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7:25 AM ET, December 6, 2010

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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: AOL mulls breakup, then merger with Yahoo  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc, undergoing a radical transformation into the king of content on the Internet, is actively exploring a breakup involving a complicated series of transactions that may lead to a merger with Yahoo Inc, sources close to the plans told Reuters.
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
How Mark Zuckerberg Fooled ‘60 Minutes’  —  Leave it to 60 Minutes to pass off Facebook's utterly meaningless redesign of the site's profile pages as some kind of “exclusive” worth leading a segment on the company's founder, Mark Zuckerberg.  It's not just that correspondent Lesley Stahl …
Lucia Moses / Brandweek:
Apps as Money Pit  —  Magazine publishers are pouring money into apps, seduced by the notion that tablet computers can open a new avenue to make money from their content.  But will they ever make it back?  Certainly not in the near term and, perhaps, never.
Wall Street Journal:
No Longer Tiny, Netflix Gets Respect—and Creates Fear  —  As Rivals Look to Counter Its Online Movie-Streaming Service, Hollywood Cautiously Cuts Deals to Provide Some Content  —  After years as a bit player in entertainment, Netflix Inc. is being eyed for a new role by Hollywood: industry hulk.
Discussion: Engadget
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
French Publishers Fight Back With a Communal Digital Newsstand  —  PARIS — With sales of newspapers and magazines flagging at the ornate kiosks that adorn the boulevards of Paris, French publishers hope that a planned “digital kiosk” can help revive their fortunes.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Cosmo Sets Sights on Mongolia  —  Coming to a newsstand most likely not near you: Cosmo Mongolia.  —  Cosmopolitan, which has been helping women all over the world unlock the secrets to better sex, tighter tushes and the enigmatic male psyche for four decades, will begin to sell a Mongolia edition this week.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Sidney Harman: Man of all trades  —  The businessman who recently bought Newsweek and merged it with the Daily Beast founded an audio company, was a federal appointee and served as a college president.  He's now putting the finishing touches on a new academy at USC.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ESPN Says Study Shows Little Effort to Cut Cable  —  Seeking to understand the cutting of cable cords, ESPN has waded into the Nielsen Company's audience sample and concluded that the cancellations are currently a “very minor” phenomenon.  —  The sports network's study provides a new answer …
Discussion: The Next Web
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
At Forbes, we believe in the “continuum” of media and content  —  When you've been in the media business as long I have, it's fascinating to watch how all of a sudden “old” becomes “new” again and “dead” springs back to “life.”  —  Barry Diller, who left the old (broadcast TV) for the new …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Warning to local TV: unbundled distribution is upon you  —  My friend Holly hasn't had a TV in years.  She was also the first friend of mine to give up a land line telephone, and I can't even remember how long ago that was.  So she's “one of those.”  She's been without TV or cable for many years …
Amy Larocca / New York Magazine:
Planet Monocle  —  Tyler Brûlé ushered in a design revolution with Wallpaper magazine.  His new global media strategy is equally rarefied, and only occasionally ridiculous.  Listen to him for a while, and the world seems positively aglow with possibility.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Measuring the Nomads  —  The more diverse and ubiquitous the internet gets, the harder it becomes to measure.  Especially with the mobile version's rapid growth.  A few weeks ago, my friends from the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA) asked for a presentation discussing …
 
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