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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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  • Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks

    By Dmitry Madorsky BORDER CROSSING POINT DONETSK Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian border guards began on Thursday to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the frontier between the two former Soviet republics for nearly a week. Kiev believes the convoy of some 260 trucks, carrying water, food and medicines, could prove a Trojan horse for Russia to get weapons to pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian forces in the region - a notion that Moscow has dismissed as absurd. Asked on whose territory the cargo was, he replied: "On the territory of the Russian border point." It was not clear when the trucks would finally be authorized to enter Ukrainian territory, which at that border point is under rebel control. The rebels granted Kiev's border guards permission to access the crossing to check the trucks.

  • Reporter’s Execution Could Unleash U.S. Against ISIS
    Reporter’s Execution Could Unleash U.S. Against ISIS

    The release Tuesday  of a shocking video showing the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley by a representative of the Islamic State may wind up backfiring on the Islamic fundamentalist movement that has taken over much of Iraq in recent months. “Obama authorized military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war against Muslims,” he said. The man, whose face was covered, also threatened to execute another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, if the U.S.

  • Ukraine's economy minister Sheremeta offers resignation

    Ukrainian Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta said on Thursday he had tendered his resignation, voicing frustration at the poor pace of economic reform by a government which he said acted "like a predator towards business". After months of fighting in its eastern regions following the toppling of a government blighted by corruption and economic mismanagement, Ukraine's economy has contracted sharply, even with a multi-billion dollar financial lifeline from the International Monetary Fund. When he was appointed, soon after the ousting of a Moscow-backed president in February, Sheremeta vowed to slash red tape and eliminate corrupt practices that had helped almost to bankrupt Ukraine But he has not managed to push substantive legislation through parliament and on Thursday he said without reforms it would take three to four years for Ukraine to achieve flat growth if the economy falls by the expected 6-7 percent this year. Sheremeta's offer to resign follows comments from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Wednesday that voiced dissatisfaction with the speed and depths of reforms.

  • Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes
    Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

    There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.

  • Man drops his GoPro camera in the wilderness, watches in horror as it gets mauled by a fox
    Man drops his GoPro camera in the wilderness, watches in horror as it gets mauled by a fox

    2014 has definitely been the year of wild and crazy GoPro videos and this one involving a GoPro camera’s tragic encounter with a fox might be our favorite one yet. The trouble began when a man took a trip to Round Island, Alaska this summer to film some wildlife and he temporarily placed his GoPro camera on the ground in the hopes of getting some closeup footage of a nearby fox. Big mistake. The fox promptly grabbed the GoPro camera and ran off with it. The small canine proved to be remarkably strong because it managed to rip some pieces off the camera and seriously damage its lens. Thankfully, the camera was still in workable condition after the man found it and

  • Buffett’s advice leads to $5.5 B pop in this index fund
    Buffett’s advice leads to $5.5 B pop in this index fund

    As the Wall Street Journal notes today, the public during this bull market are overwhelmingly favoring low-cost, index-tracking mutual funds rather than those that try to beat the market averages. What (or who) is behind it?

  • How your boss will run your life in a few years
    How your boss will run your life in a few years

    Want job security? Let your company monitor you 24/7.

  • Beyond Bulletproof: New 'X-Vehicles' Take Stealth to the Extreme
    Beyond Bulletproof: New 'X-Vehicles' Take Stealth to the Extreme

    To make ground vehicles both safer and better suited for the battlefield, these machines need to take advantage of other technologies, such as those that can help troops avoid detectionby enemy forces, DARPA said. "GXV-T's goal is not just to improve or replace one particular vehicle — it's about breaking the 'more armor' paradigm and revolutionizing protection for all armored fighting vehicles," Kevin Massey, a program manager for DARPA, said in a statement. DARPA's most recent X-plane program awarded contracts to private companies to build an unmanned vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. "We plan to pursue groundbreaking, fundamental research and development to make future armored fighting vehicles significantly more mobile, effective, safe and affordable," Massey said.

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