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3:30 PM ET, November 3, 2011


 Top News: 
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
New round of belt-tightening at L.A. Times  —  According to a couple of independent newsroom sources, Los Angeles Times editor Russ Stanton called meetings on Wednesday to inform affected people that the design, news operations and web operations staffs would be combined into one department, along with at least some of the copy editors.
Discussion: Free Press
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Despite Apple spat, Financial Times digital subscriptions see 30% growth in the last year  —  The Financial Times has had an interesting few months when it comes to its digital strategy, but it appears to be paying off as the business publication has announced 30% year-on-year growth …
Joel Gunter /
Fifth of traffic coming from mobile devices
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
FT Group revenue up 6%
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
AP issues staff guidelines on retweets, no ‘personal opinions’ allowed or implied  —  The Associated Press has added a new entry on retweeting to its social media guidelines.  Staffers are reminded to keep their opinions to themselves. … Disclaimers — like “retweets do not constitute endorsements” …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Won't Pay Self-Published Author For Books It Mistakenly Gave Away  —  Amazon's self-publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing, has a rule: If you use it to publish a book, and then sell that same book on another site at a lower price, KDP retains the right to drop the price of your book in the Kindle Store too.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon, Now a Book Lender  —  Kindle Owners Who Subscribe to Prime Service Will Be Able to Borrow E-Titles  —  As the e-reader and tablet wars heat up, Inc. is launching a digital-book lending library that will be available only to owners of its Kindle and Kindle Fire devices …
Gabe Rivera / Mediagazer News:
Meet Mediagazer's New (Human) Editors  —  If the last thing you heard about Mediagazer's staffing was its founding editor's move to The Observer, you were probably wondering who was now running the show.  Well, for over a month we've been quietly assembling a team spanning three time zones …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Shannon High Jumps to CNN, Will Oversee New Morning Show  —  TVNewser has learned Shannon High is leaving NBC's Peacock Productions to join CNN where she will oversee the new four-hour morning show.  An announcement on the hire, and the new show, could come as early as tomorrow.
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
CNN Makes Morning Lineup Revamp Official  —  Soledad O'Brien returns to early hours with Ashleigh Banfield, Zoraida Sambolin  —  CNN has made the changes to its morning lineup official, announcing Thursday that Soledad O'Brien would return to hosting the network's mornings along …
Emily Bell:
Google+ and Journalist Profiles: the best thing since sliced bread or the worst thing since bundled browsers?  —  The announcement from Google, that it is going to allow journalists to become more visible in its Google News service, as long as they have a profile on the Google+ social platform has sparked some comment and reaction.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Short Sainthood for Steve Jobs  —  THE glowing obituaries appeared moments after Steve Jobs's death was announced on Oct. 5.  “Silicon Valley's radiant Sun King,” eulogized The San Jose Mercury News.  His name was floated for Time magazine's Person of the Year, though the honor traditionally goes to the living.
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Steve Jobs biography is top-selling book in the U.S.
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Four Years In, Fox Business Network Still Treading Water  —  It was an abysmal month for Fox News' young sibling channel.  Fox Business Network saw an average daily viewership of around 65,000 for October, according to Nielsen, which also happened to be the month of the network's four-year anniversary.
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested at Occupy Oakland Protests  —  Second generation cartoonist Susie Cagle, daughter of Daryl Cagle, was arrested last night, along with dozens of others, during the Occupy Oakland protesters.  Cagle has been working on an illustrated history of Occupy Oakland, fundraising for the project through
Alysia Santo / CJR:
Oakland Local Covers Occupy Oakland
Discussion: Guardian
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
“The Internet Community is Always in a Complete Lather”  —  With the debate over bills meant to crack down on digital piracy heating up on Capitol Hill, Adweek caught up with Robert Levine, author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business …
Discussion: Copyhype
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: number of possible victims is almost 5,800, police confirm  —  News of the World private investigator Glenn Mulcaire may have targeted 2,000 more people than previously acknowledged  —  The number of possible victims of phone hacking by the News of the World private investigator Glenn Mulcaire …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Twitter quietly debuts new ‘Top News’ and ‘Top People’ search features  —  Twitter's web interface got a couple of nice new additions Wednesday, seemingly aimed at making it easier to find relevant content when conducting a search within the site.  —  For some users, Twitter's website …
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:   How Twitter's new ‘top news’ search results will help (and hurt) publishers
A.J. Daulerio / Deadspin:
Why A Former ESPN VP Filed A Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Denying He Masturbated In Front Of Erin Andrews  —  Last month, ESPN announced it was eliminating its bi-coastal, 25-person Content Development department, which was responsible for the network's 30 for 30 series, among other things.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Ali Velshi Gets New Domestic Role at CNN, Adds CNNI Program  —  Along with the announcement of its new morning lineup, CNN has announced a new role for anchor and correspondent Ali Velshi.  For CNN/U.S. Velshi will launch new “signature segments” next month in which he analyzes economic, political or global news of the day.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Ariel Sandler / Business Insider:
Canadian Co-Anchors Freaked Out On Live Television When They Learned Their Network's Sports …
“WSJ Live” Interactive Video Service Adds New Distribution
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Murdoch fails to win Hunt's full backing
Discussion: Press Gazette
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Where Netflix wants to go next: India, Korea, Japan?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Digital First  —  At CUNY's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Pension plunderer Robert Maxwell remembered 20 years after his death
Julie Moos / Poynter:
ABC News previews exclusive Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly appearance
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Huffington Post
 Earlier Picks: 
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BT Vision is fastest-growing pay-TV service
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
‘X Factor’ Gets a 2nd Season on Fox
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Indestructible Chucky now No. 2 at Daily News
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Meghan McCain: MSNBC Contributor
Julie Hoogland /
New company, MLive Media Group, formed to carry Booth Newspapers and into next era of news media
Discussion: freefromeditors and Poynter
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Will a name change help the St. Pete Times the way it did the South Florida Sun-Sentinel?
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
The Observer's Next Target: Chinese Tourists
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Fewer Buyers Than Expected For Philadelphia Newspaper Tablets
Discussion: TabTimes