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11:40 AM ET, January 19, 2011

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Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The Demise of Lean Dean Singleton and the Rise of Private Equity  —  Dean Singleton worked the deals in corners of the U.S. for decades, building from scratch a major chain, that by circulation (though, not revenue) is probably the second largest in the country.
Discussion: Poynter, bizjournals and BrauBlog
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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Consolidation Weighed for Newspaper Publishers  —  MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of more than 50 daily U.S. newspapers including the Denver Post, is eyeing a merger with Freedom Communications Inc. and possibly several other newspaper companies, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Denver Post:
MediaNews Group announces management changes; Singleton to become executive chairman  —  Denver Post owner MediaNews Group Inc. said today it is launching a search for a new chief executive officer to succeed current CEO and chairman William Dean Singleton.  —  Upon hiring of the new chief executive …
Discussion: Poynter, paidContent and LA Observed
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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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Comcast-NBC Conditions, A Victory for Bloomberg
Discussion: New York Times
The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Allows Comcast-NBCU Joint Venture to Proceed with Conditions
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: DOJ's Approval Of Comcast-NBCU Contingent On Giving Up Role In Hulu
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
The Crisis at the Front of the Book  —  On a Tuesday night some weeks ago, at a jam-packed book party at Sidecar, the handsome upstairs space next to P.J. Clarke's on East 55th Street, Hugo Lindgren was leaning on the bar next to his deputy.  The new editor of The New York Times Magazine …
Discussion: Poynter
Alicia Shepard / NPR Blogs:
How NPR's Giffords Mistake Hurt The Families  —  This story was updated at 4:31 p.m. to make clear that after NPR correspondent Ted Robbins told NPR's newsdesk that Giffords had not died, NPR changed its reporting.  —  I've since learned what real, excruciating pain NPR triggered …
Discussion: Poynter and Runnin' Scared
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Weinstein Co. Plans To Launch TV Division With Meryl Poster In Talks To Run It  —  EXCLUSIVE: Harvey and Bob Weinstein are plotting a big re-entry into television and are talking to an old pal, producer Meryl Poster, to run the new Weinstein Co. TV arm.  Poster worked with the Weinsteins …
Discussion: Company Town
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Groupon experiences growing pains with customers, merchants  —  The Internet phenom experiences growing pains with customers and merchants — and hold on to your ‘expired’ coupons.  —  Groupon Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Chicago.  (Tim Boyle / Bloomberg)
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Alan Taylor brings “Big Picture” prowess to The Atlantic  —  Starting in February, The Atlantic will have a new section on its website: In Focus, a photography blog featuring “photo essays on the major news and trends of the day.”  —  Editing the site will be Alan Taylor …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in its uncensored form in March, including full back catalog  —  From its very first issue in 1953 to its latest incarnation, the full catalog of Playboy Magazine is coming to the iPad this March.  And not only that, it'll be faithful to its original form by arriving to your Apple slate uncensored.
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Why the Orange County Register saw record mobile traffic last weekend  —  This past weekend, nearly 25 percent of The Orange County Register's digital traffic came from mobile devices — a new record for the paper.  —  Sonya Quick, who heads up social and mobile newsroom initiatives at the Register …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Erik Huggers to leave BBC for Intel  —  Director of future, media and technology will join US computer firm as corporate vice-president  —  Erik Huggers, the BBC's director of future, media and technology, is to leave the corporation at the end of February.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Publisher asks journalists not to comment on Obama novel  —  Time's Joe Klein said he didn't write Simon & Schuster's forthcoming Obama novel.  Several other Beltway figures, in media and politics, have also denied being the anonymous author behind “O: A Presidential Novel,” which hits book stores next week.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
After 200 Lawsuits Against Sites, Righthaven Targets Online Commenters  —  So far, the copyright-enforcement venture Righthaven has only made a few thousand dollars per settlement with its publisher targets, according to news reports.  To make any real money, Righthaven will have to widen its sights.
Tom Junod / Esquire:
The Next Steve Jobs Is Roger Ailes  —  On the face it, you wouldn't think Steve Jobs and Roger Ailes have much in common.  One is skinny, the other not; one has never lived anywhere but the West Coast; the other has lived in the vicinity of New York for most of his adult life, while claiming to want nothing to do with it.
