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5:50 PM ET, January 26, 2011

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Bill Keller / New York Times:
Dealing With Julian Assange and the Secrets He Spilled  —  This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication.  Not really, I confessed.  The Times doesn't have encrypted phone lines, or a Cone of Silence.
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Bill Keller's Clash with Assange  —  As The New York Times publishes its first e-book, editor Bill Keller tells Howard Kurtz how exasperating it was to deal with the WikiLeaks founder—and why he's launching his own column.  —  Bill Keller, who led The New York Times through its rocky dealings …
Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
AP Interview:WikiLeaks seeking more media partners  —  LONDON - WikiLeaks hopes to enlist as many as 60 news organizations from around the world in a bid to help speed the publication of its massive trove of secret U.S. diplomatic memos, the site's founder said Tuesday.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Demand Media shares soar 34% in IPO  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Shares of online content creator Demand Media rose 34% in early trading Wednesday, raising $66.5 million for the company in an IPO that valued Demand at more than $1 billion.  —  The offering included 8.9 million shares …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wall Street Welcomes the Content Farm: Demand Media Supersizes Its IPO  —  Demand Media has given skeptics plenty to chew on over the last six months: Accounting issues to hash out with the Feds; weird noises from Google, which it depends on; and debates about what “profitable” means.
Tom Junod / Esquire:
Roger Ailes on Roger Ailes: The Interview Transcripts, Part 1  —  TALENT SCOUT /// “I thought Glenn at Headline News was not doing what he could do.  I thought Bill O'Reilly at Inside Edition was not doing what he could do.  I thought Sean Hannity on radio — good-looking guy, why not put him on television?
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dear commenters, Steve Doocy is reading  —  One of the themes of the Esquire profile of Roger Ailes, with which Ailes cooperated, is that Ailes reads ever word written about him.  —  You might think that was an exaggeration.  But apparently he does, or someone over on Sixth Avenue does.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Analysis: The Internet Stole Obama's State of the Union From Cable News  —  A reliable producer of big ratings for cable news networks for decades, the President's annual State of the Union address on Tuesday seemed to mark a turning point in which media delivery of the event …
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
State of the Union: Whitehouse.gov as a media outlet  —  Every State of the Union can be called “the most technologically advanced State of the Union in history” — at least until the next year's comes along.  And last night's speech was no exception: Coverage across outlets was an explosion …
Discussion: Fast Company
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
National Journal Skirts Embargo, Posts Full Text Of Obama's State …
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
The Most Tech-Enhanced SOTU Yet
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Content, context and code: verifying information online  —  When the telephone first entered the newsroom journalists were sceptical.  “How can we be sure that the person at the other end is who they say they are?”  The question seems odd now, because we have become so used to phone technology …
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
Newspaper Web Sites Reach 62% of Online Population  —  Newspapers are not dying — at least online.  An average of 105.3 million people pre month visited a newspaper Web site during the fourth quarter of 2010, according to comScore data cited by the Newspaper Association of America …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and newsplexer
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NetNewsCheck Latest:   Newspaper Site Generate Big Traffic In Q4
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Twitter Tests Self-Serve Ad Platform  —  Twitter has begun testing a self-serve ad platform with advertisers and agencies it plans to roll out in the first half of this year, and MediaPost got a glimpse.  —  Clix Marketing Founder David Szetela began supporting a handful of clients this week.
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Men's Health Editor Plagiarizes His Own Writers  —  Last year, we caught Men's Health editor Dave Zinczenko reusing covers.  Turns out that's not the only way Zinczenko recycles content: He's been ripping other writers' bylines off old Men's Health articles and passing them off as his own.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
TED Blog:
Introducing TED Books  —  Today, we're thrilled to announce the launch of TED Books, an imprint of short nonfiction works designed for digital distribution.  Shorter than traditional books, TED Books run less than 20,000 words each — long enough to explain a powerful idea, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.
New York Post:
Stewart wants back on media company board  —  Media Ink has noticed this in the past with House Beautiful, where Garten was a regular columnist until recently.  House Beautiful replaced her column with one by Chef Tyler Florence, starting with the February issue.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Observer
David Kaplan / paidContent:
After 25 Years, Village Voice Publisher Cohen Steps Down  —  Village Voice Publisher Michael Cohen is preparing to exit the free alt-weekly after nearly 25 years.  He'll be replaced by Village Voice Media veteran Josh Fromson, who is currently publisher of the SF Weekly.
 
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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
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New York Post:
Talent raid?  —  Eyes at MSNBC have shifted to CNN's Roland Martin …
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David Goetzl / MediaPost:
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