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12:10 PM 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.
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
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.
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: FishbowlNY and TVNewser
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 …
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 …
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 …
Abraham Murray / The Official Google Blog:
Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of booksellers and devices  —  Today is the first page in a new chapter of our mission to improve access to the cultural and educational treasures we know as books.  Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
IGN and GameStop Combine Online Content and Media Sites  —  IGN Entertainment, the online gaming content site, and GameStop, the largely offline games retailer, are integrating their online media and retail offerings in an effort to target videogamers 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.
 
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Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Fairfax chief executive quits
Discussion: TheAustralian, mUmBRELLA and Guardian
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
KPMG: Print media ‘very resilient’, paywalls unpopular
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
A Bleak Budget Outlook for Public Broadcasters
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
At Forbes, we believe in the “continuum” of media and content
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
French Publishers Fight Back With a Communal Digital Newsstand
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
British Newspaper Finds Readers Flocking Online
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Measuring the Nomads
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Richard Rogers / Guardian:
Virgin claims to cross final frontier with TV that taps the internet