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♦ Peter Chernin, Rupert Murdoch's right-hand at News Corp., may be planning to depart the company in the near future. [LAT]
60 Minutes has snagged the first interview with Barack Obama. [THR]
WWD has a roundup of how magazines will fare overall in 2008. Most of the news is depressing, yes, but there are a couple of bright spots: Elle and Men's Journal reported 3 percent increases in ad pages. [WWD]
♦ You knew this one was coming: Political statistics star Nate Silver is reportedly shopping a pair of books to publishers. [NYO]

♦ Doubledown Media, which publishes Trader Monthly, has let "about a dozen staffers" go. [NYP]
♦ Slate's new business site explains why Condé Nast is struggling to build a meaningful presence online. [The Big Money]
♦ Jon Friedman has a few ideas on how to save Portfolio, although none of them sound especially promising. [Marketwatch]
♦ Mainardo de Nardis has been named the new CEO of OMD Worldwide. [AdAge]
♦ Hilary Duff has signed on with NBC to appear in a new series. [Variety]