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11:10 AM ET, January 10, 2011

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Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
How incorrect reports of Giffords' death spread on Twitter  —  Update: NPR Senior Strategist Andy Carvin, who worked on the NPR online effort Saturday, has left a great explanation in our comments section about some of the decisions he faced.  We have incorporated a small piece of it into the story …
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
The awesome stupidity of the calls to tamp down political speech in the wake of the Giffords shooting.  —  The attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and the killing of six innocents outside a Tucson Safeway has bolstered the ongoing argument that when speaking of things political …
Las Vegas Blog:   CNN Exec Explains Photo Snafu, But Questions Remain
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CNN Mulls Show Shake-Up  —  Amid Ratings Struggle, Network May Replace Kathleen Parker on ‘Parker Spitzer’  —  CNN is considering replacing Kathleen Parker, co-host of its new evening program “Parker Spitzer,” according to people familiar with the matter, as the network struggles to reverse a steep slide in its evening audience.
David Carr / New York Times:
A Sacrifice to Appease NPR's Gods  —  A long time ago, a kingdom was beset by tempestuous storms, and it was decided that one of the most prized citizens would be fed to the volcano as a sacrifice to appease the punishing gods.  After the sacrifice was made and the crowd exulted …
Discussion: Chickaboomer
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
BREAKING: Playboy Goes Private  —  Playboy is going private.  —  The board of directors for the iconic but struggling men's brand has agreed to founder Hugh Hefner's $6.15 per share offer that the 84-year-old proposed last summer to take the company private.  —  Hefner first made the offer in July.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
YouTube Introduces Weekly Talk Show  —  If most television networks can have talk shows featuring celebrities, why not YouTube?  —  The “Partners Project,” which started last month, is being positioned as the talk show of YouTube, featuring contributors who have drawn online audiences of millions.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The TV-Internet Nuptials  —  LAS VEGAS — The blending of television and the Internet is inevitable.  But will it happen in concert with the major cable and satellite distributors, or in spite of them?  —  That question loomed large at the Consumer Electronics Show last week …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Lynn Cowan / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen IPO to Gauge Appetite of Investors  —  This week marks the start of the year's first IPO investor road shows in the U.S., and among the companies wooing investors, a biggie is expected: consumer-analytics specialist Nielsen HoldingsBV.  —  Nielsen, which tracks consumer behavior ranging …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Day of The Daily: Murdoch's iPad Thingy Coming Jan. 19  —  Mark your calendars, media nerds.  Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 is the day it all changes.  Maybe.  —  That's the planned launch date for The Daily, the iPad-only publication News Corp. has been feverishly developing.
Fred / A VC:
Content Shifting  —  I got this comment from @Daryn on yesterday's SoundCloud post: … To which I replied: … Once you use a service like Instapaper or Boxee Watch Later, this kind of thing becomes muscle memory.  You want to be able to content shift everywhere and onto every device.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Le Monde: a blueprint of a turnaround  —  The iconic French newspaper Le Monde is about to begin a new chapter of its complicated history.  Last September, what remains France's most influential paper changed hands (see previous Monday Note Le Monde's escape velocity and story in NY Times' DealBook).
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Media in 2011: The (Real) Year of Living Dangerously  —  On Print Survivors, IPad Glossy Sales, Paywalls and Beautifully Low Budgets  —  CHEAP AND SMART: FX's ‘Louie’ was made on small budget.  —  Media people love bad news — everybody knows that.  But what's been surprising …
Anthony Crupi / Mediaweek:
Apps Irk Cable Nets  —  Comcast's scheme to begin streaming live video content to iPads and other tablets precipitated a flurry of legal correspondence last week, as several cable network groups made it clear that they had not signed off on any such arrangement.
 
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