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3:05 PM ET, November 4, 2010


 Top News: 
Jessanne Collins / The Awl:
My Summer on the Content Farm  —  Remember that “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy and Ethel take jobs in the chocolate factory and the conveyor belt starts pumping out candy faster than they can pack it in the wrappers so they start stuffing their faces and cleavage with the excess, cowering from the intimidating factory matron?
Nicholas Spangler / CJR:
In Demand  —  I spent eight years at The Miami Herald, mainly writing features, and when the paper laid me off in 2009, I was humiliated and sad.  But people told me getting laid off could be a good thing and I listened to them.  “Invent” and “take charge” and “define” …
Illadore's House o Crack:
Copyright Infringement and Me  —  The tl;dr version of this post: My 2005 Ice Dragon entry, called “A Tale of Two Tarts” was apparently printed without my knowledge or permission in a magazine and I am apparently the victim of copyright infringement.  —  The story:
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
More Content, More Devices  —  Since we kicked off our preview of Hulu Plus, it's been our mission to continually add more devices and content to the Hulu Plus service.  Over the past few weeks, we've added several titles to the Hulu Plus service, including new fall shows like Raising Hope …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Plus Opens Up, Doesn't Go on Sale  —  If you've been waiting to pay $9.99 a month for Hulu Plus, but haven't been able wrangle an invite, your wait is over: The service is now open to the public.  If you've been waiting to pay half that price for the video service …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Guardian Flips iPhone App To Subscription Model, Except In U.S.  —  We had expected The Guardian to move its popular iPhone app, which has a one-off £2.39 ($3.99) download price, to a recurring payment.  —  Now the paper says it is introducing a new app, due in December …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Dish Exec: Hulu Is Destroying the TV Industry  —  Hulu users would wait a lot longer to catch up on their favorite shows, if Dish Network VP of Online Content Development and Strategy Bruce Eisen had his way.  “If I can watch Glee tomorrow morning and I don't have to pay a pay TV service …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Fox News On Christine O'Donnell: We Have ‘No Plans To Hire Her’  —  The midterms are over, and while the GOP regained control of the House, the coronation of the Tea Party movement is still up for debate.  Sure, a number of Tea Party candidates won their races, but perhaps the most visible …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
For Fox News, Most Viewers Ever for a Midterm Election
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Behind The Scenes of CNN's Election Tech: iPads, Magic Walls, Holograms, Twitter
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
Brokaw: 'There's Always a Reason to Turn Over a Rock & Find Out What's Under it  —  It's been six years since Tom Brokaw stepped down as anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” but he's just as committed to journalism as he ever was.  —  When I spoke with him by phone last week …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of Kindle Singles  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  Maybe the newspaper is like the old LP — you know, as in “Long Play.”
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Andrew Breitbart Says ABC ‘Humiliated’ Him, ‘Damaged’ His Brand  —  Under pressure from groups like Media Matters and Color of Change, ABC News first scaled back, and then canceled, Andrew Breitbart's planned participation in its Election Day coverage.
Discussion: Big Journalism
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
“I'm committed to the destruction of the old media guard.”
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Exclusive: News Corp. EVP Rich Battista Exits  —  Exclusive: Rich Battista, a 20-year veteran of the cable and digital business is leaving News Corp., TheWrap has learned.  —  Battista is currently an executive vice president at the media company, but has struggled to find a new role …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
At the Library, Sam Zell on Marriage, Barney Frank and the Tribune Company  —  This morning at the New York Public Library during the Bloomberg Real Estate Briefing, Sam Zell sat for an interview with Bloomberg Television's Betty Liu.  While the Local 46 Union protested Mr. Zell's use …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
New Times Magazine Editor Hugo Lindgren on His Plans: Big Subjects, More T, and the End of ‘The Way We Live Now’  —  In late September, the months-long search for a replacement for Gerry Marzorati as editor of The New York Times Magazine ended in a surprise: Times brass tapped Hugo Lindgren …
Discussion: Gawker and New York Observer
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. Can't Wait For Google's Tablets  —  It's become standard issue for media executives to praise the iPad during public events.  Today Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes added a twist, by taking time to talk up tablets made by people other than Apple.  —  Here are Bewkes's prepared remarks from Time Warner's earnings call this morning:
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Puts Myspace on Double Secret Probation  —  That big Myspace relaunch we read about last week?  That's all fine and good.  —  But the troubled Web property is a...really troubled Web property, its News Corp. parent stressed today.  And it needs to get its act together before it gets kicked off campus.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Driven by Fox News, News Corp. Sees 8% Profit Growth
Discussion: The Wire
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Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
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Brihendr / National Sports Journalism Center:
Daulerio: No regrets over ethical handling of Favre story
Stephen Lowman / Political Bookworm:
With Bush memoir, another embargo is broken
Discussion: News Desk and GalleyCat
Tom Pipes Up Again:
An Open Letter to Ross Watson — On the Future of News Media
Discussion: Guardian
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Texas Tribune Shows Non-Profit Doesn't Mean Non-Growth
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Washington Post hyperlocal launch expected in the 'late spring …
Discussion: Mixed Media and TBD All News
Seth Colter Walls / The Awl:
Russ Feingold At Rest
Mike Madden / City Desk:
Politico Celebrates Politico  —  Around the District last night …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
The New New Andreessen
Erin Ailworth / Boston Globe:
Magazine sues Cambridge start-up
Discussion: Romenesko
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
“Travel + Leisure” Arrives on the iPad
Laura Oliver /
‘Why are we just doing static things?’: …