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Revolving Door: Kindle Fire, The Root, Andy Rooney, and More

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A slew of magazine publishers have signed on to Amazon’s new Kindle Fire device. Among the magazines that will appear on the tablet/”service” are Elle, Cosmopolitan, and GQ. Time Inc. still hasn’t signed on. The relationship between magazine publishers and Amazon could be as fraught as the one with Apple, GigaOm reports. But at $199, the Kindle Fire could set fire to tablet sales and consumption, Ad Age says. Kindle Fire will ship November 15.

ComScore has ranked The Washington Post‘s site The Root tops for African-American news for the past four months. The site has an average of 1.7 million unique monthly visitors and 13.5 million page views per month, according to The Root‘s press release.

TVNewser first reported on the end of Andy Rooney‘s regular 60 Minutes appearances a couple of days ago. CBS is now offering a “best of” page with a dozen entries from his 40 years with the network.

News Corp. investors want to see James Murdoch dropped from the company’s board. In other News Corp. news, “The Daily,” the company’s much-ballyhooed iPad-only publication is pulling in less than a quarter of the 500,000 readers Murdoch said it would have.

Lisa Belkin, a longtime New York Times writer, is heading to the Huffington Post. Belkin covered parenting issues, and wrote for the magazine and the Motherlode blog. Tim O’Brien, Peter Goodman, and Tom Zeller have also left for HuffPo recently.

Click through for more shifts in and around the media world.

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Apps and Games Will Be Popular with New iPad 2 Owners

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The iPad 2 is sold out and, according to market research firm Piper Jaffray, which interviewed 236 iPad seekers in Minneapolis and NYC, 17 percent of people expect to use apps and play games on the devices. Only six percent plan to read on their device, a decline from 19 percent from the first iPad. Estimates are that about 500,000 of the new iPad were sold this weekend, up from the 300,000 of the first version.

A few more stats: 70 percent were new iPad purchasers and 47 percent bought the more expensive 3G model.

“We believe this shows Apple is expanding its base of iPad users, which is critical to maintaining its early lead in the growing tablet market,” Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster told Fortune. More users means more opportunities for publicists to reach target audiences on tablets.

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News Corp’s iPad Pub to Launch Next Month

All Things Digital is reporting that News Corp plans to launch the highly-anticipated iPad publication The Daily the week of January 17. According to the site, it will cost 99 cents per week, will contain all sorts of video and multimedia, and even have a “3D effect that lots of people are very excited about.”

News Corp. Building Tablet Edition’s Reporting Staff

Some of the details about who will be among the journos on staff at The Daily, News Corp‘s new tablet publication, is now public.

According to Yahoo News’ The Cutline, a few of the hires include author and journalist Elizabeth Eaves, the new opinion editor; Avi Zenilman, who was a reporter for Politico and has written for other outlets, will report on business; The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones will be the culture editor; and former New York Post Page Six columnist Richard Johnson will be running things out of Los Angeles.

Paid Content has criticized the choices, writing “this is going to be a new brand that will get a ton of attention for being native to the iPad” rather than coming from the print world. While the editorial roster is impressive, “there’s little in their backgrounds that suggests they can create something ahead of the curve.”