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December 13th, 2010
03:59 PM ET

What We're Reading – December 13, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

Time Magazine Editor Richard Stengel revealed the 'Person Of The Year' finalists on the "Today" show this morning: Julian Assange, Steve Jobs, Hamid Karzai, Mark Zuckerberg, the Chilean Miners and the Tea Party. Assange won reader's choice. (From Steve Krakauer)

• YouTube has launched YouTube Trends, "a destination for daily insight into the zeitgeist of the world's largest video site." (From SK)

• There are reports that the University of Virginia lacrosse player charged with murdering his former girlfriend may be making a plea deal to avoid trial. According to police, the death penalty is off the table. (From Maria Spinella)

• YouTube users who come across videos that are militant or “promote terrorism” can now flag them for removal. YouTube has struggled to deal with user-generated content that incites terrorist violence, including videos of radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki discussing jihad. (From MS)

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December 9th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

What We're Reading – December 9, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

Time Magazine's James Poniewozik ranks the top 10 shows of 2010. (From Steve Krakauer)

• The New York Times says goodbye to their social media editor position. (From SK)

Mark Zuckerberg is actually giving away a whole lot more than just $100 million. (From SK)

• Not reading, but watch this preview of the Kate Gosselin episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska." (From SK)

• Who doesn’t love the 'celebs caught without makeup' photo? (From Maria Spinella)

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December 8th, 2010
02:25 PM ET

What We're Reading – December 8, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

• President Obama is being excoriated for caving to Republican demands and compromising on the extension of the tax cuts. But was the President actually able to sneak a big new stimulus package past an incoming GOP-controlled House that would never have given him what he wanted? (From Maria Spinella)

Jessica Simpson is worth...one billion dollars. (From Geoff Doner)

• HIV-positive porn performer speaks out. (From GD)

• Sen. Mark Pryor won’t block repeal of DADT. (From GD)

Rolling Stone has audio clips of John Lennon's last interview. (From GD)

• 'Has Texting Killed Romance?' asks Ashton Kutcher. (From GD)

Aaron Sorkin is aggressively bothered by Sarah Palin's hunting. (From Steve Krakauer)

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December 7th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

What We're Reading – December 7, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

• 68-year-old John Toomey has been the Santa Claus at Macy’s in San Francisco for the last 20 years. Until he told a mildly naughty joke to a couple of adult shoppers – for about the thousandth time – and it got him canned. (From Maria Spinella)

Washington Post reports on the impact of binge drinking on the brain. (From Brad Parks)

• Can the New York Times be prosecuted under the Espionage Act? Foreign Policy Magazine investigates. (From BP)

• The latest ESPN sub-site has launched, aimed at women: ESPNw.com. "Do women need their own place on the web to follow sports?" asks Jay Yarow of Business Insider. (From Steve Krakauer)

• The New York Times significantly edited a column that implied the Patriots dynasty was over – after they crushed the Jets. (From SK, but there was this from MS yesterday)

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December 6th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

What We're Reading – December 6, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, will keep his medical license. Meanwhile MJ has a new album coming out next week. (From Geoff Doner)

• Continental Airlines has been found guilty in the 2000 Air France Concorde crash. (From GD)

• The TSA backlash may have died down, but here's a guy walking through an airport in a Speedo in protest. (From GD)

• The LA Times takes another look at what already seems like an age-old debate: iPhone v. Blackberry. This time on Apple’s quest to win over RIM’s business users. I solve this dilemma by using both. (From Maria Spinella)

• Did the Patriots’ football dynasty begin to crumble when Bill Belichick’s team was caught cheating three years ago? That’s the argument in the NY Times. (From MS)

Chelsea Handler – not a fan of Angelina Jolie. (From MS)

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December 3rd, 2010
03:00 PM ET

What We're Reading – December 3, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

Ben Sherwood is named ABC News' new President after a long search. (From Steve Krakauer)

Conan O'Brien wore jeggings, and it wasn't a fashion disaster. (From SK)

Josh Duhamel was escorted off a plane for not turning off his Blackberry. (From Geoff Doner)

• Billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg buys socks from Filene's Basement. (From GD)

According to US Weekly, Sarah Palin is welcoming Kate Gosselin and her brood to Alaska for an episode of her own reality TV series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. I’ll leave it to the TV writers to decide if this means either series – or both – has jumped the shark. (From Maria Spinella)

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December 1st, 2010
03:00 PM ET

What We're Reading – December 1, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

• K Street scrambles to deal with WikiLeaks fallout. (From Brad Parks)

Vanity Fair looks at the "Quaid Conspiracy." (From BP)

• 25% of new freshman House Republicans: “I’ve got a million dollars and a seat in Congress." Even as the economy continues to suffer, records show there are 261 millionaires in the current Congress, up from 237 last year. Does it matter to you if your representative’s a millionaire? (From Maria Spinella)

• In anticipation of the biggest NBA game of the season, ESPN takes an in-depth look at post-LeBron Cleveland. (From Steve Krakauer)


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November 30th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

What We're Reading – November 30, 2010

An assortment of stories from the PMT team...

• TARP – the much maligned Troubled Asset Relief Program – was unveiled at an estimated cost of $700 billion of bailouts for Wall Street firms. According to the Washington Post, the Congressional Budget Office now estimates that it actually only cost taxpayers $25 billion…or just 3.5% of the original estimate. How many bailout-supporting lawmakers who just lost their jobs in the midterm elections wish this report had come out sooner? (From Maria Spinella)

Christine O'Donnell may surprise everyone and vote for Hillary Clinton in 2012. (From Steve Krakauer)

Kanye West interviewed Rihanna for Interview Magazine and it was all kinds of weird and awesome. (From SK)

• Longtime Gawker Media sales and marketing heads are leaving the company. (From SK)

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