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11:40 AM ET, January 12, 2011


 Top News: 
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
Social Media and Subpoenas: A Broken System That Puts Journalistic Sources at Risk  —  The Department of Justice issued Twitter a subpoena for access to the accounts of Julian Assange and several others in relation to its investigation of the whistle-blower organization, which released roughly 2,000 classified cables.
Discussion: Poynter and Gawker
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media Clears SEC and Prices IPO  —  Demand Media is set to go public, according to an amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with shares priced from $14 to $16 each.  —  The online publisher could sell up to 8.625 million shares and, if it prices at the top of the range …
Discussion: Beet.TV and DealBook
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Yahoo Sports Adds an Online Magazine  —  Yahoo Sports has built an audience of more than 50 million visitors on news, commentary and fantasy games.  Now it is shifting gears with a product extension: an online magazine.  —  Starting Tuesday night, Yahoo's sports division and …
New York Post:
Meow!  Fashion news catfight planned on Web  —  It's a return to battle for two veterans of the catty and combative fashion news wars.  —  Former Fairchild boss Michael Coady and ex-InStyle editor Charla Lawhon are joining forces — with a chance to twist the tails of their respective former employers …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
The Price of Unwanted Ad Clicks  —  Some advertisers on Google Inc.'s search engine say a little-known feature of the company's AdWords ad system is causing them to overpay.  —  The advertisers, including high-end medical professionals, said their ads for services such as cosmetic dentistry …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Comcast's Gilford Jumps To ABC As SVP, Digital Media  —  Digital entertainment vet Karin Gilford is switching from Comcast Interactive Media (NSDQ: CMCSA) to Disney/ABC (NYSE: DIS) Television Group.  As SVP-digital media for ABC, Gilford will be responsible for the network's initiatives across platforms …
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Piers Morgan Taking Over for Larry King, but His Ads Cost the Same  —  CNN Has High Hopes for Show; Buyers Take Wait-and-See Approach  —  One thing new CNN host Piers Morgan (left) has in common with his predecessor Larry King: ad prices.  —  NEW YORK ( — By taping interviews …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin Accuses Press of ‘Blood Libel’  —  Sarah Palin: “America's Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.  —  Anyone still wondering whether political debate in American would change in the wake of the shooting of 20 in Tucson that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords grievously injured got …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Joe Scarborough Wants the Republican Party Back
Dan Steinberg / D.C. Sports Bog:
Snyder and Leonsis on the media  —  One of the great things about having all the D.C. sports owners in The Post's auditorium for Tuesday's Business of Sports symposium thing was that they could all take shots at the media and we had to just sit there and smile and take it since we invited them there.
Discussion: Poynter
Amy Wicks / WWD:
The King of Hearst  —  NEW YORK — It was a few minutes before 10 p.m. on Monday night and Hearst Magazines top executive David Carey had something to say about his company, a comment his rivals would try to deny but probably fear is true.  —  “The current environment favors the Hearst way of doing things,” he said.
Discussion: New York Observer
Lisa Lacy / ClickZ:
The Rise of TV Check-Ins  —  It's no secret Americans watch a lot of television - 35.6 hours a week on average, by Nielsen's estimate.  So it should come as no surprise that a handful of start-ups have emerged to channel TV viewing behavior.  —  Platforms like GetGlue, Philo …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Raises $2.1 Million For Social News Curation, Hits 2 Million Users  —  Exclusive - SmallRivers, the Switzerland-based company behind, a service that taps social streams from users and turns them into personalized online newspapers, has just raised $2.1 million in funding …
Salman Siddiqui / The Express Tribune BlogThe …:
When money is involved in journalism  —  One of the many lessons I've learnt in the profession of journalism is that there are always strings attached when a flock of top media personalities are in full attendance when, let's say, a boring yet important issue like maternal healthcare is discussed at a five-star hotel.
Mike Fleming /
The Challenge Of Sequelizing Ghostbusters  —  Every time one of the original Ghostbusters stars promotes a film, they answer the inevitable Ghostbusters III question that fuels a new round of breathless stories that turn out to be apparitions.  Ivan Reitman, back as director thanks …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
For Netflix And Lovefilm, Online Choice Pales Against DVD Business  —  Reality check: The prospect of Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) and Lovefilm becoming online-first subscription businesses looks a long way off - they have online rights for just a tenth of their DVD catalogue...
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Trinity Mirror's Regional Online Head Now At Video Network
Discussion: Guardian and Press Gazette
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
ESPN3 breaks new ground with live BCS stream
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
At Twelve, a Brief Chapter Ends
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
NPR accuses Republican lawmaker of trying to control public radio stations
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Thanks:gnagesh
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Real Blogs Don't Buy Ads On Google
Discussion: SAI
Judy Shapiro / AdAge:
Why Agencies Should Stop Pretending They're in the Technology Business
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Reuters taps Midwest bureau chief to head new domestic news service
 Earlier Picks: 
Charles M. Madigan / CJR:
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Discussion: L.A. NOW and LA Observed
Louis C. Hochman / Chatham Patch:
Daily Record, 2 Other Gannett Papers Slashing Newsroom Staffs in Half
Discussion: Poynter
Max Mosley Takes Privacy Fight Over ‘Nazi’ Sex Video to Human Rights Court
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
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