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2:29 AM ET, November 15, 2010


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A Defense of  —  It's always nice to wake up and find out in the Times that your job is doomed.  As they put it on Saturday morning, quoting the new CEO of the so-called Newsweek Daily Beast Company, Stephen Colvin: “ will cease to exist after the merger …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
New Vision for Old Press  —  For Newsweek, Tina Brown Aims for Right Mix of Serious and Light (on a Budget)  —  Facing a steady bleed of talent and money, Newsweek's merger with the Daily Beast is widely viewed as the best-possible outcome for the weekly magazine.
Ian Burrell / The Independent:   Tina Brown: And for her next trick...
Ron Lieber / New York Times:
Zagat Survey Aims to Regain Its Online Balance  —  BACK in the early '80s, when the Zagat Survey was still just a single sheet of legal-size paper that Nina and Tim Zagat gave to friends and colleagues, they learned that their list of the best restaurants in New York had been reproduced — en masse — inside Citibank.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Steve Coll / CJR:
Reboot  —  An open letter to the FCC about a media policy for the digital age  —  Welcome back to Washington, belatedly.  It was a year ago that the Federal Communications Commission announced your appointment as senior adviser and leader of the Future of Media Project …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
What to Expect as News Corp. Dives Into Business of Education  —  Hiring of Ex-Schools Chancellor Klein Signals Interest in Paid-Content Curriculum  —  NEW YORK ( — Are you ready for News Corp. to help teach your children?  —  Hearst Magazines Chairman Cathie Black got …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
4chan Wages War on Tumblr: Whoever Wins, We All Lose (Updated)  —  At 5pm today the unruly message board 4chan plans to take down the blogging platform Tumblr. 4chan has successfully cowed everyone from Gene Simmons to the Tea Party, but they may have finally met their match.
Felix Salmon:
The NYT's attempt to fix the budget  —  In the wake of his excellent rent-vs-buy calculator, David Leonhardt has helped create another interactive tool, this one called “You Fix the Budget”.  He writes: … It's a good idea in theory, and I even played the game myself …
Discussion: New York Times
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The kids are all right  —  Yesterday, I held a session on privacy and publicness as part of a news literacy event held at Baruch's journalism school, intending to exploit these young people by interviewing them — rather than lecturing them — for my book on publicness and privacy.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Ad Urges Recording News  —  Of all the news commercials on the networks this year, one running this fall for “NBC Nightly News” might be the most unorthodox.  In it, the anchor Brian Williams recommends that people record the 6:30 p.m. newscast if they will not be home in time to watch live.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jay Rosen:
The critic Thomas Frank misled the readers of Harpers about my interview with Demand Media's CEO.  And when I say “misled” I am being polite.  —  In the December issue of Harper's (a magazine I have been published in, though it was years ago) the acerbic and frequently brilliant cultural critic Thomas Frank …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Daily Me is Here Already — It's Called Twitter  —  One of the interesting questions that have been asked on Quora, the question-and-answer site (whose cofounder I interviewed recently) is a question about “personalized news” and why so many startups had tried to solve the problem and failed.
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Why Isn't Netflix on Android?  Not Secure Enough To Suit Hollywood  —  The Netflix streaming app has been available on iPhones and iPads for months, and this month was released for Windows 7.  Why isn't it available for Android?  Netflix says it's because they can't get a secure enough DRM …
Discussion: GigaOM and Business Wire
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