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6:55 AM ET, December 10, 2011


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google doesn't seem to get how media works now  —  Google launched a news-reading app called Currents on Thursday, something it has been working on for some time — ever since it was a much-rumored skunkworks project called Propeller — and much of the coverage of the new app has called …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
iTunes features best news apps of 2011  —  Even iTunes is doing a year-end list; its staff pick the best and top selling apps of 2011, including news apps.  The New York Times made the list of top iPhone and iPad news apps.  The Daily was one of the top Newsstand apps and also the third top-grossing app of the year.
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Zite Joins Flipboard, Google On The iPhone In Crowded Week For News Apps
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Romney campaign kicks Jose Antonio Vargas out of event for being an activist  —  Jose Antonio Vargas is wearing two hats these days, advocating for immigration reform while writing about it, but that didn't work at a Mitt Romney campaign event Friday.  He was kicked out after he showed …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and New York Magazine
Dylan Byers / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney spox: Undoc ‘Activist’ Vargas lacked press docs  —  The Romney camp calls to clarify an incident in Iowa involving Jose Antonio Vargas, the Filipino journalist who has written extensively about his status as an undocumented immigrant.  —  Vargas, who came to the event with a large sign that said …
Discussion: Guardian and The Huffington Post
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Joins Facebook, Google, Launches ‘Brand Pages’ for Marketers  —  Brands Get a Home on Twitter With More Functionality  —  Twitter is looking to strengthen its relationship with advertisers by launching brand pages that will be unveiled today as part of a more comprehensive redesign.
Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Nick Kristof tear gassed, detained in Bahrain (tweets)  —  New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, who is in Bahrain to cover the ongoing protests in the country's 10-month-old uprising, tweeted Friday that he was tear-gassed and then taken into a police car in the eastern island of Sitra before being released by a senior officer.
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
YouTube Buys Company That Processes Music Royalties  —  In an effort to streamline its often complex relations with music publishers, YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, an upstart company in New York that processes royalties for the music industry.  —  YouTube, which is owned by Google …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Condé Nast: magazine publisher, app inventor  —  (A Santa clause: Spoilers lie ahead.)  —  Last week Condé Nast debuted a free web app called Santa's Hideout, a registry for children's Christmas gifts.  Kids browse a virtual toy store and build a wish list …
Discussion: TheMediaBriefing
Hunter Walker / PolitickerNY:
Mayor Bloomberg Says Police Didn't Prevent Reporters From Covering Occupy Wall Street  —  On John Gambling's radio show this morning, Mayor Bloomberg once again addressed the controversy over press access at the NYPD's raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park last month.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Label Artists & A-List Stars Endorse Megaupload In New Song  —  By now readers will be all too familiar with the rhetoric of the mainstream music and movie industries.  So-called foreign “rogue sites” steal American content, steal American money, cost American jobs and damage the economy, the lobbyists insist.
Sophia Hollander / Wall Street Journal:
Sex Essay Sparks Uproar at Yeshiva University  —  An essay about premarital sex published in a student newspaper has caused an uproar at Yeshiva University, the Orthodox Jewish college in Manhattan, prompting the student council to withdraw the paper's funding and igniting a campus-wide debate over censorship.
Rob Davis / Voice of San Diego:
Why Manchester Bought the Union-Tribune  —  The San Diego Union-Tribune's Mission Valley headquarters.  —  Doug Manchester, the new owner and publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune, wants his new media outlet to be a booster.  —  The newspaper's new CEO, John Lynch …
Discussion: Poynter
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Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
Variety to Offer Service Tracking Film Production
Discussion: The New York Observer
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Pulitzer-Winner Don Van Natta Jr. Leaves The New York Times for ESPN
Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
CPI reduces staff to compensate for $2 million budget hole
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Sarah Lacy And Mike Arrington Are Starting TechCrunch 2.0
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL's Patch Gets a Little Less Hyper-Local
 Earlier Picks: 
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Former Bon Appétit Editor to Run Digital Food Magazine
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Spotify Radio conducts music with Pandora-like app
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Dodgers Win Bankruptcy Court's Approval to Try to Sell TV Rights Early
Discussion: ESPN and
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC review clears journalists of hacking
Discussion: Press Gazette and BBC