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7:45 PM ET, October 26, 2011

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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Shady Marketing Scheme That's Buying Off Your Favorite Bloggers  —  One basic characteristic of journalism is this: its content is not bought and paid for and directed by an advertiser.  It might be vapid.  It might be poorly written.  It might be damn near worthless.  But it's not an advertisement.
Discussion: Forbes and Poynter
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Publishers See Apple Newsstand Sales Surge, But Ad Sales Slow To Follow  —  Condé Nast is the latest publisher to claim a boom in digital magazine sales from the launch of Apple's Newsstand two weeks: the publisher of Glamour, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Wired says that new subscription sales …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Garcia Media
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Judge OKs $32 million settlement for Tribune employees  —  Romenesko+ Misc.  —  A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of the $32 million settlement — announced in August — for former Los Angeles Times auto writer Dan Neil and Tribune employees.  The final hearing is set for January 30.
Discussion: LA Observed
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
Jared Kushner, Dan Abrams in Talks Sources say partnership has been discussed By Dylan Byers  —  Dan Abrams, the founder of Mediaite and the Abrams Media Network, and Jared Kushner, the owner of the New York Observer, have been in talks that have included the discussion of a partnership between Mediaite …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Poynter
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Arianna Huffington Loses Ruling In Fight Over HuffPo Ownership  —  Two politicos who sued Arianna Huffington and her partner for stealing their idea for the Huffington Post will get to go forward after a New York judge refused to throw out the lawsuit.  —  The tale of intrigue amidst …
Discussion: The Wrap, Poynter and Business Insider
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS Sued for Airing Unlicensed Photos of John Edwards' Mistress  —  CBS has been sued by a celebrity photographer who claims the network's The Insider and The Early Show featured without license his images of Reille Hunter, the mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards, and her child.
Discussion: TVNewser and TVWeek.com
The Independent:
Exclusive: Met finds secret phone at centre of NI hacking  —  Device nicknamed ‘The Hub’ hidden in offices of ‘News of the World’  —  Specialist detectives from the Metropolitan Police have discovered the existence of a secret mobile phone within News International's east London headquarters …
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
Government under fire over alleged BBC licence fee talks with News Corp
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:   Murdoch lawyer accused BBC of phone hacking vendetta
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Robert Blau, Steven Hahn join Pulitzer Prize board  —  The 20-member Pulitzer Prize board has two new members: Bloomberg News Managing Editor Robert Blau and University of Pennsylvania historian Steven Hahn.  Blau has served twice as a juror and shared in Pulitzer Prize-winning projects …
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Saddam Hussein ordered execution of journalist Farzad Bazoft, records reveal  —  Former Iraqi leader argued against clemency and grumbled over length of time it would take to have Bazoft hanged  —  Saddam Hussein personally ordered the execution of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
CBS Launches “60 Minutes” Chrome Web App, Features Interview With Steve Jobs Biographer  —  In what I think is an interesting experiment, CBS this morning debuted a “60 Minutes” application that you can find in and launch from the Chrome Web Store (which just got a major facelift).
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
How Apple won the ebook pricing war by strong-arming Amazon  —  At the launch of the iPad in 2010, Walt Mossberg asked Steve Jobs a question that sparked a ton of debate about Apple's ebook pricing that has gone mostly unexplained, until now.  The question was: why would people pay more for ebooks …
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William Neuman / New York Times:
Daniel B. Burke Dies at 82; Helped Engineer Capital Cities-ABC Deal  —  Daniel B. Burke, who helped engineer the acquisition of the American Broadcasting Company by Capital Cities, one of the boldest corporate takeovers of the 1980s, and went on to become chief executive of the merged company …
Discussion: Deadline.com
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ, NYT Wikileaks Knockoffs Stuck in Neutral  —  “Harder than it looks, isn't it, Mr. Keller?”  Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife  —  The news that Wikileaks is suspending operations for lack of funds ought to represent a big opportunity for The new York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Poynter
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Hilarious Video Shows How The NY Times, Fox News, And The Huffington Post Write Their OWS Headlines  —  Guys, incredible news!  Somehow, someone snuck cameras into the headquarters of a bunch of major American news outlets to see how they're biases inform their reporting on the Occupy protests!
Discussion: Poynter
rbr.com:
ABC Spark to launch in Canada  —  The upcoming millennial-focused 24/7 network in Canada is borne from a licensing deal between Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) and Corus Entertainment.  ABC Spark is expected to launch Spring 2012 and will build on the foundation that DATG has created with ABC Family.
Discussion: MediaFile and Company Town
Robert Feder / Time Out Chicago:
Gloom and doom: Clear Channel's dark future begins today  —  When the largest radio company in America assembles its major market general managers in Chicago today, it won't be to tell them what a swell job they're doing.  —  Instead, if knowledgeable industry reports are correct …
Discussion: smays.com
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Watchdogs take aim at MSNBC, Buchanan  —  Both Media Matters for America and Color of Change are petitioning MSNBC this week to either fire or sanction former GOP presidential candidate and MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan for what the two organizations characterize as the use of his platform to espouse bigotry and white supremacy.
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Don Imus cancels Bill O'Reilly's Fox Business appearance over ‘Today’ show plug snub  —  Bill O'Reilly was supposed to be a guest on Don Imus' radio show—simulcast weekdays on the Fox Business channel—on Tuesday morning to plug “Killing Lincoln,” O'Reilly's new book about the 16th president's assassination.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Lara O'Reilly / Marketing Week:
i newspaper has reason to celebrate on its first anniversary  —  As the i newspaper slices into its first birthday cake today, its doubters may well be eating humble pie as they look back on its overwhelmingly successful year in one of the toughest ever periods for print media.
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune plans books section, at an extra charge  —  (Crain's) — Chicago Tribune is planning to launch a weekly literary review section in January, hoping to charge up to $2 for the add-on product, according to sources familiar with the project.  —  In addition to book reviews …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mahalo Lays Off 25 Percent for Shift to Apps From Video  —  Mahalo, the often-pivoted company run by well-known entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, laid off a quarter of its staff earlier this month.  —  Mahalo President Jason Rapp downplayed the move in a phone interview with AllThingsD …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Bloomberg:
Netflix Said to Cut Jobs After Subscriber Loss  —  Netflix Inc., the mail-order and online video service, eliminated more than 15 jobs after losing 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the third quarter, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.  —  The cuts, which began before earnings …
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
 
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