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ipad128.jpgApple Introduces iPad, Blurring Lines Between Devices (NYT)
After months of feverish speculation, Steve Jobs introduced Wednesday what Apple hopes will be the coolest device on the planet: a slender tablet computer called the iPad. Apple is positioning the device as a pioneer in a new genre of computing, somewhere between a laptop and a smartphone. GalleyCat: Dispatch from the Apple iPad release event. eBookNewser: More details from the event. GalleyCat: Publishing experts on the iPad. GalleyCat: Random House, left out of the release, responds to the iPad. WSJ: iPad revives gadget debate. NYT: As more devices stream video, networks are slowed. LAT: It's hard to see Apple's iPad as anything other than a mortal threat to Amazon.com's market-leading Kindle reader. But depending on how the iPad is exploited, eventually it could be much more. Wired/Epicenter: It's interesting that AT&T didn't get the boot for Verizon with the new iPad. AdAge: Nat Ives has three hard questions for print publishers drooling over the iPad. The Wrap: Dylan Stableford on what the iPad got right and wrong. Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Apple's effect on content partners is more good than bad. LA Weekly: Should Hollywood be afraid of the iPad? FishbowlNY: New York Times unveils iPad app.

Journal's New York Edition Faces a Delay (NYT)
Technical snags threaten to delay Rupert Murdoch's plan to create a metropolitan edition of The Wall Street Journal and go head-to-head locally with The New York Times. To keep to its schedule, the project needs outside help -- help that could come from, of all places, The Times.

New Bloomberg Initiative Takes Aim at Hill Rags (FishbowlDC)
Sources say an underground project, slated to put a hurtin' on NJ, CQ-Roll Call, The Hill and Politico, is underway at the Washington bureau of Bloomberg News. Rumor has it that the project's aim is to specifically report and track Cap Hill news using a dashboard site similar to Bloomberg's existing technology.


Comcast Chief: We're Not Taking NBC to Cable (B&C)
Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts says any thought of migrating the NBC network to cable is "right off the table." Roberts said that Comcast was committed to a free, over-the-air NBC with local station affiliates. He said Comcast was at heart a "local company."

Kinsley Out as Editor of Atlantic's New Business Site (Daily Finance)
Back in October Atlantic Media hired Michael Kinsley, the Slate founder and all-purpose genius, to develop and launch a business-news site. The site is still coming along, but Kinsley, it turns out, won't be its editor.

McClatchy to Experiment With Pay Model (E&P)
McClatchy is one of the few newspaper companies reporting positive online advertising results in a very tough year. In Q4, online ad revenue was up 14.9 percent and now represents almost 16 percent of total online revenue. It's no surprise, then, that McClatchy is going to tread very lightly with regard to online pay models for its Web sites.

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Tribune Co. Management Bonuses Over Union Objections (AP/E&P)
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved bonuses of up to $45 million for hundreds of Tribune Co. managers, including its top 10 executives. Judge Kevin Carey overruled objections by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild and the U.S. bankruptcy trustee, saying the 2009 incentive plan was justified. Poynter: Union "disappointed" over Tribune bonuses.

Leno Says He Hasn't Spoken to Conan (AP)
Jay Leno tells Oprah Winfrey that he hasn't spoken to Conan O'Brien throughout the recent contentious negotiations over The Tonight Show. Leno tells Winfrey that "it didn't seem appropriate" to speak to O'Brien. But Leno says the two comedians might talk when "things cool down." EW: Leno's primetime show ending even earlier, by February 9th.

Elisabeth Murdoch Talks Tough at Gathering of TV Execs (LAT)
Elisabeth Murdoch, chief executive of British TV program producer Shine Group, delivered tough talk in a keynote address to a gathering of television executives Wednesday, sounding a lot like her father, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, when it comes to leveling charges of intransigence and myopia at the TV industry.

Giving Mobile Ads a Makeover (WSJ)
Google, Apple and several start-ups are trying to break the mold in mobile advertising, hoping to persuade marketers to spend more on a format that the technology industry has been hyping for years, with little to show for it.

WaPo Blog Post Critical of WaPo Disappears from Web Site (Washington City Paper)
The Washington Post on Wednesday evening deleted from its Web site a sizzling and brilliantly constructed blog post by Metro education reporter Bill Turque that criticized the paper's editorial board. A newsroom source said the post was taken down because it contained more opinion than allowed in the blog post of a beat writer.

NYT's Gerald Boyd, In Memoir, Reveals That Reporter Jayson Blair 'Spied On Colleagues' (NYTPicker)
In his posthumous memoir coming out next week, former New York Times managing editor Gerald Boyd reveals that disgraced Times reporter Jayson Blair "spied on colleagues" and regularly provided inside information to New York Observer "Off the Record" columnist Sridhar Pappu.

Media General Posts Q4 Profit (Reuters)
Newspaper publisher Media General Inc. posted a quarterly net income on Thursday on strengthening advertising sales and cost-cutting. Media General, which owns U.S. papers such as the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Tampa Tribune, reported a fourth-quarter net income of $27.4 million.

ABC News Investigation Has Major Impact for Toyota (TVNewser)
The news about Toyota halting sales of eight popular models and the recall of 2.3 million vehicles, was widely reported yesterday. And it was reporting from ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross that led to this second recall due to the possible sudden acceleration from sticking gas pedals.

Fate of East West on the Wire Again (Folio:)
The countdown has begun. By January 31, East West founder Anita Malik says she will decide the fate of the bi-monthly magazine targeting Asian Americans and focused on the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures. Malik this week sent an e-mail to subscribers saying the magazine, once again, is "at a crossroads."

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