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3:30 PM ET, October 5, 2011


 Top News: 
Frazier Moore / The Huffington Post:
Roger Ailes: I Hired Sarah Palin Because She Was ‘Hot And Got Ratings’  —  NEW YORK — As the most powerful man in the universe, or one of them anyway, Roger Ailes can look back on the first 15 years of his crowning achievement, Fox News Channel, with satisfaction.  And he does.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Hulu to Stream Univision Shows  —  11:26 a.m. |  Updated |  The popular streaming video Web site Hulu is adding Spanish language television shows for the first time.  —  In a deal to be announced on Wednesday and to be implemented later this year, Hulu will have a selection of telenovelas …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu Says Subscription Service Revenue Climbing
Jay Rosen / Quote and Comment:
A CNN Business reporter, Alison Kosik, summarizes what she thinks the purpose of Occupy Wall Street is.  —  Here is her Twitter post.  —  UPDATE: Kosik deleted her tweet.  That's the kind of confidence she had in her observation, I guess.  The New York City police are fairly visible at Occupy Wall Street.
Katherine Travers / Editors Weblog:
Citizen journalism thrives in Occupy Wall Street coverage  —  Occupy Wall Street: the American protest movement that seemed to have sprung from nowhere and may have been going nowhere - or so many people thought until Saturday October 1, when protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City and 700 people were arrested.
Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV  —  AT&T, BBC, Comcast, HBO, Rogers, Telefónica, Televisa and Verizon are among providers rolling out new TV entertainment services on Xbox LIVE.  —  A new era in television begins this holiday where your entertainment …
Nina Burleigh / Guardian:
Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher and the media  —  The Italian media, cowed, lazy and compliant, allowed a bullying prosecutor to frame Knox and Sollecito for the Kercher murder  —  As an American journalist covering the Knox case for 10 months in Italy, I was surprised by a number of things.
Erik Lacitis / Seattle Times:
Media scramble to get in, get a view (or a ladder)
Discussion: Poynter
Nick Denton / @nicknotned:
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
Nick Denton Loses Bet That The Gawker Redesign Wouldn't Hurt Traffic
Discussion: Poynter
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Spin’ Magazine Going Bimonthly  —  Spin is making the move from monthly to bimonthly—it will publish only six issues next year, down from 11 this year, Adweek has learned.  The magazine also plans to cut its rate base to 350,000 from 450,000, an acknowledgment that the Web is replacing print for its mainly young, male readership.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Are web originals finally ready for primetime?  —  The creation of a viable business model based on video that originates online rather than on TV or from the Hollywood studios has been a long time coming.  Our earliest NewTeeVee posts appeared five years ago, back in 2006, and in that time …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Gray Lady's True Colors  —  The proof of the pudding is in the tweeting.  —  Some readers thought we were too generous to Kate Zernike of the New York Times last January.  Zernike had come under attack for a story titled “Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics,” …
Discussion: GalleyCat, Capital New York and Poynter
John Koblin / WWD:
Publishers: Tablet Business Is Picking Up  —  TABLET TALK: All these months later, with some decent subscription numbers and a possible antidote to the iPad in the Kindle Fire, publishers are beginning to find a business out of tablets.  On a panel Tuesday morning at the American Magazine Conference …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Downing Street ‘did not record who knew’ about Andy Coulson vetting  —  Freedom of information request for names of ministers or officials involved in background check decision is refused  —  Downing Street has claimed there is no record of which ministers or officials knew …
Discussion: @nero
The Independent:
Hugh Grant: ‘The phone-hacking scandal has only just scratched surface’  —  The actor tells Oliver Wright there's worse to come on politicians, police and the press  —  Corrupt policemen tipped off journalists about celebrity victims of crime before other officers had time to respond …
Julianne Pepitone /
Should Disney just buy Yahoo?  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Yahoo's big announcement on Monday was something of a snoozer: It's partnering with ABC News on newsgathering and content.  But the deal highlights how nicely buyout-ripe Yahoo's assets fit with big media companies like ABC owner Disney.
