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1:00 AM ET, October 19, 2012


 Top News: 
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
A Turn of the Page for Newsweek  —  After 80 years in print, the newsmagazine adopts an all-digital format.  —  We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Newsweek to Cease Print Publication at End of Year  —  Newsweek, the weekly magazine that for decades summarized the news for households across the United States but struggled to maintain relevance in the Internet era, announced on Thursday that it would cease print publication at the end of the year.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Newsweek CEO: Dumping Print ‘Liberates Us’  —  Plans to Charge $24.99 For an Annual Digital-Only Subscription  —  There's been a deathwatch for the print edition of Newsweek ever since IAC CEO Barry Diller hinted in July that print would go away or be scaled back in 2013.
Kevin Lincoln / BuzzFeed:
Don't Blame Tina Brown  —  The demise of Newsweek's defining print magazine means the end of Tina Brown's desperate attempt to save the cover — not just of a print magazine, but really of anything at all — as a meaningful cultural force.  Brown was the master of the form.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Out Of The Ashes Of Dead Trees  —  The shift in my own mind has happened gradually.  Even up to a year ago, I was still getting my New York Times every morning on paper, wrapped in blue plastic.  Piles of them would sit in my blog-cave, read and half-read, skimmed, and noted.
Discussion: Adweek, Business Insider and The Week
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Amid ‘Newsweek’ funerary rites, two high-profile departures: Peter Boyer, Rebecca Dana  —  As news sinks in that Newsweek will soon cease to exist (as a printed object, at any rate, which in the U.S. is roughly the same thing), word is starting to leak out about high-profile personnel …
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Forbes and Gawker
Felix Salmon:
Why keep Newsweek on life support?  —  It's hard to make money in journalism, and even harder to make money in print journalism.  But here's what I don't understand: invariably, every time a print publication fails, it announces that it's not going to die, it's just going to “transition to an all-digital format”.
Joseph B. White / Wall Street Journal:
Tina Brown: Time to “Embrace Our Future.”
Discussion: Capital New York and Poynter
Jim Romenesko:
Seattle Times political ad campaign ‘absolutely takes the cake’  —  More than 100 Seattle Times staffers sign letter protesting ad buy. … The Seattle Times Co. announced on Wednesday that it's running — and paying for — ads in support of gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Seattle Times news staffers protest company's political-ad campaign  —  More than 100 Seattle Times news staffers - including reporters, photographers, columnists, artists, editors and online news producers - signed a letter Thursday protesting the Times Co's decision to sponsor newspaper ads …
Google threatens French media ban over proposed law  —  Google has threatened to exclude French media sites from search results if France goes ahead with plans to make search engines to pay for content.  —  In a letter sent to several ministerial offices, Google said such a law “would threaten its very existence”.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Dish, Cablevision appear near deal to settle $2.4B Voom case  —  Dish Network and Cablevision appear to be in talks to settle their long-running legal spat over the cable operator's defunct Voom TV service.  —  A document filed today in New York Supreme Court, titled “Possible Settlement …
Discussion: Engadget
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
Ted Turner: ‘CNN Fluffing Up News Coverage’  —  Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, said Thursday that he'd like to see “less fluff” on his cable news channel.  —  Turner told Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” that CNN, which enhanced its reputation with its coverage of the Persian Gulf War in 1990 …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Struggles to Crack Publishing  — Inc. has had lots of success in book retailing.  But cracking the publishing business hasn't been as easy.  —  Take one of Amazon's biggest titles for fall, actress and director Penny Marshall's memoir “My Mother Was Nuts.”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon makes big Kindle push in U.S. schools
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