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1:45 AM ET, October 7, 2010

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Memo Hints at Name Change for MSNBC.com  —  NBC Universal and Microsoft, the parents of MSNBC.com, are holding high-level talks about a name change, something that could be a risky endeavor for the second most popular news Web site in the United States.  —  The two parents have determined …
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
The Daily Beast Turns 2!  —  To mark our site's second birthday, we sent some questions to Tina Brown about traffic, far-flung datelines, and those rumors out there.  On October 6, 2008, The Daily Beast was born.  We celebrated by getting the editor and founder, Tina Brown, to answer some impertinent questions.
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Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
Daily Beast - Newsweek Merger Talks Heat Up - Staffers Feel Like It's A “Done Deal”
Discussion: Folio, FishbowlNY and Gawker
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Daily Beast's Tina Brown Brags About “Interesting Discussions” With Newsweek
Discussion: Adweek, New York Times and The Wrap
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Next Issue Media CEO Guenther Short on Details  —  Next Issue Media, a publisher-founded e-reader consortium, has been quiet about its activities since it got off the ground almost a year ago, prompting some industry head-scratching about what exactly it's doing.
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Jason Fell / Folio:
Next Issue Media Names Tech Team, Hints at Digital Newsstand Plans
Discussion: paidContent and eMedia Vitals
New York Post:
Richard Johnson LA-bound  —  Tweet  —  It's the end of an era — Richard Johnson is leaving Page Six after nearly 25 years as editor of the world's most famous gossip column.  —  Emily Smith, who cut her teeth on Fleet Street before coming to New York five years ago …
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
Taking time to read on the web: Instapaper gets ready for the big show  —  Photo via davidville's flickr stream.  —  A couple of years ago, Marco Arment, who was then the lead technologist of the social-blog platform Tumblr, became frustrated with the way the web made his ideal reading diet difficult.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
‘Community news sites are not a business yet’  —  Although Jan Schaffer just produced a masterful analysis of how to run a grassroots news site, she came up dry on the crucial question of how to turn those journalistic labors of love into sustainable businesses.
Discussion: Romenesko, The Wall Blog and WebNewser
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
How Disruptors with Nothing to Lose Paved the Way Online for Old Media Stars Like Howard Kurtz  —  Who should Howard Kurtz thank for his new job at The Daily Beast?  Tina Brown, his new boss?  Barry Diller, the head of the site's parent company?  —  How about Josh Marshall …
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Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Tribune memo tries to kill NYT messenger on sex culture  —  Tribune Company chief Randy Michaels rushed out a memo to all the properties tonight trying to shoot down a long New York Times story posted tonight by David Carr.  (See At Flagging Tribune, Tales of a Bankrupt Culture.)
Deggans / blogs.tampabay.com:
EX-CNN anchor Rick Sanchez releases statement, says comments “never intended to suggest any sort of narrow mindedness.”  —  Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez just released a statement saying his comments from last week were not intended to be “narrow-minded” and “should not have been made.”
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
News Video on Twitter to Expand as Brightcove Completes Implementation  —  NEW YORK — With last month's launch of the new Twitter Web page, selected beta users have been able to embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo.  —  Now, Brightcove has been authorized by Twitter to have its videos embedded.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
BW Digital Alum Neal Joins NYC Media Lab As First Executive Director  —  We've peeked in from time to time at the New York City Economic Development Corp.'s efforts to jump start the city's struggling media industry by encouraging innovation and creating new jobs.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Newsweek's Final Price: $1 In Cash And $47 Million In Liabilities  —  Confirming what was widely reported but never publicly acknowledged, a Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) SEC filing shows that billionaire Sidney Harman paid $1 in cash for Newsweek and also assumed about $47 million in liabilities.
Discussion: Media Decoder and Mashable!
Joy Mayer / RJI:
What “engagement” means to Tracy Record and West Seattle Blog  —  Lately, I've been immersed In a sea of motivated, passionate, scrappy people making a go of it in community news, trying a bunch of techniques and wondering what will work.  It was therefore a yank into another world …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
USA Today's overhaul cuts 35 newsroom positions  —  SAN FRANCISCO - USA Today is eliminating 35 jobs from its newsroom as it de-emphasizes its print edition and feeds more content to mobile devices.  —  The cuts outlined in an internal memo Tuesday are part of a sweeping overhaul announced by USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke in August.
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Trust, mobile, and money: New focal points (and hints for applicants) for the new Knight News Challenge  —  For the first time, this year's Knight News Challenge will be requesting entries in three specific categories: mobile, revenue models, and reputation/credibility.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Twitter is not for sale says new CEO Dick Costolo  —  Dick Costolo, the newly appointed chief executive of Twitter, has told The Telegraph that he has no plans to sell the site, despite his record of selling start-ups to big players.  —  Costolo, prior to joining Twitter …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Secret-Spilling Sources at Risk Following Cryptome Breach  —  Secret-spilling site Cryptome was hacked over the weekend, possibly exposing the identities of whistleblowers and other confidential sources, according to a hacker who contacted Wired.com and claimed responsibility for the breach.
Discussion: Techworld.com and Boing Boing
Deadline.com:
CNN's Piers Morgan Vows Format And Other Changes To Beat Fox News Competition: Promises “I'm Going To Be There To Win” And “It's Time To Kick Some Ratings Butt”  —  EXCLUSIVE: Piers Morgan tells us that he's planning big changes to the Larry King Live interview slot he inherits in January.
 
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Laura Oliver / Journalism.co.uk:
Lincoln journalism graduates ‘nail down a gap in the market’ with new publication
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: New MSNBC.com-BermanBraun Online Political Site BLTWY Launches
Discussion: WebNewser, paidContent and The Wrap
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Co. Could Wind Up With Share Of Liverpool Football Club
David Kaplan / paidContent:
PBS.org Revamp Aims To Make Local Content More ‘National’
Discussion: Lost Remote and WebNewser
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism:
Krishna Bharat named Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Smartphones bring mixed blessings for papers
 Earlier Picks: 
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Onetime TV consumer watchdogs now ply their trade elsewhere
Discussion: Romenesko and Talking Biz News
The Wall Blog:
NY Times boss says staying open to web crucial to paywall; details due in December
Michael H. Miller / New York Observer:
The Book Industry's New Danger Brigade
Stuart Dredge / paidContent:
Facebook's Shields: ‘Share Is More Important Than Search’
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Bar Spy: Apple Trying To Hire a Blogger?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Katherine Spiers / The Wrap:
Lionsgate's Feltheimer: People Want Their Content When, Where They Want It
Discussion: Variety
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
ABC developing ‘Awkward Family Photos’ into series
Discussion: TVWeek.com and New York Magazine