The Morning Lowdown 12.08.10

»  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) still has the most popular browser, though it hasn’t gotten that much attention these days what with the all the focus on the new features surrounding Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Chrome. However, the next version of Internet Explorer actually has some exciting news: it will come with a tool that lets users block ad tracking cookies. [NYT]

»  A new legal filing by Tribune lenders is once again taking aim against the company’s chairman Sam Zell. The suit accuses him of causing the company’s bankruptcy because of the leveraged buyout he used to buy the business saddled Tribune with debt that it could not repay. [NY Post]

»  The Washington Post is taking a close look at the approach the NYT and other publishers are pursuing, but it has no plans to take the plunge into paywalls itself at the moment. [AFP]

»  Though it provokes eye-rolling to say one particular thing or another can “rescue newspapers,” the use of Facebook credits might be one way to do it. [Dave Lee/Jblog]

»  The NYTCo’s business isn’t that great these days, but it’s looking better and better — especially considering the possible revenues it could earn when it implements the metered paywall on its flagship site. [Business Insider]

»  Satirical weekly The Onion will sell franchises of its print edition to local partners, while it concentrates more on its website. Franchisees will pay a weekly fee to license Onion content; they’ll sell their own ads — and keep the profits — and will be responsible for covering printing and distribution. [CJR]