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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Yet another rumor of AOL split, Yahoo merger
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: AOL Wants To Merge With Yahoo And Spin Off Its Dialup Business
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: YAOLhoo: Two Rocks Do Not Float Better Than One
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: AOL & Yahoo Plan Merger? Building an “Exclusive” on...Well, Nothing Actually
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: This Morning: Netflix's Advance, AOL's Plans
Doug Aamoth / Techland: TechFast: Morning Readables in the World of Technology
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat: Does anyone want to tell Yahoo that AOL wants to merge with it?
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: AOL Scheming To Sell Itself To Yahoo?
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: AOL to split, then join forces with Yahoo?
Stephanie Vallejo / New York Magazine: AOL Considers Plan to Break Up Operations and Seek Merger With Yahoo
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
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Dan Abrams expanding online empire
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Mediaite.com founder Abrams to add three sites in 2011
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.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: A tense look at Facebook on ‘60 Minutes’
Jay Yarow / The Wire: Mark Zuckerberg Rocked On 60 Minutes (And The Winklevosses Looked, Well, Pathetic)
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: New York Times, GigaOM, Engadget, DSLreports and SAI, more at Techmeme »
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: Watch Out, Netflix: Vizio, OnLive Might Stream As Well
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Amazon Working On A Subscription Video Package Like Netflix Streaming
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: Online Video News, The Next Web and Company Town
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News: ESPN, using Nielsen data, says cord-cutting is a ‘very minor’ nuisance
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web: ESPN: Only 0.11% of cable subscribers really cut the cord last quarter
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.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser: David Carr: Anchor Changes at the ‘Early Show’ …
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: mediabistro.com and The Next Web
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.
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 Observer and New York Magazine
Stephanie Vallejo / New York Magazine: Cosmo Launches Another International Edition, Lives Up to Technical …
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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK: KPMG: 18-34s More Likely To Subscribe, But Not On Web
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
IGN and GameStop Combine Online Content and Media Sites — IGN Entertainment, the online gaming content site and largely offline games retailer GameStop are integrating their online media and retail offerings, in an effort to target video gamers from discovery to purchase.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Salon's Swan Song? — Popular site seeks buyer amidst tough market — Who will buy Salon.com? The site's search for a buyer has drawn attention to its troubled business model as a standalone news site, but its content and audience could be valuable to a company willing to assume its losses.