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7:15 AM ET, October 9, 2011

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Mike Fleming / Deadline.com:
Sony Pictures Acquiring New Steve Jobs Biography For Major Feature Film  —  EXCLUSIVE: I've just learned that Sony Pictures is making a hefty deal to acquire feature rights to Steve Jobs, the upcoming authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson.
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Steve Jobs and Apple vs. a free press  —  The man and his company's focus on control led to repeated fights with reporters.  —  In this June 9, 2008, file photo, Steve Jobs announces the introduction of the iPhone 3G during the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Steve Jobs and the media: For the most part, it was a love affair
Discussion: FT Tech Hub
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera's chief extols virtues of ‘journalism for the people’  —  The revolutionary fervour of the Arab Spring came alive last night at City University London in a lecture by Wadah Khanfar, the former director general of Al-Jazeera.  —  In describing his reaction to the various uprisings …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Adventures in self-publishing: SplatF's first quarterly report  —  Holy cow, it's already been three months since I started publishing SplatF.  Among other clichés: Time flies when you're having fun.  —  As I've noted all along, one of the reasons I'm doing this is to see if self-publishing online is a viable business.
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
The TV Watch: ‘The Early Show’ on CBS Is Sober but Stronger  —  There isn't much news you can use on “The Early Show” on CBS.  It no longer offers dieting tips, barbecue recipes or audience makeovers.  There are no pop concerts or “Growing Pains” cast reunions.
Discussion: TVNewser
Troy Thibodeaux / Poynter:
5 tips for getting started in data journalism  —  Data journalist.  Computer-assisted reporter.  Newsroom developer.  Journo-geek.  If those of us who work in the field aren't quite sure what to call ourselves, it's little wonder that sometimes even the people who work beside us are puzzled by what we do.
Andrew Goldfarb / IGN:
Scoop: Toy Story Scribes May Pen Farmville Film  —  The social franchise may be headed to the big screen.  —  In an interview about their work on upcoming game Skylanders Spyro's Adventures, Toy Story writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen have revealed that they're currently in talks to pen a film based on Farmville.
David Lister / The Independent:
Twenty-five years is a long time in arts journalism  —  I feel a little queasy about writing an anniversary piece, as I was in the room in August 1986 - two months before the launch of The Independent - when the founding editor Andreas Whittam Smith declared that one of the many ways …
NPR:
Barry Eisler's ‘Detachment’ From ‘Legacy’ Publishing … Thriller writer Barry Eisler has turned his back on traditional publishing — or as he calls it, legacy publishing.  His latest book, The Detachment, was released as an e-book in September.  It comes out in paperback in October.
Burgess Everett / On Media's Blog:
Ex-CNN exec launches polling site  —  A bad economy and chaotic news industry didn't dissuade Eason Jordan from taking his start-up headfirst into the interconnected worlds of news, polling and social media.  —  In mid-September, the former CNN chief news executive and multiple Emmy winner launched a …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Police Clashes Spur Coverage of Wall Street Protests  —  The Occupy Wall Street protests, by design, began with little in the way of concrete goals or strategy.  —  But the protests in Manhattan, now in their third week, and in other parts of the country, have found two ways to draw attention to their cause.
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Sky News' Alex Crawford wins award for Middle East reports  —  Journalist Alex Crawford awarded the James Cameron Memorial Award for her reports on the Middle East and hailed as ‘outstanding role model’ for industry  —  Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford has received …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
News Corp sets up hotline for staff to report ‘illegal activity’  —  Journalists at News International (NI) and other staff in Rupert Murdoch's media empire have been told to call a hotline to report suspicious colleagues in a fresh clampdown on corruption and other illegal activities.
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Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
James Murdoch Must Leave News Corp. Board, Pension Body Says
Discussion: Digital Spy, Guardian and Guardian
 
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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Curtis Brainard / CJR:
The Scientist Closes  —  25th anniversary issue of the venerable magazine will be the last
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
New Top Editor Named for Marie Claire
Discussion: MediaPost
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Storify Adds SoundCloud Support, Lets You Add Audio To Streams
Discussion: Real-time curation and Gizmodo