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8:55 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 …
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.
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 and Techdirt
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
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
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.
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?
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Sues IMG Holdings Over ‘The Daily’ Trademark  —  A company owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sued publisher IMG Worldwide Inc. over the trademark for the name The Daily, which News Corp. plans to introduce as a tablet-computer news publication.
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Interview: Neil Ashe On Why He's Leaving CBS Interactive Now  —  If you're looking for post-acquisition personnel drama a la MySpace (NSDQ: NWS) or frustration a la Dodgeball-Google (NSDQ: GOOG), don't read this.  Aside from losing control over the timing, so far Neil Ashe's decision to leave CBS …
Discussion: WebNewser and BoomTown
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
 
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Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
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Timothy Garton Ash / Guardian:
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Amy Garmer / KnightComm:
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Speakeasy:
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Pulitzer board announces changes for 2011 competition
David Folkenflik / NPR:
TV Network Expands Bloomberg News' Horizon
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News