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Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
How Adam Got @Adam and Became Cool Online  —  All Rob Goldman ever wanted was to be himself.  In the Silicon Valley start-up obsessed world he inhabits, that means being facebook.com/rob or @Rob on Twitter.  —  But Mr. Goldman can't get what he wants, even at a website he founded.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
WSJ denies rumor that editor's leaving for Australia  —  A thinly-sourced report in today's Sydney Morning Herald suggests that Robert Thomson, managing editor of News Corps' Wall Street Journal and one of Rupert Murdoch's top lieutenants, may be packing his bags for a move back to Australia.
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Stephen Mayne / Sydney Morning Herald:
Change afoot for Murdoch's minions
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Blogger aims to chronicle every D.C. homicide victim  —  On the morning of Nov. 15, Laura Norton Amico found herself penned inside a scrum of journalists who had packed a room at D.C. Superior Court for a glimpse of the lead suspect in one of Washington's highest-profile murder cases: the 2001 killing of federal intern Chandra Levy.
Discussion: Poynter
Media Week:
Hachette to close teen magazine Sugar after 16 years  —  Hachette Filipacchi is to close teen print magazine Sugar in March, which has suffered flagging circulation figures, and ahead of an anticipated group sale to US publisher Hearst.  —  Sugar: Hachette Filipacchi is set to close its teen print magazine
Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
Executive Musical Chairs Won't Save Broken Record Business  —  Has the music stopped for the broken record business?  —  Pearl Jam and Gregg Allman may have new albums out Tuesday but with CD sales of chart toppers historically anemic the first weeks of 2011, record companies can't rely on old faves to keep beating the declining odds.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Seeking Alpha's Premium Partnership Program and the evolution of paying for content  —  When the word dropped this weekend that the finance blog Seeking Alpha would begin paying its contributors, the news was met with both questions about its motives and concern about how the deal shakes out for writers.
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With $2 Million In Fresh Funding, FanBridge Buys DamnTheRadio  —  Fan “relationship management” service FanBridge recently closed a $2 million Series A financing and already completed its first acquisition of Facebook fan management startup Damntheradio.  Super angels Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC) …
Discussion: hypebot and New York Observer
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 …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Moore named NYC bureau chief for “Marketplace”  —  Heidi Moore, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, has been named the New York bureau chief for the public radio business news show “Marketplace.”  —  Moore is familiar to Marketplace listeners as a regular guest of host Kai Ryssdal's Friday segment, The Weekly Wrap.
Gillian Reagan / Bookish:
Editor, Agent and Author Betsy Lerner on What's Wrong with Writers  —  Sovereign book editor and star literary agent Betsy Lerner was “burning with rage.”  She was sitting in the Booth Theatre this past Sunday after a production of Next to Normal, the Pulitzer-Prize winning musical …
Matt Shatz / paidContent:
Why Online Retailers Will Squeeze Out Publishers In The Book Business  —  Matt Shatz is currently Head of Strategic Content Relations for Nokia (NYSE: NOK).  Previously, he was Vice President of Digital for Random House.  —  A decade ago, Napster made it clear that the music industry was going digital …
Discussion: TeleRead
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
TPM hires The Hill's Crabtree, plans D.C. expansion  —  Talking Points Memo is preparing for a significant expansion in 2011, including plans to roughly double the size of the political news site's Washington, D.C., bureau by the end of the year.  —  To kick things off …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Gabriel Sherman / GQ:
The Worldwide Leader in Dong Shots  —  With his leering coverage of Brett Favre's penis (allegedly!), Rex Ryan's foot fetish, and the surprising sex life of ESPN, A. J. Daulerio has turned Deadspin.com into the raunchiest, funniest, and most controversial sports site on the Web.  But at what cost to his soul?
Discussion: Poynter
MediaShift Idea Lab:
Which Metrics Matter for Measuring User Engagement?  —  Gail Robinson's recent post on traffic in a post-loyal era got me thinking about measures of web traffic and, more broadly, how to measure the impact of non-profit journalism.  —  I certainly don't disagree with Gotham Gazette's decision …
 
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