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The Morning Lowdown 11.16.10

»  Tribune Company chairman Sam Zell doesn’t see an operating role for himself after the company emerges from bankruptcy. In recent weeks, Tribune has reorganized its digital department and witnessed the resignations of CEO Randy Michaels and chief innovation officer Lee Abrams. [CNBC]

»  As Talking Points Memo hits its 10th anniversary, it’s mulling over premium content and paid membership as well as trying to find better ways to approach mobile. [Nieman Lab, The Cutline]

»  With Demand Media preparing to price its IPO in what many expect to be a matter of days, just how much is the company worth? How does somewhere between $1.4- and $1.7 billion sound? [Venturebeat]

»  Yes, newspapers in general have been doing better this year than last year and most of the major publishers have continued to be profitable. But there are continuing problems of course, namely falling ad revenues, digital is still unable to offset those declines, newsprint costs are increasing again, the expenses are starting to rise after the draconian cuts of the past two years cycle through, and circ is flat, among other things. [Poynter’s The Biz Blog]

»  The most worrisome thing for the movie studios is a scenario where the releases for theatrical and home video get collapsed to the point where a film can’t demonstrate its value in the marketplace because everyone’s had the opportunity to see it online first. [CNET]

»  Crowd-sourced mapping service Ushahidi got its start during Kenya’s disputed elections three years ago and has since been adopted by BBC around the Tube strike and The Guardian for the Pope’s visit to London, as it prepares to become a commercial venture. []