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3:35 PM 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.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Rupert Murdoch, other potential buyers eye L.A. Times  —  News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch is said to be in early talks to buy the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune from Tribune Co.  —  News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch intends to stay in the business that forms the bedrock of his empire …
Amita Sharma / KPBS San Diego:
U-T Owner Manchester Shows Interest In Tribune Company
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.
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 …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of The New York Times' expanding global strategy  —  SAO PAULO — Arthur Sulzberger, the Times publisher, made his first trip to Brazil this week.  It was a three-day visit to Sao Paulo, and it had a single big purpose: announcing that, in the second half of 2013 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, WebProNews and Media Decoder
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Turning the page on Tina Brown  —  When Newsweek relaunched in 2011, editor Tina Brown promised frugality and humility.  —  “I think that big, sort of theatrical relaunches tend to set you up for failure and hype,” Brown, the ex-Vanity Fair, ex-New Yorker, ex-Talk editor whose name …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Newsweek's Web-Only Future: Inevitable, and a Whole Lot Smaller
Discussion: TechCrunch and Talking Biz News
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
After Newsweek, Is Writing on Wall for Newsweeklies?
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