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11:30 PM ET, January 3, 2011

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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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are One in Four of You Really Going to Cut Cable and Switch to Web Video?  —  May as well kick off the new year by restarting the cord-cutting debate: Are people really dropping their cable subscriptions in favor of the Internet and some combination of Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/YouTube etc?
Discussion: GigaOM
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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.
camen design:
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.
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Lots of Good News in the Trib's 2010 Analytics  —  It was a very interesting and newsworthy year for Texas politics and public policy, so it makes sense that traffic on our still-new-ish site would be robust — but even we optimists at Trib HQ didn't imagine that it would be this robust.
Discussion: Poynter and WebNewser
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Ex-Sacramento Bee sports editor launches sports opinion site  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Bill Bradley, who was laid off from the Sacramento Bee in October, says the mission of 27x7com is to fill the sports-opinion void in the Sacramento market.  He'll write multiple columns each day that focus …
Discussion: WebNewser
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.
Craig Fehrman / Boston Globe:
The incredible shrinking sound bite  —  It's not just a modern problem — and may not be such a bad thing after all  —  In the summer of 1992, just as George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot were gearing up for their presidential race, CBS announced a new policy for its nightly news.
Discussion: Poynter
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
What's Ahead for Media and Digital Businesses in 2011  —  PARIS — The end of 2010 was greeted with relief by many media companies.  “Not as bad as 2009” was a common refrain.  Advertising bounced back more strongly than expected, led by television.  Experiments in charging for digital content held …
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David Carr / New York Times:
The Great Mashup of 2011  —  For years, those of us who toiled …
Discussion: Poynter
Matthew Szymczyk / AdAge:
CES 2011: Welcome to the Year of Tablets and Digital Living Rooms  —  Expect the Tablet Market to Flourish Along With Connected TVs and Kinect  —  CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011 is almost upon us and like all gadget-obsessed technorati, half the excitement of an upcoming CES is trying …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Your Followers Are No Measure of Your Influence  —  Popularity on Twitter or Facebook Is Just That; It's the Ability to Drive Behavior That Matters  —  Since Malcolm Gladwell began popularizing his “Tipping Point” theory 14 years ago, marketers have fantasized about a world in which they can identify …
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.
Discussion: DownloadsEdge
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
With Hearst In Talks To Buy Hachette, New Pres. David Carey Addresses the Troops  —  Stresses “entrepreneurial thinking” and an “end to playing it safe.”  —  Most people in the publishing world are stumbling in today to dig out from a blizzard of e-mail and slowly get back into the groove.
Discussion: Gawker, AdAge, mediabistro.com and MinOnline
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.
Rishi Chandra / The Official Google TV Blog:
Google TV: A new partner for the new year  —  We're back from the holidays and ready to get crackin' on 2011.  Last year, we launched the first version of Google TV with our partners Sony and Logitech, and this year, we'll continue to make the product even better for you.
Discussion: SAI and WebNewser, more at Techmeme »
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Founder Kevin Rose Launches Private Newsletter Called Foundation  —  I bet you didn't know that Twitter was almost named Jittter or Twitch.  Well, now you will.  —  Last year Digg founder Kevin Rose was mulling over a new video show called fforward.  Fforward never launched, but the idea did change into something else.
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
Tonya Garcia / mediabistro.com:
Former ‘Early Show’ Producer Joins Gawker as PR Manager  —  Kevin Prince has joined Gawker Media as PR manager.  Previously, Prince was a producer CBS' The Early Show and has worked with MSNBC.  —  According to the memo from Gawker head Nick Denton, Prince will be using his TV know-how to promote …
Discussion: Poynter
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Internal Content Structure: “Towns”  —  We've heard that AOL has organized many of its content properties into what are internally called “towns.”  —  According to a source, this means that for each “town” — a major content property, along the lines of AOL Entertainment, AOL Health …
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 …
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.
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?
digiphile:
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.
 
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