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3:30 PM ET, October 31, 2011


 Top News: 
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
A Year of Tina Brown and Newsweek Still Needs a Savior  —  When the merger between Newsweek and The Daily Beast was announced almost a year ago, it seemed like it might, at least, have the makings of a good story: charming nonagenarian audio tycoon teams up with a media mogul and celebrity editor …
Discussion: The Wrap and Poynter
James Robinson / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Milly Dowler police investigation may have been targeted  —  Lawyer for Surrey police tells Leveson inquiry there is evidence officers' phones were hacked  —  Several police officers who investigated the disappearance and murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002 …
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
James Murdoch gets pay rise despite News Corp row  —  Fury over James Murdoch's chairmanship of BSkyB did not stop him accepting a £1,300 pay rise as the broadcaster took a £16m hit for its aborted takeover by News Corporation, where he is deputy chief operating officer.
Rachel McAthy /
Injunctions furore has calmed, editors tell select committee  —  UK newspaper, magazine and news wire editors tell the joint committee on privacy and injunctions that the industry did face a ‘spate of injunctions’ but that the situation has since calmed  —  The issue of privacy …
Rachel McAthy /
Editors due to give evidence on privacy and injunctions
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
NBC-Owned Stations Enhancing News Coverage, Hiring 130 People  —  NBCUniversal plans to enhance local news at its 10 owned television stations, hiring more than 130 people to cover more local news.  —  The company is making a “major investment” to ensure that its stations have …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Disney Double Dips: Renews Netflix Deal for ABC Shows, Adds Amazon  —  Another example of why the Web video boom is (currently) a great boon to Big TV: Disney has announced not one but two deals to sell digital copies of its reruns.  —  Disney has re-upped a two-year-old deal with Netflix …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Myspace Music Head Holt Lands as COO at Maker (Plus Cool Video!)  —  Courtney Holt, who stepped down as president of Myspace Music early this year, is taking a new job as COO of Maker Studios.  —  Holt has been an adviser to the Venice, Calif. new-generation production company …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Something New From Nook, Coming in a Week  —  Barnes & Noble will be announcing ... something at a New York City press conference in a week.  —  About what?  The oblique invitation I just got in my inbox doesn't say a word, other than promising that it will be a “very special announcement.”
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Hearst Hires Former Conde Nast COO, Promotes Digital Exec  —  David Carey, President of Hearst Magazines, announced two executive hires on Monday in the company's U.S. magazine division, bringing on Debi Chirichella as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Grant Whitmore as Vice President, Digital Media.
Discussion: MediaPost
Benjamin Gottlieb / Neon Tommy:
LA Weekly Owner Names Ex-Girlfriend As Editor-in-Chief  —  The alternative weekly juggernaut Village Voice Media is notorious for promoting journalists from within its own network to the upper echelons of its editorial cadre.  —  But appointing an editor-in-chief who used to date …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Google is quietly experimenting in new ways for readers to access publishers' content  —  Google appears to be experimenting with a new paywall-esque content roadblock for publishers, and it's not One Pass.  For lack of a better name, let's call it a “survey wall,” because instead …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Jeremy Bloom / Red, Green and Blue:
Reporter videos his own arrest at Occupy Nashville  —  Back in the good ol' days, you could arrest someone and charge them with disorderly conduct or resisting arrest, maybe even charge them with being drunk in public.  And you were the police - it was your word against theirs.
Discussion: Poynter and Red, Green, and Blue
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Yes, yes, yes - publication of Gaddafi death pictures was justified  —  Chris Elliott, The Guardian's readers' editor, has waded into the contentious matter of whether it was right to publish pictures - especially on the front page - of Muammar Gaddafi's bloody corpse.
Discussion: and Jon Slattery
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rachael Ray Magazine Counts One Issue as Two  —  The November issue of Every Day With Rachael Ray is a bounty of Thanksgiving goodness: 322 ideas, 121 recipes and 40-plus bonus pages.  —  But in one sense the publisher was a bit stingy.  —  Waiting inside the polyurethane wrapping …
Discussion: Gothamist, Adweek and Gawker
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Conde Nast Traveler's iPad App Has a Size Problem  —  The inaugural iPad edition of Conde Nast Traveler has arrived at Apple's Newsstand — and it's hefty.  —  The issue is 784 megabytes — substantially bigger than even Wired's first issue, which attracted a fair number of comments …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Kerry Benefield / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
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Discussion: Poynter
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
AOL Really Missed The Boat On Mobile, But It's Trying To Catch Up By Charging Big Rates For Its New iPad App
Mike Shields / Digiday:
Viacom Mines Social Media Buzz for Movie Site
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
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Susan Krashinsky / Globe and Mail:
Postmedia plans to charge for online articles
Marcus Vanderberg / FishbowlLA:
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Cable Is Holding Web TV at Bay, Earnings Show
Discussion: Adweek
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why Mitt Romney's Bypassing National Media
Discussion: Big Journalism and On Media's Blog
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of NYT's Sunday gain and paid content 2.0