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7:25 PM ET, November 10, 2010

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Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Blank Slate: Jacob Weisberg Was a Web Pioneer.  But He Doesn't Much Care for What Works on the Web Now.  Can Slate Recover?  —  Slate, the Web site, is 14 years old, an eternity on the Internet.  During that span, its New York offices have moved nine times.
Discussion: The Awl and Romenesko
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Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Slate's Traffic Is Gangbusters, Except When It's Not  —  Slate Group chairman Jacob Weisberg wrote a memo to his staff today in response to this week's Observer cover story, a look at how the 14-year-old site is faring against new and ferocious competition.  He takes exception to our piece …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Weisberg: NYO wrong; Slate's ‘going gangbusters’  —  Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg's note to staff about today's New York Observer story  —  You may have seen the story about Slate that's up on the New York Observer website today.  I wanted to take a minute to respond …
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Observer
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Lou Dobbs joining Fox Business Network  —  Just about a year to the day that he left CNN, Lou Dobbs is returning to cable news, this time as host of his own show on News Corp.'s Fox Business Network.  —  Fox Business Network is expected to announce that it has signed Dobbs as early as Wednesday afternoon.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Editor on the ‘Beauty’ of Readers' Ignorance  —  Gerald Marzorati, center, with Marc Jacobs (L) and Paul Krugman.  Image by Getty Images via @daylife  —  The New York Times cultivates an image as the preferred read of the intellectual elite, but at least one of the paper's higher-ups seems …
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Observer
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Sorkin talks Dealbook's changes and business journalism  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  New York Times business reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin founded the Dealbook blog and daily e-mail back in 2001, when such dissemination strategies for business news were in their infancy.
Discussion: www.wnyc.org
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
DealBook relaunch triggered N.Y. Times blog shutdown
Alan Rusbridger / Poynter Online:
Openness, Collaboration Key to New Information Ecosystem  —  In 2009 you could smell the fear.  As banks crashed and the recession hit, even the grandest media companies trembled a little.  We had all known for some time that the revolution we're all living through would at some stage get really tough.
Ryan Kearney / TBD All News:
Why did Gawker publish, then retract, a gruesome murder photo?  —  Recently, Gawker did something unusual: It removed a photo that was upsetting people.  The photo showed the body of Christopher Jusko, a 21-year-old graffiti artist who was stabbed to death in New York's East Village on Oct. 25.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Schools Chief Has Much in Common With Boss  —  Cathleen P. Black earned a reputation in publishing as a tough-minded chief executive who never left her employees guessing what she wanted.  A student of management, she wrote a book about strategies for success in the corporate world.
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Joel Klein on Rupert Murdoch, Cathleen Black, and Being a Jerk
Discussion: All Things Digital and MinOnline
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Talking Points Memo's first developer talks startup life, jumping to ProPublica and data journalism  —  What's it like being the only in-house techie at a news startup?  Talking Points Memo's first developer Al Shaw says “it's kind of like being a reporter....you have to be a generalist,” …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Playboy Goes Geo-Local With Scout App, Even as Iconic Media Company Attempts Turnaround  —  How about some check-ins at the Playboy Mansion?  —  That's not exactly on the menu for a new mobile application being launched by the iconic adult-oriented media company today, called Scout (although BoomTown wishes it were).
Discussion: New York Observer
ProPublica:
Read the Leaked P.R. Plan to Spin Our Dialysis Investigation  —  Update (2:39 p.m.): Kidney Care Partners released an official statement.  —  The umbrella group Kidney Care Partners (KCP), an advocacy and lobbying organization for dialysis providers, patient groups, drug companies and others …
Discussion: MinnPost and LA Observed
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
‘The Onion’ Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Spoofs  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has never smashed a Whac-A-Mole game in a drunken fit.  He has never invoked Freedom of Information laws to find out a female federal employee's work schedule.  And to the best of anyone's knowledge …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Plus TV Creates “Social Viewing”  —  Although television has become more fragmented thanks to the web, millions of people still tune in for certain shows, including the Emmys and the MTV Video Music Awards.  The real-time conversation that Twitter allows makes it a perfect companion for those events …
Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
An idea and a brand come together as Worldcrunch  —  [Jeff Israely, a Time magazine foreign correspondent in Europe, is in the planning stages of a news startup — a “new global news website.”  He details his experience as a new news entrepreneur at his site, but he'll occasionally be describing the startup process here at the Lab.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Post by Venkat / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Twitter Clarifies Usage Rules, but AFP Still Claims Unbridled Right to Use Content Posted to “Twitter/TwitPic”  —  Twitter recently issued new guidelines regarding use of the “Twitter” and “Tweet” marks, and use of the underlying tweets by users and third parties as well: “Guidelines for Use of the Twitter Trademark.”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Media Week:
The Times and Sunday Times attract 75% of online audience from UK  —  News International's paywall around sites for The Times and The Sunday Times has created a more affluent and more engaged digital audience, with a significantly larger UK bias than any other newspaper, according to chief marketing officer Katie Vanneck.
New York Post:
Camera-ready  —  Tweet  —  Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is tapping Liz Vaccariello, a former editor-in-chief of Prevention with a made-for-TV smile, to be the new editor-in-chief of her namesake magazine, as it gears up to fight a slew of rivals.  —  The foodie wars are increasingly going multimedia.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Eisner's Studio and AOL Pair Up for Web Series  —  In a deal to be announced Wednesday, Michael D. Eisner's Web studio, Vuguru, will produce half a dozen scripted Web video series for AOL.  —  The partnership is the latest attempt by AOL, which has been struggling, to infuse its home page and its Web sites with original video.
Amy Garmer / KnightComm:
Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action  —  The Knight Commission recognized that people need tools, skills and understanding to use information effectively, and that successful participation in the digital age entails two kinds of skills sets: digital literacy and media literacy.
Discussion: KnightBlog
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
ESPN's Skipper: iPad is not print's savior  —  Commentary: It's all about finding medium's best use of content  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — John Skipper understands the iPad — and a good deal of ESPN's future rests in his hands.  —  Skipper, ESPN executive vice president for content …
 
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