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9:10 PM ET, October 28, 2010


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Behind Gawker's Christine O'Donnell ‘One-Night Stand’ Story  —  Christine O'Donnell.  Image by Getty Images North America via @daylife  —  Gawker has proven yet again that the journalist's pen is sometimes most effective when it's writing out a check.  —  The Nick Denton-owned gossip site scored …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: Head Dube Joins AOL As SVP-GM AOL News & Info  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) media chief David Eun said he was serious about AOL's journalism.  Following a spate of editorial departures, Eun  —  Update: Dube is on a train to DC for the Online News Association's conference …
Discussion: WebNewser and MediaFile
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast Moves One Executive Out, Another Up  —  Carol Smith, the former Elle brand chief who made waves in the publishing industry this spring when she jumped ship for Condé Nast, is leaving, saying her partnership with the company was not the right fit.
Discussion: Speakeasy, MinOnline and AdAge
My iPad Magazine Stand  —  Because I recently left a job at one of the most prominent publications in the world, people often ask me about my opinions on the cavalcade of publications rushing to the iPad — those apps designed and developed by newspapers and magazines principally to deliver …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Magazine Apps for the iPad: “Bloated and Unfriendly”
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
To Hype ‘Conan’ on TV, Conan Takes to Web  —  Diet Coke to Sponsor Online ‘Triple Simulcast’ of Mr. O'Brien's Warm-Up  —  NEW YORK ( — Before Conan O'Brien takes to TBS to launch his new program on Nov. 8, he'll appear online to hype the new effort, in a brief video feature sponsored by Coca-Cola's Diet Coke.
Discussion: Multichannel and The Wrap
Bill Carter / Vanity Fair:
The Unsocial Network  —  Plunging ratings.  Tense negotiations.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Corsair
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Mike Lang, Post-News Corp., to Be Named Miramax CEO  —  Mike Lang, a leading business-development executive who recently left News Corp. and had a previous life at Disney, is set to be named CEO of the newly purchased Miramax, TheWrap has learned.
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Engagement: Where does revenue fit in the equation?  —  Our post earlier this week about's seven-part equation to measure user engagement has sparked a lively debate in the comments.  The central question: Should a news site's engagement equation factor in revenue?  If so, how?
Hollywood Reporter:
Cablevision Customers File $450 million Class Action Lawsuit  —  The impasse between Cablevision and Fox over retransmission consent was bound to produce a good class action lawsuit.  —  A group of New York customers have filed one in federal court in New York, arguing that the cable company …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
A nonprofit journalism pioneer shifts strategy  —  The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit news organization launched decades before the decline of traditional journalism outlets made such organizations the rage, is planning a strategic overhaul aimed at matching donations with earned income …
Discussion: Romenesko
David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
Shield Law Showdown  —  It's do or die.  That's how media groups describe the state of the long-stalled legislation to create a federal shield law for journalists.  The bill passed the House and has emerged from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  But it is on the verge of suffering a familiar fate: death in the Senate.
Nellie Andreeva /
Showtime ‘Crazy’ For Blog-Based Comedy  —  EXCLUSIVE: Showtime is developing Boycrazy, a half-hour comedy based on Alexi Wasser's provocative blog, with Wasser attached to star and Lynda Obst to executive produce.  Wasser will co-create the potential series with Daisy Gardner …
Discussion: Gawker
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
What's the Boston Globe Worth, Anyway?  Try $120 Million  —  A group of investors, led by entrepreneur Aaron Kushner, wants to buy the Boston Globe.  The New York Times Co. says it's not for sale — but then that's what the Bancroft family said when Rupert Murdoch offered them $5 billion …
Discussion: Romenesko
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
David Karp Explains How Companies Can Win Points With Tumblr Users By Boosting Their Self Esteem  —  Speaking on a New Yorker-sponsored panel on social media at the Bryant Park Grill this morning, Tumblr founder David Karp explained how companies can use his blogging platform to promote themselves.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google shifts TV effort to YouTube  —  (10-27) 21:34 PDT San Francisco — Google Inc. has shifted its Google TV initiative to its YouTube division, The Chronicle has learned.  —  Some industry observers speculated that the move was a response to recent negative reaction …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Deputy Sunday biz editor at NYT leaving for Morgan Stanley  —  New York Times Sunday business editor Timothy O'Brien sent out the following message to the staff: … Kranz joined the Times from BusinessWeek in 2007.  She has an undergraduate degree in European history and French …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
NY Times confident ahead of new era  —  At times over the past two years, the New York Times has seemed to be a bastion under siege.  A gruelling advertising recession, coupled with continued pressure on newspapers from digital alternatives, compelled it to take a $250m loan in January 2009 from Carlos Slim …
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
The Campaign That Put a Book at #1 on Amazon, Beating out Glenn Beck  —  This week, David Malki (who makes his living doing comics on the Internet) and friends self-published an anthology, called Machine of Death.  It was self-published, in part, because traditional publishers didn't like that it didn't have any “names” in it.
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Roy Greenslade / This Is London:
Investigative journalism is still thriving in the internet era
Discussion: Guardian