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12:15 PM ET, November 15, 2010

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Save Newsweek.com:
A Defense of Newsweek.com  —  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: “Newsweek.com will cease to exist after the merger …
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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 …
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.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Vicious Infighting at NBC News  —  MSNBC's president vowed to fire Keith Olbermann after he threatened to take his case to other networks.  Howard Kurtz on the civil war that has NBC brass—and his own staff—fuming.  —  Keith Olbermann was having dinner with his manager at an Upper East Side restaurant …
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 (AdAge.com) — Are you ready for News Corp. to help teach your children?  —  Hearst Magazines Chairman Cathie Black got …
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:   The Education of a Murdoch Man
AdAge:
Hitting Pay Dirt on Content Farms Is All About the Traffic  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The Examiner and its better-known competition, Demand Media and Associated Content, are often lumped into a sector called “content farms,” which enlist freelancers to write search-friendly content …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Tim Wu, Author of ‘The Master Switch’  —  Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who came up with the term “net neutrality” in a research paper, has just written a new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires,” published by Knopf.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Let a Zillion Users Blab: Yahoo Debuts “Contributor Network”  —  Yahoo is debuting a new offering for its hundreds of million of users, which takes the Demand Media model and notches up the volume by presumably allowing a thousand flowers to bloom.  —  Or, more to the point, blab.
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast NBC Deal Review Quickens  —  WASHINGTON—As Comcast Corp.'s chief operating officer, Steve Burke, prepares to unveil his new management plan for NBC Universal this week, federal regulators have stepped up their reviews of the cable giant's deal to acquire control of the televison …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Comcast's Top Digital Exec Amy Banse to Open New Silicon Valley Equity Fund for Cable Giant and NBC  —  Amy Banse, currently the president of Comcast Interactive Media, is shifting into a job as head of a new Silicon Valley-based equity fund aimed at making digital investments …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Miller announces GMG reorganisation  —  Guardian Media Group to focus on ‘core business’ - national newspapers and websites  —  Andrew Miller, the new chief executive of Guardian Media Group, is planning an internal reorganisation aimed at aligning the company more closely with its flagship newspapers and websites.
Discussion: The Wire
James Robinson / Guardian:
MailOnline: what is the secret of its success?  —  It's the most popular newspaper website in the UK, with nearly 18 million readers a month, and is second only to the New York Times worldwide  —  He probably doesn't worry about falling house prices or the evils of multiculturalism …
 
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