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2:26 AM ET, November 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Yahoo Cranks Up New Content Machine  —  Portal Completes Integration of Associated Content; Hires More Bloggers  —  NEW YORK ( — Yahoo is launching blogs, hiring writers and turning on its own fire hose of freelance content as it attempts to create and scale a low-cost model for media.
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Yahoo to launch network featuring exclusive news  —  Yahoo became one of the Web's most popular news sources by aggregating and featuring other people's journalism.  On Tuesday, it will take its biggest leap yet into the highly competitive business of creating its own news content.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Let a Zillion Users Blab: Yahoo Debuts “Contributor Network”
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
No founding family running Forbes day-to-day  —  Tweet  —  For the first time since B.C. Forbes launched his namesake magazine 93 years ago, there will be no members of the founding family involved in the day-to-day operations of the corporation.  —  The reigning Forbes family scions …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   Forbes Hires SoftBank's Mike Perlis As President/CEO
David Carr / New York Times:
Newsweek Weds Daily Beast?  Good Luck With That  —  Putting together The Daily Beast and Newsweek makes little financial sense, includes not much in the way of editorial synergies — is it The News Beast or The Daily Week? — and marries two properties that have almost nothing in common …
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Tina Brown Postpones Her Book on the Clintons  —  It doesn't look like Tina Brown will have time to finish a long-scheduled book on the Clintons anytime soon.  —  “The Clinton Chronicles”, which was scheduled for publication in 2010, was expected to be a book about the lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their rise to power.
Discussion: New York Observer and Romenesko
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Josh Marshall on TPM's first 10 years (and its next 10)  —  Josh Marshall says he “didn't have much sense going in of what TPM would become” when he started blogging on the Florida presidential recount at Talking Points Memo a decade ago.  Neither did anyone else.
Discussion: Mediaite
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Josh Marshall on Talking Points Memo's growth over the last decade …
Discussion: Romenesko
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
What might Comcast make of Olbermann?  —  Commentary: Parent-to-be may frown on MSNBC's antics  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Now that the hubbub surrounding MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has calmed a bit, I wonder about the long-range implications.  —  The “host with the boast,” as I would call him …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
USAT chart shows 27 staffers on entertainment beat  —  Five cover Congress.  “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time USAT's editorial staffing breakdown has been made public,” writes Gannett Blog founder and former USA Today reporter Jim Hopkins.  Here's the chart.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Sam Zell to Bow Out of Tribune  —  Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell said Monday that he doesn't see himself having an operating role in the media company after it exits bankruptcy.  —  “I think when we're done with the bankruptcy process I will turn it over to whoever the creditors decide they want to run it …
Discussion: LA Observed
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
NBC Scrambles Jets: ‘30 Rock’ Moves to 10; ‘Event’ On Hold  —  NBC announced wholesale changes to its struggling prime-time schedule Monday, highlighted by an all comedy night on Thursdays, which includes a move of the much-awarded “30 Rock” to 10 p.m., followed by the new comedy “Outsourced …
Discussion: AdAge and Broadcasting & Cable
Natalie Sherman / Boston Herald:
Rachel Maddow shrugs off crowd's push for Senate run  —  Could U.S. Sen. Scott Brown's fund-raising fear-mongering become a political reality with a 2012 Senate challenge from MSNBC's top liberal talk diva?  —  “There's a reason people in opinion-driven news flirt with running for office …
Discussion: Romenesko, Poynter Online and Mediaite
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Gets Rights to Beatles Music  —  Steve Jobs is nearing the end of his long and winding pursuit of the Beatles catalog.  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to disclose that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation …
Dan Abrams / Mediaite:
News Veteran Mark Joyella To Join Mediaite as TV Editor  —  I am thrilled to announce that Mark Joyella, a five-time Emmy winning reporter joins Mediaite today as the new TV Editor.  Mark has worked as a reporter and anchor at television stations across the country including Miami and New York …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and TVNewser
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: settles case with Dow Jones & Co.  — paid a “substantial amount” and admitted liability to settle a lawsuit involving the unauthorized republication of news headlines and articles from Dow Jones & Co., the parent of The Wall Street Journal, Barron's and …
Discussion: Romenesko and paidContent
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
Seven Reasons Newspapers Are Not Rebounding Financially  —  This was to be a year of convalescence for newspapers, not a total recovery but a dramatic improvement on the dismal results of 2008 and 2009.  However, with third-quarter earnings in and just seven weeks left in 2010, the industry's vital signs are distinctly mixed.
Scott Rosenberg / MediaBugs Blog:
MediaBugs teams up with NewsTrust's Truthsquad to fix the news  —  Beginning this month we're starting a partnership with two other great organizations that share MediaBugs' vision of how to improve the error-correction process in journalism.  —  For several years now …
Discussion: NewsTrust
Stephen Walker / VentureBeat:
How much is online-media baron Demand Media really worth?  —  With online media company Demand Media likely to price its IPO within a matter of days, I thought it was a good time to analyze how the company is likely to be valued in the public markets.  I have to admit, when I first looked …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Comments and free samples: How the Honolulu Civil Beat is trying to build an audience (and its name)  —  “You're starting from absolute scratch.  That's a big hill to climb.”  —  That's not an excuse, but it is the reality of the news startup that John Temple is describing.
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