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11:40 AM ET, December 1, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
Discussion: New York Observer
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Co-host spittin' mad over Spitzer  —  Tweet  —  Eliot Spitzer's TV sidekick is so fed up with playing second fiddle to the hooker-loving ex-gov that she's threatening to walk, sources told The Post yesterday.  —  Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker actually stormed off the set of the …
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.
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.
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: Yahoo! News, The Awl and The Corsair
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
NYU and ProPublica Team Up to Experiment With Explanatory Journalism  —  At ProPublica, we often cover topics that are not only critically important but also mind-bendingly complex.  (CDOs, anyone?)  To help readers follow along, we frequently back up a step and offer primers, FAQs, and backgrounders.
Business Wire:
The Dolan Company Acquires DataStream Content Solutions  —  The Dolan Company (DM 13.70, +.08, +.59%) , a leading provider of services and business information to professionals in law, finance and real estate, said today it acquired DataStream Content Solutions, LLC, a leading provider …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

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