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11:30 AM ET, January 13, 2011

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Media Will Relate to Facebook in the Future  —  All media will be personalized in three to five years, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in September.  One of the ways that's likely to happen everywhere just appeared on the UK Independent.  —  The site announced last night that it now offers granular subscriptions by Facebook.
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Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
The Independent's Facebook innovation  —  The Independent newspaper has introduced a fascinating new feature on the site that allows users to follow articles by individual writers and news about specific football teams via Facebook.  —  It's one of those ideas so simple you wonder …
Discussion: Future of Media
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
The first look at The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper  —  An official introduction to The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's new iPad newspaper, is expected on Jan. 19, possibly at an event with Apple's Steve Jobs.  —  But peeking inside the source code of its recently-launched companion website …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL'S NEW PROBLEM: Mike Arrington  —  When AOL bought TechCrunch last September, the first question on everyone's lips was, “How long could Mike Arrington possibly last as an AOL employee?”  —  Yesterday, four months after the deal, we may have begun to learn the answer to that question.
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Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
TechCrunch, Engadget and AOL: Great Theater, Great Dysfunction or Both?
Discussion: Cision and SAI
Read It Later Blog:
Is Mobile Affecting When We Read?  —  Printed media used to allow us to read in the places we found most comfortable.  When you imagine yourself reading the newspaper it's probably in your favorite chair, at the breakfast table, or at the cafe with an orange mocha frappuccino in your hand.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires eBook Technologies  —  Google has just acquired eBook Technologies, according to a notice that is currently appearing on the company's homepage.  —  Google confirmed the acquisition, with a spokesperson giving us this statement: … So what exactly is eBook Technologies?
The Staggers:
Exclusive interview: Julian Assange on Murdoch, Manning and the threat from China  —  The WikiLeaks founder talks to John Pilger.  —  In this week's New Statesman, the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to John Pilger about Bradley Manning, his “insurance” files on Rupert Murdoch and News Corp …
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Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Exclusive: Google, Weinstein Co. Strike Film Deal  —  Given the pressure Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is under to land premium content deals for YouTube, you would think they would shout from the rooftops about securing its largest top-shelf film haul yet, from Weinstein Co. But a closer inspection reveals …
/ Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Curation is the New Search is the New Curation  —  In the beginning there was curation, and it was good.  People found interesting things on the web, created directories of those things, and then you found what you were looking for inside those curated lists.
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Felix Salmon:   Algo-powered curation  —  Paul Kedrosky has a great little essay today …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Bye-bye, physical media?  Sony closes CD plant  —  Sony Corp., the company that brought us the Walkman and the parent company of music label Sony Music Entertainment, plans to shut down a CD-manufacturing plant in South New Jersey in March.  —  About 300 employees will be laid off once …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Brings More Ads To Your Phone, Next To Justin Bieber and Lady GaGa  —  YouTube on your phone is popular, but until now it hasn't made Google much money.  The search giant has only been able to slap ads on the home page of its mobile version, and on search results.
Discussion: paidContent, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Why Is Mayor Bloomberg Mixing Business and Philanthropy?  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has a lot on his plate: He's mayor of America's largest city, owner of one of the world's largest and fastest-growing news organizations and patron of a $1.75 billion charitable foundation.
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
What Went Wrong at Borders  —  Let me start with an unequivocal declaration: I hope Borders finds the means to avoid bankruptcy, or worse, liquidation.  The immediate consequence of a Borders default on what it owes publishers would be a cash short-fall of millions of dollars.
Peter Daboll / AdAge:
Celebrities in Advertising Are Almost Always a Big Waste of Money  —  Study Finds That Big Names Don't Pay Big Dividends  —  As the most significant event in advertising grows nearer, it will be interesting to see how many brands enlist the endorsement services of celebrities during the Super Bowl.
