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4:20 PM ET, January 10, 2011

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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.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
NewsBeast adds key staff, sets April launch  —  Tina Brown plans to turn to two former Time magazine veterans to run Newsweek on an interim basis while she puts the finishing touches on a sweeping redesign that is not expected to be unveiled until April.  —  Steve Koepp, a former No. 2 editor …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
In Defense of Inflamed Rhetoric  —  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, we should all avoid using inflammatory rhetoric and violent imagery.
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Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
How incorrect reports of Giffords' death spread on Twitter
Financial Times:
Financial Times Launches FT Tilt  —  NEW YORK/LONDON: The Financial Times today announces the launch of FT Tilt, a premium online financial news and analysis service focused exclusively on the emerging world.  It serves finance professionals who have a direct interest in these markets …
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Felix Salmon:
FT Tilt: A blog behind a paywall
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Hef Taking Playboy Private  —  Playboy is going private.  —  The board of directors for the iconic but struggling men's brand has agreed to 84-year-old founder Hugh Hefner's $6.15-per-share offer to take the company private.  —  Hefner first made a $5.50-per-share offer in July.
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
Adam Hanft / The Daily Beast:
Rick Sanchez Licks His Wounds  —  In his first major interview since being fired for calling Jon Stewart a “bigot,” ex-CNN anchor Rick Sanchez talks to Adam Hanft about his bruised feelings, what the media got wrong—and his future plans.  —  Rick Sanchez's parents didn't speak any English, but he makes up for it.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Onion Hopes Parody of ‘SportsCenter’ Leaves Viewers Saying Boo-Yah  —  Few television programs are as familiar to fans as ESPN's “SportsCenter.”  By filtering news through its pacing, theme music, anchor banter, graphics and set design, “SportsCenter” reflects and contributes to the national sports obsession.
Discussion: Poynter
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.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Groupon Makes Big Bid on Traditional TV, Buys Super Bowl Pregame  —  Social E-commerce Sensation Looks Beyond Word-of-Mouth, Lines Up Shops for Major Push  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Groupon may not need Google to grow.  But it does need some good, old-fashioned advertising.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Foursquare To Add Examiner News Alongside Check-Ins  —  Geo-location service Foursquare has netted content deals with several major news publishers last year, such as the NYT and Financial Times but those were mostly for promotional purchases.  The company has struck a new partnership …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebNewser
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 …
Discussion: Poynter
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
First Look: Piers Morgan's New Set On CNN (And First Week's Guests)  —  For decades, Larry King's iconic set-perhaps best described as a “Lite Brite map of the world” was as recognizable as the host himself.  As CNN prepares to launch a new host into King's 9 p.m. timeslot …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Quickish Delivers Almost Real-Time Yet Editor-Vetted News Recommendations  —  Today sees the launch of Quickish, a near-realtime micro-news recommendation service founded by former Associated Content Vice President and ESPN.com ‘Daily Quickie’ writer Dan Shanoff.
Wall Street Journal:
Disney, Yahoo Look at Internet TV  —  Walt Disney Co. is discussing making video from some of its television networks available on sets embedded with Yahoo Inc.'s Internet-TV software, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Such new offerings would propel Yahoo into a broader battle …
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.
Discussion: PSFK
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 …
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.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Guardian's Subscription iPhone App Due This Week  —  The Guardian could have a decent shot at sustainable mobile income, if current trends are anything to go by.  —  An updated app, which flips from its previous one-off £2.39 ($3.7) charge to a recurring subscription model …
Discussion: WebNewser
Gawker:
Was Arianna Huffington Escorted Off a Flight by Police?  —  Last Friday night, Arianna Huffington was in Las Vegas, mingling with celebrities.  And the next night?  According to a tipster, Arianna was being escorted off a plane by Port Authority police—for wanton, unsafe Blackberry-ing.
Discussion: LA Observed
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Jack Griffin Makes His Mark on Time Inc. Magazines  —  In case there was any doubt about who really runs the show at Time Inc., readers now have an answer.  —  Jack Griffin, who took the reins as chief executive in September, has directed all Time publications to begin running mastheads …
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
DigiDave:
The Spot.Us Community on Public Media: We'll lobby for funding if you get more diverse and local  —  The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy made 15 recommendations on how America can have a bright info-future.  One of those recommendations was for increased support …
 
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