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2:30 PM ET, December 23, 2010


 Top News: 
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC chair to approve Comcast-NBC merger with conditions for program sharing  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission issued a draft order approving Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal on Thursday, putting the deal up for vote before the agency's other members.
Susan Crawford blog:
Why Comcast/NBCU matters  —  Since January 2010, I've been writing about the Comcast/NBCU merger.  Now we're in the end-game - so let's pull some threads together for this last post for the year.  —  This merger has more angles than a marathon trick-billiards match, but the most important one is this …
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.
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.
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 …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Tribune's new management team releases updated conduct code  —  “It's impossible to spell out every possible situation that you might face,” says a memo sent to Tribune employees on Wednesday, so “use common sense and good judgment to steer your behavior and decisions.”
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Justin McGuirk / Guardian:
They've shaped the internet, but can designers save the newspaper?  —  We can see design thinking at work in web phenomena such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but the predicament of printed news remains an unsolved problem  —  In the 1850s, a New York publisher announced that newspapers were dead: he had seen a telegraph in action.
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 …
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: Media Myth Alert and Poynter
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
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Why Netflix has content and Google TV doesn't  —  If Google managers hope to license premium TV shows and films for Google TV and YouTube, they should do what Netflix did and “build relationships through traditional means.”  —  That's the recommendation of one studio executive who was referring …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New CEO wastes no ‘Time’ with shakeup  —  Say goodbye to the Ann Moore business template — new Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin yesterday smashed it to pieces.  —  In a major pre-Christmas shakeup, Griffin busted up the single News & Sports Group that contained Time and Sports Illustrated …
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.
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.
Betsy Rothstein /
Editorial Tussle at Washington City Paper  —  Oddities began happening at the Washington City Paper last night.  The details are still sketchy, but here's what we know: Writer Moe Tkacik published a story involving rape and “hot” women.  Last night, a woman named Laura Greenback …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
WikiLeaks' Assange isn't talking to the NY Times (while still talking …
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Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
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Chip Le Grand / TheAustralian:
Libel laws ‘must apply’ to new media
Rex Rhoades / The Sun Journal:
Sun Journal changes rules for online commenting
Conor Friedersdorf / The Daily Dish:
How Neutral Should Journalists Be?  —  One school of thought contends …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Discovery: Dish Does Not Have Right To ‘Sling’ Its Content To Web
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Will Anyone Make This Movie About Rupert Murdoch?
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
New York's Sam Anderson Ditches Moss, Joins Lindgren at Times Magazine
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Stan Wischnowski named Inquirer's top editor
Discussion: MediaPost and Media Decoder