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Reporter Claims White House Officials Screamed And Cursed At Her Over Story  —  A reporter for CBS claimed that White House and Department of Justice officials screamed and cursed at her due to a story she was pursuing about a controversial DOJ program.  —  Sharyl Attkisson …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Yahoo suits tout new reporting focus, but what about the old one?  —  After Monday's splashy announcement that Yahoo News and ABC News are teaming up in the name of worldwide web-traffic domination, The New York Times followed up with a piece about how Yahoo executives are redirecting their efforts to original reporting.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The iPhone 5 Failboard: How Everyone Got It Wrong  —  A great many Apple fans are hot and bothered that no iPhone 5 emerged today to fill the void in their souls.  But you know who should really feel dejected?  All the tech bloggers who wasted time typing bold proclamations about new features, designs and phones that never came.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
NI faces more than 60 phone-hacking claims  —  Father of Josie Russell, who survived murder attempt, Sara Payne and 7/7 hero Paul Dadge among 13 new writs this week  —  The father of Josie Russell, the girl who survived a hammer attack in which her mother and sister were killed …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC news chief seeks government action over Iranian ‘intimidation’  —  Peter Horrocks says Tehran has intensified blocking of Persian TV channel, and arrested staff's relatives and friends  —  The BBC's head of global news has called on the UK government to rebuke Iran after relatives of 10 …
Discussion: Guardian, BBC, The Lede and
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
What if the rankers ranked newspapers?  —  Here we are in the middle of ranking season.  The signature U.S. News & World Report rankings came out last month, and the Times Higher Education global university rankings are due later this week.  —  Lots of people rank colleges these days, and most of the rankers are in the news business.
Discussion: Poynter
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
McCormick Foundation awards millions to journalism organizations  —  The Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation has approved $5 million in grants to 22 organizations, including Investigative News Network ($225,000 over two years); Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. ($90,000 over 18 months) …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
‘Be Your Own Boss’: Northcliffe Turns LocalPeople Sites In To ‘Franchises’  —  UK regional newspaper publisher Northcliffe Media was only paying its LocalPeople community publishers £4,800.  ($7418.03) Now it wants those publishers to pay it.  —  The group is beginning a “franchise” model for sites in its hyperlocal network.
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
The NFL Network and Time Warner Continue to Spar  —  Karen Waldkirch, a freelance writer in Wauwatosa, Wis., owns shares in the Green Bay Packers and buys season tickets to their games at Lambeau Field.  —  Yet if she wants to satisfy her hunger for news about the Packers on the NFL Network, she cannot.
Discussion: Company Town
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Huffington Post steps up UK recruitment  —  Huffington Post UK has appointed new editors for its media and business sections as it presses ahead with its UK expansion.  —  Former head of content at Stephen Hull has joined the website as media editor and Peter Guest has been appointed business editor.
Liliane Landor / BBC:
Talking to Haqqani: How it was done  —  How and why would you interview a key leader of one of Afghanistan's most feared anti-Western militant groups?  —  The Haqqani network has been blamed for a series of recent deadly attacks in its home country.  —  So its leaders' thoughts and motivations …
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Matt Dornic / FishbowlDC:
CNN Adds Frum and Cardona to 2012 Election Team
Discussion: TVNewser and On Media's Blog
Peter Velz /
SPLC, student journalist sue Kan. community college over public records fees
Ben Fenton / @BenFenton:
BBC to cut more than 2,000 jobs, but no services will close, in DQF tomorrow.
Associated Press:
Analyst says NYT to outperform newspaper peers
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Defends Hank Williams, Jr. From ESPN Censors: ‘Have You Met Him?’
Amanda Natividad / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Bravo Digital; Bookish; CCC; FRWD
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Jack Neff / AdAge:
As Devices and Distribution Compete, Content Enjoys Renaissance
Discussion: Online Video News
Sophie Schillaci / Hollywood Reporter:
Andy Rooney's Final Broadcast Draws Largest October Audience Since 2007
 Earlier Picks: 
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
35 years ago today, Barbara Walters became highest paid journalist
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TVNewser
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Local TV Go-To Information Source During Irene
Discussion: MediaPost and
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
The Daily scolds UK's Daily Mail for lifting its Scientology series
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Rupert Murdoch Funds Daily Reporter's Hunter S. Thompson-Inspired Vegas Vacation
Discussion: The Daily

From Techmeme:

Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
GPT-4o mini costs $0.15 per 1M input tokens and $0.60 per 1M output tokens, prices lower than those of Claude 3 Haiku and Gemini 1.5 Flash

Shashank Pathak / Entrackr:
Google cuts the Maps API pricing for Indian devs by ~70% and starts accepting payments in Indian rupee, after Ola unveiled one-year free dev access to Ola Maps

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