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Conan O’Brien Goes West–The Five-Minute Version

How did Conan O’Brien do, when he took the reins of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” on Monday night? That’s all subjective, of course, but this opening clip should give you an idea of where he was headed.

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Digital video sidenote: The GE (GE) network’s deal with Hulu, the video joint venture it formed with Fox-owner News Corp. (NWS) and ABC-owner Disney (DIS), is supposed to allow Hulu to put up any video that NBC makes available on its own site. But, as of early Tuesday morning, this clip was only available on NBC.com.

Go figure.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald