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12:40 PM 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:
Day-to-day adult supervision no longer needed!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Big Bang At Google: Larry Page To Replace Eric Schmidt As CEO On April 4
New York Post:
Newsmax Media finds its Coz  —  Former American Media Ed itorial Director Steve Coz has landed at the fast-growing Newsmax Media as editorial director.  —  The company, which lost out in the bidding for Newsweek last year in part because of its conservative leanings, is among the few media companies …
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The shakeup at MediaNews: Why it could be the leadup to a massive newspaper consolidation  —  Editor's Note: 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.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Article Explains “This Article Is A Must Read.”  —  Many of you have asked for a post revealing the story behind this post.  (Warning: Don't click if you're easily angered.  And please don't read any further if you hate inside baseball stories).  —  This morning Mike wrote something called …
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.
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 and Fast Company
Casey Ross / Boston Globe:
Taylors back local bid to buy Globe  —  Former executives offer funds, advice  —  A Wellesley businessman who wants to buy The Boston Globe has gained financial backing from two members of the Taylor family, which owned and published the newspaper for generations.
Discussion: Poynter and Media Nation
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 …
Daniel Bachhuber / Daniel Bachhuber's weblog:
Universities as hubs of journalistic activity  —  In the first Carnival of Journalism of the new year, David Cohn asks: How do we increase the role of higher education as hubs of journalistic activity?  —  First, the why.  Educational institutions often have long-standing ties to a local community …
Matt Wells / Guardian:
Andy Coulson resigns over phone-hack claims  —  Andy Coulson, David Cameron's director of communications, has quit in the wake of the latest phone-hacking revelations.  —  Read a summary of events so far  —  3.38pm: While you've been busy reading this live blog, my colleagues have been hard at work on background pieces.
Amy Gahran / Knight Digital Media Center All-Site Feed:
How missing links hurt online news, part 1  —  For nearly 15 years, the internet has been popular with the general public.  So it amazes me that so many online news stories still routinely lack the kind of links that online and mobile users find helpful—and that also enhance the transparency, credibility, and shareability of news.
John Koblin / @koblin:
Discussion: @koblin
Andrew Piccone / The Awl:
Sheila McClear, ‘New York Post’ Features Writer  —  Tell me about your job.  —  I write features which are anything that's not hard news—longer form articles that aren't attached to the news cycle.  Things that might be more in the cultural ether, maybe profiles of people, or stuff like that.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
TV broadcasters resist FCC proposal to surrender more airwaves  —  Many broadcasters are already worried about declining viewers, and now they say the government wants to take away something more: the airwaves themselves.  —  That's because mobile Internet providers need more room to expand their fast-growing wireless networks.
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.
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