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5:00 AM ET, December 17, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Love Note From Facebook to Media Sites: A New Sign-Up Tool  —  More outreach from Facebook to media companies: A new registration tool, which is supposed to make it even easier for Web site visitors to sign on to the site using their Facebook account.
Discussion: BoomTown
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.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Fills the Gap Between King and Morgan  —  CNN has a month of time to fill between Larry King's last day and the first day for his replacement, Piers Morgan.  Mr. King's final edition of “Larry King Live” will be broadcast on Thursday.  —  Here's the plan after that point …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism  —  Flipboard, the social magazine app for the iPad, seems to be having a flipping good run.  —  Last week, the famously design-conscious Apple Inc. named Flipboard its App of the Year.
Discussion: BoomTown
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Editor: WikiLeaks Is ‘Not My Kind of News Organization’  —  Bill Keller.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Is WikiLeaks a media organization, or is it something else?  It's a question with important implications, given the special protections afforded the press, but it's …
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Our Leaky World
Discussion: Hit & Run
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Meredith Launches Video Network For Women  —  As video presents ever-greater ad opportunities online, Meredith Corporation on Wednesday launched its own female-focused video network.  —  The network includes video from Meredith brands Parents, Family Circle, More and Fitness, among other properties.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and FishbowlNY
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Despite Murdoch, Wall Street Journal Still Wins Deal Scoops  —  Last week, I wrote about the DealBook franchise at The New York Times, which in nine years has expanded from a simple morning email newsletter to an entire arm of the newspaper's business section.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Confirmed: Yahoo Closing Buzz, Traffic APIs - Maybe Delicious & AltaVista  —  News is traveling fast about a leaked slide from a Yahoo “all hands” meeting earlier this week that listed several products — including Delicous and AltaVista — to be “sunsetted.”  Yahoo confirms that Yahoo Buzz will be closed, as will the Traffic APIs.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Foursquare For Websites OneTrueFan Launches In Beta, Opens Up To Publishers  —  We wrote about the Foursquare for websites OneTrueFan, at the startup's launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in September.  After three months in Alpha, OneTrueFan is opening its doors and launching in beta.
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Experts: Charging WikiLeaks could erode freedom of the press  —  Charging WikiLeaks for releasing classified government materials may lead to similar prosecutions against media companies that publish state secrets, according to legal experts at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.
Matt Thompson / Snarkmarket:
A hypothetical path to the Speakularity  —  Yesterday NiemanLab published some of my musings on the coming “Speakularity” — the moment when automatic speech transcription becomes fast, free and decent.  —  I probably should have underscored the fact that I don't see this moment happening in 2011 …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
Paid-For News Will Win Out (Today the Tablet....)  —  (From Broadsight's ever-thoughtful Paul Lancefield)  —  Last week I got the new Sunday Times app on the iPad.  The subscription is £2 per week for six days of The Times and the Sunday Times, as you would expect, on Sunday.
Dana Gage / Tribune Media Services:
Tribune Media Services Acquires Internet Video Search and Indexing Company, CastTV  —  Tribune Media Services (TMS), a leading provider of entertainment information databases, announced today that it has acquired CastTV, a leader in video search, indexing and data technologies for discovering TV shows …
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Hacking ‘approved by NoW chief’  —  High court papers lodged by Sienna Miller's lawyers contradict paper's insistence that a single ‘rogue’ journalist was involved  —  Lawyers have secured explosive new evidence linking one of the News of the World's most senior editorial executives …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Meg / meish dot org:
Initial reflections on Newsfoo  —  On arrival at Newsfoo a couple of weeks ago in Phoenix, Arizona, each participant was given a notebook.  The notebook may have just been a rather fine example of conference schwag, but looking back at it after the weekend, I realise that mine speaks volumes …
Steve Summers / TweetDeck's posterous:
Breaking news  —  Over the past 12 months we have been approached by a number of news organisations, requesting help in rolling out TweetDeck across their networks.  We are proud to be working closely with Sky News, The Guardian and now NBC News, as well a few smaller organisations …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Adds “Follow News” Button, Easy Way To Customize Home Page  —  Google News has quietly added a new button that allows you to easily bookmark frequent searches and create custom sections within your personalized Google News home page.  —  The New “Follow News” Button
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker copycats, luxurious print, more robots, and a new blogging golden age: Predictions for 2011  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  —  Below are predictions from Susan Orlean, Joe Grimm, Matt Haughey …
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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Michelle Cottle Leaves New Republic to Work for Tina Brown
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Josh Duboff / The Awl:
The Night Blogger Blogs Alone
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Appinions turns comments into content
James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
Vapornews: The Huge-Then-Disappearing Stories of 2010
Damon Kiesow / Poynter: GM explains new iPad strategy, why 'the money will come …
Mark Pasetsky / The Huffington Post:
Three Ways the iPad Will Revolutionize Celebrity Magazine Covers
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of all-access — and Apple
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Groupon, iPad and Twitter: 2 much 2 hope 4?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
For NPR stations, a sigh of relief
Discussion: On Media's Blog and Free Press
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
CBS News Bests ABC and Fox in Latest comScore Online Traffic Numbers
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
He Sold a Vision at Fox, and Marketers Bought It