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5:00 AM ET, November 9, 2011


 Top News: 
Julie Moos / Poynter:
The Daily names original Herman Cain accuser, other news orgs follow  —  Journalists protected the identities of two women who accused Herman Cain of sexual misconduct, until Tuesday when iPad publication The Daily identified one of them as Karen Kraushaar.  After The Daily published Kraushaar's name …
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Why did journalists act as a pack in withholding names of Herman Cain's accusers?  —  Until today, media covering allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain have universally withheld the identities of the women, who did not voluntarily come forward.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter and journalism: It shouldn't be that complicated  —  The Associated Press caused a minor furor recently when the news-wire service updated its social-media policy and forbade its writers from expressing any opinions on Twitter, including implied opinions caused by retweeting others.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
The problem with retweets & how journalists can solve it  —  Every so often a journalist draws criticism for something he retweeted.  And whether that criticism is justified or not, it discourages some journalists from using Twitter effectively.  —  News organizations respond with policies urging staff to be careful.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World paid me to follow 90 people, claims private detective  —  Former policeman says he surveilled figures including Prince William and the parents of Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe  —  A private detective has claimed that the News of the World paid him to target more than 90 people …
Discussion: BBC and Business Insider
Adam B. Ellick / New York Times:
A Calm Guide to Afghan Chaos Moves On  —  The New York Times lost its longest-tenured journalist in Afghanistan in October.  While foreign reporters rotate in and out of the country, Waheed Abdul Wafa was a perennial mainstay, dedicating his life to telling stories about a war that the rest …
Dean Starkman / CJR:
Confidence Game  —  “The question that mass amateurization poses to traditional media is ‘What happens when the costs of reproduction and distribution go away?  What happens when there is nothing unique about publishing anymore because users can do it for themselves?’
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Steve Jobs May Be Time's First Dead Person of the Year  —  For all the hosannas he elicited, Steve Jobs was never named Time magazine's Person of the Year, a snub that rankled him considerably.  Now that he's dead, he may finally win the distinction that eluded him in life.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adobe ‘Restructures,’ Eliminates 750 Jobs In North America And Europe  —  We've been hearing rumors of Adobe layoffs all day, and the company just released a statement announcing that it is ‘restructuring’ its business, which will result in the elimination of 750 jobs in North America and Europe.
Rachel McAthy /
Phone hacking: Tom Crone admits ‘incorrect’ evidence  —  In response to a letter from the committee Crone insists the evidence he gave in September ‘was at the time my best recollection of the relevant events’ but that some details were incorrect  —  Crone (right) has told the committee …
Discussion: Guardian and The Huffington Post
Joel Gunter /   Leveson rejects bid for police review of inquiry evidence
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:UK:
Kobo Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Firm Rakuten For $315 Million  —  E-bookseller and e-reader company Kobo is being acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten for $315 million.  The company says it will continue to expand in the U.S., while growing its international market share through Rakuten.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Urges U.S. Regulators to Probe Microsoft on Mobile Patents  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) asked U.S. regulators to investigate whether Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) seeks to monopolize the mobile-device market by demanding patent royalties on electronics running on Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
NY Daily News Layoffs Massacre Continues: Two More Shown The Door, Bringing Total Count to 16  —  The bad news keeps coming at the New York Daily News.  Another two staffers have been let go, and the rumor is that there are more to come.  We've received word that Michael Bowers …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Political Ad Spending Helps Drive a Consolidation of Local TV Stations  —  A period of consolidation is under way in local television — and with it, a renewed debate about the implications of merger and acquisition activity on the industry.  —  A torrent of deals began in September …
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
Jeremy Hunt tried to delay broadcast of Panorama's Fifa exposé  —  Culture secretary understood to have called BBC director general about timing of broadcast ahead of 2018 World Cup vote  —  Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt personally intervened in a failed attempt to delay …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
David Carr / New York Times:
Jackson Doctor Trial Fails to Ignite Audience Interest  —  In a bit of anticlimax, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty late in the day on Monday of involuntary manslaughter two-and-a-half years after the death of Michael Jackson.  Networks broke in for live coverage, cable networks hit …
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC to Air Documentary About Conrad Murray Trial Four Days After Guilty Verdict
Discussion: TVNewser and
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Pledges to Veto Anti-Net Neutrality Legislation  —  WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama likely would veto upcoming legislation that would unwind net-neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission adopted last year.
Cary Sherman / CNET News:
RIAA chief: Copyright bills won't kill the Internet  —  Editor's note: This is a guest column.  It is a rebuttal to a column written by Molly Wood, a CNET editor and published October 31.  —  Let's all take a deep breath.  —  RIAA CEO Cary Sherman  —  That's what we do every …
Chris Carroll / Stars & Stripes:
Pentagon says new bin Laden raid book gets details wrong  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is dismissing an account of the Osama bin Laden raid contained in a new book by a former Navy SEAL.  —  Author and screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer says his still unreleased book, “Seal Target Geronimo,” …
Discussion: Danger Room
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Dan Klaidman Returns to Newsweek  —  A former Newsweek veteran, Dan Klaidman, has rejoined The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, editor in chief Tina Brown announced to staff today.  Mr. Klaidman was Newsweek's managing editor until February.  Among the last of the old guard editors to leave …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
SC newspaper reporter proposes in column  —  “I'd like to tell you about someone very close to my heart,” writes reporter Nick McCormac at the beginning of a column published Tuesday.  “I promise you, it's worth your time to read through to the end.”  After describing how he and his girlfriend met …
Discussion: Item
Tibor Krausz / Christian Science Monitor:
Thailand floods: When journalists embellish visuals  —  Thailand's devastating flood has made for countless memorable images.  But some journalists appear to be staging their own scenes without disclosing that to viewers, undermining the purpose of journalism.
Discussion: Code Words
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wired releases images via Creative Commons, but reopens a debate on what “noncommercial” means  — today announced it would, from today forward, be releasing all of its staff-produced photos under a Creative Commons license.  That means lots of photos of tech-and-geek-culture luminaries …
Evan Hansen / Goes Creative Commons: 50 Great Images That Are Now Yours
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New York Times:
Journalists Held Back Candid Comments of Obama and Sarkozy
Discussion: The Lede
Sam Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Authors of stories promoting water district can't be found
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Scripps TV Revenue Down 11% in Quarter
Discussion: and NetNewsCheck Latest
Dylan Byers / Politico:
HuffPost to ‘reclaim’ 2012  —  One year out from the 2012 election …
Discussion: Poynter
Polly Becker / The Wall:
Twice as many get their news via Facebook compared to Twitter
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Books Now Make Up 21 Percent Of Hachette Sales In U.S., 9 Percent In UK
Discussion: Lagardère and Publishers Lunch
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Hotel owner considers buying San Diego Union-Tribune
Discussion: Voice of San Diego
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Pat Buchanan's MIA From MSNBC While Promoting Controversial Book
 Earlier Picks: 
Jonathan Pearlman / Telegraph:
Papua New Guinea reporter undergoes circumcision to get the scoop
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hollywood, Silicon Valley Inspire New Teen E-Book Publisher
Michele McLellan / Knight Foundation:
Pittsburgh investigative news site launches, experiments with collaborative model
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
New twist in Tribune Co. bankruptcy case could benefit billionaire Sam Zell
Discussion: LA Observed, and Poynter
John Koblin / WWD:
The New Yorker Names Creative Director
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Dianne Festa Expands NBC News Duties
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Kelly Cobiella and Bazi Kanani Join ABC News
Discussion: TVSpy