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10:30 AM ET, January 20, 2011


 Top News: 
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 …
Discussion: Poynter and PE Hub Blog
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
THE GOLDEN AGE OF NEWS: Mainstream Media Staffers Agog At Huge …
Discussion: New York Observer
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
Discussion:, Thanks:fredericl
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 …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
1.4 million fans can't be wrong: NPR's Facebook page  —  “They swear like sailors, but boy, they're smart.”  —  That's how NPR strategist Andy Carvin described the 1.4 million fans who comment and share stories through NPR's Facebook page.  The page — originally created by an NPR enthusiast from the UK …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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.
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 …
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One Down: Spotify Signs Sony to U.S. Deal  —  This doesn't get them into the States, but it gets them a lot closer: Music service Spotify has finally signed with Sony for a U.S. distribution deal.  Multiple sources tell me the deal, which has been very close since last fall, is now closed.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Comcast's Biggest Regulatory Win?  What The FCC And DOJ Didn't Do  —  Sure, there are plenty of conditions attached to the regulatory approval of Comcast's buying 51 percent of NBC Universal (NYSE: GE), including losing a say in Hulu, Some will govern many of the merged company's actions for as long as seven years.
Discussion: DealBook
Associated Press:   Greenblatt Set To Craft NBC Prime-Time Strategy
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Nonprofit news orgs see validation, new funding in Comcast-NBC merger
New York Post:
Time Inc. execs huddling to move ball forward  —  Some 400 Time Inc. executives will be huddled in New York City tomorrow for the first quarterly management meeting since outsider Jack Griffin took over as CEO from Ann Moore last fall.  —  Since his arrival, Griffin has brought …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Relax, Everyone: Apple Isn't Bending Its Rules for Playboy  —  Hugh Hefner got a little over-excited.  About the iPad, that is.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Playboy founder Hugh Hefner touched off some excitement with a series of ebullient tweets yesterday, announcing that current and past issues …
MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Can We ‘Gamify’ the News Experience?  —  One of the biggest emerging conversations over the past year in Silicon Valley is around “gamification.”  Simply put, this is the idea of applying game mechanics, particularly those found in videogames, to all sorts of non-game experiences.
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Barnes & Noble Fires Executives  —  Barnes & Noble dismissed several executives on Thursday, including Robert Wietrak, the director of merchandising, a longtime employee who was responsible for key book-buying decisions for the company.  —  Mary Ellen Keating, a spokeswoman for Barnes & Noble …
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 …
Stephen Heyman / New York Times:
Nice-Guy Bloggers Needn't Finish Last  —  THE glittery party for the Hollywood jeweler Lorraine Schwartz last November drew a small mob of carat-starved celebrities to Lavo in Midtown.  Kim Kardashian held court by the dance floor, dressed in black velvet and satin.
Discussion: The Corsair
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Top Album, Low Sales  —  This Week's Top Seller Marks Low Point, Underscoring Waning Sales of Music  —  In the latest sign of waning consumer demand for recorded music, the Billboard 200 album-sales chart just registered a dubious distinction: The No. 1 position was held by an album …
Fast Company:
What Is a Curator in Chief?  —  Neil Sanderson is the Chief Curator at Eqentia—a software platform service that enables professional users and organizations to easily aggregate, curate and republish the news that's important to them.  —  Eqentia's sites are both public and private …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
A SPECIAL REPORT ON THE MEDIA AND THE TUCSON SHOOTING  —  The aftermath of the January 8 shooting spree in Tucson dominated the American news media last week in a way events rarely do: the tragedy registered as the third-biggest story in a single week since PEJ began tracking coverage in January 2007.
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Mark Stephens Warrior / Media News International:
Robert Bakish Named President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Suzanne Malveaux Tapped to Anchor ‘CNN Newsroom’
The Wrap:
Will Tribune Co. Sell its Newspapers Post-Bankruptcy?
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times Names New Metro Editor
Discussion: Gawker
Jim Edwards / BNET:
Julia Allison's Campaign to Rewrite History Is Coming Along Nicely
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Gee, you guys are spending an awful lot of money”: The Bay Citizen …
 Earlier Picks: 
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why It's Getting Harder to Find a Good Magazine Newsstand
Discussion: Poynter
Amy Wicks / WWD Media Headlines:
David Pecker: Chairman of the Tabloids
Discussion: Gawker
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Bloomberg Explains Company-Foundation Crossover, Sort Of
Anthony Kaufman / Speakeasy:
Sundance 2011: 7 Film Companies To Watch
Discussion: The Wrap and Online Video News
Media Week:
Hachette to close teen magazine Sugar after 16 years
Nellie Andreeva /
Weinstein Co. Plans To Launch TV Division With Meryl Poster In Talks To Run It
Discussion: MediaPost and Company Town
Alicia Shepard / NPR Blogs:
How NPR's Giffords Mistake Hurt The Families
Discussion: AOL News and Runnin' Scared