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4:05 PM ET, October 30, 2010


 Top News: 
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Explains The Purpose Of The Rally To Restore Sanity  —  For a few seconds there, it seemed even Jon Stewart wasn't quite sure what the nature of his beast, the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, was.  “What exactly was this?” he asked the crowd.
Discussion: Washington Post
Hunter Walker / New York Observer:
The Perils of Being a Gawker Media Tipster  —  Gawker Media founder Nick Denton built a multimillion media empire with a ruthless brand of no-holds-barred tabloid blogging often aided by a wide network of anonymous, mercenary spies and tipsters.  Lately, though, Gawker Media's record …
Why We Published the Christine O'Donnell Story  —  Yesterday, we published the anonymous account of a young man from Philadelphia who had a naked sleepover with Delaware GOP senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell three years ago.  Some people did not like that!  Here's why we'd do it again.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Updated: AOL Lands Obama, Celebs for Series  —  AOL thinks Web users are ready for appointment TV.  —  The beleaguered portal on Monday (Nov. 1) will roll out three new daily series, which will be scheduled much like traditional TV.  The new shows include You've Got, which will consist …
Discussion: Tubefilter News
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL's Homepage Revamp Aims For TV Network Model
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Faulty Metrics Make for a Media Guessing Game  —  The irony is keenly felt by virtually every media entity, whether it is a tiny web-native outlet or a giant traditional publisher: The Internet, the most easily — and frequently — measured medium in the history of humanity …
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Redbox planning to expand onto the Web next year  —  As more consumers leave DVDs behind for digital downloads, the company that brought movie vending machines to grocery stores nationwide is following the audience.  —  Redbox unveiled Thursday a new digital strategy that by next year …
Joshua Brustein / Media Decoder:
Newsweek Offers iPad App With Subscription Option  —  Newsweek released an iPad application this week that allows readers to buy subscriptions using Apple's in-app purchasing system, seemingly resolving a major frustration that magazine publishers have had with the iPad.
Craig Silverman / MediaShift:
Notable Moments From the 2010 ONA Conference  —  “Welcome to the conference where journalism supposedly doesn't know it's supposed to be dead.”  —  Those were the welcoming words from Online News Association executive director Jane McDonnell as she opened the 2010 Online News Association Conference.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:   AOL's Armstrong answers question, ‘Is Patch evil?’
Larry Kramer / C-Scape:
Why A Daily Beast Move Into Print Could Be Brilliant  —  It may not seem like the most obvious move to make, but the internal discussions IAC is having over extending the Daily Beast into print could lead to a major step forward for the two-year old business that has made it's mark …
Discussion: Brooks in Beta and Romenesko
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Center for Public Integrity's HTML5 product aims to make long-form journalism readable on any device  —  Is it possible to enjoy long-form investigative journalism in a digital age without a fancy tablet?  A 5,000-word piece can be tough to get through on an ad-supported website.
Discussion: and WebNewser
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
With Internet TV, cable wins even if it loses  —  Americans, little by little, are cutting the proverbial cord on cable television.  But that doesn't mean they're breaking up with their cable companies.  —  In addition to controlling most of the paid TV market in the U.S. …
Discussion: New York Post
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