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Telegraph Group Cuts 80 Print Jobs as Daily and Sunday Titles Merge (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
Telegraph group is to shed 80 of its 550 editorial staff as part of what the chief executive, Murdoch MacLennan, calls a root-and-branch restructure of the business. It will mean the complete merger of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph as a seven-day operation. The cut of 14 percent of the staff affects print-based journalists at the two titles. It will be offset by the hiring of 50 "new digitally-focused jobs," meaning that the overall staff reduction amounts to 5 percent. Press Gazette Similar seven-day operations have been implemented at The Independent titles and the Daily and Sunday Mirror. "We must adapt and transform how we function as a business and urgently diversify our revenue streams to guarantee our position in the longer term," said MacLennan.

LinkedIn to Buy Pulse Newsreader for More Than $50 Million (AllThingsD)
LinkedIn will buy the maker of the newsreader app Pulse, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The price of the acquisition is in the tens of millions, they said -- between $50 million and $100 million. AllThingsD It makes sense. The Pulse app -- which competes with services such as Flipboard, Summly, Prismatic, Circa and Zite -- is offered for the Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android devices and, most recently, the Web. Mashable Though it might sound like an odd pairing at first, LinkedIn has doubled down on content in recent years. The professional social network launched a news hub in early 2011 and has recently been ramping up its own original content by recruiting celebrities and thinkers to blog as part of the LinkedIn Influencers program. GigaOM "We don't comment on rumors or speculation," LinkedIn spokesman Hani Durzy told me. Pulse has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Barbara Walters: 'No Plans' for Elisabeth Hasselbeck to Leave The View (TVNewser)
On The View Monday morning, the co-hosts weighed in on the announced departure of Joy Behar at the end of the season, and the rumored departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck. TVNewser reported on Friday that two separate sources said that this season would be Hasselbeck's last as co-host. Monday, after toasting Behar, Barbara Walters said "we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show." Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV "The truth is we love Elisabeth," Walters continued. "I like her personally and she's just a wonderful person -- but beyond that, we value and appreciate her point-of-view." Us Weekly A source tells Us that the denial is part of a strategy to "save face" for both Hasselbeck and the series. Producers are "just leaving the door open for Elisabeth to announce she is leaving on her own when she is ready," the insider explains. "They don't want to make her look bad and don't want to make the show look bad for canning her... They just want to make it seem like Elisabeth decided to leave on her own when the announcement comes."

CQ Roll Call Continues Digital Expansion with New Blogs (Adweek)
Since Economist Group properties CQ and Roll Call merged in November 2012, slashing staff and tearing down its online paywall, claims a 67 percent increase in unique visitors. Now, with its print advertising shrinking, the new CQ Roll Call is trying to continue to up its digital game by launching five political blogs, each attached to one of the newspaper's big-name contributors. FishbowlDC CQ Roll Call is expanding its online coverage with the launch of five new political blogs. The authors: Mort Kondracke, Stuart Rothenberg (the Rothenblogger), Taegan Goddard, David Hawkings, and David Drucker.

Breitbart Duped by Krugman Bankruptcy -- as Reported by Joke Website it Loves (The Atlantic Wire)
Breitbart's Big Journalism website trumpeted a story it picked up early Monday morning about liberal New York Times pundit and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman filing for bankruptcy. It would have been quite the story -- were it not more satire from the site that Breitbart loves watching other outlets fall for. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple The Krugman-bankrupt thing, of course, is a joke that comes courtesy of the Daily Currant, a satire site. Slate In nine short months, the Web publication has fooled people into thinking Rick Santorum was on Grindr, that Michele Bachmann was going to ban falafel in public schools, and that Sarah Palin had joined Al-Jazeera.

Politico's Accidental Headline (FishbowlDC)
The Daily Standard's managing editor Michael van der Galien is quick on his feet. Monday afternoon he screengrabbed a Politico headline just before they were able to snatch it down. The headline was atop an Associated Press story about two U.S. troops losing their lives in Afghanistan. Someone over in Rosslyn may be in a hell of a lot of trouble. Politico Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story included unrelated text that was inadvertently written into the headline field. The text was not connected to the story but part of a separate conversation. We regret the error.

Gawker Admits Defeat, Tries to Replicate Bleacher Report and Huffington Post (PandoDaily)
Gawker has thrown in the towel on their old model. On Monday, their popular Deadspin blog announced that they are creating a "contributor network" that will allow "everyone -- yes everyone [to have] the same tools at your disposal that we [the writers] have at ours." The mission is to "break down the wall between readers and writers." According to their editor, Tommy Craggs, this will be "nothing like Bleacher Report." Except that it is an attempt to completely move in the direction of Bleacher Report.

MSNBC Defends Maddow's Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' (Talking Points Memo / TPM LiveWire)
MSNBC has come to Rachel Maddow's defense over the cable news host's participation in a Reddit "ask me anything" Q&A, which left more than a few users disappointed. "Rachel addressed a variety of topics from the Reddit community -- including the war in Afghanistan, Ron and Rand Paul, government spending, gun regulation, her editorial process, media bias, conflicts within the Democratic party, and partisan gridlock," MSNBC spokesperson Lauren Skowronski told TPM in an email Monday evening. Reddit users lashed out at Maddow for ignoring many of the social news community's questions.

'Zero TV' Households Now at 5 Million, Says Nielsen, up from 3 Million in 2007 (TechCrunch)
Nielsen Monday released new data that examines trends in the "Zero TV household" -- a definition which refers to those who no longer watch traditional television offered by cable or satellite providers, but who tend to stream video online, via computers, smartphones or tablets. According to the firm's findings, there are now more than 5 million cord cutters in the U.S. this year, up from 3 million in 2007.

Politico Hits 1,000 Pro Subscriptions and Plans to Launch a Magazine (paidContent)
Politico announced subscriber numbers to its premium product, Politico Pro, on Tuesday: 1,000 organizations now pay for the subscription site, with about 7,000 employees a month reading it.

Deadline and Variety to Live Under One Roof After Westwood Building Deal (Deadline Hollywood)
Jay Penske's PMC, the parent company of Deadline Hollywood as well as the new owner of Variety, has finalized a deal to put the two news organizations in one headquarters, securing 50 percent of the space in the ING Direct building, located at 11175 Santa Monica Blvd. in Westwood. PMC's new corporate headquarters will occupy four floors (including the top three) and will be completely renovated.

Will Authors Get Compensated for Used eBook Sales? (PBS / MediaShift)
On Jan. 29, Amazon Technologies Inc. received a patent pertaining to the "secondary market for digital objects." According to the patent abstract, the technology will enable Amazon customers to transfer -- and presumably sell -- eBooks, MP3s, and other digital files to other customers. It's still unclear however, if Amazon will actually use the patent. And if it does, how it might structure such a business.

USA Today Offers Early Retirement Packages (
USA Today confirms what my tipsters have been telling me: The paper is offering early retirement packages. "An announcement was made to staff today that employees who are at least 55 years old and have 15 years of service to the company are eligible for a buyout," USA Today spokesperson Heidi Zimmerman tells Romenesko readers.

Prince Did Tamron Hall's MSNBC Theme Song (HuffPost)
MSNBC's Tamron Hall just blew every other cable news host on television out of the water, because she has something they don't have: a theme song by Prince.

Media's Failure on Iraq Still Stings (CNN)
The 10th anniversary this month of the invasion of Iraq will remind most people of a divisive and dubious war that toppled Saddam Hussein but claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians. What it conjures up for me is the media's greatest failure in modern times.

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