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5:25 PM ET, November 9, 2011


 Top News: 
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
NBC's David Gregory apologizes for saying ‘no grand wizard’ in GOP  —  On NBC's “Today” this morning, David Gregory - the host of “Meet the Press” — was addressing the lack of Republican infrastructure that might encourage a beleaguered Herman Cain to leave the GOP presidential contest.
Andrew Crook / Crikey:
Farewell Big Harto: News Ltd CEO John Hartigan resigns  —  Rupert Murdoch has delivered a savage verdict on the health of his Australian operation, with veteran News Ltd CEO John Hartigan stepping aside and Rupert taking the company's chairmanship for himself.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Cain aide wrongly insists they've ‘confirmed’ accuser's son works for POLITICO  —  Herman Cain campaign manager Mark Block, in an appearance with Sean Hannity on Fox News just now, insisted that a relative of the second woman to publicly accuse the candidate of sexual harassment in the 1990s works at POLITICO.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Regis May Be Going, but We'll Have Kelly for a While  —  Regis Philbin is leaving the daytime talk show “Live! with Regis and Kelly” later this month but his co-host, Kelly Ripa, is staying a while.  —  Disney-ABC Domestic Television confirmed on Wednesday that Ms. Ripa …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Fox News to use Google+ Hangouts for GOP candidate interviews  —  Fox News anchor Bret Baier will use Google+ Hangouts (group video chats) to moderate live discussions with each of the Republican presidential candidates and members of the public.  First up is Mitt Romney on Nov. 15, to be followed by others later.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Amazon & Kindle, brick & mortar stores key to success  —  When it comes to tablets, it has so far been a one-tablet show.  Apple's iPad has been and continues to be the dominant player.  Amazon's Kindle Fire is being considered a legitimate contender and if Amazon's spin is to be believed …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Discovery Executive to Leave  —  After two years as the chief operating officer of Discovery Communications, Peter Liguori will leave at the end of the year, the company said Wednesday.  —  His departure had been rumored for weeks.  Discover said It does not plan to name a replacement.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Who's behind Newark Politico?  ‘A group of Newark professionals,’ as yet unidentified, gets a ‘cease-and-desist’ from Politico  —  The vestigial website Newark Politico will be a news- and commentary-based venture with content produced by full-time journalists as well as contributions …
Discussion: Poynter and NetNewsCheck Latest
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Russian Internet Content Monitoring System To Go Live In December  —  Back in April of this year, the Russian government put out a tender: … The stated purpose of the monitoring system was quite specific: … Here's what it would be searching for:
Stephen Mangan / Reuters:
Endemol set to reject prospective bidders: report  —  (Reuters) - Endemol, the debt-burdened Dutch TV production company, and its lenders are set to rebuff offers from Time Warner (TWX.N) and others for the group, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.  —  The newspaper cited people familiar …
Tim Adler /   Time Warner's $1.3B Bid For Endemol Shows How Much Rupe Overpaid For Shine
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
RTL eyes up possible Endemol bid
Discussion: Digital Spy and @edmundlee
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gone in a Flash: How Adobe's abandonment of Flash for mobile devices impacts news orgs  —  Jason Perlow at ZDNet broke a pretty big story overnight: Adobe is abandoning development of the mobile version of Flash Player.  As the text of the announcement Perlow obtained has it:
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: Company Town, TVSpy and Gannett Blog
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google May Penalize Ad Heavy Pages  —  Ever encountered an ad-heavy page, where you struggle to find the actual content on that page?  Google's looking at penalizing those in its search results.  —  The head of Google's web spam team, Matt Cutts, shared the news when speaking at the Pubcon conference today.
Discussion: WebProNews
Kimberly Potts / The Wrap:
Warren Littlefield: There'll Never Be Another Must-See TV Night of Programming  —  Warren Littlefield was NBC's entertainment chief during the network's long run as the home of Must See TV comedy on Thursday nights.  —  But he doesn't think there will ever be another Must See TV night …
David Haglund / Slate:
Are Front-Page Editorials on the Rise?  —  Today, The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Penn., published a front-page editorial arguing that, on account of the sexual abuse scandal that has recently come to light, Penn State president Graham Spanier must “step aside.”
Discussion: Poynter
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
As Magazines and Retail Converge, Where Will the Editorial Line Be Drawn?  —  According to Forrester research, Americans will spend nearly $200 billion online in 2011, which accounts for about one-tenth of what U.S. consumers will spend on products and services all together this year.
Emily Witt / The New York Observer:
Anthony Bourdain Cooks the Books: He's Starting an Imprint, in Short Order  —  A former student of Gordon Lish trades chef's tongs, picks up editor's pencil  —  Anthony Bourdain knows how he can come off.  The chef-turned-TV personality has written that it would be “entirely fair and appropriate” …
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Globe reporters put down a marker on Romney  —  If a candidate's hometown paper has one obligation, it's owning the coverage of their candidate.  Four years ago, the Boston Globe owned Mitt Romney—most memorably with a seven-part series called “The Making of Mitt Romney.”
Discussion: GalleyCat
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Saul Hansell Departs AOL to Be EIR at Betaworks  —  Saul Hansell, the prominent former New York Times tech reporter who went to AOL several years ago to head one of its content efforts called Seed, will leave the company to become an entrepreneur in residence at Betaworks.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Journalists are the 99 percent too, says new Tumblr  —  A St. Petersburg Times reporter has riffed on the “We are the 99 Percent” Tumblr and created a Tumblr where journalists can tell their stories.  “We are journalists.  We are proud of what we do,” writes Emily Nipps.
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.
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CNN's Gupta To Host New Series
David Kidwell / Chicago Tribune:
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Discussion: Poynter and Change of Subject
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Discussion: Guardian and
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Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
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