Wall Street Journal:
Google Digital Newsstand Aims to Muscle In on Apple — Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have stepped up their battle to win over publishers, as the two companies vie to become the dominant distributor of newspapers and magazines for tablet computers and other mobile devices.
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Damon Kiesow / Poynter: WSJ: Google may launch digital newsstand
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News: Google plans ‘digital newsstand’ in battle with Apple
Vlad Savov / Engadget: WSJ: Google plans a ‘digital newsstand’ …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Android to get a newsstand too? D'oh!
Steven Musil / CNET News: Google said to be mulling digital newsstand
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine: Is Google Willing to Undercut Apple in Order to Sell Newspaper and Magazine Apps?
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Google Android newsstand could challenge Apple iPhone, iPad
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: Google Digital Newsstand In the Works for Android
Tamlin Magee / TechEye: Google and Apple go at it on the future of news
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Google e-newsstand for Android media tipped
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: With Google's involvement, digital newsstands set to make their mark in 2011
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: The “Digital Newsstand” …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: Google Plans a Digital Newsstand for Android
Nate the great / The Digital Reader: Google planning a digital news stand?
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors: Google News Subscription Service For Android Publishers
Rob O'Regan / eMedia Vitals: Google digital newsstand aims to muscle in on Apple
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Google Planning Digital Newsstand, Apple To Launch Subscriptions “Early This Year”
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters: Google exploring digital newsstand: report
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker: Google Considering a “Digital Newsstand” for Android
Danny Goodwin / Search Engine Watch: Google Android E-Newsstand in Works?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: Why digital newsstands stink
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV Viewing Continues to Edge Up — Historians may someday note with wonder that by the end of 2010, at least six cable television shows were about auctioneers and pawnbrokers. And all were considered successes by their respective channels. — Countless shows were about cops and robbers …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab, TVWeek.com, The Hairpin, Tuned In, Mediaite and LA Observed
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab: The cognitive surplus hates pigs. Also, Snooki.
Liz Colville / The Hairpin: We Are Watching More TV Than Ever
James Poniewozik / Tuned In: The Hot New Medium of the Post-TV Era: TV!
Mark Joyella / Mediaite: Report: The Economy's Down, And TV Viewership Is Trending Up
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed: Americans watching more TV than ever, Nielsen says
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
CNN's Former Morning Host John Roberts Expected To Join Fox News — CNN's John Roberts is expected to join FOX News Channel as a senior national correspondent based in Atlanta and will be reporting on major domestic and international stories for the network.
Discussion: The Wrap, Poynter, Media Decoder, Multichannel, Broadcasting & Cable, New York Magazine, Yahoo! News and Inside TV
Tim Molloy / The Wrap: CNN Anchor John Roberts Joins Fox News
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: CNN's Roberts expected to join Fox News
Bill Carter / Media Decoder: John Roberts Leaves CNN for Fox News
Andrea Morabito / Multichannel: John Roberts Joining Fox News Channel: Reports
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable: Reports: John Roberts Joining Fox News Channel
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine: John Roberts Jumps From CNN to Fox News
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News: John Roberts leaving CNN for Fox News
Jeff Labrecque / Inside TV: John Roberts switches to FOX News
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
‘Daily Show’ May Return to Hulu — “The Daily Show” could soon return to Hulu, the premier Web site for television viewing. — The show and its counterpart on Comedy Central, “The Colbert Report,” were removed from Hulu in early 2010 when the two parties could not agree on a fair price for distribution.
Discussion: Online Video News, Electronista, TVWeek.com and The Huffington Post
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News: Rumor Mill: ‘Daily Show’ headed back to Hulu?
RSS Is Dying Being Ignored, and You Should Be Very Worried — RSS Is Being Ignored, and You Should Be Very Worried — Update: More reworking of article. I stand by my convictions, but I have been wrong in my delivery. — Also, here's a French translation of the previous version, kindly done by zar / teckee.
Discussion: Scripting News and parislemon
Peter Maass / New Yorker:
The Toppling: How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war. — How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war. — As viewers watched on television, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Leon Lambert and Corporal Edward Chin prepared to bring down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Arkansas Blog
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News: How the media played up Saddam Hussein's toppled statue
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog: An autopsy of an Iraq image
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
What the hell is going on with TV? — Google TV. Xbox. Apple TV. Roku. All these gadgets promise to make television more like the web. There's just one hitch: None of them are ready for primetime. — By Jessi Hempel, senior writer — You don't have to wait for Thursday nights to watch The Office these days.
Discussion: Mediaite and VentureBeat
Mark Joyella / Mediaite: FORTUNE Asks, “What The Hell Is Going On With TV?”
Dan Mitchell / VentureBeat: Smart TV's sell big globally, not so much in the U.S.
