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8:25 AM ET, October 20, 2012


 Top News: 
Ronald Grover / Reuters:
Murdoch eyes LA Times, Chicago Tribune: report  —  (Reuters) - News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is looking to buy the Los Angeles Times, one of the country's largest newspapers, from struggling media conglomerate Tribune Co, a source familiar with his plans told Reuters on Friday.
Discussion: Guardian
Amita Sharma / KPBS San Diego:
U-T Owner Manchester Shows Interest In Tribune Company  —  Hotelier and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester wants to buy the Tribune Company, which owns the Los Angeles Times.  —  Since Manchester bought the U-T more than 10 months ago, he's launched a television channel and purchased The North County Times.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune sets pay wall on some content at $14.99 per month
Hazel Sheffield / CJR:
Santa Barbara is getting a nonprofit investigative newsroom  —  A Knight grant is funding the launch of a new journalism initiative  —  A few years ago, a small team of journalists based in Santa Barbara, CA, starting sharing ideas on how address a gap in investigative coverage in their hometown.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Major Cable News Networks Won't Carry Third-Party Debate  —  NEW YORK — When Larry King moderates Tuesday's third-party debate in Chicago, his former network, CNN, will not be carrying it live.  And neither will Fox News or MSNBC.  But Al Jazeera English plans to broadcast the debate live …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Polar Mobile arms publishers with MediaEverywhere HTML5 tool  —  Polar Mobile helped publishers jump on the mobile app wave by making apps for companies like Conde Nast, Time, The Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated.  But now, it's ready to help media brands shift to an HTML5 world …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Newsweek's Web-Only Future: Inevitable, and a Whole Lot Smaller  —  Barry Diller has followed through and pulled the plug on Newsweek's print edition, but he insists that the weekly magazine can survive as a tablet publication.  —  That doesn't seem like the end game: If they make a go of it …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Talking Biz News
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
Copyright Alert System Coming Within Weeks  —  American Internet users can expect to start seeing notifications from their Internet service providers if they trade files on peer-to-peer networks.  —  A blog post by Jill Lesser, executive director of the Center for Copyright Information …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Trends show online ad revenue will overtake print this year  —  Technology Review research editor Mike Orcutt combines data from four sources, including a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, that suggests online advertising revenue will cross print advertising revenue in 2012, if it hasn't already.
Discussion: Capital New York
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Notorious ad hijacker spreads to more media, retail sites  —  Do publishers have the right to control the ads that appear on their websites?  A controversial company doesn't think so and has been injecting billions of unauthorized ads into websites like AOL, the BBC and the New York Times.
Katherine Mangan / Wired Campus:
Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law  —  Coursera offers free, online courses to people around the world, but if you live in Minnesota, company officials are urging you to log off or head for the border.  —  The state's Office of Higher Education has informed …
Jim Romenesko:
Publisher at Advance's Express-Times suddenly resigns  —  Martin Till, who has been with the Express-Times in Easton, Pa., for 14 years, said in a prepared statement that he's decided to explore new opportunities.  The departing publisher could not be reached by his newspaper's reporter for comment.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Violentacrez, Reddit Troll Behind Creepshots, Tells CNN He Did It For ‘Those Meaningless Internet Points’  —  Last week, Gawker earned Internet raves for outing “the biggest troll on the Internet.”  Adrian Chen identified Reddit user Violentacrez — who has created and moderated controversial forums …
Discussion: TVNewser
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google News faces mass newspaper boycott in Brazil  —  This will sound familiar to anyone who has watched Google News' relations with news publishers over the years..  —  The next country in which tension has erupted is one of the world's fastest-growing economies.
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
The Telegraph's much-delayed digital paywall appears to have taken another step back …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter, Reddit and the battle over freedom of speech
Discussion: Marketing Land, CNN, TechCrunch and The Verge, Thanks:@mathewi