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2:10 AM ET, December 9, 2010

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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Pulitzer board announces changes for 2011 competition  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  The rules for 12 of the 14 categories now state explicitly that entries may use any available journalistic tool, including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats.
Cpen / Twitter Blog:
To Trend or Not to Trend...  Since Twitter first introduced the Trends feature in the summer of 2008, one frequently asked question has been “Why isn't X trending?”  This question has come up around a variety of subjects, from #justinbieber and #adamlambert to #flotilla, #iranelection and #demo2010.
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: Poynter
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Sonoma Index-Tribune drops paywall on news website  —  The Sonoma Index-Tribune has ended its three-month-long practice of charging readers to view online content, even as another news website begins operation in the community.  —  In September, the twice-weekly Index-Tribune started charging viewers $5 …
Discussion: paidContent and WebNewser
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix signs new Disney-ABC deal, shows up doubters  —  Disney apparently doesn't think Netflix is a threat.  The company has struck a deal to offer content via Netflix's streaming service.  —  Netflix has signed a new licensing agreement with one of the biggest Hollywood studios …
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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.
Discussion: rbr.com and Multichannel
Patricia Cohen / Media Decoder:
Foer Steps Down at The New Republic  —  The New Republic is getting a new editor in the new year.  Richard Just, currently the executive editor, is taking over Jan. 1 from Franklin Foer, who is stepping down after a five-year stint.  —  Mr. Foer, 36, who closed his last issue of the magazine on Tuesday …
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.
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Speakeasy:
Departing NBCU Chief Zucker Considers Private Equity, Other Options … Departing NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker has added to his list of possible next acts one more item: joining a private-equity firm.  —  Zucker has been approached by several, according to people familiar with the matter.
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: GigaOM
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
News Foo Camp: Not fully open, but certainly not secret  —  I tweet a lot from journalism events.  I think I can say that few people tweet as much about journalism as I do.  I didn't tweet much from News Foo Camp last weekend.  —  But other campers and I tweeted enough that our tweeps wanted more.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
TV Network Expands Bloomberg News' Horizon … Just last year, Margaret Brennan walked away from the nation's leading financial cable news channel to a rival with such small ratings that its executives currently do not pay to find out how many people are watching.  —  “Yeah, it was a gamble,” Brennan concedes.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
 
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Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
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Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Washington Post's Kaplan Higher Education Unit to Cut About 770 Employees
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Chris Ariens / mediabistro.com:
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