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5:40 PM ET, November 21, 2012


 Top News: 
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft ‘Xbox TV’ device due in 2013 with casual gaming and streaming  —  A set-top box to compete with Apple TV and others  —  Microsoft is building an Xbox set-top box.  Multiple sources familiar with Redmond's plans have confirmed to The Verge that the company plans to introduce …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
What really caused Brauchli-Weymouth breakup?  —  All accounts of the departure of Marcus Brauchli as executive editor of The Washington Post concur on one element of the drama: Brauchli fought with his boss, Publisher Katharine Weymouth, over newsroom resources.
Sara Morrison / CJR:   Martin Baron's plans for WaPo
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
The Oatmeal sued over trademark by “Oatmeal Studios”  —  It's only been a few months since webcomic Matthew Inman, operating under the name The Oatmeal, was able to put his bizarre legal clash with competing humor website FunnyJunk to rest.  Now Inman is about to be back in court.
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
For Nate Silver, the Late Apologies Are Trickling In  —  Three weeks ago, Nate Silver was right.  Very right.  —  He accurately predicted President Barack Obama's reelection, just as he had in 2008.  But in the weeks leading up to election night, the New York Times polling wizard withstood …
Discussion: Mediaite
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough (Sort Of) Apologizes To The NY Times' Nate Silver
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Chairman Says Scandal 'Hasn't Made Things Easy'  —  New York Times Co. (NYT) Chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said the lingering scandal at the British Broadcasting Corp. has been a challenge for new Chief Executive Officer Mark Thompson, who used to run the BBC.
Ami Sedghi / Guardian:   Newsnight: how have viewing figures been affected by the BBC child abuse scandal?
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Three journalists killed in Gaza  —  Three Palestinian journalists were killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip yesterday.  —  The Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV reported that two of its cameramen, Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, died in hospital from severe burns after a missile hit …
Chilling live tweets as windows shatter around journalists in Gaza City
Discussion: @joelmgunter and Tablet Mag
Helen Lambourne / HoldTheFrontPage:
Weekly reporter fights off bid to ban him from court  —  A weekly newspaper journalist has successfully fought a bid to ban him from reporting a trial at magistrates court because of his “heavy reporting” of previous cases which a witness claimed “intimidated” her.
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Court hears plea from defendant to bar Croydon Advertiser journalist from covering case
Discussion: @gareth_davies09
News Corp exposed to growing legal threat following charges for tabloid duo  —  Charges for Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson raise prospect that News Corp could be prosecuted under US anti-bribery laws  —  The new round of criminal charges brought in the UK against former senior News International editors …
Discussion: CJR, Crikey and Media Decoder
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
After Initial Delay, Hulu Plus Now Operational on Nintendo Wii U  —  The Nintendo Wii U launched on Sunday, despite missing a few promised features, like YouTube and Amazon Instant Video.  Today, one of those apps, Hulu Plus, is going live on the device.  Hulu Plus will allow Wii U owners …
Discussion: PC Magazine, CNET, GeekWire and Hulu Blog
Nadine Schimroszik / Guardian:
Financial Times Deutschland expected to close in two weeks  —  Executives tell staff that newspaper will close on 7 December, 12 years after it was founded  —  The Financial Times Deutschland will survive for another two weeks before closing down, executives have told staff on the 12-year-old paper.
This is what the publishing industry will look like if the Big Six become the Big Four  —  News Corp.'s HarperCollins and CBS's Simon & Schuster are discussing a possible merger, according to The Wall Street Journal (paywall), in another move toward consolidation in the book publishing industry.
Associated Press:
Egypt protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera Cairo office  —  300 protesters storm building of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera, hit studio with firebombs; ‘They accuse our network of being biased,’ reporter says  —  Egyptian protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera …
Discussion: Daily News Egypt
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Elaine Burke / Silicon Republic:
BitTorrent seeks broadcasters to help develop live streaming tool
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Yahoo's Ad Sell-Through Rate on its Log-in Page Has Plummeted
Discussion: Business Insider
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iranian blogger's mother accuses authorities of killing him
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Disqus to pay publishers for referrals to Amazon and eBay
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The storm after the storm: Returning to the office, champagne in hand, ‘Newsweek’ staff awaits the ax
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Former Apple exec leads $512k funding round in content monetization startup Cleeng
Discussion: paidContent
Andrii Degeler / The Next Web:
The BBC teams up with University College London to research the future of digital media
Harro ten Wolde / Reuters:
Germany clears way for Murdoch to raise SkyD stake
Discussion: Bloomberg and Hollywood Reporter
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
How The Conservative Media Lost The Election
Discussion: CJR and The American Conservative
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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