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6:35 PM ET, November 30, 2010


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Richard Branson's iPad App: $2.99, Instructions Included.  You'll Need Them.  —  Richard Branson will hold a press conference in New York this morning to show off “Project,” his new iPad magazine app.  But since it's already live in Apple's iTunes store, there's really no need to wait.
Nick Rizzo / Capital New York:
Richard Branson unveils Jeff Bridges, cars, and fiddly things for Ipad  —  Virgin Group emperor Sir Richard Branson debuts his Ipad-exclusive magazine tomorrow.  What will it look like?  —  Well for starters, the “cover” (or is this called a homepage? or homescreen?) is about Jeff Bridges' coming Tron.
Discussion: Gawker, SlashGear and Yahoo! News
Chris / Project Magazine:
The beginning
Discussion: SlashGear
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Video: Virgin's iPad Mag ‘Project’ Gets Animated, Coming Tuesday
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Gawker's Sales Boss Chris Batty Leaving After Serious Disagreement With Nick Denton About Strategy  —  More news out of Gawker today.  Sales boss Chris Batty is leaving to start his own venture, and he's bringing fellow salesman Michael Casco with him.  —  In an email to staff explaining the move …
Discussion: Romenesko, WebNewser and Runnin' Scared
Nick Denton / Lifehacker:
Why Gawker is moving beyond the blog  —  The 2011 template represents the most significant change in the Gawker model since the launch of Gizmodo and Gawker in 2002.  One could go further: it represents an evolution of the very blog form that has transformed online media over the last eight years.
Jarvis Coffin / The Huffington Post:
The Golden Age of Content  —  Suddenly, someone - that being Ad Age columnist and ad seer, Bob Garfield - is referring to the possibility that the world is entering a Golden Age of Content.  This is something of a revelation after years of worrying instead that content was being destroyed by …
Bob Garfield / AdAge:   Why We Will All Live in ‘Curation Nation’
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
A Matter of Interpretation  —  Why an analytic approach is crucial for mainstream news outlets.  —  Rem Rieder ( is AJR's editor and senior vice president.  —  When top New York Times economics writer Peter Goodman bailed in September to join The Huffington Post …
Discussion: Romenesko
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CBS News overhauls its morning show  —  NEW YORK - CBS News is completely overhauling “The Early Show” broadcast team.  —  Co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez are out, along with weather forecaster Dave Price.  The news of the shuffle came Tuesday from a person with knowledge …
Bill Oakley / Splitsider:
How We Wrote Classic Simpsons Episodes  —  Bill Oakley was a writer at The Simpsons from seasons 4-6 and an executive producer/showrunner with his writing partner Josh Weinstein from seasons 7-8.  I talked to him at length about his experiences in that famous writer's room.
Discussion: The Awl, New York Magazine and Soup
John Koblin / WWD:
Memo Pad: Not an Apple of Its Eye  —  Readers trying to access the latest issue of The New Yorker on the iPad were running into a bit of a problem until early this afternoon: There was no issue available.  —  The magazine's Dec. 6 issue wasn't available on the iPad for more than 36 hours …
Discussion: The Awl
Fast Company:
Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing  —  It's eccentric.  It's unprofessional.  And it makes money.  How four people who do exactly what they want run one of the most popular blogs on the planet.  —  Back in 1999, Mark Frauenfelder wrote an article about new web tools …
Financial Times:
Telegraph plans to charge for online content  —  Newspaper group is drawing up plans to charge for internet content next year, joining the likes of News International and the Financial Times that already charge for content
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
New York Post:
Google TV in trouble 1 month in  —  Tweet  —  Google TV — the first great effort to combine the Internet with television — is in trouble only a month after it was launched.  —  Makers of the new Google TV hardware slashed the prices for the new device by 25 percent over the weekend.
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
More Than Just Google TV At Stake For Sony
Discussion: The Wrap and MediaPost
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
Judge in Tribune Co. bankruptcy being pushed to his limits  —  Complexity of overseeing four restructuring plans creates what one participant calls ‘four-ring circus’  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — The judge in Tribune Co.'s nearly 2-year-old bankruptcy case struggled openly at a key hearing Monday …
Discussion: Romenesko and
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Next Issue Media's Digital Newsstand Is Ready To Start Charging  —  It looks like Next Issue Media, the newspaper and magazine publishing JV, is finally ready to open its digital newsstand for business.  The company says it has hired Vindicia to set up its CashBox billing service …
Discussion: WebNewser
Jenna Sauers / Jezebel:
What Vogue Actually Pays Its Models  —  It's not much!  Filings made in association with a $3.75 million lawsuit include the earnings statement of one of the plaintiffs, the Polish supermodel Anna Jagodzinska.  That ledger tallies gigs for American Vogue, Vogue Paris, and an H&M campaign.
Discussion: AgencySpy
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Financial Times iPad app scores success  —  Paper increasing its digital-only subscription base at a rate of about 500 a week, with strong growth in US  —  John Ridding, chief executive of the Financial Times, said that the iPad edition of the pink, specialist newspaper had been downloaded 430,000 times since its launch in April.
Discussion: Poynter Online
Nothing Is off the Record, Because I'm Not Coming Back  —  After 26 years writing Harper's Notebook, Lewis Lapham is packing up his pencil.  CHRISTOPHER R. GRAHAM talks with him about history, essays, and flocks of modern journalists.  —  Most interviews with Lewis Lapham employ …
Liz Gannes / All Things Digital:
Twitter Gets a Hollywood Guy: Omid Ashtari [NetworkEffect]  —  Twitter has hired its first official liaison to the stars: Creative Artists Agency veteran Omid Ashtari.  His first day at the microblogging service was today.  —  Ashtari told me he is “going to be Twitter's L.A. person” …
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Janet Paskin / CJR:
Serious Fun With Numbers
Blake Eskin / New Yorker:
A NEW LOOK FOR NEWYORKER.COM  —  Today unveils some changes to its design.
Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
Marketers, Media Execs See Silos Breaking Down as Ideas Matter More
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Making social gaming scale: Lessons from the Democrat and Chronicle's …
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Check Out The New Easter Egg On The New York Times Site
Discussion: New York Times and Snarkmarket
Victoria Howley / Reuters:
Asset price rises promise more media M&A
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s InStyle Sets Up Shop at StyleFind
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
Amazon charges Kindle users for free Project Gutenberg e-books
Discussion: TeleRead
 Earlier Picks:
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American Media Chapter 11 Financing Approved by Judge
David Glenn / CJR:
The Record Keeper  —  Carol Rosenberg owns the Guantánamo beat
Discussion: Romenesko
James M. Naughton /
A Death Notice for Obituaries?
New York Post:
Zucker at Piers end
Discussion: WinRumors
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Remembering the Web Before Advertising
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Disney TV chief says talking with Google
Discussion: CNET News and Free Press

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