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2:38 AM ET, January 31, 2011

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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English *now*  —  What the Gulf War was to CNN, the people's revolutions of the Middle East are to Al Jazeera English.  But in the U.S., in a sad vestige of the era of Freedom Fries, hardly anyone can watch the channel on cable TV.  —  Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English NOW!
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Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau  —  Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.  —  The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's licence to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Anonymous on TV, Al Jazeera reporters still tweeting  —  The Egyptian government closed Al Jazeera's Cairo bureau early Sunday, pulled its reporters credentials and blocked the network's TV signal in Egypt, the network said.  “Our staff has packed up our entire office in the downtown bureau and has relocated …
CBS News:
Julian Assange, The Man Behind WikiLeaks  —  Talks To Steve Kroft About The U.S. Attempt To Indict Him And The Criticism Aimed At Him For Publishing Classified Documents  —  (CBS) Just a few months ago, most people had never heard of a Web site called WikiLeaks, or of its mysterious and eccentric founder, Julian Assange.
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Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
WikiLeaks: The Guardian's role in the biggest leak in the history of the world  —  In an extract from WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's war on secrecy, the Guardian's editor-in-chief explains why Assange remains such an important figure - and why the story is destined to run and run
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint  —  Ever since the iPad came out, print media companies have been feeling their way in this new medium, but so far they've just been stumbling over themselves.  —  They are latching onto the iPad as a new walled garden where people will somehow magically pay …
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Reuters:
Comcast completes NBC Universal merger  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp has completed its takeover of NBC Universal, creating a $30 billion media behemoth that controls not just how television shows and movies are made but how they are delivered to people's homes.
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Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
It's Got NBCU ... Now Comcast Has a Fight for Reinvention
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Political Blogs Are Ready to Flood Campaign Trail  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who is flirting with a bid for president, has none of the usual campaign accoutrements.  No tour bus, campaign manager or yard signs.  Few Americans, in fact, even know his name.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Ongo... where?  —  Ongo is an ambitious digital kiosk.  Launched last week, it was founded last year by Alex Kazim, a high-tech executive who worked at Ebay, Skype and PayPal.  Kazim lined up an impressive group of investors: Gannett, The New York Times, The Washington Post …
John Naughton / Guardian:
Why the BBC's old guard called time on the Wibbly Wobbly Web  —  The corporation's online arm is being cut off at the elbow... and many are secretly delighted  —  So the BBC is slimming down, in response to government pressure.  The World Service is to lose five of its foreign-language services, and a quarter of its staff.
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Is Gawker Planning to Force You to Watch Embedded Advertisements?  —  I was playing around on Gawker's beta test site just now and came across something a little jarring.  (Yes, this is how I spend my Sunday evenings when there isn't a football game to tune in to.)
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Yahoo Delivering 1 Million Video Views for Washington Post's “The Fast Fix” —  Could Chris Cillizza Beat Rachel Maddow?  —  WASHINGTON, DC — “The Fast Fix” a daily, 60-second daily video update on Beltway news featuring the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has exceeded online viewership …
 
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