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4:30 PM ET, January 18, 2011

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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC, Justice approve Comcast and NBC joint venture  —  Federal regulators on Tuesday approved Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, allowing for a joint venture that puts a vast library of television shows and movies under the control of the nation's biggest cable and broadband Internet service provider.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Allows Comcast-NBCU Joint Venture to Proceed with Conditions … WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice announced today a settlement with Comcast Corp. and General Electric Co.'s subsidiary NBC Universal Inc. (NBCU) that allows their joint venture to proceed conditioned …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
DOJ's Approval Of Comcast-NBCU Contingent On Giving Up Role In Hulu  —  Maybe it's just as well that Jeff Zucker is leaving NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) when Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) takes over.  Zucker and former News Corp (NSDQ: NWS).  COO Peter Chernin banded together for an online video joint venture …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Under Pay Model, Little Effect Seen on Papers' Web Traffic  —  While newspapers around the world are anxiously asking themselves what would happen if they started charging readers to view articles online, a few answers have started to emerge.  —  Steven Brill's Journalism Online experiment …
Tom Junod / Esquire:
Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?  —  An exclusive and unbiased investigation into the highly paid operative of a foreign-born tycoon, a man who reengineered political and media culture and fomented a revolt that threatens the very stability of our country  —  Today, here at Esquire …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Strong Ratings for Piers Morgan's Debut  —  CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight” premiered to 2.1 million viewers on Monday, according to preliminary ratings from The Nielsen Company.  —  CNN said that Mr. Morgan's audience was 219 percent bigger than the channel's average audience during …
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CNN's Piers Morgan puts Twitter to work for TV debut
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Facebook Books $1.86B in Advertising; Muscles In on Google Turf  —  New Estimate From eMarketer Shows Majority of Social Network's Ad Revenue Comes From Small Businesses  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It turns out Facebook is a lot like Google after all.  —  As the social network steams past …
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Venerable Lefties at Harper's Divided by Union  —  Harper's, one of the last bastions of old-line liberalism and a lonely defender of a certain idea of what literary culture should be, has long been supported by the largesse of its owner and patron, John “Rick” MacArthur …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
H.P. Updates TV's Old Product Demos  —  A mainstay of early television — live commercials demonstrating products like Polaroid cameras and Timex watches — is making a comeback, updated for a new century by migrating to new media.  —  Hewlett-Packard is teaming up with the YouTube …
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Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
HP Launches Live Improv Comedy Show on YouTube
Discussion: Data Central
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Goldman Blames Media Attention For Killing Off Its U.S. Facebook Offering  —  Both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting this morning that Goldman Sachs has decided to limit its much ballyhooed private offering of up to $1.5 billion in Facebook shares to international investors only.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd Raises Another $13 Million, Aims To Bring Social Reading To Every Device  —  Scribd, the document sharing hub that launched as a ‘YouTube For Documents’ and has since added other key features, including an online bookstore and a publisher analytics platform, has raised another big round of funding …
Lisa Bertagnoli / Chicago Business:
Bloggers quitting what they call a demanding task with few rewards  —  Jim Harbison launched a blog thinking it would be a showcase for his love of mid-century-inspired art and design—and maybe spawn a book deal or guest editorship somewhere.  —  “I wanted to participate in a world …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Ad Tech Startups Banding Together To Take On Google And Microsoft  —  As the online ad technology industry consolidates, it is becoming tougher for startups to stand out among the giants.  The 500-pound gorillas like Google and Microsoft keep integrating in new technologies …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Nielsen view of new TV just doesn't rate  —  While more viewers are getting up from the TV set and watching shows on the go, ratings giant Nielsen is stuck on the couch.  —  Video viewing on Apple's iPad and other mobile devices is exploding.  Just last week, Google's YouTube …
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Yes, This Blog Is Leaving NYTimes.com  —  As reported in Forbes on Friday, the Freakonomics blog will be leaving NYTimes.com on or around March 1 and returning to its indie roots.  —  The Forbes piece and most of the followup coverage drew the seemingly obvious connection between …
The Huffington Post:
Regis: It's Over  —  Regis Philbin says he's leaving the show that bears his name.  —  “This will be my last year on this show,” the 79-year-old host said Tuesday morning on “Live! with Regis and Kelly.”  “It's been a long time, it's been 28 years since I've been here.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Entertainment News Company TheWrap Acquires ItsOnTheGrid.com  —  TheWrap, a venture capital-backed news organization focused on the business of entertainment and media, has acquired ItsOnTheGrid.com (IOTG), TechCrunch has learned.  —  TheWrap made the acquisition for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock.
Discussion: paidContent and The Wrap
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Atlantic Pretties Up With Photos  —  The rise of the Atlantic's Web site is a good story, but that tale doesn't have much to do with pictures, only words.  —  That's supposed to change next month, when the site adds a new “In Focus” photo blog, curated by Alan Taylor.
Sam Petulla / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New Yorker web editor: The site is “guided by what's on paper”  —  In a 2006 post at Design Observer, Michael Bierut praised what he termed the “slow design” of The New Yorker: “the patient, cautious, deliberate evolution of a nearly unchanging editorial format over decades.”  —  It's an apt description.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Ex-AOL CEO Randy Falco Lands At Univision As COO  —  Nearly two years after being ousted as AOL's chairman and CEO and replaced by Tim Armstrong, Randy Falco has a new job as EVP/COO of Spanish language media network Univision Communications.  Falco, who also once served as COO of NBC Universal …
Mark Sweney / paidContent:
Pearson Buys Controlling Stake In TutorVista For $127 Million  —  Pearson (NYSE: PSO), owner of the Financial Times and book publisher Penguin, has increased its presence in India, buying a controlling stake in education firm TutorVista for $127m (£79m).
Discussion: MediaNama
Stephen Mayne / Sydney Morning Herald:
Change afoot for Murdoch's minions  —  Change is overdue at the head of News Corp's Australian operations, with Robert Thomson - one of Rupert Murdoch's leading lights - a possible candidate.  —  The Australian's Media section columnist Mark Day has long been regarded as someone …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Talking Biz News
Market Wire:
Digital Publisher Vook Closes $5.25 Million Financing  —  Established Leader in Publishing Content for Tablets, Smartphones and E-Readers Builds on Its Momentum for 2011  —  Vook, the leading digital publisher of mixed-media reading, announced it closed $5.25 million in Series A financing …
Discussion: Beet.TV, TechCrunch and The Vook Blog
Mercy Farm:
A Push-Button Network is Great, Until It's Not.  Ask Sarah Palin  —  Given the state-of-play in media, it comes as no surprise that we are ending the week after the tragedy in Tucson chattering about a YouTube video.  But the web video that turned heads wasn't the inchoate rantings produced …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Digital Marketing Company (And Lycos Owner) Ybrant Digital Raises $48 Million  —  Looks like investors are increasingly looking at India for financing fast-growing Internet companies.  Helion, Accel Partners and Tiger Global just pumped $6 million into ecommerce site LetsBuy.com …
Discussion: MediaNama and paidContent:UK
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Populis, the “European Associated Content”, acquires blog network Blogo for €6m
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