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9:35 AM ET, December 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Peter Applebome / New York Times:
Walk In, Grab a Muffin and Watch a Newspaper Reinvent Itself  —  At the new offices of The Register Citizen in this faded old mill town, there's a sign out front welcoming residents to come in for coffee and muffins at the Newsroom Café — sort of Starbucks meets “Lou Grant.”
New York Times:
YouTube Said to Seek a Producer of Web Video  —  By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and BRIAN STELTER  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is in talks to buy Next New Networks, a Web video production company, according to two people briefed on the discussions.
Next New Networks:
How We Had YouTube's Top 2 videos, and 1 Billion Views, in 2010
Discussion: Company Town
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter Raises $200 Million at a $3.7 Billion Valuation; Adds McCue and Rosenblatt to Board  —  Twitter has completed its latest round of funding-$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation-with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Nate Freeman / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Two More Top Editors Out at GQ  —  Having had a fairly stable masthead for years, Conde Nast men's title GQ is hemorrhaging top-level editorial talent.  —  In late October style editor Adam Rapoport was named editor of Bon Appetit, and now sources say two more top editors are set to exit.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Larry Yang / The Official Google TV Blog:
What's new with Google TV?  —  It's been two months since the first Google TV device went on sale.  Since then, we have been hard at work thinking about how we can make the platform even better for our users.  In fact, one of the greatest things about Google TV is that it comes with free …
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: Multiple Syndicators Pitching Katie Couric on Daytime Talker  —  While many expect her to stay with CBS News, daytime option emerges  —  As Katie Couric's contract with CBS News nears its end, multiple syndicators are approaching her about daytime possibilities, confirm several sources.
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Controversial Times sports editor bumped upstairs  —  Tweet  —  New York Times Sports Editor Tom Jolly will see his controversial eight-year reign come to an end next month when he moves upstairs to a new job.  —  His tenure was marked by the Times' widely criticized coverage …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Le Monde Ousts Top Manager  —  PARIS — Only weeks after a group of French businessmen completed their takeover of Le Monde, the newspaper on Wednesday replaced its top manager, who had complained of “moral harassment” by the new owners.  —  Le Monde said the official, Eric Fottorino …
Barton Gellman / Time:
Julian Assange  —  On Dec. 9, 2006, an unsolicited e-mail arrived for Daniel Ellsberg, the whistle-blower of Vietnam War renown.  The return address said only “WikiLeaks,” and the signature at bottom, “WL.”  In the orotund prose of a manifesto, the message invited Ellsberg to become …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Columbia j-school staff: WikiLeaks prosecution ‘will set a dangerous precedent’
Discussion: CJR, Techdirt and Wall Street Journal
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Our Leaky World  —  WikiLeaks is only the beginning.  —  We've read so much in the last few weeks about Julian Assange, it's easy to forget the WikiLeaks story isn't ultimately about Julian Assange.  It isn't even really about WikiLeaks, any more than Watergate was a story about a hotel.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
He Sold a Vision at Fox, and Marketers Bought It  —  Four decades later, Jon Nesvig, the dean of network sales executives, can still recall details of his first job.  —  “It was buying spot television time for General Foods in the Milwaukee and Minneapolis districts,” said Mr. Nesvig …
Paige Wiser / Chicago Sun Times:
King's reign on CNN ends tonight  —  Larry King's era ended long before his show has.  He's emblematic of a time when men were men, women were to be married, and celebrities were to be respected.  —  It worked for him.  King got the big names because they knew he wouldn't ambush …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
CBS News Bests ABC and Fox in Latest comScore Online Traffic Numbers  —  CBS News, long a major presence on television, has had a modest online presence, widely trailing industry online news giants and - as well the websites of ABC News, Fox News and the BBC.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
The studios will lose the “war” with Netflix  —  The first rule of Media 2.0 is that you ignore consumers at your own peril.  The people formerly known as the audience are now fully in charge, as Rishad Tobbaccowala noted in 2004: … This strikes at the heart of all that is disrupting media …
Discussion: GigaOM
Juanita León / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Juanita León on independent journalism and La Silla Vacía, one of Colombia's first political blogs  —  Editor's Note: Our sister publication Nieman Reports is out with its winter issue, which focuses on changes in beat reporting.  We're highlighting a few entries that connect …
Discussion: Nieman Reports
Quentin Hardy / At Your Servers:
Flipboard's CEO on the New Version  —  The new version of Flipboard, Apple's official iPad “App of the Year,” came out about 90 minutes ago.  Not long before that, I had a talk with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue about what's new, why they've made the choices they have, and where they are going.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
HBO Hopes There's an Audience for Hockey  —  Emboldened by the success of its “Hard Knocks” NFL training camp show and Emmy Award-winning “24/7” franchise, HBO is set to premiere its latest reality series with a new sport as its focus: hockey.  —  The four-episode “24/7 Penguins/Capitals …
Discussion: Multichannel
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
When Reddit Attacks  —  I have a message for reddit and its millions of users: I'm sorry.  —  A little over a month ago, I wrote a story about a marketing firm that emailed me out of the blue with a novel proposition.  For a few hundred dollars, it would do its best to get my stories great exposure …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Condé Nast's Epicurious App Adds Pay Model To Mix  —  Just a week after Condé Nast's iPad-only Gourmet Live added pay-to-download features within the app, the publisher's two-year-old Epicurious app is shifting to a paid model after 3.5 million free downloads.  The app itself is still free.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
TV Couch wants to bring Home Theater to your browser  —  With the battle for Internet-connected home media players heating up between Boxee, Apple, Google, Roku and game consoles you might think there isn't room for another contender.  —  TV Couch hopes that isn't the case as it prepares …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
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David Zax / Fast Company:
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Taxi TV Screens Gain Ad Business in New York
Matt Thompson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Coming soon to journalism: Matt Thompson sees the “Speakularity” …
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Deborah Burns Out at Hachette
 Earlier Picks: 
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
E-Readers With Color Open Door for Pictures
Brian Ries / The Daily Beast:
The Hackers Who Broke Gawker
Discussion: Yahoo! News and New York Observer
Jennifer Weil / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: ‘Exhibition’ Magazine Puckers Up... Tina Brown's Big Catch...
Madhu Rajaraman / American Journalism Review:
The Comment Police  —  NPR says it's pleased with the results …
Discussion: Poynter
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ's secret project to launch end of next month
Lev Grossman / Time:
Mark Zuckerberg