The Morning Lowdown 12.01.10


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»  Online media buying service AppNexus has been cut off from Google’s ad exchange after placing an ad that violated the company’s policies. Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and AppNexus say the situation is temporary, but unless it’s resolved soon, it could be a major problem for the ad tech firm, which raised a huge $50 million funding round from Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and others last month. [MediaMemo]

»  With four competing plans to reorganize the bankrupt Tribune Company after two years, the judge in the case as frustrated as anyone else with his inability to get these issues wrapped up. [Chicago Tribune]

»  After many delays, Google is prepping its e-book store, Google Editions, that promises to widen the sale of digitized books with an open, “read on any device” platform that could challenge established e-book sellers like Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and newcomers like Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). [WSJ]

»  Gawker lost sales head Chris Batty and ad staffer Michael Casco over a disagreement over strategy. But there’s not much bad blood, as Gawker founder Nick Denton says the company will back Batty’s new ad venture. [Business Insider]

»  In his second week since cutting his cable cord — technically, his Verizon FiOS — reporter David Katzmaier finds that relying on a rooftop antenna, an internet connection and a friend’s Slingbox means a lot of poor reception from network shows and plenty of trips the roof. [Cnet]

»  Conde Nast’s The New Yorker gave its website a much-needed makeover, which includes a rotating set of lead stories, a prominent feed of recent blog posts, and more images. [The New Yorker]

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