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9:45 PM ET, December 13, 2012


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
DealBook Conference Was Impressive, Lucrative and Chummy  —  There was a lot happening at the inaugural DealBook conference on Wednesday — and much of it was undeniably impressive.  —  Here is what the invitation-only conference had going for it: Big Wall Street names, flashy graphics …
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
I am so tired of the paywall argument  —  I truly meant it more than three years ago when I said in this blog that I wanted to move on from the paywall argument.  This issue and the attention it commands are perhaps the most consistent sign I see that the newspaper industry is stuck in the past.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Paywall illogic  —  Steve Buttry distorts our arguments—and the evidence  —  Followers of the hot 'n heavy paywall debate—all seven of you—may find it hard to believe, but there's plenty of room for consensus on whether digital subscriptions are good, bad, or indifferent for news.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Times-Picayune says circulation is up since it cut staff, print frequency  —  WWNO  —  On the New Orleans radio show “Out to Lunch” Monday, business manager David Francis said The Times-Picayune's print circulation has gone up since it cut print frequency.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
BBC boss unaware of Newsnight's McAlpine report problems for 24 hours  —  Former director general George Entwistle contacted BBC Trust chair Lord Patten the day after Guardian article was published  —  Former BBC director general George Entwistle told the BBC Trust at the critical meeting …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   Entwistle resignation meeting minutes barely mention plan to pay £450,000
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Guardian kills its Facebook social reader, regains control over its content  —  A little over a year ago, a big topic of discussion in the newspaper business — apart from the ongoing cataclysmic decline in print advertising revenue, of course — was how to leverage Facebook as a platform for content …
Discussion: Guardian
Alison Langley / CJR:
Europe's newspapers are dying too  —  The implosion of the newspaper industry, long a dreaded topic in the US, has finally hit the continent  —  The staff of Financial Times Deutschland appeared on the back page of the newspaper on Friday, in a deep bow.  Below the photo was an apology, translated here from German:
Publishers Weekly:
New York Times Launches E-Book Programs  —  The New York Times today announced the launch of two publishing programs—New York Times short e-books co-published with the digital startup Byliner, and TimesFiles with Vook.  —  In collaboration with Byliner, The Times will co-publish up to a dozen …
Kira Bindrim / Reuters:
The New York Times and print pressures  —  In a moment of dubious etiquette, venture capitalist and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen said at a New York Times conference this week that the company should dismantle its print operations not in ten years, or five, but “as soon as possible.”
Discussion: Reuters
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The future of television has arrived: it's called the iPad  —  Why owning the second screen is Apple's game to lose  —  The future of the television is the iPad.  —  That was the overwhelming message at the TV of Tomorrow conference in New York, which saw executives and decision makers …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NY Times Describes ‘Torture’ More Under Obama  —  The New York Times, which tied itself in linguistic knots during the Bush years to avoid describing waterboarding as torture, splashed this headline on Thursday's front page: “Portrayal of C.I.A. Torture in Bin Laden Film Reopens a Debate.”
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Can BitTorrent Go Legit with the Entertainment Business?  —  What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word “BitTorrent”?  Probably visions of teenage boys in basements swapping pirated music and movie files.  That's long been the public perception of the technology protocol BitTorrent …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Amazon launches Kindle store in China, could pave way for Kindle  —  (Reuters) - Inc has launched a Kindle store for China, the company said on Thursday, selling Chinese electronic books for the mobile Kindle application, in a move that could soon see the device launched in China.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Aereo licenses Bloomberg TV as first cable station  —  Thus far, streaming TV service Aereo has stayed squarely focused on local network TV channels, but that is just starting to change.  According to The Wall Street Journal, Aereo has added its first cable channel in the form of Bloomberg TV.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and GigaOM
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
GNM journalists agree industrial action vote if compulsory job cuts go ahead  —  NUJ ballot backed by 400 staff as company moves to reduce annual editorial budget by £7m  —  Guardian News & Media journalists have voted to ballot for industrial action should the company go ahead …
Press Gazette:
Amid ‘dismay’ from Times journalists over Harding exit - News Corp mulls seven-day operation  —  News International is understood to have taken legal advice about merging The Times and Sunday Times into a seven-day operation.  —  The Times reports the development today in a report …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   James Harding pulls out of BBC Question Time after quitting as editor
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Jim Romenesko:
AP intern Armando Montano's death still under investigation
Discussion: Metro Weekly
Mark Sweney / Guardian: to move desktop radio service behind paywall in UK, US and Germany
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Media General Bonuses Help Make Up for Furloughs
Discussion: TVSpy
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
‘Post-Industrial Journalism’ Report Deserves an A, and an F
Discussion: West Seattle Blog
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
NY Times' Nate Silver: ‘Punditry Is Fundamentally Useless’
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Google reaches deal with Belgian publishers, avoids paying ‘link tax’
 Earlier Picks: 
Digital Book World:
Start-up Ganxy Launches Ebook Bundling Option for Publishers to Sell Direct
Discussion: PandoDaily and paidContent
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
News Corporation spends £100m on management and standards committee
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
As YouTube renews channels, will media companies make the cut?
Discussion: GigaOM
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Study says half of media buyers will try native advertising in 2013
Matthew Chapman / Brand Republic:
Sunday Times to stream live Lance Armstrong scoop outside of the paywall