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  • What better gig for a reporter covering the cable news industry than, well, the cable news industry?

    That's the object lesson in synergy that greeted the media-industry site Mediaite--itself the brainchild of former MSNBC honcho Dan Abrams--with the news that its TV reporter/editor Steve Krakauer is the new digital producer of the soon-to-launch prime-time CNN interview show "Piers Morgan Tonight."

    It's a high-profile gig, to be sure -- all eyes will be on Morgan when his show premieres in January after "Larry King Live" goes off the air at 9 p.m. CNN hopes it will breathe some new life into the network's struggling prime-time lineup. Krakauer's hiring also marks the first move by Morgan's new executive producer, Jonathan Wald, the former CNBC honcho brought on earlier this month to steer "Piers Morgan Tonight."

    "Steve has been a leading voice in the digital world, reporting on cable news, politics and pop culture.  He'll be a great addition to the CNN team and will be instrumental in driving 'Piers Morgan Tonight' beyond its one hour of television and into a more active online experience," Wald said in a statement.

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  • Memo: Newsweek Digital director praises magazine’s site

    The Cutline's Joe Pompeo reported earlier how Newsweek.com is expected to be the first casualty of the Newsweek-Daily Beast merger. Now, The Cutline has obtained a staff memo on the subject from Susanna Schrobsdorff, editorial director of Newsweek Digital.

    Schrobsdorff highlighted several of Newsweek.com's successes as a way of rallying the troops amid dour news of the site's demise. "I know that the press reports about the future of Newsweek.com are much on your minds," she wrote. "And I wish I had some definitive information for you, but that will hopefully come soon."

    Later, Schrobsdorff wrote that "whatever comes next, I am very hopeful that your considerable talents will be valued and deployed on behalf of the company's new venture."

    You can read full memo below.

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  • newsweekdotcomOn Friday afternoon, while the media world was buzzing about the freshly inked union between Newsweek and the Daily Beast, a handful of Newsweek.com staffers headed over to the Ear Inn, a watering hole in Manhattan's West Village, and started drinking. The mood was grim, an insider told us at the time, because the future of Newsweek.com suddenly seemed uncertain now that the famed magazine would be merging with Barry Diller and Tina Brown's 2-year-old Web news start-up.

    Sure enough, staffers woke up Saturday morning to Daily Beast Publisher Stephen Colvin's confirmation that Newsweek.com would be getting the ax under the new joint venture (which makes Brown editor-in-chief of both publications). So they decided to state their case on Tumblr--the preferred outlet for Newsweek to respond to its detractors.

    "It's always nice to wake up and find out in the Times that your job is doomed," read the anonymous debut entry on the Save Newsweek.com blog, which went live Sunday afternoon on the popular micro-blogging platform. "Rather than going out and celebrating our merger after six months of uncertainty—and hopefully some stability after a year that saw four Newsweek.com editors-in-chief come and go—we're spending our weekend bombarded by a flurry of emails, wondering how this could have happened. And writing this."

    UPDATE - Brown tweets: "Woah! Newsweek.com's superb content will live on under its own banner & in URLs on the new site. Not shutting down, combining."

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    Dec 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at stumps on the second day in the third Test between Australia and India on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 259-5)C. Rogers c Dhoni b Shami 57 D. Warner c Dhawan b U. Yadav 0 S. Watson lbw b Ashwin 52 S. Smith b U. Yadav 192 S. Marsh c Dhoni b Shami 32 J. Burns c Dhoni b U. Yadav 13 B. Haddin c Dhoni b Shami 55 M. Johnson st Dhoni b Ashwin 28 R. Harris lbw b Ashwin 74 N. Lyon b Shami 11 J. Hazlewood not out 0 Extras (b-1 lb-9 nb-5 w-1) 16 Total (all out, 142.3 overs) 530 Fall of wickets: 1-0 D. Warner,2-115 C. ...

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