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2:45 AM ET, January 21, 2011


 Top News: 
Eric Schmidt / The Official Google Blog:
An update from the Chairman  —  When I joined Google in 2001 I never imagined—even in my wildest dreams—that we would get as far, as fast as we have today.  Search has quite literally changed people's lives—increasing the collective sum of the world's knowledge and revolutionizing advertising in the process.
Eric Schmidt / @ericschmidt:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Big Bang At Google: Larry Page To Replace Eric Schmidt As CEO On April 4  —  Google has just announced their Q4 2010 earnings.  Looking them over quickly, they look good.  But that's the secondary story right now.  The bigger story is that Google has just announced that co-founder Larry Page …
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.
Lindsay Powers / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: Taco Bell Pulls Ads From MTV's ‘Skins’ Over Racy Content … Taco Bell has pulled its ads off Skins after the Parents Television Council urged a boycott.  —  Spokesperson Rob Poetsch tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We advertise on a variety of MTV programs that reach our core demographic …
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 …
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The shakeup at MediaNews: Why it could be the leadup to a massive newspaper consolidation  —  [Our regular contributor Martin Langeveld spent 13 years as a publisher in MediaNews Group.  That gives him an inside perspective on the company's bankruptcy filing and its leadership shakeup, which he shares with us here.
Discussion: The Register Citizen
Warner Music Plan: Buy or Be Bought  —  Updated  —  Warner Music Group, one of the four major record companies, has hired the investment bank Goldman Sachs to seek out potential buyers for the company, a process that will play out while Warner continues to explore buying the beleaguered British music giant EMI.
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.
Sporting News Paid AOL Millions To Drop Fanhouse  —  Last Thursday I reported on the essential elimination of AOL Fanhouse, with the Fanhouse brand being folded into a Sporting News portal that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong elected to install as its website's new sports content provider.
Discussion: Poynter
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Arianna Huffington to Launch Site for Blacks  —  Arianna Huffington is set to launch a new website that will focus on the black community.  —  The site — dubbed “HuffPost Global Black” — will purportedly offer “news, politics, culture, opinion, and video through the lens of the black experience.”
Nellie Andreeva /
ABC Moves ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ To Midnight, Shortens ‘Nightline’  —  ABC has confirmed long-running speculation that as part of Jimmy Kimmel's new two-year deal with ABC, the comedian had asked for his latenight talk show on the network to be moved up from 12:05 AM to midnight.
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.
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 …
Megan McCarthy / @megan:
Tweets are now being shown directly on Mediagazer - @reply with something fun to join the Discussion!
Diane Brady / Business Week:
Time Warner and the War Against Free  —  CEO Jeff Bewkes is standing up for paid content in a world of cheap online video.  Can he hold the line against iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu?  —  Daniel Acker/Bloomberg  —  In a hangarlike Las Vegas exhibition hall on Jan. 6 …
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
Bulls**t Detection 101: Why universities need to teach the new literacy  —  This post is part of the Carnival of Journalism, a project that gathers together a diverse group of bloggers to tackle a specific topic.  Here's the current topic: … I'm going to focus on the recommendation to integrate digital and media literacy.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Nickelodeon to debut Spongebob episode on Facebook  —  Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and has 16 million Facebook friends?  —  Spongebob Squareparents, of course.  The Nickelodeon show, by our count, is the fifth most popular Facebook page for a TV show.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Daniel Frankel / The Wrap:
Angela Bromstad Out at NBC  —  Angela Bromstad announced Thursday that she's leaving her post as NBC Entertainment president, marking the latest high-profile executive change for the broadcast network, which is currently being assimilated into the Comcast fold.
Discussion: Media Decoder
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 and The Business Insider
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Amazon Buying Lovefilm To Build European Movie Rentals Business
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Discussion: MediaPost
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
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Sarah Ditum / Guardian:
Time to let go of the teen mag dream
Discussion: Magforum
Chuck Carlton / Dallas Morning News:
Texas, ESPN join forces to start network
Ken Layne / Wonkette:
WaPo Newsroom Upset Because Black Lady With Boobs Hosts WaPo Webcast
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
UK Internet TV service YouView reportedly delayed
Discussion: Telegraph
Amy Wicks / WWD Media Headlines:
Jay Fielden Heads to Town & Country
Discussion: @koblin
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You Can Ring Its Bell: Demand Media Heads to Wall Street Next Week
Discussion: WebNewser and Mediaweek
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Discussion: CNN and Talking Biz News
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New year brings delays for expected media launches
Discussion: Poynter and The Wire
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Barnes & Noble Fires Executives
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Top Album, Low Sales
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Comcast's Biggest Regulatory Win? What The FCC And DOJ Didn't Do
Discussion: DealBook