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2:55 AM ET, November 5, 2011


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Layoffs at the ‘Daily News’: Police desk, City Hall, federal courts and photo department hit so far  —  Layoffs have come to the Daily News.  —  Since this morning, staffers to be laid off have been getting called into a conference room to meet with senior vice president of human-resources Jeff Zomper.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Begins Settlement Program for Phone-Hacking Victims  —  News Corp. (NWSA)'s U.K. unit started a voluntary settlement program for thousands of potential victims of phone hacking by the company's News of the World tabloid, which was shuttered in July as the scandal expanded.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Man arrested over alleged police payments named as Sun journalist  —  Reporter arrested over alleged payments to police officers believed to be paper's district editor, Jamie Pyatt  —  A Sun journalist has been arrested as part of Scotland Yard's investigation into alleged payments to police officers by newspapers.
Mark Fitzgerald / Poynter:
Booted for plagiarism, California columnist finds his Patch  —  A California writer who lost his newspaper column after plagiarizing has explained himself on the local Patch site, where he's now a blogger.  Why?  —  Nicole Charky, the Patch editor for the towns of Montrose and La Crescenta …
Kimberly Dozier / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook  —  McLEAN, Va. (AP) — In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day.  —  At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” …
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Howard T. Owens Named President of National Geographic Channels  —  Former Reveille executive to replace Steve Schiffman  —  National Geographic Channels U.S. has named former Reveille chief Howard T. Owens its president, replacing Steve Schiffman, it was announced late Friday.
Discussion: The Wrap and
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Business Insider Blossoms the HuffPost Way  —  Founded as a site focused on digital news in New York, Business Insider has the kind of growth and buzz that invite comparisons to new media darling The Huffington Post.  —  But that's not necessarily all positive.
Discussion: Poynter
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Google To Go Over-the-Top and Compete With Pay-TV Operators?  Don't Bet On Success.  —  Is Google planning to go over-the-top and compete with pay-TV operators for subscribers?  That's the tantalizing possibility the WSJ is reporting this morning, though its article is long on speculation …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Israel arrests journalists aboard flotilla  —  Israeli forces arrested an unidentified number of journalists today after a group of soldiers boarded two humanitarian aid ships sailing toward Gaza and forced them to redirect to the Israeli port of Ashdod, according to news reports.
Discussion: Democracy Now and Guardian
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent: Survey Shows Big Spike In Online, Time-Shifted TV  —  Consumers are watching more TV today than ever before, but that increased consumption is rapidly changing with the times.  According to a new survey from and paidContent, a good part of the growth in TV usage …
Discussion: ChasNote
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
How Much Does an NBC Turnaround Even Matter Any More?  —  Tuning In: By the Time Comcast Gets Things Right, Broadcast's Prime Roost Won't Be the Same  —  Imagine switching your TV set to NBC and finding nothing there but static.  Would you be surprised?  More important, would you care?
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Time Warner makes €1bn Endemol bid  —  US media group seeks to take over debt-laden production company behind Big Brother and Deal or No Deal  —  Time Warner has made a takeover bid for Endemol, the debt-laden Dutch production company behind Big Brother and Deal or No Deal.
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