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1:35 AM ET, January 10, 2011


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Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
How incorrect reports of Giffords' death spread on Twitter  —  Update: NPR Senior Strategist Andy Carvin, who worked on the NPR online effort Saturday, has left a great explanation in our comments section about some of the decisions he faced.  We have incorporated a small piece of it into the story …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Twitter isn't the new Cronkite - it needs the new Cronkite(s)  —  Twitter needs an anchor - or perhaps hundreds, thousands or millions of them.  —  I thought a lot about that post during todays events, and I now feel that while the point that Twitter is the place to go for breaking news is beyond question …
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
NPR, Reuters, CNN and other major news orgs incorrectly declare death of Rep. Giffords  —  The shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others at a public event earlier today resulted in an onslaught of breaking news reporting.  Major news organizations raced to gather reporting, and information began to spread quickly.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CNN Mulls Show Shake-Up  —  Amid Ratings Struggle, Network May Replace Kathleen Parker on ‘Parker Spitzer’  —  CNN is considering replacing Kathleen Parker, co-host of its new evening program “Parker Spitzer,” according to people familiar with the matter, as the network struggles to reverse a steep slide in its evening audience.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Le Monde: a blueprint of a turnaround  —  The iconic French newspaper Le Monde is about to begin a new chapter of its complicated history.  Last September, what remains France's most influential paper changed hands (see previous Monday Note Le Monde's escape velocity and story in NY Times' DealBook).
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The TV-Internet Nuptials  —  LAS VEGAS — The blending of television and the Internet is inevitable.  But will it happen in concert with the major cable and satellite distributors, or in spite of them?  —  That question loomed large at the Consumer Electronics Show last week …
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Hanging On as the Boundaries Shift  —  FOUR months as public editor has given me a working list, perhaps only that, of the challenges The Times faces and the faults readers find in this most important of American newspapers.  As a representative of the reader, I'd like to post that list today …
Jerry Lazar / KobreChannel:
Clueless in Columbus  —  Here are five lessons the media should learn from the Columbus Dispatch's video story about Ted Williams.  (That golden-throated homeless guy does have a name.)  —  * 1. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.  The gift horse we're talking about is not Williams.
The Independent:
Brave new world: Writers will have to change their attitude if they're to catch up with the videogames industry  —  Digital media offer unbounded opportunities for writers to experiment with form and conventions.  So why do so many still allow themselves to be imprisoned by the traditional codex format of the book, asks Joy Lo Dico
Discussion: Personanondata
Associated Press:
SmartMoney Magazine Revamps For The Digital Age  —  Today's investors are bombarded with stock tips: from the Web, from “Mad Money” Jim Cramer — even from their cell phones.  How does a monthly magazine keep pace?  —  For SmartMoney, the answer is counterintuitive, though it relies …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: History Channel Pulls ‘The Kennedys’; Says Controversial Miniseries ‘Not a Fit’ … In a surprise move, A&E Television Networks has canceled plans to broadcast The Kennedys, the ambitious and much-anticipated miniseries about the American political family that was set to air this spring on the History Channel.
Richard Abowitz / The Daily Beast:
At AVN Weekend with Porn's Top Talent Agent  —  Adult-film stars have descended upon Las Vegas, hustling for gigs at the industry's biggest convention.  Richard Abowitz shadows porn's top talent agent as he wheels and deals.  —  Mark Spiegler waddles, shifting his girth from one foot to the other, swaying slightly side to side.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How to Steal Any Movie You Want on the Web: Wall Street Gets a How-To Guide  —  It's easier than ever to download any movie or TV show you want on the Web, for free.  Just ask Rich Greenfield.  Or better yet, let the Wall Street analyst show you, via a helpful four-minute video embedded at the bottom of this post.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
WP publisher: ‘We achieved our goals for ad revenue for the first time in several years’  —  Post publisher Katharine Weymouth tells her staff: “I committed to [Post Co. chairman] Don [Graham] and to the Board that we would return to profitability by 2011.  Excluding one-time costs …
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