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8:45 AM ET, October 26, 2012


 Top News: 
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Blocks Web Access to Times After Article  —  HONG KONG — The Chinese government swiftly blocked access early Friday morning to the Chinese-language Web site of The New York Times from computers in mainland China and gradually halted most access to the English-language site …
Max Fisher / Washington Post:
China's censors move with unusual speed on Wen Jiabao revelation  —  Wen Jiabao attends a meeting in Beijing.  (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)  —  It was about 5 in the morning in Beijing when the New York Times revealed, in a story posted to its website, that the family of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao …
Discussion: WorldViews, Telegraph and Guardian
Apple's Online Radio Service to Challenge Pandora in 2013  —  Apple's Online Radio Said to Challenge Pandora  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and major music labels have intensified negotiations to start an advertising-supported Internet radio service by early next year, according to people with knowledge of the talks.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Apple's proposed Web radio service is no certainty  —  Apple's financial terms for a Internet radio service to labels is getting mixed reviews at some of the labels, insiders tell CNET  —  Apple is working hard to convince the major record companies to buy into its plan for a Web radio service …
Discussion: MacRumors, Forbes and
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Three questions for the New York Times Co  —  The New York Times Company's latest earnings, announced today, reiterated its story of long-term print decline, unstable advertising and a nucleus of hope based on digital subscriber growth.  —  On a call with investors, executives repeated …
Discussion: GigaOM and Bloomberg
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Co. Falls After Reporting Surprise Loss
Discussion: Business Week
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Readers Pay More for New York Times, Advertisers Pay Less
Discussion: and New York Magazine
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Gore's struggling Current TV on the block  —  Current TV, the ratings-challenged cable network started by former Vice President Al Gore, has put itself up for sale, The Post has learned.  —  “Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company,” CEO Joel Hyatt told The Post.
David Kravets / Wired:
Buzzfeed's Sponsored Stories Stink in Infringement Smell Test  —  A $10,000 Hans Solo desk.  Photo: Courtesy of Tom Spina Designs  —  Like many online media outlets, Buzzfeed is moving toward the so-called “sponsored stories” advertising model — a blending of advertising and editorial content placed smack dab in the content stream.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Marissa Mayer Makes First Yahoo Acquisition: Stamped  —  Yahoo has acquired the company behind one-year-old mobile recommendations app Stamped, its first since ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer became CEO of the company in July, Mashable has learned.  —  The acquisition was purely for talent …
Kevin Kelleher / PandoDaily:
Netflix must ponder its endgame strategy  —  Was it really only 15 months ago when everyone loved Netflix?  The stock had risen nearly eightfold during a two-year rally, CEO Reed Hastings was hailed as a game changer and was asked for the secrets of his success, and Netflix was on track …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Netflix Hits 30 Million Members After Q3 Subscriber Growth “Forecasting Error”
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Radiolab apologizes for treating source rudely but defends podcast  —  A cohost of the public-radio show Radiolab says he “pushed too hard” in an interview, but the station that produces the show has pushed back against accusations that a segment it released as a podcast was unfair.
Twitter Blog:
More interactive Tweets, in more than 2000 ways  —  Earlier this summer, we introduced the ability to expand Tweets to see content previews, photos and videos right within a Tweet.  At that time, we were working with a small group of partners.  Today there are more than 2,000 ways to bring …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch: Hides Political Posts On Facebook and Twitter  —  I know Facebook and Twitter forever changed the political process and promise to usher in a new era of global citizenship, but, sometimes I just need a mind-numbing escape of drunken Vegas photos and cat memes.
The Editors / Media Decoder:
Sulzberger Expresses Support for Mark Thompson, Incoming Chief Executive  —  Mark Thompson, the incoming chief executive of The New York Times Company, who has been under scrutiny this week in connection with a burgeoning scandal at the BBC, received enthusiastic support Thursday from Arthur Sulzberger Jr. …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
AP, networks change exit poll strategy
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pew: Americans find Internet most useful for campaign news, second only to cable
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Windows 8 Offers Publishers a New App Platform to Deliver Content
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon's crummy earnings report sends shares sliding after hours on steep losses
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Newsbeast Responds to Donald Trump's Media Stunt with Media Stunt
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Infographic: The Enormous Racial Gap in Political Reporting
Discussion: Poynter
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Joe Murphy / London Evening Standard:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Circulation and advertising revenues down at McClatchy