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12:50 PM ET, November 2, 2012

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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Under Attack, Nate Silver Picks the Wrong Defense  —  “Anybody that thinks that this race is anything but a tossup right now is such an ideologue, they should be kept away from typewriters, computers, laptops and microphones for the next 10 days, because they're jokes.”
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sorry, Margaret, You Need to Get Out More  —  Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has a post up taking Nate Silver to task for daring Joe Scarborough to a bet over who would win the election.  Basically, she says making a bet like this diminishes the Times and he shouldn't have done it.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Foxy Nate Silver and why old-media hedgehogs could soon be old news  —  Nate Silver - statistician, analyst, blogger, author, and Xanax for liberals - is a one-man startup, and his brand is on the line.  Aside from the candidates themselves, perhaps no man stands to lose more from this election.
Discussion: Salon, HBR.org, The Awl and Mediaite
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
TV earnings up, print earnings down at Washington Post  —  Third quarter revenue at the Washington Post Company overall was flat compared to the same period last year, as broadcast television and cable businesses rose, but circulation and ad revenue fell at its newspapers.
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Co. reports higher earnings  —  The Washington Post Co. reported sharply higher earnings in the third quarter of this year, bolstered by cable television profits, political and summer Olympic Game advertising on its local television broadcast stations, and a one-time accounting benefit.
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pew: ‘MSNBC was more negative in its treatment of Romney than Fox was of Obama’  —  Between the last week of August and the third week of October, 38 percent of campaign coverage studied by Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism was “what is typically called horserace coverage …
Discussion: Journalism.org and Mashable!
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Social Media Harsh On Presidential Candidates  —  Social media isn't getting behind either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.  In fact, it's downright negative about both presidential candidates, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Discussion: Forbes, Journalism.org and CNET
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Why Time Magazine Used Instagram To Cover Hurricane Sandy  —  If there was still any debate about whether serious photojournalism can take place in the context of camera phones and cutesy retro filters, it's over now.  —  To document the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the northeast …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Pirate Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million Damages For Sharing 10 Movies  —  Since early 2010, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. have been sued for downloading and sharing copyrighted content on BitTorrent.  —  Nearly all of these cases end up dismissed or settled …
Discussion: Forbes, Softpedia News, Pocket-lint and CNET
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Quartz Exceeds First-Month Expectations  —  Atlantic Media Company launched the business news site Quartz in late September, aimed at the world's financial elite with a mobile-first approach.  The content designed in an app-like setting ideally performs well enough on smartphone and tablet platforms …
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
George Lucas Will Use Disney $4 Billion to Fund Education  —  Spokesperson for Lucasfilm tells THR the majority of the sale price will go toward educational philanthropy.  —  By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
HuffPost Live's new iPad app could be a second screen breakthrough  —  The Huffington Post launched an iPad app Thursday that may one day pave the way for tablets to dethrone TV as king of our living rooms.  The app, called HuffPost Live, offers a strong mix of entertainment and social interaction and …
PressGazette:
Nick Davies: Leveson is being bullied by ‘spoilt’ Fleet Street  —  Guardian journalist Nick Davies believes Fleet Street is trying to “bully” Lord Justice Leveson and predicts a “dogfight” between the press and Government when his report is published later this month.
Discussion: Hacking inquiry
John Cook / Gawker:
Roger Ailes Offered Bush Administration “Off the Record Help” in Private Note  —  Fat a**hole and Fox News president Roger Ailes just re-upped to run his network through the 2016 election, and he continues to maintain the grotesque fiction that he operates an independent news outlet …
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The Huffington Post:   Fox News Focuses On Benghazi Attack While Largely Ignoring Hurricane Sandy
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Journalist Attempts To Silence Criticism Of Her Ethics By Brandishing The Club Of UK Defamation Laws  —  Defamation is only supposed to apply to cases where there's a factually false statement made about someone.  It shouldn't apply to cases where the facts are accurate, or the statements are opinions.
Associated Press:
News media play big role in figuring out election winners long before vote count ends  —  Amy E. Conn, File/Associated Press - FILE - This Nov. 19, 2000 file photo shows counters and observers continuing a hand recount of Broward County ballots at the Broward Emergency Operation Center in Plantation …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
State Farm Sponsors Gawker's Backup Tumblr, But Nick Denton Laments Lost Week of Comments  —  Gawker Was One of Many Sites Shut Down During Hurricane Sandy  —  As Hurricane Sandy whipped New York into devastation on Monday, Gawker Media was one of the media companies that saw its websites shut down by a flooded data center.
Discussion: @pkafka
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Back on the grid, with the Daily News, Time, Businessweek and Ali Velshi  —  After spending the past three days with no power, no cell phone service, and no means of transportation into Manhattan, I'm back on the grid today, catching up on some of the news I missed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
 
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Betabeat:
Less Looting, More Trolling: Daily Mail, Drudge Get Pwnd By Twitter Pranksters #SandyLootCrew
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Gawker.com
Dow Jones:
Wall Street Journal Launches New Local-Language Site in Asia
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Netflix inks CBS deal to extend its programming in Canada, Latin America and the UK/Ireland
Associated Press:
CNN Bomb Threat Closes Streets
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Canada's biggest English-language newspapers will all have paywalls in 2013
John Horn / Los Angeles Times:
Film studios starting to release video-on-demand sales figures
 Earlier Picks: 
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ebook Publisher Inkling Launches Its Own Online Store: An Amazon For Illustrated Learning Content
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Tea Party gets a news site
Discussion: paidContent
Brett Wilkison / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Local group to buy The Press Democrat, affiliated publications
Discussion: LA Observed
Naomi Tajitsu / Reuters:
Mega, Kim Dotcom's New Megaupload Sequel, Sticks It To U.S. Authorities
Discussion: Softpedia News and CNET
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Universal Pictures Makes Across-the-Board Layoffs (Exclusive)