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10:30 AM ET, December 1, 2010


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Wall Street Journal:
Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture  —  Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book retailing venture, Google Editions, a move that could shake up the way digital books are sold.  —  The long-delayed venture—Google executives had said they hoped to launch this summer …
New York Times looks to WeightWatchers for Internet tips  —  (Reuters) - New York Times Co is completing plans to charge readers for online news after spending a year studying websites such as Consumer Reports and WeightWatchers.  —  The New York Times, which in 2007 abandoned its first big effort …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Behind CBS' Morning Show Shakeup  —  Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez got axed from the Early Show Tuesday.  Howard Kurtz talks to Smith and CBS News President Sean McManus about the perennial challenges of the low-rated show.  —  Harry Smith is sounding remarkably upbeat for a man who just got pushed out of his job.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chairman Outlines Broadband Framework  —  WASHINGTON — Thwarted by the courts, by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and by some of his fellow commissioners, the Federal Communications Commission chairman will try again on Wednesday to devise a new strategy for regulating broadband Internet service providers.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Cuts Off AppNexus, and the Ad Tech World Shudders  —  AppNexus, a high-flying ad technology start-up, just had a bad few days.  The next few weeks could be rough, too.  —  That's because over the weekend, Google suspended the company's access to the ad giant's “real time” ad exchange.
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
The Great Murdoch iPad Debate  —  The Daily is the most exciting news media start-up of the millennium! … On the sleek iPad, it is indescribably magical to touch the news.  —  Apple is a fascist censor with onerous terms.  —  News Corp. is paying journalists, and paying them well!
Discussion: The Awl
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Print Still Reigns, but More Retailers Turn to TV, Online Ads for Holidays  —  BDO Survey: Flat Holiday Budgets Mean a Little Less for Print as Marketers Spread Resources  —  NEW YORK ( — Faced with flat budgets, marketers are experimenting with new media mixes this holiday season.
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 …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Newspaper execs expect digital ad dollars to grow significantly in 2011  —  Kubas Consultants' annual ad outlook report notes that in the past, newspapers executives and managers have tended to be over-optimistic in their digital category projections.  Employment and auto classifieds …
Alexander Chee / The Morning News:
I, Reader  —  You are what you read.  For some people, that means 22 boxes of books.  Facing a storage crisis of bibliolatry proportions, ALEXANDER CHEE surveys e-readers and a life spent reading.  —  When I recently moved to New York to live with my partner, Dustin …
Discussion: TeleRead
Nellie Andreeva /
‘The Walking Dead’ Lets Go Of Writers; Considers No Writing Staff For Season 2  —  EXCLUSIVE: I hear The Walking Dead writer/ executive producer/ director Frank Darabont has let go of the writers on the hot freshman AMC series, which has already renewed for a second season.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
The WikiLeaks Cables: Small Revelations That May Cause a Big Idea to Take Hold  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Let's start with what the U.S. embassy cables released by WikiLeaks this weekend are not.  —  They are not, as Hillary Clinton claimed, “an attack on America's foreign policy interests” that have endangered “innocent people.”
Discussion: Salon, WL Central and Slate
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Why the Kindle Is Losing Me  —  I really loved my Kindle when I first got it.  I love writing books, and I'm for anything that helps people consume and purchase more of them- I don't care if I make a fraction of the royalties off electronic sales.  —  I was especially struck by how much I wished I'd had a Kindle in college.
Discussion: Guardian and TeleRead
Wall Street Journal:
Web-Traffic Tension Rises  —  U.S. regulators are looking into a dispute between two large companies that shuttle traffic around the Internet, a business invisible to most consumers but increasingly fraught with tension.  —  The issue gets to the heart of a longstanding argument: Who should pay for the Internet?
Mark Briggs / Poynter:
What journalists need to know about starting a nonprofit business  —  There is a misconception among many would-be entrepreneurs, especially in journalism, that starting a nonprofit business will mean relief from the pressure of making money.  Not so.  Any business, whether nonprofit or not, must bring money in to survive.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Call It the Year of the Mobile Traveler  —  Travel-Related Searches Dominate All Other Sectors in 2010  —  NEW YORK ( — Whether 2010 finally shapes up to be the year for mobile, it already has a huge head start in one sector: travel.  As a result, marketers with apps are raking in profits.
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Online advertising in strange places  —  A number of creative online display ad formats have surfaced to shake consumers out of our banner-induced slumbers.  In fact, a new study published this week by AdweekMedia/Harris reconfirms that banner ads are the Internet ads most likely to be ignored.
Discussion: Adweek and MediaPost
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: Poynter
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Data analysis and the furture of journalism  —  Sunday's column on numerical errors in Post stories also noted that proficiency with numbers will increasingly be important for journalists.  It said that, “in the digital age, with a growing amount of raw data available online from the government …
Discussion: Poynter
Madhu Rajaraman / American Journalism Review:
Beltway Buzz(bee)  —  Sally Buzbee brings her global savvy to Washington as the AP's bureau chief.  Posted: Tue, Nov. 30 2010  —  Madhu Rajaraman ( is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  Los Angeles.  Topeka.  San Diego.  Saudi Arabia.  Tunisia.  Egypt.  Iraq.  Iran.
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: New York Magazine
Stephen Moss / Guardian:
Joris Luyendijk: ‘The old model of journalism is broken’  —  How can journalism meet the challenges of the internet age?  Former reporter Joris Luyendijk is looking for new ways to tell stories  —  Many journalists have mid-life crises when they begin to doubt their capacity to capture …
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.
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
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Discussion: eMarketer
New York Post:
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Discussion: WinRumors, CNET News and Reuters
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 Sabbagh / Guardian:
Financial Times iPad app scores success
Discussion: Mobile Media
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Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
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Discussion: Romenesko
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
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Discussion: Snarkmarket
Victoria Howley / Reuters:
Asset price rises promise more media M&A
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Next Issue Media's Digital Newsstand Is Ready To Start Charging
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and WebNewser
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: PC World and TeleRead
Nothing Is off the Record, Because I'm Not Coming Back
Financial Times:
Telegraph plans to charge for online content