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  • Picture-2The Daily, a tablet-only news publication that News Corp is gearing up to unveil next month, has quickly gone from a secretive venture to a blockbuster media launch. And as is usually the case with such rollouts, it's also gone from being something that no one had much thought about to something that fuels an extended run of media  scoops and opinions.

    Since last week, there's been a steady stream of Daily revelations, most concerning the high-profile masthead The Daily has been putting together.

    But one of the more interesting nuggets to emerge is the claim that The Daily is a joint effort between Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs, the respective chiefs of News Corp and Apple.

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  • norrisnormanThe media and literary worlds today are mourning the death of Norris Church Mailer, who passed away at her Brooklyn home Sunday at the age of 61.

    The widow of iconic journalist and author Norman Mailer, who died in 2007, Norris Church was not herself a prolific writer. But she had written two novels and found literary acclaim earlier this year with the publication of her memoir, "A Ticket to the Circus." It seems like she had been eager to write more.

    On Nov. 3, Mailer published an article on the Daily Beast about Antonia Fraser's memoir of her marriage to the playwright Harold Pinter. The website republished the piece in memoriam late Sunday following reports of Mailer's death. It appears to be her final byline.

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown told The Cutline she had talked with Mailer about her continuing to write "deeply personal books pieces" for the two-year-old online news and culture publication.

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  • Wall Street Journal shakes up D.C. bureau

    Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Robert Thomson informed staff Monday that John Bussey, the Washington bureau chief over the past three years, will be heading to New York to write a column and take on two new roles: assistant managing editor and executive business editor.

    The move doesn't come as a huge surprise to Journal staffers, since there's been buzz for months that a management change was in the works. Thomson praised Bussey's role in "restructuring the bureau" in the memo; however, some staffers might also point out the significant turnover in Washington over the past few years. A few of the big names who left the Journal during his tenure:  Jackie Calmes, Glenn Simpson, Sue Schmidt, Peter Spiegel, and Greg Hitt.

    Jerry Seib, who ran the bureau before Bussey took over in September 2007, will now oversee both the Journal and Dow Jones Newswires teams, along with two deputy bureau chiefs:  Matthew Rose and Rob Wells. Seib will continue writing the "Capital Journal" column.

    Thomson's memo, obtained by The Cutline, is after the jump.

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