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3:20 AM ET, November 2, 2010

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Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
Washington Post Sponsors Trending Topic on Twitter for Election Day  —  It's a pretty safe bet that the election will be a hot topic on Twitter on Tuesday, and The Washington Post plans to capitalize on users' interest by sponsoring an election-related trending topic.
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Twitter Begins Publishing Ads in Users' Streams  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Starting today, Twitter will drop advertising into individual users' Twitter streams, also known as timelines, according to people familiar with the matter.  Longstanding Twitter advertisers Virgin, Starbucks and Red Bull have bought into this new service.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Editor of Daily Variety Is Pushed Out  —  The editor of Daily Variety has been pushed out after less than a year on the job.  —  Leo Wolinsky, a Los Angeles Times veteran who was hired by Daily Variety last year to help it survive in the rapidly changing Hollywood media market, confirmed that he was let go on Monday.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
CNN's Newest Hire on Replacing Larry King and Beating Fox News  —  Piers Morgan.  Image by thisiscow via Flickr  —  If CNN manages to pull up out of the slump it's been in, it will be in large measure because of what it does at 9 p.m., where British television personality Piers Morgan …
Discussion: MarketWatch, Romenesko and TVNewser
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Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks:
Launch of Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world  —  Back in August I predicted that newspapers in their current form will be irrelevant in Australia in 2022.  That received significant international attention including from The Australian, The Guardian, Editor & Publisher …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Zucker the ‘Good Guy’ Honored and Roasted  —  “Some would say this lunch has a kiss of death about it.”  —  So said the NBC anchor Brian Williams at the Center for Communication's annual Frank Stanton award luncheon Monday in Manhattan, where the outgoing chief executive of NBC Universal, Jeff Zucker, was being honored — and roasted.
Discussion: Speakeasy
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTube Meets Formspring With Video Q&A Site VYou  —  Founded by Steve Spurgat and Chuck Reina, the New York-based and newly launched VYou is a combination of Formspring, YouTube and Twitter ("Formspring + video + crack." is a popular description amongst its beta users).
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Reddit head leaves Conde Nast for Hipmunk  —  Christopher Slowe, a five-year veteran of Reddit who has been in charge of the Conde Nast-owned social news site since the departure of its founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian last year, announced on Monday that he's leaving his post.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
5 Takeaways from the Online News Association Conference  —  Jane McDonnell, executive director of the Online News Association, opened up this year's conference by calling it “the conference where journalism doesn't know it's supposed to be dead.”  That couldn'thave been more true.
Discussion: 2mrw., Knight News Challenge and ONA10
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Donation Clouds Fox News Report  —  The Fox Business Network focused on what it called “The War on Business” all last week, but on Tuesday its coverage was decidedly more focused — with a series of reports about a California ballot initiative that its parent company, the News Corporation, had spent $1.3 million to defeat.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Disney merges television distribution into home entertainment  —  Walt Disney Studios is shaking up its distribution group in a move that brings television sales together with DVDs and digital for the first time.  There will be an unspecified number of layoffs along with the shift as a trio …
Discussion: paidContent
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Breitbart, ABC News spar over his election night role  —  Andrew Breitbart says it will be “quite a statement” if he spends seven hours at an ABC News-Facebook digital town hall event Tuesday and doesn't get to offer his political analysis during the network's election night television broadcast.
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
Winners of Poynter's Entrepreneurial Journalism Prize Announced  —  Two ventures focused on civic affairs — I-News and Localocracy — have been selected as winners of the Poynter Promise Prize, an incubation project in entrepreneurial journalism run by The Poynter Institute and funded by the Ford Foundation.
Discussion: I-News Network
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
So, How Do Networks Decide to Call a Race?  —  During election night,. you can be certain that every network will, at some point or another, call a race for a candidate.  How do they decide when to call it, and who to call it for?  —  That is where Sheldon “Shelly” Gawiser comes in.
Discussion: GalleyCat
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
Life Magazine offers photo archive in a new iPad app  —  Life Magazine is back again, this time as a free iPad app.  —  The app was released to the iTunes store on Saturday and contains material from the magazine's archives as well as current news coverage.
Discussion: New York Observer
Efowler / Wesleyan Media Project:
An Uptick in Negativity: Last Few Weeks Provide Confirmation - 2010 Campaign Most Negative in Recent History  —  Republicans Using Pure Attack Ads More Often; Dem Attack Ads Still More Personal  —  (MIDDLETOWN, CT) - In just the last few weeks a large uptick in negative ads has pushed …
Rosland Gammon / BusinessJournalism.org …:
Former LAT reporter tells how to turn a series into a book  —  In 2006, former Los Angeles Times reporter Judy Pasternak wrote a four-part series detailing the exploitation of rich uranium finds on Navajo lands by the federal government and private mining companies.
Gary Levin / USA Today:
Oprah Winfrey prepares to venture out on her OWN  —  After delays, management shake-ups and a renegotiation of her on-air commitment, Oprah Winfrey is ready for her cable close-up.  —  The Oprah Winfrey Network premieres at noon ET/PT on New Year's Day with a weekend lineup of sneak previews …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Glam Media Set to Overtake AOL: Verticals vs Portals  —  The latest comScore Top 50 Properties (U.S.) statistics make sobering reading for AOL, the former king of the portals in the 90s and early part of this century.  While AOL is the number 5 ranked U.S. web property …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Dutch social network Hyves sold to media group, as European-based networks feel the Facebook heat  —  Leading Dutch social network, Hyves, which for a long time held out against the encroachment of Facebook, is selling the entire company to Dutch media group TMG (Telegraaf Media Groep) for an undisclosed sum.
Discussion: paidContent
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Will WikiLeaks become a trusted source?  —  Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, had a tumultuous youth in Australia and grew into an autodidact with eclectic skills and a deep distrust of hierarchies and governments.  In 2006, as he prepared to launch a digital enterprise devoted …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Google Books Algorithm  —  Google is famous for the brilliance of its algorithm for searching web pages.  While the company looks at dozens of factors in determining which results to display, the heart of the search engine is using links between pages to rank their relevancy.
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
The singularities of Josh Harris  —  Photo by Gillian Reagan.  —  Josh Harris came back to New York in April.  He lives in a warehouse a few blocks from the Williamsburg waterfront.  Frayed wires curl out from between the bricks of the façade and the front door is speckled with graffiti and stickers.
Media Standards Trust:
Foreign news coverage in UK press falls 40% since 1979  —  A new report published by the Media Standards Trust finds that:  — Foreign news coverage across four UK national newspapers has fallen by 40% since 1979 in absolute terms  — International news makes up only 11% of the national newspapers studied compared to 20% in 1979
Drew / Fark.com:
Jon Stewart to Reddit: you don't matter  —  Backstory: Reddit has been pushing support for the Stewart/Colbert rally since its inception, possibly since before its inception.  —  At the Rally For Sanity press conference on Saturday, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Richard Johnson, Digital, Really?  —  What business do Richard Johnson and Jesse Angelo have launching a national iPad newspaper?  —  Richard Johnson, really?  No, seriously, what business do Richard Johnson and Jesse Angelo, two ink-stained print lifers from a newspaper that has famously bled billions …
 
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