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2:00 AM ET, December 1, 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 and Soup
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: AdAge
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
Report an Error Alliance launches, aims to set new standard for news error reporting  —  After a few months of working together and lining up some partners, Scott Rosenberg of of MediaBugs and I today launched the Report an Error Alliance.  This initiative aims to move news organizations …
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: eMedia Vitals and 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
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Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
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Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Making social gaming scale: Lessons from the Democrat and Chronicle's …
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
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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
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Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
Amazon charges Kindle users for free Project Gutenberg e-books
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Judge in Tribune Co. bankruptcy being pushed to his limits
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David Glenn / CJR:
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