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  • Why did Keith Olbermann leave MSNBC?

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    (Post updated at 4:54 PM ET)

    Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure from MSNBC shook the media world Friday and left plenty of questions behind about whether the MSNBC star jumped or was pushed. Olberman, often bombastic and dripping with outrage, left the studio by offering thanks but no real explanation.

    MSNBC issued a brief statement during Olbermann's sign-off, noting only that the two sides "ended their contract" and that the network wished him "well in his future endeavors." And with that, after eight years, MSNBC's top-rated and most outspoken host -- the anchor behind which the cable news network repositioned itself as a liberal alternative to Fox News in the evening -- headed for the exit at 30 Rock.

    While Olbermann and MSNBC aren't talking about what specifically led to the departure, the host's move doesn't come as a big surprise given their recent history.

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  • Some media headlines that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment today:

    • The 37-year-old entrepreneur who wants to buy the Boston Globe now has some backing. (The Boston Globe)

    • President Obama's doing a live YouTube interview next week following his  SOTU speech. (White House blog)

    • Daily Beast/Newsweek editor Tina Brown has poached Nick Summers from the New York Observer, which he left Newsweek for several months ago to cover the salmon-colored weekly's media beat. (Village Voice/Runnin' Scared)

    • The New York Times has named an Op-Ed editor replacement for David Shipley. (Gawker)

    Read More »from FINAL CUTS: Obama heads to YouTube; Boston Globe buyer?
  • CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" got off to a roaring start -- 2.1 million total viewers -- with its Monday premiere featuring Oprah Winfrey. The audience slipped to 1.27 million total viewers on Tuesday, though it still helped CNN eke out a rare 9 p.m. win against Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity among 25- to 54-year-olds , probably thanks to that night's guest, Howard Stern. The ratings slipped a bit further on night three, when Morgan interviewed Condoleezza Rice, to 1.028 million total viewers.

    Which brings us to Thursday. The guest was comedian Ricky Gervais, whose controversial Golden Globes monologue went viral earlier in the week. Nevertheless, it was Morgan's lowest-rated night so far, though he still beat MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. The Nielsen numbers are below:

    • Fox News Channel/Hannity: 2,079,000 total viewers
    • CNN/Morgan: 1,025,000 total viewers
    • MSNBC/Maddow: 976,000 total viewers

    Read More »from Piers Morgan ratings watch: night four

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  • New clue to the mystery of Amelia Earhart?
    New clue to the mystery of Amelia Earhart?

    The hunt for Amelia Earhart's last whereabouts has consumed researchers, authors, filmmakers, and the public's imagination ever since the pioneer aviator vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

  • Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues
    Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body. The study published Wednesday is based on data gathered from 106 patients diagnosed with Ebola at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone from May 25 to July 18. Some of the data on this group was incinerated because of fears that the nurses' station where the records were kept became contaminated. ...

  • LG Electronics profit surges on smartphone sales
    LG Electronics profit surges on smartphone sales

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit jumped 87 percent over a year earlier as smartphone sales set a record high.

  • 'Proud to be gay': Twitter reacts to Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement
    'Proud to be gay': Twitter reacts to Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement

    The announcement was applauded by many on Twitter, where both Cook's name and the phrase "proud to be gay" quickly began trending.

  • Miley & Rihanna Stun With Racy Red Carpet Looks!
    Miley & Rihanna Stun With Racy Red Carpet Looks!

    Miley Cyrus & Rihanna left little to the imagination on Wednesday when they hit the red carpet in very revealing looks.

  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
    Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.

  • Dylan to release new album in 2015
    Dylan to release new album in 2015

    Rock legend Bob Dylan will release a new album in 2015, he has confirmed, after he unexpectedly put out a cover of a Frank Sinatra song. A note in the boxed-set says simply: "'Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night,' New album coming in 2015." In May, Dylan hinted at the album by releasing on his website a picture of himself with the title, "Shadows in the Night," behind blue bars in the style of a record cover. Dylan also at the same time put out a cover of "Full Moon and Empty Arms," a pop song based on a work by classical pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff that was most famously performed by Frank Sinatra in 1945.

  • NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace
    NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace

    NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days. "These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said. The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft, were detected over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said. NATO allies sent up aircraft to intercept and identify the Russian planes which were continually tracked on the ground as well, it said in a report from its SHAPE military headquarters in Mons, western Belgium.

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