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8:30 AM ET, November 4, 2011


 Top News: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
B&N launching Nook Tablet for $249 on November 16th, and we've got the dirty details  —  Sitting down?  Good.  Come November 16th, Amazon's Kindle Fire will have company.  We've wrapped our paws around a stash of documents confirming the impending launch of the first bona fide tablet in the Nook line …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Ponders Pay-TV Business  —  Pilot Project in Kansas City Would Rival Cable, Satellite  —  Internet giant Google Inc. is considering a plan to offer paid cable-TV services to consumers, a move that could unleash a new wave of competition within the traditional TV business.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
AP issues staff guidelines on retweets, no ‘personal opinions’ allowed or implied  —  The Associated Press has added a new entry on retweeting to its social media guidelines.  Staffers are reminded to keep their opinions to themselves. … Disclaimers — like “retweets do not constitute endorsements” …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp HR chief quits  —  Beryl Cook, who has been with the firm for 22 years, says she wants to return to Asia to be closer to her family  —  News Corp's top human resources executive has quit the media conglomerate as it deals with the effects of a phone-hacking scandal at its UK newspapers.
Business Wire:
Beryl Cook to Step Down as Chief Human Resources Officer of News Corporation
Discussion: Poynter
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Murdoch fails to win Hunt's full backing
Discussion: Press Gazette
Adam Hochberg / Poynter:
U.S. Marshals ordered to seize Righthaven assets  —  A federal court has ordered U.S. Marshals to seize $63,720 in assets from Righthaven - the embattled Law Vegas company that files copyright infringement lawsuits.  Righthaven tried to make money by acquiring the copyrights to newspaper articles …
Discussion: paidContent
Gabe Rivera / Mediagazer News:
Meet Mediagazer's New (Human) Editors  —  If the last thing you heard about Mediagazer's staffing was its founding editor's move to The Observer, you were probably wondering who was now running the show.  Well, for over a month we've been quietly assembling a team spanning three time zones …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
CBS turned down an ad-based Apple TV deal  —  CBS CEO Les Moonves is known to occasionally drop pieces of information that he's not supposed to on his company's earnings calls, and this quarter was no exception.  When asked about CBS's appetite for striking deals with new streaming providers …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The Journal Fizzles on Occupy Oakland Protest  —  Several thousand Occupy movement protestors shut down the Port of Oakland yesterday, a week after Oakland police attacked the protest with tear gas and, allegedly, flashbang grenades and rubber bullets.  Big news story.
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested at Occupy Oakland Protests
C. Custer / Penn-Olson:
Chinese Government on TV Content: No Net Video Allowed!  —  China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has been on the warpath recently.  First, they threw a haymaker at China's sattelite TV stations by slashing the number of “entertainment” programs allowed daily …
Discussion: paidContent
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
“The Internet Community is Always in a Complete Lather”  —  With the debate over bills meant to crack down on digital piracy heating up on Capitol Hill, Adweek caught up with Robert Levine, author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
T-Squared: The Texas Tribune's Two-Year Stats … Yep, today's the second anniversary of our launch — a big deal for a whole bunch of reasons (can't believe we got here, look how much we've accomplished, maybe this thing will work after all).  No fancy or elaborate celebration …
Discussion: Poynter
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Cain camp considering legal action against Politico  —  A Herman Cain aide said Thursday that the Cain campaign is considering its legal options over the original Politico story, which revealed that the former head of the National Restaurant Association was accused of sexually harassing at least two women during his tenure in the 1990s.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Yahoo Livestand  —  Those Pew research numbers — 11 percent of U.S. adults owning a tablet, tablet news-reading numbers off the charts — make everybody even hungrier.  —  Yahoo is the latest to try to get in on the growing banquet of reading riches …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ pcE11: Dawn Ostroff: Streaming Is Better Than DVRs For Advertising  —  Veteran TV exec Dawn Ostroff has only been in her job as the head of Condé Nast's new entertainment unit for three weeks, so it made sense that she didn't have much to say about that work when she sat …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Future Of Music Coalition Says It Cannot Support E-PARASITE/SOPA In Good Conscience  —  While some groups representing content creators feel they need to hold their nose and stay lockstep with folks like the RIAA and MPAA in support of such obviously bad proposals as E-PARASITE/SOPA …
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Short Sainthood for Steve Jobs  —  THE glowing obituaries appeared moments after Steve Jobs's death was announced on Oct. 5.  “Silicon Valley's radiant Sun King,” eulogized The San Jose Mercury News.  His name was floated for Time magazine's Person of the Year, though the honor traditionally goes to the living.
Discussion: Forbes and Gawker
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Steve Jobs biography is top-selling book in the U.S.
Discussion: CNET News, Speakeasy and SplatF
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Shannon High Jumps to CNN, Will Oversee New Morning Show  —  TVNewser has learned Shannon High is leaving NBC's Peacock Productions to join CNN where she will oversee the new four-hour morning show.  An announcement on the hire, and the new show, could come as early as tomorrow.
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:   CNN Makes Morning Lineup Revamp Official
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 More News: 
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Magazine publishers divided over giving digital issues for free
Discussion: MediaPost
Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
CBS quarterly profit rises, buying back stock
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Welcome TechCrunch's Newest Writers, Josh Constine And Eric Eldon
Discussion: Slate
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: number of possible victims is almost 5,800, police confirm
Discussion: Press Gazette and Crikey
Ariel Sandler / Business Insider:
Canadian Co-Anchors Freaked Out On Live Television When They Learned Their Network's Sports …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Ali Velshi Gets New Domestic Role at CNN, Adds CNNI Program
Discussion: Mediaite
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Won't Pay Self-Published Author For Books It Mistakenly Gave Away
 Earlier Picks: 
“WSJ Live” Interactive Video Service Adds New Distribution
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Where Netflix wants to go next: India, Korea, Japan?
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
New round of belt-tightening at L.A. Times
Discussion: Free Press
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Four Years In, Fox Business Network Still Treading Water
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Joel Gunter /
Fifth of traffic coming from mobile devices