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8:10 PM ET, November 30, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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
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’
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 …
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
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
Rob Walker / Fast Company:
Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing  —  Happy Mutants: From left, Mark Frauenfelder, David Pescovitz, “band manager” John Battelle, Cory Doctorow, and Xeni Jardin |  It's eccentric.  It's unprofessional.  And it makes money.  How four people who do exactly what they want run …
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.
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
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
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
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Making social gaming scale: Lessons from the Democrat and Chronicle's adoption of alternate reality  —  Just over a year ago, Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle launched an ambitious Alternate Reality Game (ARG) called Picture the Impossible.  The seven-week game was a collaboration with the Lab …
Blake Eskin / New Yorker:
A NEW LOOK FOR NEWYORKER.COM  —  Today unveils some changes to its design.  Our homepage now features a rotating set of lead stories, a prominent feed of recent blog posts, and more images, large and small, to help readers find favorite writers and stories as well as site features that they might not have noticed before.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC Local to aggregate influential local Twitterers  —  NBC's owned-and-operated station sites will soon integrate tweets from the “top 20 Twitterers” in each of its 10 markets.  Called “The 20,” the top Twitterers will be invited to discuss hot topics trending in the city …
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Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
Report an Error Alliance launches, aims to set new standard for news error reporting
Janet Paskin / CJR:
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Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
Marketers, Media Execs See Silos Breaking Down as Ideas Matter More
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
Nothing Is off the Record, Because I'm Not Coming Back
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New York Times Editor Bill Keller on the State of Journalism in the Era of Leaks
Discussion: Washington Post and Romenesko
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
American Media Chapter 11 Financing Approved by Judge
David Glenn / CJR:
The Record Keeper  —  Carol Rosenberg owns the Guantánamo beat
Discussion: Romenesko
Liz Gannes / All Things Digital:
Twitter Gets a Hollywood Guy: Omid Ashtari [NetworkEffect]
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