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11:50 PM ET, December 19, 2010


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews  —  Google TV has just enacted its first programming cancellation.  —  The Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out party for Google's new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets.
John Naughton / Guardian:
Publishers take note: the iPad is altering the very concept of a ‘book’  —  If the success of Amazon's Kindle has made print publishers relax, they're in for a nasty surprise  —  One of the glories of our print culture is the Economist, a magazine that combines eccentric …
Discussion: TeleRead and Personanondata
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Rebooting Web Publishing Design  —  Let's start by reviewing the basic ingredients of a successful online publishing operation:  —  1 / Quick load.  —  2 / Ease of operation and update  —  3 / Consistent visual identity  —  4 / Platform independence  —  5 / Open to the rest of the web
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Post's problems with anonymous-source rules get worse online  —  Post readers constantly complain about the excessive use of anonymous sources in the newspaper.  But the problem is even worse online.  —  Staff-written news blogs are replete with violations of The Post's long-established …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: clicks with veteran California journalists  —  Seasoned reporters in California are stamping their mark on the online news' community sites, a trend that can help bolster's credibility as it continues its explosive growth into hyper-local reporting.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Murdoch's iBlunders  —  When it comes to the Internet, it would be hard to call News Corp. timid.  The conglomerate has as rich a history of online business endeavors as any other media company out there.  Unfortunately, it's a prolonged history of failure.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Oprah's Network Is Her Highest Hurdle  —  BEFORE Oprah Winfrey jetted off this month to Washington for the Kennedy Center Honors, then to Sydney for overseas tapings of her talk show, she had a simple request for the security staff at her house near Los Angeles:
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
In Hollywood, a tougher climb to studio executive ranks  —  Aspiring future studio executives who start at the bottom hoping to climb to the top find themselves stuck in the middle as economic pressures squeeze the industry.  —  Matthew Cohen, a former director's assistant who wanted to be a movie producer …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Larry King producer joins D.C. firm  —  NEW YORK — “Jimmy Fallon canceled.  I'm freaking out.”  —  It's a little more than an hour before the last show of “Larry King Live” Thursday night, and the show's Washington, D.C.-based senior political producer, Eleanor McManus, has got a situation on her hands.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Amazon Brings Newspapers, Magazines to Kindle Apps, Starting With Android  —  Amazon's expanding the capabilities of its Kindle apps, starting with Android, to include digital newspaper and magazines singly or in subscription form.  Just in time for the iPad “Daily” newspaper.
Discussion: TeleRead
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Memo: 'Gawker tech team didn't adequately secure our platform'  —  “On several fronts — technically, as well as customer support and communication — we found ourselves unprepared to handle this eventuality,” says Gawker chief technology officer Thomas Plunkett's memo to staff.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Expand And Market Movie Streaming Service In 2011  —  Google is expanding its feature film streaming service, says a source who's been briefed on the product.  The service will likely be an expansion of the current movie rental/streaming test launched by Google earlier this year.
Discussion: Electronista
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