Obama win sparks run on newsstands. Here’s one possible future for ink-and-paper newspapers: as a physical memento of the past. The Washington Post says it sold out within hours of going on sale today, even though it increased its retail distribution by 30 percent. The Post is planning to print another 150,000 copies of a commemorative edition that will go on sale this afternoon. — Portfolio
British voters ‘turned off’ by media hype and cynical blogs. Corrosive cynicism, fuelled by politically nihilistic blogs and a retreat from dispassionate reporting, is endangering British political discourse, Hazel Blears, the communities secretary, will tell a Hansard Society conference today on growing political disengagement in Britain. — Guardian Media
Facebook Connect: coming soon to a site near you? Facebook Connect – the service that allows developers to access Facebook data from outside of the Facebook chrome – has been met with both cautious optimism and healthy skepticism. And with good reason. The service holds the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with social sites the Web over. At the same time, it gives Facebook access to a great deal of information about how users interact with other social sites. To date, the sites allowed to use Facebook Connect have been few and far between. But that may soon change, given today’s announcement that Facebook is accepting more developer submissions. — New York Times
Barack Obama’s victory: a mandate for… If the media, led by Fox News, is to be believed, then the next administration should provide some surprises. Obama was castigated by John McCain, McCain’s supporters, and the omnipresent rightist press, as a Muslim and a Marxist. His patriotism was challenged. Television anointed experts told us that Obama would raise our taxes and ruin our economy. And this dangerously risky, untested, neophyte, even palled around with terrorists. — News Corpse
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Google dumps Yahoo, which should come as a shock only to Yahoo. When reports came out last week that Google and Yahoo were downsizing their controversial search advertising deal, I told a Yahoo exec I happened to be having dinner with that that it was the surest sign that the search giant was about to dump the long-suffering Internet portal. The exec, who made the case that the deal was always tactical, and not strategic, laughed. For all its problems, Yahoo (YHOO) has always been a straight-up player and such sneaky machinations are not its strong suit. Google, not so much. — All Things Digital
Michael Crichton, 1942-2008. After a long battle with cancer, science fiction’s biggest crossover novelist Michael Crichton died today. Though the lanky Harvard graduate was most well known for his 1990 novel Jurassic Park, he leaves behind a sometimes controversial legacy of investigation into the most prominent scientific issues of our time. — Gawker