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8:50 AM ET, October 17, 2011


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Media Equation: Brian Williams Adds Newsmagazine to His Portfolio  —  There is something disconcerting about seeing Brian Williams sitting in front of the television.  —  At his apartment in New York last Thursday night, he fussed with the remote, scanned CNN and checked the local news …
Discussion: Chickaboomer
Gordon MacMillan / The Wall Blog:
News International ditches paywall idea for The Sun  —  by @gordonmacmillan, posted on 17 October, 2011 at 12:01 pm, filed under Media Owners, Paywall, paid content and tagged anti-social media, Paywall, The New York Times, The News of the World, The Sun, The Times.  Bookmark the permalink.
Discussion: paidContent and CJR
Jennifer Preston / Media Decoder:
A Print Focus on Social Media  —  Four new monthly magazines advising business owners on how to use social media tools will go on sale on Monday.  Each publication focuses on one of the major platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn.  —  The magazines, published by GSG World Media …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Digital Media Companies Inuvo And Vertro To Merge  —  Digital media companies Inuvo and NYC-based Vertro, both publicly listed, this morning announced a merger agreement whereby Inuvo will acquire Vertro and its ALOT branded consumer applications business in a tax-free exchange of shares …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
USA Taps Yap.TV For New Social TV App  —  Today the USA television network has announced a partnership with Yap.TV to power its mobile social application.  Yap.TV is one of the hottest social TV apps on the App Store, offering users the chance to chat up television shows in real time.
Discussion: Multichannel
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Court Orders French Cop-Watching Site Blocked  —  PARIS — A court here has ruled that French Internet service providers must block access to a Web site that shows pictures and videos of police officers arresting suspects, taunting protesters and allegedly committing acts of violence against members of ethnic minorities.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Laura Locke / CNET News:
Flipboard editorial chief on how magazines are flipping out (Q&A)  —  Flipboard's editorial director, Josh Quittner  —  Veteran Time Inc. journalist Josh Quittner completed his defection from print media by joining Silicon Valley startup Flipboard—the popular social-magazine app for the iPad—this past July.
Discussion: TeleRead and PC Magazine
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
IPads for €1: French students face tablet deal deluge  —  With the popularity of the iPad, operators in a few different countries have been experimenting with subsidized tablets as a way of hooking users in.  Last year Japanese operator Softbank started offering the Apple tablet for free …
MSNBC Today Books:
‘American Story with Bob Dotson’ to be a book  — updated 10/7/2011 12:06:43 PM ET Print Font: NBC News correspondent Bob Dotson has won more than 100 awards spotlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of everyday Americans on TV.  Now his long-running “American Story” feature …
Sunny Freeman / Canadian Business:
Torstar pays $51.5 million to boost stake in Metro newspapers to 90 per cent  —  TORONTO - Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) will pay $51.5 million to take nearly full control of the Canadian chain of Metro free daily newspapers, which are read by more than one million commuters each day.
Michael Wolff / Adweek:
The Name Murdoch  —  It is impossible for the Murdochs to be voted off the board of News Corporation at the company's annual meeting to be held at the end of the week on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, as several of the most influential shareholder advisor groups have advocated.
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
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Hillsborough families call on Sun to name sources
Discussion: Guardian
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
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wef11: ‘Publishers need to focus on quality journalism on all platforms’
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John Koblin / WWD.COM:
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
University Presses Get Into E-Singles, Starting With Princeton Shorts
Discussion: MinOnline
Erik Wemple:
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