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1:50 PM ET, November 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
2 Dems claim Arianna Huffington stole website idea  —  Two Democratic consultants are accusing Arianna Huffington and her business partner of stealing their idea for the powerhouse liberal website Huffington Post.  —  Peter Daou and James Boyce charge that Huffington and partner Ken Lerer designed …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New Forbes C.E.O. Mike Perlis weighs in on Lewis D'Vorkin's ‘content continuum’  —  For the first time in nearly a century, the Forbes media empire won't be captained by someone named Forbes.  —  Late Monday, Forbes Media announced that it was tapping Mike Perlis, a publishing industry veteran …
Discussion: Romenesko
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
No founding family running Forbes day-to-day
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Forbes Hires SoftBank's Mike Perlis As President/CEO
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: Do Online Viewers Watch Less TV?  New Poll's Findings Might Surprise You … NEW YORK — Pay TV industry folks have heatedly debated this fall whether consumers are dropping their cable or other TV subscriptions to watch more TV content online.  A new study by Nielsen …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Sanders Tells Regulators to Block Comcast-NBC Deal  —  Comcast is expected to announce a new management lineup for NBC Universal as soon as Wednesday, in anticipation of completing its takeover of the company by the end of the year or early next year.  —  But at least one senator says strongly …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Ben Silverman's Electus Launches Online Morning Show ‘AOL Daybreak’ … NEW YORK - AOL Inc. on Monday launched a new morning video show, called AOL Daybreak, on its home page in partnership with Ben Silverman's multimedia studio Electus.  —  Lindsay Campbell, best known …
Discussion: New York Observer
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New York Times re-structures its web newsroom  —  The New York Times announced a re-organization of its web newsroom today.  —  Web producers will now report directly to their respective desks.  Digital editor Jim Roberts has been named assistant managing editor for news …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Finally Snares Beatles  —  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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Oprah Releases Mag App For The iPad; Ad Placements Are Limited And Premium  —  Oprah's still got her TV show and the upcoming debut of her Discovery TV network next year.  But what she hasn't had is an iPad app dedicated to her Hearst-published monthly, O, The Oprah Magazine—until now.
Ethan Klapper / 10,000 Words:
How they did it: The New York Times' budget interactive  —  The buzz this weekend in the online journalism world was about an interactive created by The New York Times, “Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget.”  The puzzle was an online companion to a story by Times reporter David Leonhardt in Sunday's Week in Review section.
James Robinson / Guardian:
NoW boss: quality press sneers at working class  —  Managing editor Bill Akass claims upmarket papers have snobbish attitude towards readers of ‘tabloid tittle-tattle’  —  A senior News of the World executive last night accused upmarket papers of “sneering at the working class” …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
TechCrunch runs into legal battle following sale to AOL  —  Legal wrangle follows AOL's multi-million-dollar buyout of influential blog network in September  —  The agenda-setting technology blog TechCrunch looks set to take centre stage in a courtroom battle between two of its high-profile founders.
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
Discussion: BoomTown
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 …
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
The blurring line between brands and publishers  —  Brands and publishers have always had a mutually dependent relationship, which has grown much more complex since the days of Mad Men.  Brands want to engage their audience with content, and often look to publishers to help them.
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Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Tina Brown Postpones Her Book on the Clintons
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Slays The “False God Of Objectivity” In Scorching Special Comment
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Kenya's Crowd-Mapping Start-up Ushahidi, Implemented by the BBC …
Scott Rosenberg / MediaBugs Blog:
MediaBugs teams up with NewsTrust's Truthsquad to fix the news
Discussion: NewsTrust
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
NBC Scrambles Jets: ‘30 Rock’ Moves to 10; ‘Event’ On Hold
 Earlier Picks: 
Natalie Sherman / Boston Herald:
Rachel Maddow shrugs off crowd's push for Senate run
Discussion: Romenesko, Poynter Online and Mediaite
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Few see Web, Hollywood like Eric Garland (Q&A)
Discussion: TVB
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Josh Marshall on TPM's first 10 years (and its next 10)
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
USAT chart shows 27 staffers on entertainment beat
Discussion: Gannett Blog and The New Republic
Dan Abrams / Mediaite:
News Veteran Mark Joyella To Join Mediaite as TV Editor
Discussion: Yahoo! News and TVNewser
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
What might Comcast make of Olbermann?
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Comments and free samples: How the Honolulu Civil Beat is trying …

From Techmeme:

Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
GPT-4o mini costs $0.15 per 1M input tokens and $0.60 per 1M output tokens, prices lower than those of Claude 3 Haiku and Gemini 1.5 Flash

Shashank Pathak / Entrackr:
Google cuts the Maps API pricing for Indian devs by ~70% and starts accepting payments in Indian rupee, after Ola unveiled one-year free dev access to Ola Maps

Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says its URL shortener links will stop working after August 25, 2025, after it stopped generating new URLs in March 2019

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