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'Today' still struggles without Ann Curry. Regis Philbin is back.

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September 18, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • NBC's "Today" is still struggling. Above hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer.
NBC's "Today" is still struggling. Above hosts Savannah… (NBC )

After the coffee. Before once again ignoring the launch of a new iPhone.

The Skinny: I'm starting my list for things to atone for next week and I fear I'll run out of paper. Well, at least I don't have to atone for this column yet. Tuesday's headlines include a nonprofit's plans to archive TV newscasts, more legal problems for News International and a look at what's going on at "Today" since Ann Curry left.

Daily Dose: Netflix is getting a new look for iPhones and iPod Touch. The move is aimed at making the experience for phone and touch users similar to the one offered via the iPad. One new feature is that films and movies currently being watched will now appear at the top of the screen, making it easier for users to find them. There will also be more titles and galleries on the home page. Guess that also means more squinting.

All the news that's fit to stream. The Internet Archive, a San Francisco nonprofit, has been recording newscasts for the last few years with a plan to create an online library of TV news. Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle told the Wall Street Journal that the idea behind the initiative is "let 1,000 Jon Stewarts bloom." Stewart is famous for skewing TV news with their own content. The broadcast and cable networks declined to comment on whether they will play ball with Kahle or go after him for copyright infringement. 

Keep your friends close. Hollywood still can't decide if Google is a friend or an enemy but if the search engine and digital giant's wallet is open it really doesn't matter. News Corp. is the latest entertainment giant to sell movies and TV shows to Google for use on its YouTube and Google Play platforms. More from All Things Digital and the Los Angeles Times.

Phone bill. Actor-comedian Russell Brand is among the latest group of people to file lawsuits against News International, parent of British tabloids News of the World (now closed) and The Sun. The suits are seeking damages for phone hacking. News International, a unit of News Corp., has settled dozens of suits already. Details from The Guardian.

Blame Christina. The move by "American Idol" to hire Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban as judges and "The X Factor's" adding Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to its judging panel can all be traced back to NBC's landing Christina Aguilera for "The Voice." The New York Times looks at Aguilera's influence on the genre and the boost it is providing her. 

Maybe it wasn't Ann Curry's fault. Getting rid of Ann Curry in favor of Savannah Guthrie was supposed to improve ratings for NBC's "Today." But even with a few weeks of Olympics coverage providing a boost, ABC's "Good Morning America" is still winning, which is causing a a lot of headaches at Studio 1A. Analysis from the New York Post.

Regis returns. Regis Philbin is coming back to daytime TV. Philbin, who left as host of the long-running morning show "Live with Regis and Kelly" almost a year ago, is going to be a recurring guest (Philbin doesn't consider himself a co-host) on Rachael Ray's syndicated show. More on Philbin's new gig from USA Today.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Singer Pink shows no signs of slowing down or not speaking her mind.

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