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12:40 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.
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. …
Discussion: /Film, The Moviefone Blog and Gizmodo
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.
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Lieberman: NYT may have committed crime by printing WikiLeaks docs
Discussion: Guardian, The Wire and NBC Connecticut, Thanks:stiffjab
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.
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
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.
Felix Salmon:
The NYT toughens up its paywall  —  Martin Niesenholtz, the head of digital at the NYT, clearly hasn't been taking my advice when it comes to how to build a paywall.  Instead, he's pre-emptively cracking down on a tiny and financially meaningless minority of hypothetical readers who might want to find ways around his wall:
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yahoo CEO: Don't Judge Me Until 2012  —  Carol Bartz has been CEO of Yahoo for almost two years now.  That's long enough for some people to declare her ineffective and call for her to be replaced.  But to hear Bartz tell it, not only is it premature to demand her resignation now — it will still be premature 12 months from now.
Philip J. Crowley / US Department of State:
U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011  —  Press Statement  —  Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs  —  Washington, DC  —  The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify's Daniel Ek Explains Why the Music Business Needs Him, and You Do, Too (Video)  —  Spotify CEO Daniel Ek used to be confident that his buzzy music service would launch in the U.S. this year.  That's no longer the case, but Ek maintains that he's going to get to the States sometime, and that people will love it when he does.
Arik Hesseldahl / All Things Digital:
Spotify's Daniel Ek: We'll Launch in the U.S., Just Not Sure When [NewEnterprise]
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
You, Too, Can Own a Piece of The Onion  —  “America's Finest News Source” is now franchising out its printing biz  —  After twenty-two years, The Onion has decided to both get out of the print business and double down on print at the same time.  —  The popular satirical newspaper and website …
Discussion: AdPulp
Chris Ariens /
Tony Harris Leaving CNN; John Roberts Heading to Atlanta  —  TVNewser has learned Tony Harris is leaving CNN after six years with the network.  Harris anchors the 11am-1pmET hours of CNN Newsroom and will depart at the end of the year.  Harris joined CNN in Sept. 2004 from Atlanta's CBS station, WGCL.
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Nick Summers / New York Observer:
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Wolff / GQ.COM:
Feuding friends  —  I haven't spoken to Toby Young in more than two years.
Russell Adams / Speakeasy:
Tina Brown Taps Talent for Newsweek
Discussion: New York Observer and FishbowlNY
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Shirky joins NYU as full-time faculty member
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
HBO Could Be Offered Outside of Cable Packages
Discussion: GigaOM
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
You're Not Going To Believe This But The Future Of The New York Times …
Discussion: MediaPost

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple added a Vocal Shortcuts accessibility feature in iOS 18 that lets users give Siri a new wake word, such as “hello, computer”

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's slow rollout of AI features, impressive visionOS 2 beta, plans for thinnest, lightest devices in tech, including a phone in the iPhone 17 line

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
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