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11:15 AM ET, January 7, 2011


 Top News: 
Paul Ford /
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium  —  I look forward to your feedback.  —  I sometimes chat with people in the book- and magazine-publishing industries.  They complain to me about the web.  They worry about what is being lost.  They can sound like this bookseller in Buffalo, New York:
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Newspaper removes ‘homeless voice’ YouTube clip  —  The YouTube video of the homeless man with the golden voice has to be one of the biggest social media hits in local media history.  Earlier this week, a Columbus Dispatch videographer saw a homeless man holding a sign that promised a …
Jim Rainey / The Big Picture:
Ellen Weiss' first comments on her NPR resignation  —  Ellen Weiss called her decision to step down Thursday as the top news executive at National Public Radio “extremely hard” but declined to criticize NPR or back away from her decision to fire Juan Williams, the action that led to her downfall.
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns  —  NPR just released two statements — one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Coming Soon to Android Mobile Phones, Live on Vizio HDTVs  —  Since we launched Hulu Plus, it's been our goal to continue to add more platforms and devices to the subscription service to offer you as many ways as possible to stream the shows you want, whenever you want.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Breaking: Bill O'Reilly To Sit Down With Barack Obama In Pre-Super Bowl Interview  —  Sources tell Mediaite that Bill O'Reilly has landed an exclusive pre-game interview with President Barack Obama scheduled to air on the Fox Broadcasting Channel before the Super Bowl.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
The Atlantic Posts Profit for First Time In Years  —  Claims double digit increases in digital, events and print.  —  The Atlantic says it turned its first profit in decades in the fourth quarter of 2010, driven by double-digit revenue increases year-over-year in digital (up 70 percent) …
Discussion: New York Observer and The Wrap
Brian Stelter / Gadgetwise:
In Its First Deal With a Network, Boxee to Sell CBS Content  —  LAS VEGAS — In a step forward for television episode sales, Boxee said Thursday that CBS would allow it to begin selling episodes through its software platform later in the year.  —  The arrangement, announced …
James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
The Case Against Chasing Scoops  —  William M. Daley is reportedly going to become the next White House chief of staff.  I know that because I just read the report in the New York Times, and have seen “BREAKING” announcements from various outlets on Twitter, and have seen numerous reports to that effect for the last few days.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
IMG Sells The Daily to Founder; Name Dispute Still Unresolved  —  Whatever Rupert Murdoch decides to call the fancy new iPad-only news product he's launching in a few weeks, it's no longer IMG's problem.  The talent agency and media conglomerate has agreed to sell The Daily …
Discussion: The Fix and Fashionista
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Helen Thomas returns to journalism  —  After a seven-month retirement, Helen Thomas has a new journalism gig: columnist for the Falls Church News-Press in Virginia, as the ARLnow blog in Arlington, Va., reports.  —  The 90-year-old retired from Hearst newspapers in June after a media uproar …
Discussion: FCNP, Poynter, Arlington, Va. and The Wrap
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Will Hollywood's ‘UltraViolet’ plan replace the DVD?  —  A group of stakeholders in the entertainment industry are poised to make a important sales pitch to consumers concerning the way they buy and watch movies and TV shows.  —  Warner Bros. Entertainment, Netflix, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard …
Media Decoder:
Barnes & Noble Up, Borders Down  —  Unlike its struggling rival Borders, Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest book chain, said on Thursday that it finished the holiday season with stronger sales than expected, reporting its highest comparable store sales increase since 1997.
Don Tapscott / The Huffington Post:
Macrowikinomics: Journalism in the Age of Collaboration  —  This article is the sixth installment in series written by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, authors of the newly released book Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World.  Mark Parker, the CEO of Nike calls it “A masterpiece.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Many Huffington Post Readers Hate Site's New Facebook-Powered Recommendation Engine  —  The giant online publisher and aggregator Huffington Post began experimenting with a new content recommendation engine today, powered by Facebook and built by AdaptiveSemantics, the startup the company acquired last June.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Village Voice says writer fabricated characters for for-profit colleges story  —  Voice editor Tony Ortega says freelancer and Columbia journalism student Rob Sgobbo made up a character, “Tamicka Bourges,” who claimed she'd amassed a large debt at Berkeley College without obtaining a degree.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Tumblr's Bold Strategy: User Generated Content, After A Fashion  —  Depending on how you look at it, it's either a classic example of fiddling while Rome burns, or a masterstoke in brand positioning.  In fact, come to think of it, maybe Tumblr's decision to hire a “fashion director” …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
First look at Ridley Scott's YouTube movie  —  Remember the video Ridley Scott was producing for YouTube?  Today we get a first look at the results.  —  Last summer, YouTube announced that legendary Hollywood figure Ridley Scott would be producing ‘Life In A Day’, a movie consisting entirely …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Ex-CIA officer charged with leaking information to NYT's Risen  —  The Justice Department doesn't say specifically what was leaked by Jeffrey Sterling, but the AP's Adam Goldman says it's clear that case against him centers on leaks to New York Times reporter James Risen for his book …
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Meg James / Company Town:
Top Fox TV executive Tony Vinciquerra out in shake-up
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Major Influence Peddlers Fill Capitol Hill Newspapers With …
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The crucible of print  —  Britain's embattled newspapers …
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DEBUNKED: The Great Philadelphia Paywall Scare
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Las Vegas's copyright crapshoot could maim social media
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Pay TV industry moves to adapt to Internet age
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Todd Spangler / Multichannel:
CES: Yahoo Teams With Cable Nets, Broadcasters On Internet TV
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of tablets replacing newspapers
Discussion: Poynter and eMedia Vitals