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2:30 PM ET, January 11, 2011


 Top News: 
Yahoo! News:
Steve Jobs to join Murdoch to unveil iPad paper  —  Rupert Murdoch will unveil News Corp's much-anticipated iPad newspaper on stage later this month with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, The Cutline has learned.  —  The two media moguls will appear together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art …
Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg to Rank the Rich  —  Bloomberg LP is preparing to launch a ranking of the world's billionaires, capitalizing on the swelling numbers of wealthy individuals around the world and taking direct aim at the core franchise of Forbes magazine.  —  Bloomberg on Monday said it is hiring …
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Seeking out sources, made transparent on Twitter  —  As the story of the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues to unfold, we're seeing another example of Twitter in motion and the different approaches news organizations take to using social media.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast Takes Another Crack at the iPad, With a Single-Serving App  —  Okay.  So iPad magazine apps aren't going to magically solve the publishing industry's problems, after all.  But that doesn't mean publishers can't find ways to take advantage of tablets.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and WebNewser
The Year in News 2010  —  Disaster, Economic Anxiety, but Little Interest in War  —  Two weeks into the year, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti and dominated the news in the United States for a month.  As coverage began to subside, the climatic legislative battle over remaking …
New York Post:
A ‘sign’ of bad things to come for CNN's Parker  —  Cnn yanked “Parker Spitzer” off the network's enormous Sixth Avenue billboard yesterday just hours after reports hit that the co-hosts were headed for a breakup.  The advertisement for the show, which has been at the corner of 47th Street for months …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cable Rewards Cord Non-Cutters With a Bigger Bill  —  Even if cord-cutting is real, very few of you are actually going to do it.  Your reward from the cable guys?  A bigger bill in 2011.  —  That's because the cable guys always raise their prices, year after year after year.  It's what they do.
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Social media storm over weatherman's firing  —  It used to be that when you got rid of popular on-air talent, you might get a few angry letters and a few more angry calls.  Those were usually handled by low-level staffers.  Later on, in the same situation, stations started to get a bunch of emails.
Discussion: AdAge and Farmington Patch
David Kaplan / paidContent:
PIB: Despite Ad Recovery, Mag Ad Pages Ended 2010 Slightly Down  —  Although advertising spending came back in 2010, the best consumer magazines were able to do was to arrest the erosion of ad pages, according to the latest figures from the MPA's Publishers Information Bureau.
Jordan Greene / iMediaConnection Blog:
What the Verizon iPhone Means for Marketers  —  After literally years of speculation and rumors, Verizon finally announced that it will debut the iPhone on its network.  While consumers get their ultimate tech wish, this has some significant marketing opportunities for brands and publishers.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Joe Scarborough Wants the Republican Party Back  —  Joe Scarborough has been branded a turncoat by some in the GOP for taking on extremists.  But the Giffords shooting shows he was right in calling for calm, the Morning Joe host tells Howard Kurtz.  —  Joe Scarborough was back in Washington …
James Kanter / New York Times:
Brussels Wants 7-Year Limit on Works Digitized by Google  —  BRUSSELS — Companies like Google that digitize artworks and books from public bodies should allow other companies and institutions to commercialize those materials after seven years, three experts advising the European Commission said Monday.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Merges Print and Digital Corporate Sales  —  Digital President Kirk McDonald Exits at the Same Time  —  NEW YORK ( — In one more step for the integration of print and digital media, Time Inc. has combined the operations that had handled its largest advertisers in each medium.
Discussion: AdPulp and MediaPost
Lucia Moses / Adweek: Discovers Web Video  —  Flagging site injects exclusive videos into mix  —  Rolling Stone online editor Abbey Goodman has brought in artists from Wyclef Jean to Mumford & Sons to perform in the magazine's Midtown offices.  But on a recent Wednesday, she was nervous.
Tim Dick / Sydney Morning Herald:
Herald appoints first woman editor in its 180-year history  —  THE Herald has been published since April 1831, through depressions and wars into the internet age, but until yesterday afternoon never has a woman been its editor.  Amanda Wilson is now the first.
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
Dailymotion rolls out on-demand content hubs  —  Video content sharing site Dailymotion has launched rapid-response, on-demand content hubs featuring programmed collections of content based on trending topics in social media, search, events and breaking news—all in near real-time.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
For Dipping?  Sure, but for Reconnecting, Too  —  FROM 1958 to 1961, Pepsi-Cola invited consumers to “be sociable, have a Pepsi.”  Now, a brand sold by another division of PepsiCo is turning to social media as the centerpiece of an ambitious campaign.  —  The brand is Tostitos tortilla chips …
EXCLUSIVE: Roger Ailes & Russell Simmons: Both Sides Are Wrong  —  Roger Ailes, the President of Fox News, spoke exclusively with Russell Simmons, the founder of  Following the horrific shootings in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, January 8, 2011, Mr. Simmons and Mr. Ailes spoke about the rising tension within the media.
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
Tone Versus Substance  —  Jared Lee Loughner's killing spree has rekindled a long-running debate about political discourse in the United States.  Voices like Andrew Sullivan insist that violent, inflammatory rhetoric poisons our country, and runs the risk of empowering the deranged.
Was Arianna Huffington Escorted Off a Flight by Police?  —  Last Friday night, Arianna Huffington was in Las Vegas, mingling with celebrities.  And the next night?  According to a tipster, Arianna was being escorted off a plane by Port Authority police—for wanton, unsafe Blackberry-ing.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Applying analytics to magazine sales at Hearst
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and FishbowlNY