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123442342.jpg2 Deals Hint at Revenue for Twitter (NYT)
Back-to-back deals on Wednesday to make Twitter's steady stream of posts available to Microsoft and Google's search engines may point to a potential new source of cash. Microsoft said it did not plan to put ads on its Twitter search service for now, and Google said ads might appear at a later date.

ESPN Suspends Analyst Over Fling with Assistant (The Wrap)
ESPN has suspended Steve Phillips, a baseball analyst and former general manager of the New York Mets, after an affair he had with a 22-year-old production assistant -- and its messy aftermath -- was exposed by the New York Post. NYDN: The production assistant, Brooke Hundley, joined ESPN shortly after graduation in September 2008, coming over after working for NBC during the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Investors Offer to Sweeten Bid for Philadelphia Papers (WSJ)
Investors backing the current owners of Philadelphia's daily papers have offered to sweeten their bid to buy the dailies out of bankruptcy protection, as they try to keep the papers out of the hands of creditors.

Newsweek, New York Times Writers in Swag Orgy (Daily Finance)
Writers for Newsweek and The New York Times were among the 150 guests who enjoyed a free trip to Jamaica last weekend, courtesy of the consumer e-newsletter Thrillist and JetBlue, among a host of other sponsors. Gawker: The New York Times travel writer on the junket violated the newspaper's freelancer guidelines.

Comcast to Debut Cable Shows Online (AP)
You'll be able to watch popular cable television series such as HBO's Entourage and AMC's Mad Men on your computer by the end of the year without paying extra -- as long as you're a Comcast Corp. subscriber watching at home.

Rebecca Jarvis Leaves CNBC (TVNewser)
CNBC correspondent Rebecca Jarvis has left the network and insiders say CBS News may be her next stop. CNBC spokesman Brian Steel confirms, "Rebecca is no longer with CNBC, and we wish her the best." Jarvis, who was the runner-up on season four of The Apprentice, joined CNBC in 2006.

Can Needy Newspapers Accept Donations? (Slate)
Menachem Kaiser: Can the Times, a publicly traded company, accept donations? Yes. Any company can accept money from eager customers. But whereas benefactors of nonprofits can claim charitable deductions on their taxes, supporters of for-profit ventures like the Times cannot. Gawker: If 312,500 readers all paid $5 per month, the NYT would make an extra $18.75 million per year. Which is nice and all, but would not even cover the interest payments on their subprime Mexican loan.

All the News That's Fit to Subsidize (WSJ)
Seth Lipsky: A new report recommends legislation and regulatory changes to enable news organizations to operate as nonprofits or hybrids between limited liability companies and charities. But the best strategy to strengthen the press would be to maximize protection of the right to private property -- and the right to competition.

Embracing Social Media Boosts Traffic on News Sites (Guardian)
The BBC is attempting to embrace social media by appointing a social media editor in its newsroom and redesigning its Web site. As the September traffic figures for the Huffington Post reveal, the strategy is clearly a wise one. In short: embracing social media boosts traffic.

Shepard Fairey and Fair Use (Slate)
Tim Wu: Copyright lawyers, when asked about fair use, love to emphasize its complexity and opacity. I won't deny that fair use can be a little dense, yet I firmly believe the basics can be well-understood. My project is to demystify: a few details may be lost, but here goes.

New Authors Produce Sequels to Famous Books by Others (WaPo)
In three new books -- "And Another Thing...," the sixth volume of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series; "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood," the new Winnie the Pooh book; and "Dracula: The Un-Dead" -- the estates of the deceased writers have hired writers to breathe new life into these characters.

Writers Strike Case Fuels Criticism About How the WGA Investigates Misconduct (LAT)
As a 20-year member of the Writers Guild of America, Jonathan Prince was startled to learn that his union was accusing him of being a scab. But he was even more stunned when he learned that the guild had been relying on a secret informant who had gained unauthorized access to his private emails.

Has Obama's Fox News Offensive Worked? (CSM)
Has the Obama administration's broadside against Fox News -- claiming that it is not a news organization -- chastened the network in the slightest? The behavior of Fox News personalities would suggest not. Yet critics of Fox News claim at least one victory.

Dot-GAY On the Way, Thanks to Joe Dolce (NYO)
Early next year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will begin accepting applications for new top-level domain addresses besides .com, .org and .net. Not only will they be receiving one from the city of New York for a ".NYC" address, but also from the Dot Gay Alliance, for .GAY.

MediaNews Group in Bay Area Cutting Guild Salaries 5 Percent (E&P)
Newspaper Guild members at MediaNews Group's nine East Bay dailies outside of San Francisco will see an average 5 percent pay cut in their paychecks on Friday. The chain of dailies, which includes the Oakland Tribune, has implemented the salary cuts that range from 2 percent to 6 percent. They affect about 175 guild workers.

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