Discussion: AdScam/The Horror! and Gawker
Kirk Cheyfitz / The Huffington Post:
The Next Big Media Battle: Publishers vs. Ad Agencies  —  The media business has been in chaos for a decade, and there's more coming.  The next big media revolution will be an escalating and increasingly bitter competition between the content creators — especially newspaper and magazine publishers …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Discovery Promotes Three Top Programmers  —  O'Neill put in charge of Discovery Channel, TLC  —  In a management restructuring at Discovery Communications, three top programmers are being given additional responsibilities.  —  Eileen O'Neill, who had led TLC, was named Group President …
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
What if Tunisia had a revolution, but nobody watched?  —  On December 17, a 26 year old Tunisian man named Mohamed Bouazizi reached the end of his rope.  An unemployed university graduate, Bouazizi had become a seller of fruits and vegetables in the southern Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid.
Tracy Samantha Schmidt / Chicago Online Marketing:
Social Media Icon: @JayRosen_NYU explains how he tweets  —  Jay Rosen teaches journalism at NYU and is a leading media critic.  He blogs at Press Think and produces a weekly podcast on news and technology called Rebooting The News.  He has almost 50,000 followers on Twitter.
Discussion: Poynter
Tim Carmody / Snarkmarket:
Multiple intelligences (or Why smart TVs should be more like PCs)  —  Like Robin, I love the counter-conventional wisdom John Herrman brings to “I Just Want A Dumb TV.”  And I really like Frank Chimero's distinction between “steadfast,” long-enduring, simple tools and “hot-swap” components of a system that you can change on the fly.
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
‘Promotion’ Plus ‘Commercial’ Equals ‘Promercial’?  —  By now, it is common for television viewers to watch a segment of a show in which a brand or product is integrated into the plot.  The goal among marketers for such branded entertainment, as it is known, is to replace commercials …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
As the Web Turns  —  Hey, fellas, want to spice things up with your lady?  Procter & Gamble, the consumer products giant, has some ideas.  —  A Web site created by the company for husbands and fathers offers articles with titles like “Conquering Sex Problems.”
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Piers Morgan Debuts on the New York Cocktail Scene With Jabs at O'Reilly, Fox  —  Last week, new CNN host Piers Morgan e-mailed his old boss Rupert Murdoch, who'd helped him get his start as an editor at the London Sun and then the News of the World.  “You made me an editor at 28 and gave …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Conan Talks About Ratings, Leno and NBC  —  Pasadena, Ca.— Conan O'Brien had a brief message Wednesday about his relocation from NBC to the cable channel TBS: “Everything has worked out great for me.”  —  To reinforce that point - and perhaps to attempt to pre-empt any analysis from competitors …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: The New York Times iPad App Nearing 1.5 Million Downloads  —  LAS VEGAS — The iPad App for the New York Times has had 1.5 million downloads since it launched in April, says Ray Pearce, who heads circulation for the newspaper.  —  We interviewed him at CES last week.
C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Blood libel”: How language evolves and spreads within online worlds  —  When Sarah Palin used the term “blood libel” to describe purported attacks on her and the Tea Party movement in the wake of Saturday's tragic shooting in Tucson, some were left wondering why the former governor would use …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
First Amazon Took Down Booksellers...Are Publishers Next?  —  It's not that Amazon set out to destroy small book stores.  They just offered a better option for a large number of people.  Now, Amazon is increasingly offering small features here and there that taken together may start …
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Partners With Reality Show Producer Endemol On Women's Programming
Jackie Spinner / American Journalism Review:
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With Plans To Double Revenues, Atlantic Switches Gears On Premium iPad App
Discussion: Folio, Poynter and WebNewser
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Bond, Ad Agency Stalwart, Will Lead Social Media Agency
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Hold The Phone - Adknowledge Raises $200 Million, Plans Acquisitions
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Said to Face Online-Video, Web Conditions to Seal Purchase of NBC
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6 ways journalists can use Quora as a tool for reporting, sharing ideas
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