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8:45 AM ET, January 14, 2011


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Delay for the Daily: Apple, News Corp. Push Back Launch Date  —  Turns out you'll have to wait a bit longer to see the Daily, Rupert Murdoch's long-awaited iPad news service.  —  Apple and News Corp. have made a joint decision to push back next week's planned launch, according to sources familiar with the companies' plans.
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 …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Chatroulette Founder Andrey Ternovskiy Raises New Funding: “50,000 Naked Men”  —  Following a week's worth of back and forth and blown off interviews, including one scheduled at 11 p.m EST, Chatroulette founder Andrey Ternovskiy finally picks up his cell phone after several rings.
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
The science of the hashtag  —  So last week I talked about the art of the hashtag: the power of mad libs, universal particulars, and feedback loops.  The day after I posted it, the #LessAmbitiousMovies hashtag took off on Twitter—you might have seen it in your timeline.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Business Columnist Joe Nocera Moving to NY Times Op-Ed Page?  —  Joe Nocera.  Image by dsearls via Flickr  —  The New York Times op-ed page is about to get a big dose of financial intelligence to complement Nobel Prize-winner Paul Krugman.  Business columnist Joe Nocera is set to move to the op-ed page …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Outsources Sports; Fanhouse Brand Absorbed Into Sporting News  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) organized a hasty after-market call to announce three content deals designed to buttress its push towards premium content.  The most prominent involves a content sharing arrangement with The Sporting News.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
How Bradford Cross Plans to Save the Media Industry  —  By now, it's become obvious that the web is disrupting the media business in some fundamental ways — and not just the distribution of content, but the monetization of it as well.  Publishers and content producers of all kinds …
Wall Street Journal:
Hand-Wringing in Comcast-NBC Deal  —  Media Companies Fret Over Proposed Rule Requiring Cable Giant to Offer Content to Any Online Service Working With Rivals  —  WASHINGTON—Major media companies are raising concerns that government conditions on Comcast Corp.'s impending deal to acquire control …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Mobilizing for mobile before it's too late  —  This column originally appeared in Editor & Publisher Magazine.  Click here to subscribe for timely delivery of the magazine.  —  Amazingly, newspapers are making the same self-defeating mistakes with their mobile initiatives that they did with the Internet.
Matt Kinsman / Folio Stories RSS: B2B:
USPS Raising Periodical Rates 1.8 Percent For 2011  —  However, increases are limited to Consumer Price Index cap.  —  The USPS filed new mailing service prices with the Postal Regulatory Commission today, including a 1.8 percent increase for periodicals, starting April 17.
Marion Maneker / The Big Picture:
Can Piers Morgan Save CNN?  —  A series of attempts to resuscitate CNN during the evening hours have culminated in next week's launch of Piers Morgan Tonight.  The fumbling around replacing Larry King and the decision to give former Elliott Spitzer a political talk show in the slot …
Lacey Rose / Moneywood:
Piers Morgan Producer's CNN Goal: ‘More. Better. Now.’
Discussion: Inside Cable News
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Practical vs. Idealistic Scenarios for the Near-Term Future of Online Video  —  Or: How Google's decision to drop native H.264 playback from Chrome serves to prop up Flash Player  —  Stefan Richter, of FlashComGuru (a Flash developer site) tries answering my five simple questions.
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Lucky's Brandon Holley: Dressing for a Revolution  —  BRANDON HOLLEY, the new editor of the beleaguered shopping magazine Lucky, has a complicated relationship with clothes.  —  As a teenager in Great Falls, Va., Ms. Holley would cram Ralph Lauren outfits bought by her preppy mother …
Sebastien Provencher / The Praized Blog:
Thoughts on Curated vs. Edited  —  Jeet Heer writes about “curation” in last Saturday's Globe & Mail.  Here's an excerpt from his article: … What it means: I wrote about curation in 2008.  At the time, I said “Atomized content means we now live in a content aggregation and curation world.
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Don't neglect to set aside time to build the personal network that will guide your journalism career  —  By Robert Niles: Any journalist ought to know that your stories are only as good as your sources.  Start with bad information, and you'll deliver bad information to your readers.
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Publishing staffs adjust to address mobile workflow  —  In many ways, it seems like the iPad was plopped down on the desks of editors and production staff with a note that said, “Congratulations!  Please factor this into what you're already doing.”  —  While support for mobile devices …
Discussion: Poynter
Mary Wisniewski / Reuters:
June sentencing date set for ex-media mogul Black  —  (Reuters) - The federal judge presiding over Conrad Black's fraud case told the former media mogul on Thursday she would resentence him on June 24.  —  The federal appeals court in Chicago ordered Black resentenced by trial judge Amy St. Eve …
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Launch of Founder's “Save-able” Ads Pushed Back  —  If Scott Kurnit has his way, soon you will go from ignoring online ads to saving them.  —  Kurnit, the founder of, plans to roll out web ads from McDonald's, Best Buy, Sears, Showtime and others on February 14.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Sports Blogger Bleacher Report To Start Paying Contributors  —  Sports blog site Bleacher Report has been doing pretty well with the Huffington Post model of offering contributors a place to reach a wider audience, but not providing much in the way of remuneration.
Discussion: WebNewser
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Amazing But True: SundaySky Will Create 1.4 Million “Videos” in January  —  SundaySky, Tel Aviv/New York-based start-up with 50 employees, using no video camera or production staff, will produce 1.4 million video clips this month for a range of big retail and real estate corporate customers …
Mark Glaser / PBS:
Social Media Grows at NY Times, But Home Page Remains King  —  Social Media content on MediaShift is sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, a program offering innovative and entrepreneurial journalists the resources of Stanford University and Silicon Valley.  Learn more here.
Discussion: Editors Weblog, Poynter and MediaShift
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Waiting for the Web  —  The Chicago News Cooperative launched with the promise of a pathbreaking online site.  When will it arrive?  —  The Chicago News Cooperative owes its existence to the New York Times, but its future hangs on a website it still hasn't unveiled.
Paulgillin / Newspaper Death Watch:
Quora: Evolution of Journalism or Another Time Sink?  —  Just when you thought there was already enough social media in your life, here comes Quora.  The startup founded by former Facebook executives raised $14 million last year and was valued at nearly $90 million before even releasing a product.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
As MySpace Sputters, Where Will Musicians Congregate?  —  Even as MySpace (NSDQ: NWS) has floundered in recent years, it's hung on to an important user base—artists, particularly musicians, who have relied on the site to provide them with a digital home on the web and a place to showcase their work.
Phil Rosenthal / Tower Ticker:
Time Out's Frank Sennett to do book on Groupon and CEO Andrew Mason for St. Martin's  —  Remember Frank Sennett's Time Out Chicago cover story last month on Groupon and Andrew Mason, the Chicago-based Internet firm's founder and chief executive?  —  St. Martin's Press has signed Sennett …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Reporter on Quest to Close 1964 Civil Rights Case  —  ATLANTA — Stanley Nelson writes for a small weekly newspaper in the Louisiana delta.  For the past four years, he has been obsessed with one story: who threw gasoline into a rural shoe repair and dry goods shop in 1964 and started the fire that killed Frank Morris?
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