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3:34 AM ET, November 23, 2010


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Rupert Murdoch — Still at War With the Internet  —  If News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch and the Internet were friends on Facebook, their relationship status would say “it's complicated.”  While the billionaire media mogul no doubt realizes that the Internet has huge potential as a medium …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Legal Challenge to Murdoch's iPad Tabloid Brewing  —  Why does Rupert Murdoch keep picking names for his new tablet-based newspaper/publication/whatever that other people don't want him to have?  First it was The Daily Planet, until DC Comics, which owns the right to that name, had its say.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
News Corp's Upcoming iPad App ‘The Daily’ to Pioneer New Recurring Subscription Billing  —  So the cat — or at least part of the cat — is out of the bag on Apple's upcoming support for recurring subscription billing for content.  Edward Helmore, reporting for The Guardian yesterday:
Electronista:   Apple, News Corp seen launchng Daily, iTunes subs on Dec. 9
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
The Daily for iPad is On Its Way  —  Rupert Murdoch skips the web …
Discussion: Lifehacker, J-Source and Gannett Blog
The Daily Northwestern:
Medill faculty approve school's name change  —  Medill faculty members voted earlier this month in favor of changing the name of the Medill School of Journalism to “The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing,” professors confirmed last week.
Ellen McGirt / Fast Company:
I Want My Twitter TV!  —  Blue Magic: From left, Robin Sloan, Chloe Sladden, and Ross Hoffman mash up anthropology and fun to make Twitter TV.  Photograph by Jill Greenberg  —  Why everyone — CNN, MTV, Conan, and even Google — is tweeting about the future of interactive entertainment.
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here's the Netflix Streaming-Only Service You Asked For-And a Price Hike, Too  —  Okay, Netflix subscribers who clamored for a Web-only version of the video service.  You get what you wanted.  —  Everyone else?  You get a bigger monthly bill.  —  As I predicted last week …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix's secret sauce for acquiring content
Discussion: New York Post and Seeking Alpha
Ben Crair / The Daily Beast:
Twitter Killed Media Criticism  —  Twitter's 140-character blasts aren't bringing down the newspapers.  They're just turning journalists into sniggering cheap-shot artists.  —  Ever since reporters started using Twitter, an old guard of newspaper hands has complained that the micro-blogging site …
Tyler Cunningham /
Comedy Central, MTV, Nick, and other Viacom properties blocked on Google TV  —  Are we beginning to see a pattern yet?  Just when we thought (or at least we were hoping) that Fox was going to be the last major network to block Google TV, Viacom has arrived just in time to rain on our parade.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Attention versus distraction?  What that big NY Times story leaves out  —  Yesterday's Sunday Times devoted the lead slot of its front page to a long examination of the effects of the web on the attention spans of teenagers.  In the tradition (yes, it is now a tradition) of Nick Carr …
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
With its new food blog, WordPress gets into the content-curation game  —  This month, the company associated with one of the world's most popular blogging platforms took its first, quiet step into the realm of for-profit content aggregation.  FoodPress, a human-curated recipe blog …
Jennifer Saba / MediaFile:
New York Times introduces film club  —  Nothing else seems to have helped newspapers reflect the stronger economic recovery of the rest of media.  Old films can't hurt.  —  The New York Times forged another path to the club-based membership service — a trend that has grown in popularity among newspapers.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Internet TV Network Revision3 Wants You To Lean Back And Watch ... On Your TV  —  Internet TV network Revision3 is today formally debuting a new TV-optimized website and bringing its full catalog of online content to multiple platforms including Google TV, Yahoo! Connected TV, Windows Media Center, AppleTV, Boxee and Roku.
Discussion: PR Newswire, GigaOM, MediaPost and WebNewser
Ross Kenneth Urken / The Huffington Post:
Pete Hamill: One Day, Web Journalists Will Get Real Money  —  Last week stalwart New York journalist Pete Hamill won the prestigious Louis Auchincloss Prize, presented by the Museum of the City of New York.  Today he answered our questions pertaining to the writing life and this fair city.
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
YouTube Readies New Ad Units That Users Can Skip  —  New Units Will Give Consumer's Choice — Even if That Choice Is to Opt Out  —  SAN FRANCISCO ( — Whether it's walking out of the room, fast-forwarding on a DVR or paying for premium cable, consumers are used to having choice with ads on TV.
Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals:
Teen Vogue launches Fashion Click  —  Today Conde Nast launched Teen Vogue's Fashion Click, a user-generated, street-style fashion platform allowing influential style bloggers to contribute their personal looks to the site.  Conde Nast, famous for its frosty chic attitude, appears to be getting a bit more democratic in the digital age.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Guardian
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Vogue tops list of 2010 ad-page gains  —  Media Industry Newsletter, a publishing trade organ, brings some good news for magazine publishers just in time for the holidays.  —  The industry tracker's latest data shows that 99 of the roughly 150 monthly magazines it monitors are finishing …
Discussion: MinOnline and New York Magazine
Magda Abu-Fadil / The Huffington Post:
The 2010 Newsroom: Lean and Techy  —  Newsrooms should be converged, integrated, flexible, lean and techy, to survive in today's fast-changing media landscape, but news organizations should still focus on good story telling.  —  The mantra is repeated throughout “Trends in Newsrooms 2010 …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Bloomberg Announcement: Keep Calm and Carry On  —  I have signed an agreement, announced today, to partner with Bloomberg across all of its platforms.  —  Let's get specific: What does this mean?  For starters, I'll do a regular Bloomberg opinion column alongside people like Michael Lewis and others …
Discussion: TVNewser
Online News Association elects new board members for 2011  —  Members of the Online News Association (ONA), the world's largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected three new members to its Board of Directors and reelected five incumbents to two-year terms.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WSJ announces Washington bureau changes  —  To: WSJ All News Staff; Newswires_USERS  —  We are making a fundamental change to the structure of our Washington Bureaus.  After three years as Bureau Chief, John Bussey will move to New York to write a weekly column (and more) …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For NBC Sale, Tensions Rise in Washington  —  Comcast is still in negotiations with the government over its proposed takeover of NBC Universal, but that did not stop the cable company from announcing a new management slate for the entertainment giant last week.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Comcast's Plans for Executives Offer Clues to Future of NBC
Discussion: MediaPost
James Robinson / Guardian:
British newspapers ‘too dependent on ads’  —  Book edited by Oxford University academics also claims there is no automatic correlation between internet use and newspaper profitability  —  British newspapers are too dependent on advertising according to a new book edited by academics at Oxford University.
James Robinson / paidContent:UK:   Oxford Academics: Web Not To Blame For Newspapers' Slide
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Sloane Crosley Will Write Weekly Column at The Independent
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Kevin / Strange Attractor:
Journalism: What added value will add revenue?
Discussion: Howard Owens and ABC News
The Daily Northwestern:
Updated: Former Innocence Project students call for Northwestern to fight
Discussion: Media Decoder
Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals:
Green Website finds sustainable model in creating custom ads
Discussion: AdAge
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
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Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Discussion: New York Observer
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Halfdan Hussey / The Wrap:
Silicon Valley and Hollywood: Strange Bedfellows
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
An Old Industry Name Signals a Shift Into a New Era
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Old Media Decides Digital Still Needs a ‘Chief’
Discussion: Romenesko and Free Press