subscribers last quarter, and has lost 622,000 in the first nine months of 2010.  More evidence of “cord cutting”?  —  Nope, says the cable giant.  It's evidence that the economy sucks.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How to Find the Google Chrome App Store: Wait Till December  —  You probably haven't heard of it, and you're very unlikely to be looking for it.  But if you are wondering when you might see the Chrome app store Google is working on, here's the answer: December.  Probably.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Those Bits Aren't Free: Netflix Could Be Racking Up a $2 Billion Content Tab  —  Investors are cheering on Netflix, as it moves from DVDs to streaming video and keeps adding customers along the way.  But “digital” doesn't equal “cheap” for Reed Hastings's company.
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Lane DeGregory's 10 tips for editors at AASFE 2010  —  Pulitzer Prize winner and St. Petersburg Times reporter Lane DeGregory spoke at the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Conference in Florida earlier this month.  She has made a name for herself as a reporter …
Discussion: St. Petersburg Times
Scott Rosenberg / MediaBugs Blog:
MediaBugs goes national  —  Effective immediately, MediaBugs is expanding its service to handle error reports about media coverage anywhere in the United States.  Previously, we limited our work to the San Francisco Bay Area.  —  Wherever you are in the U.S., and wherever in the country …
Cisco's online video gamble  —  As its traditional networking business slows, Cisco Systems believes it has found a new way to grow.  —  While the rest of Silicon Valley buzzes about Facebook, Twitter, and tablet computers, networking-gear maker Cisco (CSCO) is betting big on Internet video.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The Value of Your Time and How it Impacts the Internet Video vs Traditional TV battle  —  The argument is pervasive.  Kids don't want or need cable.  They have the internet for content.  Why would they pay all that money when they can find most, if not all the entertainment they want and need for free ?
Emma Heald / Editors Weblog:
Guardian's Rusbridger and Die Zeit's Blau on collaborative journalism and how to fund it  —  Zeit Online editor-in-chief Wolfgang Blau and Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger agreed on the importance of collaborative journalism at their papers at a debate in Berlin last week.
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Lawmakers divided over whether NBC-Comcast merger would aid diversity  —  Lawmakers are increasingly divided on whether Comcast's proposed acquisition of NBC Universal would help or harm the amount of diversity in the media.  —  The proposed merger has drawn scrutiny from competing media companies …
Alex Alvarez / FishbowlNY:
Economist Group Unveils Its New Ideas People Channel  —  The Economist Group debuted its new “Ideas People Channel” this morning during a presentation in midtown.  The channel, an online ad network, is launching with nearly thirty publishers highlighted by readers as their favorite destinations for news and information.
Discussion: MediaPost
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
9 Questions: Zell's Clown Car, The New “100,” Tablets & Print Circ & Daughter of Alesia  —  Angry Tribunites take to the streets!  Juan Williams friends and foes face off!  Maybe, it's true what the political pundits say: these are angry times in America and....maybe in the news world.
Discussion: Romenesko
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amex's Ad Agency Asks Us To Remove Post, Threatens Future Business  —  An advertising agency that represents American Express took issue with my post yesterday complaining about my failed efforts to get a simple credit card.  In the post, titled Damnit Amex, Give Me A Credit Card …
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Why Netflix Won  —  Very few digital media upstarts have been able …
Discussion: MediaMemo
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
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