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Against Odds, Katie Couric Perseveres at CBS

After trying to change 'too much too soon,' Couric finally seems comfortable

(Newser) - Last year, it seemed Katie Couric’s days in the CBS anchor chair were numbered. Now, she not only plans to stay there until her contract expires in 2011, she's starting a weekly Charlie Rose-esque webcast—and her destinations post-Evening News could include 60 Minutes or CNN. “Her really... More »

Faith Groups Rally Behind Obama on Health Reform

Plan rallies, webcast, 55,000 messages to Congress

(Newser) - Religious groups are coming to President Obama’s aid in selling health care reform, backing expanded care through a 40-day campaign promoting the moral argument for reform, CBS News reports. Prayer vigils and rallies will take place in 45 cities today to send a message to Capitol Hill. Later this... More »

Royalties Deal May Save Internet Radio

(Newser) - Record labels and the online radio industry have reached a deal on royalties that insiders think will allow the medium to survive, the New York Times reports. Larger sites like Pandora will pay the labels 25% of revenue or up to 14 cents for every song they stream—whichever is... More »

Zoo Webcasts Elephant Birth

(Newser) - A Belgium zoo webcast its first elephant birth to enthralled animal lovers yesterday as the newborn plopped out of mom Phyo Phyo after 38 hours of labor. The mother, sister and aunt scrambled in excitement in a circle around the newborn, trumpeting, until the baby responded with squeals of its... More »

Webcasts Draw Donors to 'Pimp This Bum'

Advocates say site exploits homeless Houston man

(Newser) - An online plea to "Pimp this bum" is upsetting advocates for the homeless and inspiring hope in one man on the streets, the AP reports. Tim Edwards, who lives under a Houston underpass, is the star attraction on pimpthisbum.com—a site devoted to funding his recovery. A... More »

Olympics Online Coverage Still In Learning Curve

NBC serves up quantity, but quality is sometimes lacking

(Newser) - NBC is offering a nearly endless supply of Olympics coverage online, a laudatory move but one with its share of hiccups, writes Robert Bianco in USA Today. NBCOlymics.com provides live feeds of dozens of events—many of them obscure—for free. But the broadcasts lack much of the polish... More »

Radiohead to Webcast Show on New Year's Eve

Tech-savvy group celebrates 'new' CD

(Newser) - Radiohead will celebrate the CD release of its buzz-generating new album In Rainbows by streaming a pre-recorded concert on its website at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The band broke new ground by first releasing the album online under a pay-what-you-want formula. The New Year's Eve show will include... More »

Webcaster Mutes Band's Anti-Bush Lyrics

Censor intercepts Pearl Jam's jab; AT&T blames 'mistake'

(Newser) - Pearl Jam is slamming AT&T after the telecom company censored its Webcast of the band's performance at Lollapalooza Sunday. Lyrics telling George Bush to "leave this world alone" and "find another home" during the Chicago show vanished from the streaming version of the gig; AT&T blames... More »

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