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11:50 AM ET, November 7, 2011


 Top News: 
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney and YouTube Make a Video Deal  —  LOS ANGELES — Two powerful media companies, the Walt Disney Company and YouTube, are betting that a new partnership will help them surmount separate but equally worrisome hurdles as they each strive for greater Web dominance.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Martin Nisenholtz, Senior VP of Digital, leaving New York Times  —  Martin Nisenholtz, one of the most respected executives in the online media world, is leaving the New York Times, where he has been senior vice president of digital operations for quite awhile and has helped oversee …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Officially Unveils The 7-Inch Nook Tablet  —  In late September, Amazon unveiled a $199 tablet called the Kindle Fire.  Obviously this left a massive divide in the market between the much pricier iPad 2 and the new Kindle Fire, which Barnes & Noble has this morning responded to.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Live, from New York, Barnes & Noble Rolls Out the New Nook  —  Welcome to the Barnes & Noble at New York's Union Square, where the bookseller is scheduled to roll out the new Nook, its answer to Amazon's Kindle Fire (and every other tablet in a market dominated by the iPad).
New York Times:
NBC Struggles for Its Footing  —  Coming into a new television season, about the only solace for the new management regime at NBC was that the network's prime-time fortunes had been so bad for so long, things could not get much worse.  —  Oh yes they could — and they have.
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers and Chickaboomer
Nick Davies / Guardian:
News of the World hired investigators to spy on hacking victims' lawyers  —  Exclusive: Investigators followed and filmed lawyers of hacking victims in apparent bid to gather material on their private lives  —  The News of the World hired a specialist private investigator to run covert surveillance …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
NY Times sues Huffington Post over parenting blog  —  (Reuters) - The New York Times Co has sued AOL Inc to force its Huffington Post online news website to rename a parenting blog with a similar name to its own.  —  In a lawsuit filed late Friday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan …
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
At PBS's NewsHour, Departures, Questions and Complaints  —  It's never good when a news organization loses its political editor just a year before a presidential election.  But in the next two weeks, “The PBS NewsHour” will say goodbye not only to its political editor, David Chalian …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Time Warner Cable experiences huge system-wide outage  —  Hey you — did your internet just freak out?  Is it still freaking out?  You're not alone: Time Warner Cable customers across the country are experiencing strange outages and slowdowns, and the company says it's recovering from a …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Dish Networking: Owner explores live cable channels for Web  —  Charlie Ergen is weighing a move to offer live cable channels via the Web, likely under his Blockbuster brand name, The Post has learned.  —  Ergen, who runs satellite provider Dish Network Corp., is talking to program providers …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Wait a Minute. Does Google Really Want to Be a Cable Guy?
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York:
Amazon Publishing nabs Deepak Chopra book  —  Amazon Publishing, the Manhattan-based imprint of the Seattle e-tailing giant, has acquired the next book by best-selling author Deepak Chopra, according to two publishing executives.  The deal marks the imprint's third foray
Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun-Times:
The chimes at midnight  —  Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season.  There.  I've said it.  Usually in television, people use evasive language.  Not me.  We'll be gone.  I want to be honest about why this is.  We can't afford to finance it any longer.
Nancy Miller / Fast Company:
Andy Rooney: Voice Of The Internet  —  The late Andy Rooney was a vicious critic who despised sloppy grammar and loathed Justin Bieber.  Sound familiar, Internet?  Let's give the curmudgeonly commentator his due as the OG Hater of the pre-Internet age.  Andy Rooney: The Godfather of Troll.
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