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10:45 AM ET, December 23, 2010


 Top News: 
BSkyB: Without prejudice  —  On one level the Sky deal is simply business.  But the issue of media plurality is more than an argument about competition  —  It is a much-remarked upon irony of yesterday's humiliating slap-down of Vince Cable that he was both wrong and right.
Nils Pratley / Guardian:
Cable likely to cost Murdoch dear  —  Vince couldn't stop the BSkyB deal, but he's made News Corp's target somewhat costlier  —  Vince Cable's removal from the media gig at the Department for Business was worth £250m on BSkyB's market value.  That may sound a lot but it is only 2%.
Brightcove and TubeMogul Q3 Research: Facebook Surpasses Yahoo in Streams Referred; Viewing-Times Longest on Game Consoles  —  We are excited to launch the latest installment of our quarterly research on online video trends with Brightcove, just in time for the holidays!
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Video Killed the Radio Star, But Might Save Newspapers
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Computers That Trade on the News  —  The number-crunchers on Wall Street are starting to crunch something else: the news.  —  Math-loving traders are using powerful computers to speed-read news reports, editorials, company Web sites, blog posts and even Twitter messages …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and The Big Picture
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's IPO-Which Won't Happen Until After the New Year Now-Depends on How It Accounts for Content  —  Yesterday, Demand Media submitted another amended S-1 to the Securities and Exchange Commission, part of its march to an initial public offering many had expected to take place sooner rather than later.
Discussion: SAI
Peter S. Goodman / The Huffington Post:
Kaplan Tarnishes Washington Post Legacy  —  Nearly four decades ago, the Washington Post found itself faced with the sort of agonizing decision that can define a reputation.  The New York Times had begun printing classified federal documents known as the Pentagon Papers …
Discussion: Poynter
WikiLeaks Joins Forces With Billionaire Lebedev  —  Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) — Novaya Gazeta, the Moscow newspaper controlled by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and billionaire Alexander Lebedev, said it agreed to join forces with WikiLeaks to expose corruption in Russia.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Barry Diller's IAC Creates Own Content Farm  —  Joins Yahoo, Demand Media With the Writer's Network, Seeking Freelancers for $10 to $25 Assignments  —  NEW YORK ( — Barry Diller appears to be cultivating his very own “content farm” at IAC.  Though he recently relinquished …
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
The $8 Billion Do Not Track Prize  —  Don't be fooled: The FTC proposal to protect online privacy has more to do with big publishers' revenue than Internet users' personal Web data  —  There's a great moment in All The President's Men, the film based on the 1970s Watergate investigation …
Media Decoder:
Comcast Takeover of NBC Is Delayed Until Next Year  —  10:00 p.m. |  Updated The long-awaited completion of the takeover of NBC Universal by Comcast will have to wait until the new year.  —  The companies said Wednesday that full regulatory approval of the deal, under which Comcast …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
WikiLeaks' Assange isn't talking to the NY Times (while still talking about The Guardian)  —  Julian Assange hasn't kept quiet since being released on bail last week.  So far, the WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief has given interviews to CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, BBC, and Al Jazeera.
Discussion: The Wire and New York Times
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Paywalls, Patch, Public Media & Pointcast Memories: 11 Conventional News Wisdoms We'll Test in 2011  —  We love to believe that what is in front of us, often the hottest why-didn't-I-come up-with-that idea, is reality, enduring, never-to-change reality.  Pointcast, Palms, Newtons, Lycos, and, maybe, soon Yahoo, say differently.
Rex Rhoades / The Sun Journal:
Sun Journal changes rules for online commenting … Creating a bold, new electronic community  —  Sun Journal changes rules for making online comments  —  American illustrator Norman Rockwell painted what many consider his masterpiece during World War II, a series of magazine illustrations called “The Four Freedoms.”
Rene Lynch / Daily Dish:
Restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila photographed and kicked out of Red Medicine  —  Our restaurant critic has been unmasked.  —  S. Irene Virbila, the L.A. Times' restaurant critic for the last 16 years, was visiting Red Medicine restaurant in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night when she was approached …
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How Neutral Should Journalists Be?  —  One school of thought contends …
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