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11:20 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 …
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
To Beat ‘Today,’ Look to Tomorrow  —  When a sports team loses long enough, fans get restless and soon enough, the coach ends up getting the gate.  After all, you can't fire the whole team, right?  —  Unless you work in television.  Last week, every single member of the perennially last place “Early Show” on CBS was shown the door.
Discussion: TVNewser
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 and Company Town
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Dan Abrams Plans 3 Web Sites  —  After a successful run with his Web sites that cover media, sports, gossip and technology, Dan Abrams, perhaps best known not as an Internet entrepreneur but as an MSNBC personality, is expanding.  —  Mr. Abrams will start three online properties early next year …
Discussion: On Media's Blog and Poynter
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Orders Up a New Bite-Size Show.  It's Going to Taste a Lot Like “Talk Soup.”  —  Hulu is a great place to see shows that just ran on TV.  Is it a good place to see Internet shows that talk about shows that just ran on TV?  —  Stay tuned!  —  Plans are underway for a Hulu …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
KPMG: Print media ‘very resilient’, paywalls unpopular  —  Just two per cent of users would pay for a website that they currently use for free, according to a new survey published today KPMG.  —  The KPMG media and entertainment barometer study also revealed that despite growing use of digital media …
Discussion: paidContent:UK
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Fairfax chief executive quits  —  Update Fairfax Media chief executive Brian McCarthy has resigned from the company, effective immediately, and has left the company's Sydney Pyrmont headquarters this afternoon.  —  His replacement is Greg Hywood, who joined the Fairfax board earlier this year …
Discussion: TheAustralian, mUmBRELLA and Guardian
 
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Richard Rogers / Guardian:
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