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2:30 PM ET, December 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
The Huffington Post hires NYT's Sunday Business editor  —  The Huffington Post, which recently hired New York Times economic correspondent Peter Goodman, has returned to the Gray Lady to poach another veteran journalist: Sunday Business editor Timothy L. O'Brien.
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.”
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
For NPR stations, a sigh of relief  —  A funny thing happened to NPR stations after the worst publicity fiasco in NPR's history: almost nothing at all.  —  Public radio outlets across the country braced for the worst from their listeners after NPR fired commentator Juan Williams for remarks …
Discussion: Free Press and On Media's Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook to Big Media: We Like You.  We Really, Really Like You.  —  Facebook has more than 550 million users, but right now the company has its eyes on a very particular set of friends: Big media companies.  —  Mark Zuckerberg's company is working hard to win over heavyweight content distributors …
Discussion: GigaOM and New York Observer
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Bloomberg Voice: Opinions, Yes, But Only Factual Ones  —  Mike Bloomberg.  You could disagree with him, but then you'd be wrong.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Ever since its founding almost 30 years ago, Bloomberg LP has proceeded under the notion that there's a right way and a wrong way of doing …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Time editor defends Zuckerberg choice over Assange  —  Time managing editor Richard Stengel believes that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg—who was named “Person of the Year” on Wednesday—is not only the best choice best choice for 2010, but for years to come.
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.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Forbes Teams With MediaVest, comScore to Track Ad Effectiveness  —  Study will track how print ads drive traffic online.  —  Forbes announced the launch of a new research project that will measure print advertising effectiveness, using digital tracking methodology.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Groupon, iPad and Twitter: 2 much 2 hope 4?  —  With iPad apps, Groupon-like buying programs and Twitter campaigns topping the to-do lists at most newspapers, it's time to place these putative publishing panaceas in proper perspective.  —  Recent research into consumer acceptance …
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Sarah Palin goes ‘lamestream’  —  After making attacks on what she memorably labeled “the lamestream media” one of her signature issues, Sarah Palin has started to experiment with a new strategy toward the press — engaging it.  —  The former Alaska governor has started cautiously cooperating …
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 …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter: GM explains new iPad strategy, why ‘the money will come’ & what's next for mobile  —  CNN's new iPad app, which launched on Tuesday, looks nothing like the network's website, and that is by design, according to Kenneth “KC” Estenson.  —  Estenson, the company's senior vice president …
James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
Vapornews: The Huge-Then-Disappearing Stories of 2010  —  Remember when the Park51 Islamic center, or “Ground Zero mosque,” was the absolutely most urgent political-religious-cultural issue facing the United States?  When there were protests and fury and old 9/11 wounds reopened …
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: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
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.
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 …
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
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 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: Gawker, Company Town, Mediaite and TVNewser
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Discussion: GigaOM
Juanita León / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: Nieman Reports
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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