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6:10 AM ET, December 3, 2010


 Top News: 
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Rebecca Dana on Track to Edit New Newsweek's Front-of-the-Book  —  Rebecca Dana, a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, has been tapped to rework the front of the book at the new Newsweek once the two publications' merger has been completed, sources tell The Observer …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Three Questions to Ask About Barry Diller's Move  —  So Barry Diller is out as CEO of IAC.  This even though the company's share price is up more than 47 percent over the last 12 months.  You don't have to be Grigory Perelman to realize there are some missing variables in this equation.
Discussion: New York Observer
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Diller steps down as IAC CEO, Malone swaps stake for cash
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Primetime Netflix  —  Tweet  —  Netflix is making an aggressive play for in-season episodes of hit TV shows to expand its Web streaming service.  —  The company is in talks with studios about gaining access to current episodes of primetime shows and is willing to pay between $70,000 …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst hungry for French deal  —  Tweet  —  Lagardere Active, the Paris-based media conglomerate that owns the US editions of Elle and Woman's Day, confirmed yesterday it wants to unload its non-French magazine holdings.  —  Hearst Corp., sources said, is the front-runner to do a deal.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
For Newspapers, the Future Is Now: Digital Must Be First  —  As newspapers everywhere struggle to stay afloat and remake themselves for a web-based world, many continue to debate how much emphasis they should put on digital vs. their traditional print operations.
Discussion: Recovering Journalist and Poynter, Thanks:mathewi
Jxpaton / Digital First:
John Paton's Dec. 2 Presentation at INMA Transformation of News Summit …
Ben Widdicombe / Financial Times:
The business of blogging  —  If anyone, anywhere had an opinion about Perez Hilton in 2004, it was that he would not be around for long.  The young Cuban-American (real name Mario Armando Lavandeira), then 26, was doing yeoman work at his day job for Star magazine, a weekly gossip tabloid …
Time Warner's Bewkes skeptical of Netflix plan  —  (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes questioned whether Netflix Inc's current business model of paying top dollar for rights to stream movies and TV shows over the Internet is sustainable in the long-term.
Discussion: Company Town
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Netflix scrambles future of TV and films
Discussion: GigaOM
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Arianna Huffington criticizes the media world's swinging dicks  —  Arianna Huffington, who created the massively popular news site Huffington Post, closed out Business Insider's Ignition conference today by taking a swipe at the earlier comments.  —  “You guys are all about who has the biggest swinging dick,” Huffington said.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Huffington Post CEO: We will be worth more than the Wall Street Journal
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Poynter
Om Malik / GigaOMtech:
Flipboard: Future is HTML5, RSS & New New Advertising … As traditional publishers struggle to find new business models centered on the iPad and other tablets, Mike McCue, the founder of Palo Alto, Calif.-based mobile media company, Flipboard, seems to have figured out a business model for his 20-person company.
Discussion: paidContent and TeleRead
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Set to Appeal in YouTube Case  —  Viacom Inc. says a new wave of digital piracy could threaten the U.S. media business unless federal courts overturn its defeat in a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Google Inc.'s YouTube video-sharing site.  —  The New York-based owner of MTV …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Boxee CEO To Big Media: “Resistance Is Futile”  —  With all the new Internet TV boxes and services sprouting this holiday season—from Google TV and Apple TV to the Boxee Box, Shufflr, and beyond—there is a lot talk about people cutting their cable cords and just getting all of their TV from the Internet.
Nellie Andreeva /
Gossip Columnists George Rush & Joanna Molloy Suing MTV Over ‘Downtown Girls’  —  George Rush and Joanna Molloy, who wrote their eponymous gossip column for the New York Daily News for 15 years, have filed a $30,000+ breach-of-contract lawsuit against MTV, VH1, their parent Viacom …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
The Daily Kill Dossier, Part 2: Another Hit List of News Corp's Freshest Poaches  —  Previously, on Lost: we revealed the names of a bunch of people who fate landed in the News Corp. building to go work on Rupert Murdoch's Dharma Initiative, a daily newspaper for the iPad called The Daily.
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Web Companies: No Need to Panic About ‘Do Not Track’  —  The digital community doesn't need to worry about a “Do Not Track” list sitting on a bureaucratic server—as long as Web publishers, social and ad networks and others get serious about putting in place consumer opt-in or opt-out mechanisms.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
WP columnist Robinson named to Pulitzer Prize board  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  News release  —  Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Columnist, Joins Pulitzer Prize Board  —  New York, NY (Dec.2, 2010) - Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and associate editor at The Washington Post …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Conde Nast digital chief: Murdoch's iPad newspaper “doesn't make any sense”  —  News Corp mogul Rupert Murdoch is making a big bet on the iPad by hiring big-name (read: expensive) reporters for a new “iPad newspaper” called The Daily.  And other media organizations are skeptical.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox is quickly becoming the second-chance employer for fiery figures  —  Don't panic.  Fox is hiring.  —  The leading cable news network and its business news offshoot, Fox Business Network, have made a habit of signing up reporters and media personalities who've found themselves on the wrong side in employee-employer spats.
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Adrianne Jeffries / New York Observer:
The Guardian Apologizes for Calling Daily Beast “Tiny”
Discussion: Guardian and Yahoo! News
Ross Kenneth Urken / New York | Guest of a Guest:
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NYT Vs. NYU! …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Techie Buzz and Cake Wrecks
Jim Rainey / The Big Picture:
Parker spitting mad at Spitzer? Why not show it on CNN?
Cary Spivak / American Journalism Review:
The Fact-Checking Explosion  —  In a bitter political landscape marked …
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Ross Kenneth Urken / New York | Guest of a Guest:
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