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Facebook to Reveal Life-Saving Tool on ‘Good Morning America’

Now we know why ABC’s Robin Roberts made a quick trip out West after last Thursday’s “Good Morning America.” Roberts got a sit-down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a press release ABC News says, “Zuckerberg gives Robin Roberts the first look at a new Facebook tool which has the power to save lives.” In addition, ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to “discuss the personal stories that led to this new initiative and its goals.”

Interesting that Facebook has chosen ABC News as the place to reveal the new tool, considering ABC’s online partner Yahoo! has just added two patents to its infringement lawsuit against Zuckerberg’s company which was first filed last month.

The “GMA” and “World News” interviews air tomorrow.

Jesse Eisenberg To Reprise Mark Zuckerberg Role For Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Series ‘The Newsroom’

Mark Zuckerberg and Jesse Eisenberg on 'SNL'

Actor Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in the hit film “The Social Network,” has been cast as a guest-star in the pilot of Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming HBO series “The Newsroom.” Sorkin wrote “The Social Network,” which starred Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Reports are vague as to who Eisenberg will play (they only say he will have a small voice-over role) but someone close to the show tells TVNewser that Eisenberg will be reprising his role as Zuckerberg, or as a “Zuckerberg-esque” Internet tycoon if the Powers That Be decide that the Facebook founder isn’t fair game.

Read more about HBO’s “The Newsroom” here and learn about the fictional cable news channel at the heart of the show–Atlantis Cable News–here.

David Rhodes, Erin Burnett on Fortune’s ’40 Under 40′ List

37-year-old CBS News President David Rhodes and 35-year-old CNN anchor Erin Burnett have made Fortune’s annual “40 Under 40″ list. Rhodes comes in at #17. And here’s a tip: if you want to get on his good-side, have a sense of humor.

Pet peeve: Humorlessness. “All day long you meet people who take themselves too seriously. Humor is how reasonable people cope.”

Insiders tell us Rhodes got congratulatory emails from CBS Corp. chairman Leslie Moonves and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager this morning.

Burnett, the former CNBC anchor, comes in at #33 (CNN and Fortune are both owned by TimeWarner):

She still has her eye on the markets but plans to also cover global stories. “I think America has a higher tolerance for international news than the industry has assumed,” she says.

The list is topped by the obvious names: 28-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at #1 and Google co-founder Larry Page, 38, comes in at #2. Google’s other co-founder, 38-year-old Sergey Brin comes in at #11.

Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart on TIME Person of the Year Readers Choice List

TIME’s Person of the Year readers choice poll is open — and will be until Sunday. More than 1.1 million have voted so far. In the top 10: Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert and Mark Zuckerberg. The 2010 Person of the Year will be announced on the “Today” show Wednesday morning.

4. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
5. Glenn Beck
10. Mark Zuckerberg

But who’s topping the list?

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CNBC Likes Facebook Enough to Produce a Documentary About It

Here’s a programming announcement that CNBC really wants you to know about. The network is producing a documentary on Facebook, but it won’t hit the air for another three months. It could be that CNBC is taking advantage of last week’s release of “The Social Network,” (#1 at the box office) or the fact that biz channel Bloomberg also announced this week it is debuting a new series of docs, with the premiere episode about Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. NBC News anchor Lester Holt is reporting the CNBC doc.

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Bloomberg Challenging CNBC with Primetime Docs

Bloomberg TV is venturing into CNBC’s territory. The business network is launching a primetime documentary series tonight at 9 PM, “Bloomberg Game Changers.”

Each edition of the series will profile a leader in technology, finance politics or culture. Some of the subjects for its premiere season: For the premiere episode, the program will profile Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Future installments will look at Steve Jobs, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Jon Stewart, Henry Kravis, Jay-Z, Biz Stone and Evan Williams of Twitter, Larry Ellison, Craig Newmark, Marc Andreessen and Anna Wintour.

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Education Nation Soaked

Downpours in New York City this morning soaked Day 2 of NBC News’s Education Nation. The conference, some of which has been carried on MSNBC and NBC, is being held on Rockefeller Plaza, including a tented space over the area that is the skating rink in the Winter months.

The worst of it began around 8:50amET. NBC crews, concerned about safety of participants, evacuated the area bringing a halt to the conference for about 45 minutes just as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was about to speak.

Bloomberg went on with the speech from MSNBC’s studio, giving the mayor 14 minutes of national airtime to talk about his city’s education initiatives. The cable channel then aired a discussion with Tom Brokaw and Newark, NJ major Cory Booker, whose city schools just received $100M from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The rest of the day’s panel discussions have been moved to studios inside the GE building. The Weather Channel’s Stephanie Abrams, anchoring her show from New York, covered the news via Twitter (picture above):

Had to stop show, because they are worried about the Education Nation tents leaking! Headed to tent to chk it out!!!

Education Nation continues tomorrow, and there is more rain in the forecast.

Couric Picks 7 Most Powerful People in Media

Forbes Magazine asked CBS “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric to put together a list of the seven most powerful figures in media, though her list focuses on new media chiefs. Find out who she picked after the jump.

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Haddad on the “Menu”: “You Have to be Do-It-Yourself”

haddad_3-6.jpgTammy Haddad (founder of Haddad Media) joined us this morning on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu to talk about the future of the industry. Haddad will be moderating a panel on the “New Tools of the Trade” at the TVNewser Summit (March 10, NYC).

“It’s incumbent upon us as broadcasters, Webcasters, to get ahead,” she said. “We want to ride the wave, we don’t want the wave riding us.”

Haddad thinks social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are key to the more traditional media. “It’s naive for anyone to think that they can look at social networking and say ‘I’m not going to be part of it’ if you want to win,” she said. “And that’s the question: Do you want to be #1?”

We also talked about the future of network news. “I think anyone who thinks network news is going to die off doesn’t get it, because at network news, what they’ve learned in all of these years…is what people want,” said Haddad.

Also discussed: why David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos are tweeting, the enjoyment of the “Robert Gibbs Show” and what happened when she met Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Davos (the story behind the picture above).

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