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12:10 AM ET, November 17, 2012


 Top News: 
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Did Roger Ailes Consider Joining CNN?  —  Over the summer Roger Ailes was sitting on his terrace at his home along the Hudson River, reading a book on the Civil War, when he decided his fight wasn't finished.  Last month Ailes, 72, who created Fox News 16 years ago, signed on for another four years as CEO.
Discussion: Gawker
Jay Rosen / Quote and Comment:
Is there anyone with the same power and visibility who flat out makes stuff up like Roger Ailes?  —  I don't think there is.  (See this one, for example.  Or this.)  Here's what he said the other day to TVNewser's Chris Ariens: … As soon as I read that quote, I knew it was wrong.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferriss Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book  —  Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and a stalemate between Amazon and big retailers, including Barnes & Noble, over the sale of books from the online giant's publishing imprint …
Discussion: AppNewser, Fast Company and GalleyCat
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hey, Tim Ferriss: Book banning isn't a marketing gimmick
Matthew Purdy / New York Times:
Letter Raises Questions About When BBC Ex-Chief Learned of Abuse Cases  —  A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, raises questions about his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against its longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Mark Thompson says he didn't see letter about BBC allegations sent on his behalf
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix CEO: Amazon Losing Up to $1 Billion a Year on Streaming Video  —  Reed Hastings says that, one day, Amazon will provide real competition for Netflix.  —  But the Netflix CEO says Jeff Bezos will have to spend a lot of money before that happens: Hastings says Amazon is losing between $500 million …
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Israeli Military To Citizens: Don't Facebook, Tweet, Instagram Rocket-Hit Locations  —  Location metadata stored on Twitter and other social media are feared by Israeli officials to be assisting Hamas' efforts and counter-attacks.  —  Israeli authorities are warning citizens not to post …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Strange Tweets: What Happened to the Ahmed Jabari Assassination Video?
Tribune Co gets FCC approval, nears bankruptcy exit  —  Tribune Co, the owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and 23 television stations, said on Friday it received a key regulatory approval needed to end its nearly four-year stay in bankruptcy.  —  Tribune said it received approval …
Discussion: Cable Television News
Tribune Company:   Tribune Wins Approval Of Federal Communications Commission
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Former Creative Director at Wired Is Named Editor  —  Wired announced Friday afternoon that Scott Dadich, the magazine's former creative director, would become its next editor in chief.  —  Mr. Dadich replaces Chris Anderson, the magazine's editor since 2001, who stepped down this month …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Sources: New owners plan Peter Liguori as Tribune Co. CEO … The new owners set to take control of Tribune Co. when it emerges from bankruptcy protection plan to name television executive Peter Liguori as the company's chief executive, according to sources familiar with the situation.
American City Business Journals acquires Streetwise Media  —  American City Business Journals (ACBJ), the nation's largest print and online publisher of local business news, said Friday it has acquired Streetwise Media, a fast-growing digital media company catering to young business people in Boston and Washington, D.C.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Time Warner CEO: Cord cutters not an issue, “cord nevers” might be  —  Few people are trading in their cable services for digital alternatives, according to Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.  He argues that “cord cutting” is overstated and that the phenomenon is limited to a small segment of low income Americans.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N shuts down the pioneering Fictionwise digital bookstores  —  When Fictionwise launched in 2000, it was a pioneer in a Kindle-less, Nook-less, iPad-less world.  The site sold ebooks in a variety of formats like Palm, Rocket and Microsoft Reader.  It let users download ebooks to their mobile phones — in 2001.
Jim Romenesko:
Geneva Overholser to step down as USC Annenberg J-School director  —  Geneva Overholser, who has led the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism since 2008, is stepping down in June when her five-year term ends.  A release says: “During the past four years …
Discussion: USC Annenberg School … and CJR
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Launch Probably Not Imminent  —  Now that the iPad mini has successfully transitioned from rumor to reality, Apple-watchers are turning their attention back to another of the company's mythical products — the Apple Television.  According to a new report out of Jefferies …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Dish Held Talks to Launch Wireless Service  —  Google Inc. has held talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. in recent weeks to partner on a new wireless service that would rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the discussions.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
HuffPo is not for sale, except maybe at the right price
Discussion: New York Magazine
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