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9:30 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
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Republican Debates Are a Hot Ticket on TV  —  In September 2007, Fox News put Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani and a man who was, back then, a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain, on a debate stage in New Hampshire.
Discussion: Washington Post, ABCNEWS and CNN
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NY Magazine's Focus On Daily Blogs Leads To Traffic Boost  —  New York magazine's website traffic has grown significantly in the past year by finding that the sum of the parts really are greater than the whole.  —  Instead of just repurposing articles from the weekly cultural magazine …
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
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
Sean Sedam / Rockville Patch:
Rockville Central Bids Farewell on Facebook  —  Rockville Central, the news and community site that attracted a loyal following and stirred up the Web when it turned exclusively to Facebook in February, will cease publishing.  —  Editor Cindy Cotte Griffiths and founder and publisher Brad Rourke announced …
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 …
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
Los Angeles Times:
McDonald's to launch in-store channel  —  Mark Burnett, BBC America and KABC-TV Eyewitness News will provide content for dine-in customers.  —  McDonald's customers will soon be able to have local school sports, movie previews and heartwarming human interest stories to go with their fries — McTV is here and in high definition.
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 …
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 More News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
John Miller to Join CBS, Bolstering ‘The Early Show’
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Former Time exec Sareyan tapped to run National Journal
Sunny Freeman / Canadian Business:
Torstar pays $51.5 million to boost stake in Metro newspapers to 90 per cent
Michael Wolff / Adweek:
The Name Murdoch
Discussion: Reflections of a Newsosaur and NPR
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Former Tribune CEO Randy Michaels Arrested for Drunk Driving
Joel Gunter /
Hillsborough families call on Sun to name sources
Discussion: Guardian
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Virgin's iPad Mag Project Reboots On Newsstand Under New Ownership
 Earlier Picks: 
Rachel McAthy /
wef11: ‘Publishers need to focus on quality journalism on all platforms’
Harvey Araton / New York Times:
Cathartic Stories and Deep Loss at Mainland Regional High School
John Koblin / WWD.COM:
Publishers Optimistic About Tablet Business
Jon Vidar / MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Tiziano Project Beat CNN and NPR in the New Journalism Paradigm
Laura Locke / CNET News:
Flipboard editorial chief on how magazines are flipping out (Q&A)
Discussion: TeleRead and PC Magazine