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11:15 PM ET, December 9, 2010

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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Why The New York Times eliminated its social media editor position  —  Earlier this week, New York Times Social Media Editor Jennifer Preston tweeted that she would be returning to reporting full-time.  The news made me wonder: What would this mean for social media at the Times?
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Aron Pilhofer and Jennifer Preston on the new shape of social in The New York Times' newsroom  —  In some ways, the most successful social media editor is an obsolete social media editor.  The better you do your job — integrate social media into your newsroom, make it a seamless part …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
How Fox News Spun Health-Care Debate  —  As the debate over the public option heated up last year, Fox News brass told staffers to change the way they talked about it.  Howard Kurtz on the memo that echoed a key GOP talking point.  —  As the health-care debate was heating up in the summer of 2009 …
C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
From Indymedia to Wikileaks: What a decade of hacking journalistic culture says about the future of news  —  The first time I ever heard the words “mirror website,” I was sitting at a debris-strewn desk, hunched over a desktop computer, on the second floor of a nondescript office building on East 29th in Manhattan.
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Moves to Block Foreign News on Nobel Prize  —  SHANGHAI — Chinese censors apparently began blocking the news Web sites of CNN, the BBC and the Norwegian broadcaster NRK from appearing in China on Thursday, a day before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is to be held in Oslo to honor Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned dissident.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Who Coined ‘Social Media’?  Web Pioneers Compete for Credit  —  Image by Getty Images North America via @daylife  —  Coining a buzzy new term doesn't earn you any money, only bragging rights.  But when the term is as buzzy and widely-circulated as “social media,” the bragging rights involved …
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Bonnier Revs Up Roadtrip  —  Joining the likes of News Corp.'s forthcoming tablet newspaper The Daily and Richard Branson's iPad-only magazine, Project, Sweden's Bonnier Corp. has created Roadtrip, a made-for-the-tablet publication.  —  The new form shows how publishers are experimenting …
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
NAB's Smith: Government Retrans Moves Could Send Super Bowl To Pay Platform  —  Warning Comes In Response To FCC's Proposed Retrans Rulemaking  —  If the government injects itself into the “private business negotiations of retrans,” says National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith …
Discussion: rbr.com and Multichannel
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Lusty Tales and Hot Sales: Romance E-Books Thrive  —  Sarah Wendell, blogger and co-author of “Beyond Heaving Bosoms,” is passionate about romance novels.  —  Except for the covers, with their images of sinewy limbs, flowing, Fabio-esque locks or, as she put it, “the mullets and the man chests.”
Discussion: New York Observer and TeleRead
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Hulu's in a Netflix headlock  —  Tweet  —  Netflix's muscle-flexing deal yesterday with Disney not only reinforces the fact that it is a programming distributor to be reckoned with, it is also forcing rival Hulu to reconfigure its business plan, sources tell The Post.
Discussion: Media Maverick and Company Town
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
A Profoundly Bad Idea  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman and his call for a federal investigation of the Times over WikiLeaks.  Posted: Wed, Dec. 8 2010  —  Rem Rieder (rrieder@ajr.umd.edu) is AJR's editor and senior vice president.  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman has come up with a terrible idea.
Discussion: Salon
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NPR:
NYT Reporter Defends Publishing WikiLeaks Cables
Discussion: The Huffington Post
MediaShift:
J-Schools Shift from Learning Labs to Major Media Players  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways.  See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.
Discussion: Poynter
Sirius:
Howard Stern Signs New Five-Year Contract With SIRIUS XM  —  Agreement Includes Rights for SIRIUS XM to Transmit Howard Stern's Programming to Mobile Devices  —  Howard Stern and SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today announced a new five-year agreement.  The news was first reported by Howard during his show this morning.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Automattic Hits 300 Million Unique Visitors, Roughly $10 Million In Revenue  —  Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg and CEO Toni Schneider were interviewed by our own Alexia Tsotsis at Le Web 10 today.  Our live notes (paraphrased):  —  Can you talk about your vision from blogging and how it changed from 2003 to 2010?
Dig Communications:
Five Questions for Groupon's Brandon Copple  —  Veteran financial journalist Brandon Copple made headlines of his own this summer when he departed Crain's Chicago Business, where he was managing editor, for Groupon, where he holds the same title.  —  Copple, 39, brought a journalistic pedigree …
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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To Trend or Not to Trend...  Since Twitter first introduced …
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Departing NBCU Chief Zucker Considers Private Equity, Other Options
Discussion: Mediaite
 

 
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IDC:
In Q1, 289.4M smartphones were shipped globally, up 7.8% YoY; iPhone shipments fell 9.6% YoY, more than any top brand, and Xiaomi shipments grew 33.8% YoY

Kamila Wojciechowska / Android Authority:
Source: Google's new Pixel 9 series, next-gen Pixel Fold, and 5G tablet that is under development will feature a new modem that supports satellite connectivity

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

 
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