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6:10 PM ET, November 2, 2010

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's Official: News Corp.'s Paywalls Are a Bust  —  After months of speculation about the impact of reader paywalls at two News Corp. newspapers in Britain — the Times and the Sunday Times — the media giant finally released some official numbers today, and they don't paint a very pretty picture.
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Laura Oliver / Journalism.co.uk:
News International publishes paywall figures, claims 105,000 online customers  —  Tweet  —  News International has released its first figures for subscriptions to the Times and Sunday Times websites since introducing a paywall to the sites five months ago.
Matt Diaz / Nieman Journalism Lab:
It's election night: Here's what some news orgs (old & new) have planned  —  It's election day in the United States, and with election day comes election day coverage.  With more media players than ever aiming for their own slice of the audience, here are a few highlights of what they've got planned …
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Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
Washington Post Sponsors Election Day Trending Topic on Twitter
Skrentablog:   Anatomy of blekko's press launch
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
ABC News cuts ties with Breitbart on election day  —  Andrew Breitbart will not be a part of ABC News' election coverage on Tuesday night.  That goes for television, online, or any combination of the two.  —  Andrew Morse, executive producer of ABC News Digital, informed Breitbart on Tuesday …
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
O'Donnell receives most coverage of 2010 candidates  —  Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell didn't get too much national media coverage before upsetting the Republican establishment and winning the Delaware primary in September.  But since then, O'Donnell's been all over the news …
Larry Kramer / American Journalism Review:
Navigating the Future  —  While nostalgia may nudge some of us to see the news media's present financial crisis as the chaotic collapse of a once great, solid and rational system, the truth is that the old business models that paid for traditional media were always jury-rigged …
Discussion: C-Scape
Dean Starkman / CJR:
Felix Salmon is the Columbia Journalism Review's New Peterson Fellow  —  Will blog about media coverage of fiscal and economic policy  —  Felix Salmon, the finance blogger for Reuters and a leading voice on financial and economic issues, has been appointed the Columbia Journalism Review's …
Josh Tapper / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Getting lapped by innovation abroad?  Mario Garcia's path to better designed newspapers  —  In seeking out inspiration for its print redesign, Canada's Globe and Mail didn't look south of the border, as one might expect.  Instead, the national daily focused its gaze overseas …
Discussion: Garcia Media
Kevin Fagan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bruce Brugmann: Guardian of influence loved, hated  —  To know Bruce Brugmann's office is to know him.  —  Papers lie heaped against every wall - story printouts, protest posters, data sheets.  Muckraking classics and bound volumes of every San Francisco Bay Guardian from 1966 on are stuffed …
Discussion: Romenesko
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bang!  Publishers Say Giant Web Ads Have “Stopping Power”  —  Bigger really is better!  —  So say Web publishers who have been running supersized, don't-you-dare-look-away-from- me ads for the past year.  —  Even better, the ad sellers insist-they have scientific proof to back up their claim.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
E.W. Scripps: Print Bundling Continues To Pull Down Online Ad Revs  —  Bundling print and online newspaper ad sales together has come to be viewed as problem that publishers need to move away from.  E.W. Scripps (NYSE: SSP) situation over the past year makes that point pretty well.
Discussion: MediaPost
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC Builders: Vicky Spengler prototypes the future of TV  —  The next in our series profiling developer talent at the BBC is Vicky Spengler, lead designer in George Wright's prototyping team at BBC Research & Development.  —  Spengler works with a team of designers, producers and engineers …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
THR's Relaunch Issue Features Vanity Fair-Like Cover  —  The Hollywood Reporter is set to relaunch its print publication as a weekly glossy on Wednesday, and the first issue of the multimillion-dollar overhaul has some of the Janice Min trademarks the trade's new-ish editorial director developed at the helm of Us Weekly.
 
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Phil Rosenthal / Tower Ticker:
Don Meek to head reorganized, rechristened Tribune Digital
Discussion: Romenesko and paidContent
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Gold Mine in Attack Ads on Local TV
Discussion: New York Magazine
Vinny Minchillo / AdAge:
What Internet Election? Why Online Advertising Didn't Matter In 2010
Discussion: MediaPost
Katie Manning / The Georgetown Dish:
Bob Woodward admits to starting a rumor during the Q&A Cafe
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Media Guardian retreats from B2B territory
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
So, How Do Networks Decide to Call a Race?
Discussion: WebNewser and GalleyCat
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Disney merges television distribution into home entertainment [updated]
Discussion: MediaPost, TVWeek.com and paidContent
 Earlier Picks: 
Efowler / Wesleyan Media Project:
An Uptick in Negativity: Last Few Weeks Provide Confirmation …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Zucker the ‘Good Guy’ Honored and Roasted
Discussion: Company Town and Speakeasy
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
Life Magazine offers photo archive in a new iPad app
Discussion: New York Observer
Rosland Gammon / BusinessJournalism.org …:
Former LAT reporter tells how to turn a series into a book
Gary Levin / USA Today:
Oprah Winfrey prepares to venture out on her OWN
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
Winners of Poynter's Entrepreneurial Journalism Prize Announced
Discussion: I-News Network
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Editor of Daily Variety Is Pushed Out