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1:30 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
Clay Shirky:
Wikileaks and the Long Haul  —  Like a lot of people, I am conflicted about Wikileaks.  —  Citizens of a functioning democracy must be able to know what the state is saying and doing in our name, to engage in what Pierre Rosanvallon calls “counter-democracy"*, the democracy …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Das Krapital
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 …
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
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.
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.
Alex Hillman / dangerouslyawesome:
Fear and Loathing in Phoenix - My 48 Hour Binge Experience at NewsFoo  —  I'm coming down from a 48 hour binge.  Not one fueled by two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers …
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 …
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.
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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Barb Palser / American Journalism Review:
Give Patch a Chance
New York Times:
Comcast and NBC  —  Television is undergoing a wrenching change.
Discussion: Free Press
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Dexter Filkins Poached by The New Yorker
Discussion: WWD and The Huffington Post
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
IGN and GameStop Combine Online Content and Media Sites
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Fairfax chief executive quits
Discussion: TheAustralian, Guardian and mUmBRELLA
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
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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
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Warning to local TV: unbundled distribution is upon you
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Sidney Harman: Man of all trades
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
British Newspaper Finds Readers Flocking Online
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Measuring the Nomads
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
 

 
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TechCrunch:
Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
Sources detail how Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, who recently proposed a privacy bill, has undermined privacy negotiations for years

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

 
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