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  • Romney and Perry at CNN's debate in Las Vegas. (Chris Carlson/AP)

    The Republican debates, which so far have provided a ratings bump for the cable networks that carry them, are coming to network television.

    On Monday, NBC announced that its January 23, 2012 debate in Florida--co-sponsored by the National Journal and St. Petersburg Times--will be moderated by Brian Williams and broadcast live. (The debate will also stream live on and, as well as air on Telemundo with simultaneous Spanish-language translation.)

    In its announcement, NBC touted the event as the first weekday primetime airing of a primary debate on a broadcast network in the 2012 election cycle. In January, NBC will broadcast a Sunday morning debate during a special edition of "Meet The Press." The last GOP debate that NBC sponsored--on Sept. 7--was broadcast on MSNBC.

    Also on Monday, ABC News announced that its previously announced Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, and that the network will broadcast it in primetime. The event--moderated by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos--will stream live on, part of Yahoo's big partnership with ABC News. The debate will also re-air the next day on "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." In its release, ABC touted the event as "the only broadcast network debate in primetime before the caucuses."

    But on Tuesday, CBS announced that it would broadcast a GOP primary debate from South Carolina's Wofford College on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET--trumpeting that event as "the first Republican Presidential Primary debate on broadcast television."

    Read More »from For Republican debates, a race among the networks to be first to air one in primetime
  • Imus and O'Reilly (Fox Business/Fox News)

    Bill O'Reilly was supposed to be a guest on Don Imus' radio show--simulcast weekdays on the Fox Business channel--on Tuesday morning to plug "Killing Lincoln," O'Reilly's new book about the 16th president's assassination. But Imus canceled O'Reilly's appearance the program. Why? The shock jock was apparently incensed that O'Reilly, the top-rated Fox News host, plugged an his appearance on Tuesday's "Today" show during Monday night's "O'Reilly Factor" without mentioning Imus.

    "[O'Reilly's representatives] asked to be on to promote his dopey book," Imus told listeners Tuesday, adding that he watched O'Reilly's show Monday night looking for a mention. "He says, 'I am going to be on the 'Today' show tomorrow morning.' I said, 'That's nice.' I am waiting for 'and I am going to be on with my friend Imus.' I didn't hear that."

    O'Reilly has had a regular monthly slot on Imus' Fox Business show, though Imus said Tuesday that "the success of this show is not going to rely on him being on once a month--or anybody else for that matter."

    "Imus in the Morning" was simulcast on MSNBC for more than 10 years before being dropped by the network in 2007 in the wake of a backlash over his comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. New York's WFAN, which broadcast the show, and CBS Radio, which distributed it, dropped him, too. Imus returned to radio later that year on WABC in New York with national distribution through Citadel Media. He signed a multiyear deal with Fox Business and Roger Ailes in 2009.

    Since his return to cable, Imus has complained about booking guests who opt to appear on other shows, including "Fox and Friends," instead of his.

    "So I see O'Reilly promotes he's going to be on the 'Today' show this morning at around 7 or so," the New Mexico cattle ranch owner said. "So I'm thinking, 'That's when I'm on.' That's when 'Fox & Fiends' is on. He knows better."

    Read More »from Don Imus cancels Bill O’Reilly’s Fox Business appearance over ‘Today’ show plug snub
  • Jobs announces the price of the Apple TV in 2010. (AP)

    Before Steve Jobs died, he told Walter Isaacson that he finally figured out how to translate Apple's magic with iPhones, iPods and Macbooks to consumer televisions.

    "It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine," Jobs said in Isaacson's just-released biography on the late Apple chief.

    Jobs had long admitted that Apple's current TV offering--a small, $99 device that plugs into TVs and streams programming from Netflix--was a "hobby" for the company, because there was no way to get an innovative product to market.

    But according to a Bloomberg report, the new, integrated Apple TV that Jobs told Isaacson about could hit the market as early as next year.

    Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined comment. But Jeff Robbin, the Apple executive behind the iPod and iTunes Store, is "now guiding Apple's internal development of the new TV effort," according to the report.

    More from Bloomberg:

    Apple has a prototype TV in the works and may introduce a product for sale by late next year or 2013, according to Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray Cos. He based that timing on meetings with contacts close to Apple's suppliers in Asia, industry contacts and Apple's patent portfolio. Munster said Apple also is investing in manufacturing facilities and securing supplies of LCD screens.

    Read More »from Apple TV: Coming in 2012?


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  • The new architectural iPad stand which puts form on a par with function
    The new architectural iPad stand which puts form on a par with function

    An iPad stand which lets users use their tablet in six different positions is causing a stir online for its beautifully simple design. "Yohann" is capable of balancing an iPad securely at three different tilt angles in both portrait and landscape modes. The brainchild of Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, the stand is carved from a single piece of wood with three different "footprints" on the bottom allowing it to be tilted in an almost upright position and at a much more relaxed angle.

  • Eric Cantor Cashes In with New Wall Street Job
    Eric Cantor Cashes In with New Wall Street Job

    Eric Cantor, the former House Majority Leader, lost his old job in a stunning defeat to a Tea Party challenger in Virginia’s Republican primary earlier this year. Boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. announced Tuesday that Cantor, 51, will be joining as vice chairman and managing director, and would also be elected to the company’s board. “Eric’s judgment and tremendous experience will expand the capabilities our team brings to clients around the world as he has unique expertise in assessing complex situations and crafting innovative solutions,” Ken Moelis, the chairman and CEO of the eponymous investment bank, said in a statement.

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    Infamous speed trap town investigated over tickets

    WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.

  • US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group
    US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

    A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.

  • It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat
    It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

    NEW YORK (AP) — Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

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