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2:31 AM ET, October 22, 2010


 Top News: 
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
In wake of NPR controversy, Fox News gives Juan Williams an expanded role  —  The cable news network signs the analyst to a new three-year contract for nearly $2 million.  Meanwhile, conservative figures blast the public radio network for its response to Williams' comments about Muslims.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Williams Episode Shows 2 Versions of Journalism  —  NPR's decision Wednesday to fire Juan Williams and Fox News Channel's decision to give him a new contract on Thursday put into sharp relief the two versions of journalism that compete every day for Americans' attention.
Wall Street Journal:
Networks in Rift With Google TV  —  ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Life With Google TV: My First Day Review & Impressions  —  Google TV has finally arrived, not just for pre-order but as an actual device you can get in a retail store.  And so I did, hitting Best Buy yesterday and walking out with a Sony Blu-ray player that is Google TV-capable.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Plus, Take Two: How's $4.95 a Month?  —  Hulu is considering cutting the price of Hulu Plus, the subscription service it began testing in June, sources tell me.  I'm told the video site is talking about slashing its $9.95 per-month fee in half, to $4.95.
Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Creditor Proposal Expected Friday  —  Tribune Co. on Friday is expected to file a bankruptcy-exit plan that has support from its leading creditors.  The filing comes as creditors are sounding out candidates to run the company post-bankruptcy, including former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin.
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Zell on the hot seat
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Magazines, Advertising, and the Malleability of Ethics  —  Since the recession hit and print started dying in earnest, magazines have been...let's say, loosening their standards on the editorial-advertising divide.  Now, in a bid to maintain relevance, the American Society of Magazine Editors has updated its ethical guidelines.
Discussion: MPA and Canadian Magazines
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
ASME Releases Updated Ad Guidelines
Discussion: and FishbowlNY
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Tweet This: The Top 25 Magazines on Twitter  —  On Tuesday, the blog Journalistics published a list ranking the top 25 newspapers on Twitter, based their follower counts.  The New York Times, with more than 2.6 million followers, is by far the most-followed newspaper brand on Twitter …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
MuckRock makes FOIA requests easy, but will reporters use it?  —  Making freedom of information requests can be a daunting task.  If it's not an agency dragging its heels on releasing documents or asking for a fee large enough to buy a compact car, then it's the actual process of the, well, process.
Media Week:
Rupert Murdoch's full speech at the Centre of Policy Studies  —  Rupert Murdoch, the founder, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, heaped praise on Margaret Thatcher for ‘expanding the boundaries of freedom’ tonight, before turning to bloggers and why they will never replace journalists.
Discussion: paidContent
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Aggregator Daylife Looks Beyond News Sites To Social Media For Growth  —  For the most part, news aggregator startup Daylife has focused on extending print outlets to its news sharing system.  But over the past few weeks, it has been reaching out to existing digital publications who might …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
Comments return to the Portland Press Herald  —  Less than 48 hours after comments were removed from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald's website, they are back, using newly installed moderation tools.  —  Comments were pulled Tuesday after what Publisher Richard Connor described as “vile …
Emma Hall / AdAge:
Russian Billionaire Will Launch U.K. Newspaper i Next Week  —  Former KGB Spy Alexander Lebedev Expands His New Role as a Media Baron  —  LONDON ( — The U.K.'s newest media baron, Russian billionaire and former KGB spy Alexander Lebedev, is launching a new daily next week.
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: NBC Local Media Sets ‘Nonstop’ Launch Dates  —  Homegrown multicast channels debut in Philly, D.C. next week  —  NBC Local Media is rolling out its Nonstop multicast channels, adding the 24/7 channels in Philadelphia Oct. 25 and Washington, D.C. Oct. 27.
Nielsen Wire:
Connected Devices: Does the iPad Change Everything?  —  The growing popularity of connected devices - especially Apple's iconic tablet computer, the iPad - are starting to change the how people consume media.  And with sales of these devices expected to be a bright spot in an otherwise …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
ATD Gets Social With Liz Gannes (In Other Words, We Hired Her)  —  A few days ago, All Things Digital announced CNET senior writer Ina Fried was joining the staff to cover mobile for the site.  —  Today, we complete a one-two punch with the hiring of Liz Gannes, who will be covering the critical social beat.
Eliot Van Buskirk /
Television: The Killer Music Platform  —  Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I hear the same story from home audio companies: Almost nobody buys nice stereo speakers anymore.  —  Instead, they're picking up surround sound speakers for their home entertainment centers …
Joe Pompeo / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Meet The Old-Media Vets Staffing A Former Newsweek President's Three New Digital Magazines  —  Newsweek is searching for a new editor-in-chief as some of its veteran journalists flee for jobs in new media.  A former president of Newsweek, meanwhile, is luring veteran print journalists to his new digital magazine venture.
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Discussion: Gawker and The Awl
Washington Times Creditors File Bankruptcy Petition on Newspaper Company
Discussion: Bloomberg and Das Krapital
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Books and Video Win on the iPad, and Users Are Buying
Discussion: The Next Web and MediaPost
Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals:
3 ways Vogue could improve their Tumblr blog
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
USA Today's “Radical Restructuring” …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Poynter Online
Linton Weeks / NPR:
Web Ads Tied To News Photos Pop Up More And More
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who, Us? Netflix Says Its Customers Aren't Cord Cutters
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Zoolander Is Bringing His Fashion Sense to the Web
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
NFL Investigating ESPN Over ‘Monday Night Football’ Timeouts
Discussion: MediaPost and Company Town
Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom Hires Superstar Lawyer to Handle YouTube Appeal
Discussion: MediaMemo and Techdirt
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Cable may double Internet access bills
Discussion: and The Wire
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Drinking Again, Chris Albrecht Accuses: ‘Jeff Bewkes Told Me to Lie’
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
The 100 Percent Solution: For Innovation in News
Ira Teinowitz / The Wrap:
Cablevision/Fox Spat Could Affect Comcast/NBCU Deal