NT News 1. Crikey‘s favourite daily is back to its best today with a big croc on the front page. Oh, and a party bus pub crawl!

NT News 2. The Liberal leadership? Asylum seekers? CPRS? What on earth could be the topic du jour for the nation’s Territorians? Boobs, it seems…

Apple takes a huge bite out of the hardware market. Apple said Monday that fourth-quarter profits rose more than 46% to 1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share, on sales of $9.87 billion for the three-month period ended September 26, 2009. — Apple Insider

A mean Christmas looms for New York journos. The New York Times newsroom is reeling from today’s announcement that the company plans to cut the staff by 100. The layoffs will come at the start of December, meaning a jobless Christmas for lots of reporters. Most of the people at the Times know the paper needs to be slimmed down, but nobody expected it would come in the middle of October. The newsroom is “stunned”. — Business Insider

A Conservative victory in the UK is just what Rupert wants. The current royal charter allowing the BBC’s licence fee expires in 2015. But Jeremy Hunt told the Financial Times that the corporation was “out of touch with the hard times the rest of the electorate is going through”. A Conservative government could “rip up” the BBC’s royal charter, the shadow culture secretary has suggested. — BBC

Shrek producers cyber-gag starts at using Twitter. A couple of days ago, we heard that even Hollywood is afraid that its stars will reveal something they shouldn’t on the microblogging network. Now we know the first victims: Myers. While we haven’t seen this explicitly confirmed by the actors themselves, it seems that the folks at DreamWorks want to make sure (Cameron) Diaz and (Mike) Myers will keep mum about the new Shrek sequel, in which they’ll both be starring next year. — Mashable

It’s just gloom, and not total darkness, for America’s newspapers. Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain and publisher of USA Today, said Monday its third-quarter profit plunged 53% compared with the same period last year, but the results still beat analysts’ forecasts, a sign of how low expectations are for the battered newspaper industry. — Washington Post

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