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»  Hearst and Hachette execs are set to meet in the next few weeks to finalize deal talks. But before that happens, it’s losing so…

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»  Hearst and Hachette execs are set to meet in the next few weeks to finalize deal talks. But before that happens, it’s losing some high profile execs. [Mediaweek]

»  YouTube (NSDQ: GOOG) is getting Twitter-ish with trending topics. [YouTube]

»  If you happen to live in the vicinity of 59 Field Street in Torrington, Conn., Journal Register’s The Register Citizen is literally inviting the public to partake in its physical experiment in community journalism (free wifi and coffee). [Journal Register]

»  Do news outlets need a social media point person to coordinate its outreach on Twitter and other blogs. Depends who you ask (hint: NYT says “no,” but the WSJ says “yes.”) [AdAge]

»  Syfy (fka the Sci-Fi channel) is getting into the film business. [WSJ]

»  Think Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has an “iPad Killer” lined for CES next month? Think again. [Mobilized]

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