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11:40 PM ET, October 29, 2012


 Top News: 
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Instagram users are posting 10 Hurricane Sandy pictures every second  —  Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tells us via a spokeswoman: “There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag #sandy — most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors.”
Charlie Osborne / CNET:
Hurricane Sandy blows down paywalls at NY Times, WSJ  —  As people go online to get more information on Hurricane Sandy, news outlets are responding by making their content free.  —  Two major publications have stripped away their paywalls to give consumers unfettered access to up-to-date information on the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Hurricane Sandy: TV stands by its live shots  —  So this is the big one, the historic one, the unprecedented one.  It's packed with water, has an impressive millibar count and it's headed right at us.  As the Weather Channel's Bryan Norcross put it this afternoon in a chat with this blog …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Week
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Anderson Cooper Talk Show Won't Return for a Third Season  —  The syndication arm of the Warner Brothers studio has decided that there will not be a third season of “Anderson,” the daily talk show hosted by Anderson Cooper.  —  Citing disappointing ratings, a studio executive …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Nate Silver: One-term celebrity?  —  Nate Silver could be a one-term celebrity.  —  The New York Times' resident political predictor says President Barack Obama currently has a 74.6% chance of winning re-election.  It's a prediction that liberals, whose heart rates continue to fluctuate …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Week
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Village Voice sues Yelp for using “Best of”  —  Do you want to publish your ideas for “the best of San Francisco” or the “best of Seattle?”  Well, the publisher of the Village Voice says you can't because “best of” is a trademark that belongs exclusively to its group of alternative weeklies.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Penguin revenues declined in 2012, says Pearson  —  Pearson's confirmation that it is offloading Penguin comes as it revealed that the book publisher's revenues declined 2% in the first nine months of 2012, despite healthy growth in its ebook business.  The company confirmed on Monday …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Penguin-Random House to Combine
The Week:
Murdoch snubbed as Penguin Random House deal is struck
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Pandora's New iOS And Android Apps Get The Facebook Treatment: Listening Timelines, Activity Feeds And Social Sharing Features To Do Battle With Spotify (And Perhaps Apple)  —  Pandora is one of the older and more established internet radio services out there, with 150 million registered users …
Discussion: Fast Company and AdAge
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspapers lost 31.5% of ad share in 4 years  —  Newspapers have lost nearly a third of their share of the advertising market in the last four years, with the dollars - no surprise here - shifting to the online and mobile media, according to a new study from eMarketer, an independent research company.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Roku cross-platform search supports Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Vudu  —  Roku Search's cross-platform capability is Roku's latest feature in the back-and-forth battle against the Apple TV.  —  Streaming video may be the epitome of instant gratification …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Google Music to launch free scan-and-match next month  —  The feature that helps users avoid having to upload every song individually to Google's cloud will be offered free of charge to consumers, first in Europe and then in the U.S.  —  Google announced plans today to roll out its version …
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Univision to Start Its First Digital Network  —  Univision and other Spanish language networks have long attributed their high ratings among Latinos to the fact that viewers watch their programming live.  —  But while many Latinos still flock to television sets to watch the network's plot-heavy telenovelas …
Sky News:
Jimmy Savile: Thompson's Office ‘Was Warned’  —  The Jimmy Savile child abuse allegations were flagged up to the office of former BBC boss Mark Thompson at least twice, according to new claims.  —  The then director-general's office was formally alerted by journalist Miles Goslett …
Alex Diaz / Press Association:   Investigation into BBC's ‘culture’ during Jimmy Savile era to start
B&N's E-Ink Devices Go On Sale in U.K. Today  —  In a move that puts Barnes & Noble on the path to becoming an international content and technology provider, the retailer began selling its Nook Simple Touch (£79) and Nook Simple Touch Glow-Light (£109) e-ink reading devices today …
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Margareta Pagano / The Independent:
Mirror hacking probe names six reporters
Discussion: Guardian
Michael Northcott / Management Today:
Phone-hacking hacking scandal spreads to business
Discussion: The Independent and Daily Mail
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT digital subs pass 300,000, growing readership and revenue
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