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11:50 AM ET, November 8, 2010

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David Carr / New York Times:
Olbermann, Impartiality and MSNBC  —  MSNBC, worried that its reputation as a fair broker of the news hung in the balance, sent Keith Olbermann to the woodshed on Friday for an unpaid suspension because he had donated $7,200 to some of the Democratic politicians he had championed on his hit show “Countdown.”
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bad News for Liberals May Be Good News for a Liberal Magazine  —  Other than perhaps the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, there were few places as despondent on election night as the Manhattan offices of The Nation, the 146-year-old journal of fiery leftist opinion.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Romenesko
Wall Street Journal:
AOL Hires Advisers, With Eye on Yahoo  —  AOL Inc. has hired financial advisers to explore various strategic options for the company, one of which includes a possible tie-up with bigger rival Yahoo Inc., people familiar with the matter said.  —  In recent days, AOL's advisers …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Tremor-Scanscout Merger Creates Web Video Ad Player on Par With Hulu's  —  Wave of Consolidation in Space Driven by Advertiser Demands for Reach  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Lots of advertisers want to buy online video — they just don't want to buy it in dribs and drabs from a bunch of different places.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Video Ad Tech Buy: Undertone Snags Jambo Media  —  More consolidation in the video ad business: Ad network Undertone has bought Jambo Media, which runs both its own video ad network and a platform for companies that run their own.  —  I don't have a price for the deal, but from the outside …
Discussion: paidContent
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Huffington Post Adds Divorce Section  —  There are the society pages, the wedding pages, and now the divorce pages.  —  Courtesy of Arianna Huffington and Nora Ephron, two women whose own marriages dissolved in public fashion, The Huffington Post is set to begin on Monday a section devoted exclusively …
Discussion: The Hairpin
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL's Attempt to Spruce Up Its Sites Washes Away Ad Revenue  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's going to get worse before it gets better.  —  That's been CEO Tim Armstrong's message since he took the job of fixing sick patient AOL more than 18 months ago.  Anyone looking for a glimmer of turnaround won't find much in the numbers.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: SB Nation Raises $10.5 Million in Khosla Ventures-Led Series C Round  —  SB Nation, the Washington, D.C.-based sports blog and news start-up, has just completed a $10.5 million Series C round, which is being led by Khosla Ventures, according to sources.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
AOL's Patch Has Hired 600 Journalists in 2010 - Has Big Traffic Night for Midterm Elections  —  NEW YORK — Patch, a network of over 300 local news sites, saw its traffic surge by 300 percent on November 2 as visitors sought local results of the mid-term elections.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee Goes Hunting For Big Bucks  —  Boxee, which makes software that makes it easy to watch Web video on your TV, celebrates a big milestone this week, when the first Boxee-branded hardware starts shipping to consumers.  The startup is celebrating with an event at New York's Irving Plaza.
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Chernin to Start Asia Venture  —  Former News Corp. President to Launch Hong Kong-Based Media Company  —  A venture led by former News Corp. President Peter Chernin is expected Monday to announce the launch of a media start-up in Asia, a move that shows the growing importance of the region and its audiences to American companies.
James Robinson / Guardian:
Vogue gets wired: iPad apps launched for Condé Nast  —  Publisher launches iPad applications for two of its upmarket glossies  —  Last week, two Condé Nast magazines, Vogue and Wired UK, unveiled iPad editions of their December issues, and Nicholas Coleridge …
Kyle Buchanan / New York Magazine:
MTV Back in the Music Business  —  The return of the video.  —  In the new video for LCD Soundsystem's song “Pow Pow,” actress Anna Kendrick struts, flirts, preens, and may be some sort of soul-stealing goddess.  It's the kind of music video you have to watch more than once to really understand …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Card for a Card: AmEx Hires Conan  —  In an effort to tap into the buzz surrounding Conan O'Brien's return to late-night television, American Express Co. has enlisted the comedian as a pitchman.  —  The credit-card company will begin airing a new commercial featuring the funnyman on Monday …
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