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4:10 AM ET, January 25, 2011

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New York Times:
Olbermann Split Came After Years of Tension  —  MSNBC never had any doubt about what it was getting when it made Keith Olbermann the face of the network in 2003: a highly talented broadcaster, a distinctive and outspoken voice and a mercurial personality with a track record of attacking his superiors and making early exits.
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Google's Schmidt eyeing TV  —  Google honcho Eric Schmidt, who announced his plan to hand over control of the tech giant last week, is eyeballing a career in TV, Page Six has learned.  —  Sources say the outspoken chief, who broke the news that he's passing the CEO title …
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AdAge:
What Larry Page Will Be Up Against at Google
Lindsay Powers / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: Subway Won't Advertise on Second Episode of MTV's Skins … Another major sponsor has pulled out of advertising on MTV's controversial show, Skins.  —  A rep for Subway tells The Hollywood Reporter that the sandwich chain “will not be advertising on [Monday's] episode.”
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
HuffPo ‘fires’ unpaid blogger for participating in labor demonstration  —  On Wednesday, January 19, more than 200 union members stormed into a Mortgage Bankers Association conference in Washington, D.C., and held a guerrilla-style demonstration for about 10 minutes, protesting a home-builders' group …
Erik Huggers / About the BBC blog:
Reshaping BBC Online  —  The BBC has always created and embraced emerging technologies to remain relevant.  Text based journalism, through Ceefax, didn't really feature in the BBC until the late 1970s, which later evolved into BBC Red Button and the BBC News website, the backbone of BBC Online.
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MediaShift Idea Lab:
Salon.com Retracts Vaccination Story, But Shouldn't Delete It  —  Last week Salon.com, a publication I helped edit for many years, officially retracted “Deadly Immunity,” a 2005 story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that had promoted scientific research (never very persuasive and now widely discredited) …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Apple's bet on publishing  —  Apple's upcoming subscription plan is making large publishing companies hysterical.  Rightfully so.  Some of them built a complete business model for the iPad based on a commercial agreement that is now being revoked.  Apple is not only changing the rules …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Mark Bittman ends NYT ‘Minimalist’ column after 13 years; heads to opinion section, magazine  —  Mark Bittman has long considered himself an advocate for eating well.  For more than 13 years, Bittman says he's expressed his views “largely through recipes” in the weekly New York Times column, “The Minimalist.”
Michael Zimbalist / AdAge:
Out of Digital Chaos, a New Stability for Media  —  An Ecosystem With Many Different Species of Devices, All Competing for the Scarcest Resource: Our Attention  —  Somewhere over the Rockies during my flight home from CES, I took a stroll through the cabin to help alleviate the misfortune of having been assigned a middle seat.
MinnPost:
A breakthrough year for MinnPost  —  In 2010, MinnPost ran its first surplus.  —  A $17,594 surplus on spending of $1.261 million may not sound like much.  But this is tremendous vindication for our business model, because it resulted from 18 percent revenue growth, not budget-cutting.
Discussion: Poynter and KnightBlog
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Twitter App Maker UberMedia Buys Social News Site Mixx  —  UberMedia, which is behind Twitter clients like Echofon and Twidroyd, has purchased Digg-like news site Mixx.  On Mixx, users post interesting stories, photos, or videos and vote and comment on those that others submit …
Discussion: NetworkEffect and TechCrunch
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Advice columnist Dan Savage lands MTV pilot — EXCLUSIVE  —  Savage Love may be coming to MTV.  —  Columnist Dan Savage is working on an advice show for the network.  —  MTV has ordered a pilot that follows Savage as he tours college campuses giving his brand of brutally honest (and sometimes graphic) sex and relationship advice.
Discussion: Advocate, TVWeek.com and Gawker
Corbin Hiar / PBS:
NYU's Studio 20 Creates Innovative, Collaborative Hothouse  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by the USC Annenberg nine-month M.A. in Specialized Journalism.  USC's highly customized degree programs are tailored to the experienced journalist and gifted amateur.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Ethan Bauley / Data Central:
The Fiscal Times Launches Inaugural Print Edition Through HP MagCloud  —  In the midst of a surge of news publications moving from print distribution to online-only, today The Fiscal Times became one of the first digital news publications to do the opposite: offer print editions after starting from an online-only model.
Discussion: WebNewser and FishbowlDC, Thanks:hpnews
Ben Parr / Mashable:
Facebook Turns Friend Activity Into New Ad Format  —  Facebook is rolling out Sponsored Stories, a new ad format that turns your friends' actions into promoted content.  —  Sponsored Stories is “a way for marketers to sponsor activities that happen throughout the News Feed,” a Facebook executive told Mashable.
David Chen / /Film:
Kevin Smith Buys His Own Film At Sundance Auction, Swears Off Distributors, and Announces Full Details for Self-Distribution  —  This evening, Red State premiered in front of more than 1,200 people at the Eccles Theatre at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  As you might have heard …
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Forget apps, OnSwipe is the future of publishing.  —  Sporting sneakers and chugging sugar-free Red Bulls, OnSwipe founders Jason L. Baptiste and Andres Barreto may look like typical overworked kids right out of college.  But get them talking about the future of publishing, the tablet market …
Zeke Turner / WWD:
Dan Abrams in Talks With ABC News  —  ABC News is in talks with NBC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams to take him away from the network where he has spent most of his career.  “NBC News thanks Dan for his years of service and dedication.  We wish him nothing but the best,” said NBC spokeswoman Lauren Kapp.
 
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James Hibberd / Inside TV:
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Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
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