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4:25 PM ET, October 26, 2012


 Top News: 
New York Post:
Al 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.
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Current TV to Consider Offers From Potential Buyers
Discussion: Chickaboomer and
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The ‘Times’ hits its first hurdle in its quest to capture the Chinese market  —  The Lineup collects the media stories, big and small, that are on our radar each day.  —  On yesterday's New York Times Company third-quarter earnings call, Denise Warren, the general manager of …
Discussion: New York Magazine and CNET
Rachel Lu / FP Passport:
Weibo reaction to Wen Jiabao's corruption
Discussion: PandoDaily
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Eric Schmidt is headed to Paris to head off French proposal to charge Google for linking  —  France's new government has been making noise about forcing Google to pay for the privilege of linking to French news sites.  Google responded by threatening to remove all French news sites from its index …
Jack Shafer:
The New York Times, the BBC and the Savile sex scandal  —  Before he has even had time to measure his office windows for draperies, incoming New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson is in the media crosshairs.  No less a figure than Times's public editor, Margaret Sullivan …
Discussion: Guardian,,, Guardian and BBC
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Three questions for the New York Times Co
Discussion: GigaOM and Bloomberg
Tim Windsor / Zero Percent Idle:
How one geek just outdid the entire publishing industry  —  Most of my friends and colleagues in journalism or the magazine world have never heard of Marco Arment.  A few more may have actually used his offline article reader, Instapaper.  But I'd be willing to bet that almost none of them realize that …
Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
Redstone Daughter in Succession Mix  —  From his Beverly Hills compound, Sumner Redstone has been hard at work on a new memoir titled “How to Live Forever.”  But lately, the 89-year-old media mogul has also been putting some thought to what happens once he's gone.
Discussion: and Los Angeles Times
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas:
Boycott on Google News leads to 5% loss in web traffic: Brazilian newspapers  —  According to the National Association of Newspapers in Brazil (or ANJ in Portuguese), members that followed the association's recommendation to abandon Google News have seen a decrease in web traffic of only 5 percent.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast: NBCUniversal Broke Even on London Olympics, Expects Profits From Future Games  —  The entertainment company recorded a $120 million profit from the Summer Games in the third quarter.  —  Cable giant Comcast Corp. on Friday reported a $120 million third-quarter profit on the London Olympics …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple's iRadio: The Case Against Pandora Panic  —  Pandora shares fell off a cliff yesterday, after Bloomberg published a story about Apple's plan to introduce a streaming music service early next year.  —  Then Pandora bounced back a bit.  But it's still down 12 percent.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Erik Maza / WWD:
Charles Townsend Offers Outlook for Condé Nast  —  TOWNSEND TALKS: On Thursday, Cindi Leive quizzed Condé Nast chief executive officer Charles Townsend at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.  Townsend, a famously blunt executive, doesn't sit for interviews often …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Awkward: Seattle Times fact-checks its owner's political ads  —  The Seattle Times Co. sponsored political ads in its paper with claims that aren't entirely true, the Seattle Times reports.  If that sounds a little twisted, it is.  —  The short story is the Times' business side …
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Why analysts got fired for talking to journalists  —  Journalists are up in arms about the latest fine to hit Citigroup.  In general, journalists tend to like it when banks get bashed for violating rules, but in this case the bashing hits home: Citi was fined $2 million, and two analysts were fired …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches Bing Elections to curate news, results, and social media insights  —  There are numerous places on the web where you can find election results, but there's not just one place to get the complete and balanced picture.  Today, Microsoft is announcing it has put together …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Coming to a Battleground State Near You: MittZine  —  It's called a MittZine.  A magazine about, you guessed it, Mitt Romney.  And all 12 glossy pages of it will start appearing soon as an insert in newspapers in battleground states.  —  There are heartwarming tales from Mr. Romney's past.
Discussion: Pressing Issues
Steve Ladurantaye / Globe and Mail:
Postmedia ramps up its paywall push  —  Canada's largest chain of metropolitan newspapers will close the gates in the new year and ask readers to pay to read their online content.  —  Postmedia Network Inc. said it would put up paywalls at all of its titles early in the new year …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Bruce Einhorn / Business Week:
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Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Introducing CrunchGov, TechCrunch's Policy Platform
Discussion: Betabeat, Boing Boing and The Verge
Rob Williams / The Independent:
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to a year in jail for tax fraud
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Buzzfeed's Sponsored Stories Stink in Infringement Smell Test
Discussion: CJR and Nieman Journalism Lab
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Radiolab apologizes for treating source rudely but defends podcast
Kevin Kelleher / PandoDaily:
Netflix must ponder its endgame strategy
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
AP, networks change exit poll strategy
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