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10:15 AM ET, January 3, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Digital Newsstand Aims to Muscle In on Apple  —  Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have stepped up their battle to win over publishers, as the two companies vie to become the dominant distributor of newspapers and magazines for tablet computers and other mobile devices.
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
iPad publishing: time to switch to v2.0  —  There is no way around this fact: the first batch of magazines adapted to the iPad failed to deliver.  Six months after the initial excitement, the mood has turned turned sour.  See the figures below, they show the downturn in circulation …
Discussion: MediaPost and Bill's blog
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why digital newsstands stink  —  Who is to blame for declining sales of iPad magazines?  Can Google do better?  —  Source: Le Monde Magazine  —  Much has changed in the eight months since Le Monde Magazine put Steve Jobs on the cover and asked whether he might be the new Gutenberg …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
‘Daily Show’ May Return to Hulu  —  “The Daily Show” could soon return to Hulu, the premier Web site for television viewing.  —  The show and its counterpart on Comedy Central, “The Colbert Report,” were removed from Hulu in early 2010 when the two parties could not agree on a fair price for distribution.
Peter Maass / New Yorker:
The Toppling: How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war.  —  How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war.  —  As viewers watched on television, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Leon Lambert and Corporal Edward Chin prepared to bring down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square.
Discussion: Arkansas Blog
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Delays dog unleashing of NewsBeast  —  NewsBeast isn't ready to come out of the cage quite yet.  —  While the Newsweek/Daily Beast merger was expected to be wrapped up by late November or early December, it has been delayed and is not closing until later this month.
Discussion: Poynter
David Carr / New York Times:
The Great Mashup of 2011  —  For years, those of us who toiled in the backwater of media reporting — covering people who cover other people — were left to trace the slow-motion decline of mainstream media and the inconsequential pratfalls of nascent digital efforts.
Discussion: Poynter
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
TV apps will be key focus at CES 2011  —  The Consumer Electronics Show gets underway in Las Vegas later this week, and while new tablets, phones and 3D television sets will grab much of the attention, the biggest development in the television business will be the dramatic surge of internet-connected sets and TV apps.
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:   Why Marketing's Big Guns Are Winging Their Way to Las Vegas
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Calling Netflix or Huffpo: After 2010, Hollywood Needs a Game-Changer  —  It seemed like a quiet year as the entertainment industry continued down its uncertain path into the 21st Century.  —  No big mergers occurred.  No major bankruptcies, save Blockbuster and MGM.  Carl Icahn kept tilting at Lionsgate.
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
ABC, Syfy and Best Buy?  Retailer Launches Network  —  Electronics Expert Turns Publisher With Multichannel Net Packed With Original Content — and It's Seeking Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The press corps at this year's Consumer Electronics Show may find themselves jostling for soundbytes …
Discussion: Journalism.org
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel woos Hollywood studios with new microchip  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp's new microchips, touted as its biggest-ever leap in processing power, include built-in content protection to make it safer for Hollywood studios to offer premium movies to consumers over their personal computers.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scott Kurnit's AdKeeper Raises $35 Million Second Round  —  AdKeeper, the startup launched by About.com founder Scott Kurnit this past fall, has raised a whopping $35 million second round funding.  Back in September, AdKeeper, which acts as an interactive ad clipping service for users …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Wall St. spanked debt-laden publishers in 2010  —  Wall Street repudiated the shares of debt-heavy newspaper companies in 2010 at the same time the stocks of generally less leveraged publishers advanced.  —  In a decidedly mixed year for the 11 remaining publicly traded newspaper companies …
 
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Richard Curtis / Publishing In the 21st Century:
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