John Koblin / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: Lady Gaga, Newsstand Hit... Calvin Klein's New PR Director... THE LADY'S A WINNER: Put Lady Gaga in anything — flesh-colored bra, black bustier, meat dress, artillery-undie extravaganza — and it doesn't matter. She sells. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations …
Ujala Sehgal / The Wire: Lady Gaga Sold More Magazines Than Anyone In 2010 …
Brian Moylan / Gawker: The Best and Worst Celebrities for Magazine Covers
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Lady Gaga was a newsstand hit in 2010, while Swift bombed
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Delays dog unleashing of NewsBeast — NewsBeast isn't ready to come out of the cage quite yet. — While the Newsweek/Daily Beast merger was expected to be wrapped up by late November or early December, it has been delayed and is not closing until later this month.
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Daily Beast, Newsweek deal to be finalized this month
Brad Wellen / FishbowlNY: Newsweek/Daily Beast Deal Still In The Works
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The actor, the ex-News of the World executive and a broken-down Ferrari... You will surely have noted in the above picture that the actor Hugh Grant looks somewhat less than happy to be shaking the hand of the man on the right. — There is no sign of a smile. The stare towards the camera is cold.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
TV apps will be key focus at CES 2011 — The Consumer Electronics Show gets underway in Las Vegas later this week, and while new tablets, phones and 3D television sets will grab much of the attention, the biggest development in the television business will be the dramatic surge of internet-connected sets and TV apps.
Discussion: AdAge, WebNewser, Multichannel, ABCNEWS, VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and CNET News, more at Techmeme »
Matthew Szymczyk / AdAge: CES 2011: Welcome to the Year of Tablets and Digital Living Rooms
Todd Spangler / Multichannel: 3DTV Will Try Again In 2011
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Ford Sync car tech now in 3 million vehicles
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb: CES 2011 Preview: 3 Mobile Trends to Expect
Erica Ogg / CNET News: CES: What to expect at this year's show
Michael Learmonth / AdAge: Why Marketing's Big Guns Are Winging Their Way to Las Vegas
David Carr / New York Times:
The Great Mashup of 2011 — For years, those of us who toiled in the backwater of media reporting — covering people who cover other people — were left to trace the slow-motion decline of mainstream media and the inconsequential pratfalls of nascent digital efforts.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Media developments we'll be talking about this year
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
ABC, Syfy and Best Buy? Retailer Launches Network — Electronics Expert Turns Publisher With Multichannel Net Packed With Original Content — and It's Seeking Ads — NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The press corps at this year's Consumer Electronics Show may find themselves jostling for soundbytes …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Wall St. spanked debt-laden publishers in 2010 — Wall Street repudiated the shares of debt-heavy newspaper companies in 2010 at the same time the stocks of generally less leveraged publishers advanced. — In a decidedly mixed year for the 11 remaining publicly traded newspaper companies …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Wall Street punished debt-heavy newspaper firms in 2010
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Is Instagram the Next Distribution Opportunity for News Media? — From apps to podcasts, Facebook to Twitter, Flickr to YouTube, and more, mainstream media has embraced a number of new, technology-driven — and often social — platforms in the past decade to grow and engage its audiences.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel woos Hollywood studios with new microchip — (Reuters) - Intel Corp's new microchips, touted as its biggest-ever leap in processing power, include built-in content protection to make it safer for Hollywood studios to offer premium movies to consumers over their personal computers.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and GigaOM, more at Techmeme »
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal: Intel Chips Win Hollywood Role
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: Intel Moves DRM Into Chips For PC Streaming
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Calling Netflix or Huffpo: After 2010, Hollywood Needs a Game-Changer — It seemed like a quiet year as the entertainment industry continued down its uncertain path into the 21st Century. — No big mergers occurred. No major bankruptcies, save Blockbuster and MGM. Carl Icahn kept tilting at Lionsgate.
Matt Zoller Seitz / Salon:
The Oprah Winfrey Network's odd, splashy kick-off — I spent my New Year's Day watching the TV titan's ambitious new cable venture. To my surprise, it won me over — Oprah Winfrey — What time is it? What day is it? What year is it? Who glued my eyelids shut and stuffed my brain with wet socks?
Discussion: James on screenS, Boston Globe, Hollywood Reporter, The Wire, The Huffington Post, On The Air, New York Magazine, ArtsBeat, Mediaite and Gawker
Joanna Weiss / Boston Globe: Calling on Power Oprah
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter: Oprah Winfrey's New Network: What the Critics Think
Nancy F. Koehn / The Huffington Post: Leadership Lessons: Oprah's Journey to “OWN” Cableland
Michael Schneider / On The Air: Oprah kicks off your own best life
Mike Vilensky / New York Magazine: The Oprah Winfrey Network Has Arrived, and People Basically Like It
Alessandra Stanley / ArtsBeat: The TV Watch: A No Cynicism Zone on Oprah's Network
Adrian Chen / Gawker: The Cynic's Guide to the Oprah Winfrey Network
Blogging isn't dead, influence contests should be, and hyperlinks rock. — My belated wishes for the media in the New Year: — Please stop making generalized statements that “bloggers” are ____. — Blogs, whether they're written by members of the media, business people or “average” citizens matter in 2011.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Longreads: A Digital Renaissance for the Long-form? — At the South by Southwest conference last year, a button featuring the acronym “tl;dr” seemed ubiquitous. “Too long, didn't read” has become a rallying cry for a generation that likes it short and sweet, or else.
Discussion: New York Observer