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3:40 AM ET, October 6, 2012


 Top News: 
Beth Hawkins / Minn Post:
Reporter who wrote about life as undocumented immigrant arrested in Minnesota  —  New York Times reporter Jose Vargas was arrested Friday morning by Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police and charged with driving without a valid driver's license, a misdemeanor.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Thanks:@romenesko
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Blockbuster Hits Rewind on Plan to Return as Netflix Killer  —  Billionaire Charlie Ergen is giving up on his plan to turn the once-mighty Blockbuster LLC video- store chain into a Netflix (NFLX) Inc. competitor and gadget retailer.  —  When Ergen's Dish Network Corp. (DISH) …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
How Will Reuters and Fortune Handle Jack Welch's Conspiracy Tweeting?  —  Former GE CEO Jack Welch gets paid for his opinions by a couple of news organizations.  But none of those opinions has ever caused quite such a stir as the one he issued on Twitter Friday morning, accusing the Labor Department of falsifying unemployment numbers.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Is Spotify's business model broken?  —  Financial numbers for privately held Spotify have allegedly surfaced and if accurate, the music service is in a world of hurt.  —  Spotify CEO Daniel Ek  —  PrivCo., a company that sells data on non-publicly traded companies says it has obtained …
Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes Has An Unlikely Lunch Partner: Roger Ailes  —  Here's a piece of breaking news that will give some people at CNN nightmares: earlier this year their ultimate boss Time Warner Chairman Jeff Bewkes, had lunch with Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.  Just imagine what those two discussed.
Discussion: TVNewser
Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
EMI And ReDigi Duke It Out In Court Over The Resale of MP3s  —  A New York judge will today hear the opening arguments in the lawsuit between EMI and ReDigi.  The music giant is suing the upstart startup, which makes its money flogging people's unwanted MP3s to loving homes, for copyright infringement.
Discussion: BBC
Victoria Cavaliere / NY Daily News:
Family of missing journalist Austin Tice make plea to Syrian government through Arabic-language TV  —  “Knowing Austin is alive is comforting to our family, although it is difficult to see him in the circumstances recently depicted,” his family said in a statement released to Russia Today's Arabic service.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Universal Said to Have Chosen U.S. Chief for EMI  —  The Universal Music Group has chosen its first major executive appointment since taking control of EMI, and it is a blow to Universal's biggest rival, Sony.  —  Steve Barnett, one of two chairmen of Columbia, which is owned by Sony …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Beacon to explore ‘combining talents and resources’  —  St. Louis Public Radio and nonprofit news site the St. Louis Beacon signed a letter of intent to explore “options for strengthening regional news reporting by using their individual assets in combination,” the organizations say in a press release.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Condé budget cuts of 5% on 2013 agenda  —  Condé Nast, home to The New Yorker, Vogue and Vanity Fair, is poring over preliminary budgets for next year — and it doesn't look pretty.  —  While not every mag is finished going over the books with President Bob Sauerberg …
Discussion: and FishbowlNY
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
W's Nina Lawrence Leaves Condé Nast for WSJ
Discussion: FishbowlNY and WWD Media Headlines
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
A Google book deal is good for everyone — except maybe Amazon  —  It's possible there was some cheering at Google this week, when the search giant announced a deal with the Association of American Publishers over its book-scanning project, but it's more likely there was just an overwhelming sense of relief …
Discussion: New York Times and, Thanks:@geoffness
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Blood, Sweat, and Piers  —  Piers Morgan, testifying before the Leveson Inquiry in London late last year, had just withstood two hours of uncomfortable questioning about phone hacking—a practice the 46-year-old tabloid editor-cum-TV star described in the first of his three memoirs as the …
Discussion: TVNewser and Capital New York
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Cable Companies Freed From Sharing Their Non-Sports Programs
Discussion: Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
El País axes staff as income falls
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Post’ editors called to Garrison country club for day-long digital teach-in
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Senators Demand Village Voice Adult Services Site Be Shuttered
Jimmy Savile crisis: BBC director general's email to staff
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Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Forbes Sees Hope in Sponsor Content
Morocco withdraws accreditation from AFP reporter
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
PBS takes advantage of debate's ‘Big Bird’ moment
Discussion: paidContent, The Wall Blog and Gawker