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7:15 PM ET, February 18, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Time Inc. Chief Executive Jack Griffin Out  —  The chief executive of Time Inc., Jack Griffin, is leaving the company after less than six months on the job — forced out over what company executives said was a widespread sense that his management style was brusque and did not fit the corporate culture there.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Sources: IAB Considering Rehiring Rothenberg  —  Held president/CEO post from 2007 to last December  —  Does Randall Rothenberg want his old job back?  —  He may soon get the chance.  Given Time Inc.'s ouster of Jack Griffin yesterday (Feb. 17), The Interactive Advertising Bureau …
David Carr / New York Times:
Time Inc.: The Anatomy of a Fiasco  —  Like most bad news, the departure of Jack Griffin — the chief executive of Time Inc. for less than six months — dropped at the end of the day, leaving the publishing community scratching its head and wondering how things had gone so wrong.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Ousted Time Inc CEO Griffin fires back about reason for departure  —  Jack Griffin, the ousted CEO of Time Inc. has fired back at Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes who blamed yesterday's firing on a clash of management styles.  —  Said Griffin in his first public response, “I was recruited and hired …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Insiders: Bewkes Fired Griffin Over Poor Communication, Talent-Drain Fears  —  My first thought when I heard that Jeff Bewkes fired Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin was a sentence I can't print here.  The second one: maybe he learned something from AOL (NYSE: AOL) after all.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:   Jack Griffin: ‘My Exit Was Clearly Not About Management Style or Results’
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gawker's Gulp Moment: Big Redesign Is Driving People Away  —  About ten days ago, gossip blog Gawker and its sister sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and others switched over to a drastic redesign which was met with plenty of jeers.  People always complain about design changes …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:   Pick one: Gawker takes a hit/Gawker is coming back
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Wire:   After Its Big Redesign, Gawker Media Pageviews Seem To Be Coming Back
New York Times:
Security Forces in Bahrain Open Fire on Mourners  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — Government forces opened fire on hundreds of mourners marching toward Pearl Square Friday, sending people running away in panic amid the boom of concussion grenades.  But even as the people fled, at least one helicopter sprayed fire …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Violence against journalists escalating in the Middle East
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ESPN Gives Web Star Bill Simmons His Own Site  —  Here's Bill Simmons' reward for sticking with ESPN: His own piece of turf, where the star columnist/multimedia experimenter can cultivate a new sports/pop culture site.  —  Simmons already has his own page on, but this is something …
Dan Shanoff / Quickish:   Why Bill Simmons' New Sports Media Project Is Going To Thrive
Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Eye Apple Anew  —  Enforcers Interested in Whether Digital-Subscription Rules Stifle Competition  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices …
Felix Salmon / CJR:
Business Insider's Barcelona Junket  —  Victoria Barret reports on the nice little deal that Dan Frommer has going on in Barcelona: “Samsung was generous enough to sponsor our trip”, in the words of Frommer himself.  —  Barret is reasonably sympathetic, and likes the fact that Frommer inserts …
Victoria Barret / Upside Potential:
Is Pure Journalism Unaffordable?
Discussion: @eldon, Crikey and Poynter
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
What Bob Iger Values Most In TV's Digital Future  —  If there was any doubt as to how Disney (NYSE: DIS) CEO Bob Iger sees the changing TV world, it became abundantly clear in the closing hours of Disney's investors conference on Thursday in Anaheim.  —  In short, for all the emphasis he puts …
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Disney Interactive Media Group: The Turnaround Plan
Discussion: Media Money …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NY Times reinventing ‘Week in Review’ section  —  The New York Times is overhauling the paper's Sunday “Week in Review” section, a “reinvention project that will involve staff from both the newsroom and the editorial department.”  —  Times editor's aren't just tinkering with the existing “Week in Review.”
Discussion: Poynter
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
BBC Plans To Boost News Coverage In The U.S.: “Never Been A Greater Need For Impartial News”  —  The BBC has announced changes in its American news efforts, including changes for the network's flagship U.S. newscast, BBC World News America, expanded ties to PBS stations …
Chris Ariens /
Paul Friedman out at CBS News  —  TVNewser has learned another CBS News executive is out the door today.  Executive VP for news Paul Friedman is leaving the company.  Incoming chairman of the news division Jeff Fager made the announcement in a memo to staff a short time ago:
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Margaret Brennan: Bloomberg TV's force  —  Commentary: Anchor aims to boost her employer's profile  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — When people start talking about cable news, invariably they launch into deep discussions about the fortunes of Fox, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Word of Mubarak's Resignation Spread on Social Media  —  On February 11, the world watched as Hosni Mubarak was tossed from power after 30 years running Egypt at about 11:00 a.m. Eastern.  Naturally, the legions glued to their computers wanted to share the news.
HuffPost TV / The Huffington Post:
WATCH: Arianna Discusses Her Editorial Vision On Charlie Rose  —  Arianna and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong sat down with Charlie Rose on Thursday to discuss the recent merger of The Huffington Post with AOL.  —  Arianna explained to Charlie her larger vision for the future of the company.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Josh Kalven / CJR:
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David Marsh / Guardian:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC to buy out Lonely Planet
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Peter Walker / Guardian:
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From Techmeme:

Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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