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2:00 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.
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 …
Rachel Lu / FP Passport:
Weibo reaction to Wen Jiabao's corruption  —  On Thursday Oct 26 The New York Times published a 4,700 word article on corruption among the members of Wen Jiabao's family, alleging that they amassed a fortune of $2.7 billion through shadowy business dealings.
Max Fisher / Washington Post:
China's censors move with unusual speed on Wen Jiabao revelation
Discussion: Fast Company, Guardian, CNET and WorldViews
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.
Apple's Online Radio Service to Challenge Pandora in 2013
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,, and Guardian
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Three questions for the New York Times Co
Discussion: GigaOM, Bloomberg and Forbes
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Co. Falls After Reporting Surprise Loss
Discussion: Business Week
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror shares drop 18% due to fear of costs over phone-hacking claims  —  Publisher of Daily Mirror had £25m wiped off market value following news Sir Justice Vos will manage four hacking claims  —  Trinity Mirror's share price slumped as much as 18% on Friday …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Video Game Journalist Out Of A Job For Calling Out Dead-Eyed, Dorito-Hoarding Journalists  —  In the great, wide world of journalism, games journalism is a weird animal.  Those who “practice” - and practice it well - face a barrage of PR perks, free trips, and angry houses.
Bruce Einhorn / Business Week:
E-Books Finally Get Traction in Japan  —  The Japanese are avid readers; the country's publishing industry generated $22.5 billion in revenue last year, according to the Japan Book Publishers Association.  A decade ago, long before the Kindle revolutionized the publishing world in the U.S. …
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Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and CJR
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Discussion: The Huffington Post