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3:50 PM ET, January 20, 2011


 Top News: 
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
NY Times to Charge Less Than $20/Month for Web Access  —  New York Times Co. will charge readers less than $20 a month for full access to its namesake newspaper on the Web when the company introduces its paid service, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  The price has been set at less …
Discussion: SAI and @pkafka
Washington Post:
Warren Buffett to step down from Washington Post Co. board  —  Warren E. Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, said today he would step down from the board of The Washington Post Co. this May.  He has served on the board since May 1996 and previously had a tenure on the board from 1974 to 1986.
Tim Radford / Guardian:
A manifesto for the simple scribe - my 25 commandments for journalists |  Tim Radford  —  Former Guardian science editor, letters editor, arts editor and literary editor Tim Radford has condensed his journalistic experience into a handy set of rules for aspiring hacks
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Racy Show With Teenagers Steps Back From a Boundary  —  MTV executives have a new hit drama on their hands, featuring the sexual and drug-fueled exploits of misfit teenagers.  They also have something else — a fear that coming episodes of the show may break the law.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Amazon Buying Lovefilm To Build European Movie Rentals Business  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has finally confirmed it's buying the 58 percent of Lovefilm it doesn't already own - its bid to become a major European online movie subscription business.  There's no price disclosed …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: Lovefilm Investor Says Amazon Exit Is A Win-Win  —  Lovefilm eschewed a possible IPO option because Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) gives it a global-scale parent with resources enough to land the rights necessary to profit from the coming online movie explosion, says one of the VCs who has exited in the deal (see earlier story).
Discussion: VatorNews
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New Year brings delays for expected media launches  —  For the media-obsessed, 2010 was largely spent looking ahead to 2011.  —  This January was to bring four major launches or relaunches.  In the waning days of December, it still seemed reasonable to expect that each debut might happen before the second calendar month of the year.
Discussion: Poynter
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Techmeme and Mediagazer will now include Tweets as headlines  —  Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera and Mediagazer founder Megan McCarthy announced today, on Twitter, that they both news aggregation sites will be including Tweets as headlines going forward.  —  In July of last year …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Magazines Still Struggling With This Social Media Business  —  The future of magazines is still in the 20th century, admits the Association of Magazine Media.  —  The message from publishing executives and their resident social media gurus at the MPA's inaugural Social Media conference …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of Mr. Murdoch's Daily  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  Let's pause for a moment and reflect.  —  It's a daily newspaper being taken to the web.
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
DAILY BEAST: We're Not Paying Howard Kurtz $600,000 A Year!  —  Yesterday, we wrote about the rumors of astronomical salaries being paid to mainstream media stars who have jumped ship and joined new-media outfits like the Huffington Post and Daily Beast.  —  We said that we had been unable …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Is Launching A Flipboard-Killer, “Editions”  —  AOL is getting ready to launch its own iPad magazine called “Editions.”  —  The tag line for the magazine is “The Magazine That Reads You.”  —  We don't know much about it, but it sounds like it will be an app like Flipboard, using your interests to figure out what you like.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Joost Video Network Becomes Stand-alone Business Unit  —  Adconion Media Group plans to announce Thursday the spinoff of the Joost Video Network into a stand-alone business unit.  The newly launched digital media company will provide premium branded solutions for advertisers and brand marketers seeking …
Chuck Carlton / Dallas Morning News:
Texas, ESPN join forces to start network  —  AUSTIN — The University of Texas officially joined the New York Yankees and Oprah Winfrey as powerful enough and popular enough to command its own TV network.  —  Following negotiations that began in June last year after the Longhorns decided …
David Kaplan / paidContent: Integrates LinkedIn To Keep Readers On Site Longer  —  CNNMoney, the online face of Fortune magazine, is integrating business social network LinkedIn the Time Inc. (NYSE: TWX) mag's annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.  The is the first real test of LinkedIn's new …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Denver Post
Ken Layne / Wonkette:
WaPo Newsroom Upset Because Black Lady With Boobs Hosts WaPo Webcast  —  America's strangest joke of a newspaper is the Washington Post, an Onion-style bland suburban daily that seems to shrink deeper into itself each morning.  With a news section full of utterly random paragraph-sized chunks …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You Can Ring Its Bell: Demand Media Heads to Wall Street Next Week  —  According to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, Demand Media will finally launch its public offering later next week, after it completes its road show for investors.  —  Once it has its IPO …
Discussion: WebNewser
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
UK Internet TV service YouView reportedly delayed  —  YouView, the UK's next generation TV service, has reportedly hit a severe delay that might see its launch knocked back more than a year.  —  Formally announced back in September last year and previously know as ‘Project Canvas’ …
Discussion: Telegraph
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Fast Company:
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