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4:25 PM ET, December 8, 2010


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
At CNN, Talk Show Tensions  —  In one sweeping move, the 8 p.m. political talk show “Parker Spitzer” could have turned around CNN's flailing prime-time ratings, publicly rehabilitated the fallen New York governor Eliot Spitzer, and turned his co-host Kathleen Parker into a television star.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
New York Post Political Editor Quits After Fight With Tyrant Boss  —  Gregg Birnbaum was the well-liked political editor of the New York Post, a 17-year veteran of the paper.  Until yesterday, when he left abruptly.  The reason, we hear: he got sick of NYP chief Col Allan's obnoxious behavior.
Discussion: On Media's Blog, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Emily Bell:
How Wikileaks has woken up journalism.  —  If you follow the latest cache of diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks and reported by the Guardian, The New York Times and others it is impossible not to conclude that this is a pivotal moment for journalism, its teaching and its practice.
Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
LeWeb: The media and Wikileaks  —  Adrian Monck is chairing a media panel, and inevitably we're focusing on WikiLeaks.  —  We've always had leaks, says Julio Alonso of Weblogs S.  “The WikiLeaks phenomenon is not new, but it has a different form. ”  The closing of Amazon and PayPal accounts …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
News Corp. COO: Please Don't Associate Us With Our Newspapers  —  Rupert Murdoch may have printer's ink flowing through his veins, as is often said of the News Corp. chairman, but for his No. 2, president and COO Chase Carey, newspapers are more like an albatross around the neck.
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
Crunks 2010: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections  —  While you're here, please consider purchasing a copy of the Regret the Error book, which won an award for media criticism from the National Press Club, and also contains hundreds of hilarious corrections.  You can learn more about the book and read some reviews here.
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Movies at Home, for $20,000  —  A proposed service aims to bring movies to homes the same day they hit theaters, a milestone that Hollywood has long anticipated with a mixture of fear and fascination.  —  But there's a catch: At the prices currently being discussed by Prima Cinema Inc. …
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
Now Playing on #newTwitter: Embedded Music, TV Shows, Slides and More  —  One of the most popular features of #newTwitter is the ability to check out photos, videos, and music directly in the details pane.  Click on a Tweet with a link to media, and the details pane on the right lets …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CBS Interactive Head Neil Ashe Stepping Down  —  Neil Ashe (pictured here), president of CBS Interactive, is stepping down from his post.  —  CBS confirmed the move after BoomTown made inquiries recently, after hearing of various executives who had been contacted by the media giant about the position.
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
The Deal on DealBook  —  In the beginning, DealBook was a newsletter with links to that morning's Times, and then, when DealBook became a blog, it was a place for the newspaper to compete on news that broke during the day and would be too late for tomorrow's edition.
Discussion: Poynter
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Moonves to Google TV: Pay Up  —  If Google wants access to the broadcast networks' top prime-time shows for its fledgling Google TV product, they are going to have to cough up some cash.  —  At least, they will have to for CBS' shows.  —  According to CBS CEO Les Moonves …
Discussion: MediaMemo
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ViKi Raises Millions for Web Video From Around the World  —  Problem: You want to watch foreign-language movies and TV shows on the Web.  —  But!  You only know English.  —  Solution: ViKi, a site that shows videos from around the world and provides captions in 100 different languages.
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Correction: Netflix And Disney Agree On 15-Day Window For Some Streaming  —  Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) have a new agreement that will allow the rental service to run some new episodes 15 days after the original programming airs.  The deal builds on the the existing arrangement …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Nicholas Christakis on the networked nature of Twitter  —  Earlier this fall, Alyssa Milano — known for being on “Who's the Boss” and, more recently, for being on Twitter — sent out a somewhat surprising tweet to her nearly 1.2 million followers: a link to the Amazon page of a book called Connected …
Discussion: FishbowlLA
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Guardian memo: 54,000 a month behind Times paywall
Discussion: Media Money and Editors Weblog
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Washington Post's Kaplan Higher Education Unit to Cut About 770 Employees
Discussion: On Media's Blog
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: AdPulp
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Tony Harris Leaving CNN; John Roberts Heading to Atlanta
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yahoo CEO: Don't Judge Me Until 2012
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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New York Times Says Smaller Print-Ad Drop to Help Increase 2010 Earnings
Dave Lee:
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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