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3:35 PM ET, January 5, 2013


 Top News: 
Erik Maza / WWD:
New York Observer Taps New Editor in Chief  —  OBSERVING CHANGE: “Change is constant at the Observer.”  That's how the editor in chief of the New York Observer, Aaron Gell, summed up his demotion during a 25-minute Friday afternoon staff meeting at the paper's West Side offices.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Kurson's ‘Observer’ meant to appeal to ‘Staten Island first responders, second-generation NYers in Forest Hills’  —  “I hope I'm wrong, but the Observer as we know it died today.”  —  That's the reaction one New York Observer employee had on Friday afternoon to Ken Kurson's first meeting …
Discussion: @espiers
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Former ‘Observer’ editor Aaron Gell, surprised by news of his replacement, still deciding whether to stay on as No. 2
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New ‘Observer’ editor Ken Kurson is a media veteran with family ties and, possibly, an abstemious hand
Discussion: Media Decoder
David Westin / The Huffington Post:
Consider the Source  —  Peter Jennings would have loved it.  A former vice president is going into business with the Emir of Qatar to bring us a cable news channel focused on the Arab world.  In one bold stroke we have lots of money going into news, disruption of the old order …
Discussion: Chickaboomer
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Real Problem With Al Gore's $100 Million Payday From Selling Current To Al Jazeera  —  All sorts of people are hurling all sorts of criticisms at former Vice President Al Gore over the $500 million sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera.  Gore is helping a foreign government spread propaganda in the U.S.!
CEPR:   Are Current TV's Slots on Cable Distribution Worth $500 Million?
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Many newspaper stocks beat market in 2012  —  After getting shellacked in 2011, a number of newspaper stocks rebounded sharply last year, with five out of nine publicly held publishers handily outpacing the broader market.  On average, newspaper stocks rose 20.8% in 2012 …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Clipped launches as a Flipboard competitor, using natural language processing to better curate news  —  Finding ways to keep track of what's happening in the world and in various markets can be pretty difficult, especially on mobile devices.  People are interested in seeking out new ways …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Hulu CEO is leaving as company wrestles with future  —  It's finally happened.  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar announced today that he will be walking away from the video site by the end of this quarter.  SVP and Chief Technology Officer Rich Tom will be heading out the door with him.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Let Jason Kilar Take a Bow
Discussion: PandoDaily and Digits
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Rich Tom to leave company in Q1
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Mental health reporters say Newtown shooting coverage shows progress  —  When I looked at the state of reporting on mental-health issues after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, I saw a forbidding landscape.  John Head sees improvement.  When he started reporting on mental health …
Britain's top tabloid scolds Argentina over the Falklands  —  (Reuters) - Britain's biggest-selling newspaper had a simple message for Argentina in an editorial published on Friday in the South American country: “HANDS OFF” the Falkland Islands.  —  The seven-paragraph epistle …
Discussion: The Sun
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
BuzzFeed valued at $200 million, leading new class of media upstarts  —  Business plan lulz at BuzzFeed's office way back in 2010 Scott Beale / Laughing Squid  —  Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET with a valuation for Business Insider.  —  BuzzFeed, the six-year-old website that blends coverage …
Jack Shafer:
The Andrew Sullivan traveling blog show  —  Why is Andrew Sullivan selling?  And what are his readers buying?  —  Sullivan, maestro of the popular blog The Dish, pulled off the impossible this week.  After announcing that he was breaking free from his bosses at the Daily Beast …
Claude Brodesser-Akner / Vulture:
Report: Google and Yahoo Should Share Blame for Online Piracy  —  Piracy of movies and music has long been viewed as an unwinnable game of whack-a-mole for Hollywood's film studios and record labels, but a new study from University of Southern California has widened the lens of responsibility …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg uncertain about paper's gun map
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Poynter
Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA Picks Tech Exec as COO
Discussion: The Wrap
Times of India:
Police to register case against Zee News for airing interview of Delhi rape victim's friend
Discussion: India Ink, ZeeNews and News Track India
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Washington Times lays off staff
Discussion: @d1scourse