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4:55 AM ET, October 27, 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.
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Motorola and T-Mobile Deny Being Part of Blogger Payola Scheme  —  A small marketing agency with a sketchy business model is causing problems for some very big companies, threatening to bring them under scrutiny from the federal government and Google — scrutiny they say they don't deserve.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Huffington Post, Business Insider deny being paid for links  —  Hamilton Nolan was offered $130 to insert an advertiser link into his copy; the small marketing company making the pitch claimed to work with editors at Business Insider, Huffington Post and Technorati.
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 and The Wrap
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Warner Bros. withholds films from Blockbuster  —  Warner Bros. doesn't want to make it a Blockbuster night.  —  The studio has said it will no longer authorize the video store chain to carry its new movies when they are released on DVD.  At issue is Warner Bros.' desire to have outlets …
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
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 …
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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
Peter Monaghan / PageView:
‘The Baffler’ Will Reappear via MIT Press  —  The Baffler, the feisty journal whose devoted readers were often disappointed that their periodical appeared only periodically, is now set for a more dependable publishing schedule.  —  John Summers, a critic, editor, and historian who purchased …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Brightcove's New Players Aim To Improve HTML5 Video Compatibility  —  Viewing web video content on three different devices is likely to yield three different outcomes.  Even if it's possible to get the whole video to play properly, often there are inconsistencies in how the player reports itself …
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
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Steve Krakauer Promoted to Senior Digital Producer at CNN  —  Steve Krakauer, the former TVNewser editor, is moving up at CNN.  —  Krakauer has been named Senior Digital Producer for CNN/U.S., a new position.  Krakauer has been the Digital Producer for “Piers Morgan Tonight” since the show launched.
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).
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Copyright bill revives Internet ‘death penalty’  —  Hollywood's lobbyists have launched a bold new anti-piracy offensive in Washington that will face strong opposition from Internet companies and users who worry it goes too far and jeopardizes free speech rights.
PressTV:
Occupy LSX criticizes British media  —  The Occupy London Stock Exchange movement has criticized the British media for downgrading the anti-capitalism demonstration after claiming only one out of ten protest camps were occupied during the nights.  —  British media, which had formerly imposed …
Arif Durrani:
News International tries to focus on ‘Moving forward’  —  Most people at News International have had enough of 2011.  Swathes of painful, unsettling job cuts across the business were only temporarily interrupted by a summer of public flogging and self-flagellation over phone hacking.
Discussion: Media Week
Ellie Behling / Street Fight:
CBS Pairs Traditional and Digital Media to Reach Consumers  —  On the first day of the inaugural Street Fight Summit, Ezra Kucharz, president of CBS Local Digital Media, said in a keynote address that TV and radio are not going anywhere, but that broadcasting will continue to integrate more with online and mobile.
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk:
Reporting the Arab Spring: ‘These stories will go on and on’  —  CNN's senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman calls on journalists to avoid just taking ‘a snap shot’ of the revolutions and look at the long-term impacts  —  CNN's senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman has a knack …
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Amazon Is Happy to Burn Money on the Kindle Fire  —  Yet another big-name Internet stock got punished for missing Wall Street's expectations yesterday.  This time it was Amazon, which reported lower operating margins for Q3 and — presumably more worrisome — the possibility of an operating loss in Q4.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
 
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