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1:20 PM 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.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Freakonomics Leaving NY Times to Start Own Venture  —  The New York Times is preparing to erect a pay gate around its website, but Freakonomics, the popular blog started by economics Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner, won't be behind it.  That's because it's leaving the Times …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
HuffPo's Coleman: 'We'll Double Revenues Again This Year'  —  As it looks to repeat its ad sales successes from 2010, The Huffington Post is adding a dozen ad sales people to its roster.  In an interview with paidContent, Greg Coleman, president and chief revenue officer …
Discussion: Poynter and On Media's Blog, Thanks:davidakaplan
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.
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 …
Discussion: Company Town
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
National Post rolls out digital “welcome mats”  —  On Monday, Canada's National Post published an article about a local school instituting a ban on gay-straight alliance groups.  It's a good local story with broad cultural relevance, and, not surprisingly, it got linked on the web-curiosities aggregator Fark.
Discussion: Poynter and Time
Amanda Andrews / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in talks to buy daughter Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is in talks to buy the whole of Shine Group, his daughter Elisabeth Murdoch's film and television production company.  —  Shine's hit programmes include Merlin
Discussion:, Telegraph and Guardian
Tim Lister / CNN:
Tunisian protests fueled by social media networks  —  (CNN) — The protests that have gripped Tunisia in recent weeks are, to say the least, unusual.  Organized dissent in the streets is rarely tolerated in Arab states, and human rights groups say the Tunisian government has had a short fuse when dealing with opponents.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Magazine Publishers Ready Tablet App Store  —  The country's largest magazine publishers are gearing up to launch their own service for distributing digital publications on tablets, competing head-on with technology companies they've relied on to distribute their apps to date.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Newcomer NBC Execs Wait on Sidelines  —  The peacock is stuck in limbo.  —  As television networks lay out their programming plans at the Television Critics Association press tour this week, NBC took the unusual step of not scheduling a press conference with top network executives Thursday …
Steve Smith /
Oprah's iPad Sketchbook  —  The iPad ideas coming out of the magazine world are getting ever more curious.  The February 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine directs readers to the iPad App Store where they can find a free sketching app for the iPad that lets readers enter a creativity challenge.
Discussion: New York Observer
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
FT's Paid Digital Subs Up 71 Percent In A Year  —  The Financial Times released its own audience figures...  - “206,892 paying digital subscribers ... up 71% year on year.”  — Daily print circulation: 390,121 (ABC: Dec 2010) - was 485,102 in 2000.  —  The digital figure is for online …
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 …
Pete Hammond /
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Sorkin's Full Screenplay For ‘The Social Network’ - Plus Q&A  —  EXCLUSIVE: Deadline Hollywood presents Aaron Sorkin's full screenplay here for The Social Network.  Also, my interview with this frontrunner for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar follows:
Discussion: Boing Boing and
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Arizona shootings mark a watershed for public discourse  —  Gabrielle Giffords' shooting was not directly due to networks such as Fox, but it has made the tone of debate a central issue  —  It has been a big week for the state of public discourse in the United States.
Discussion: On Media's Blog
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Spotify leaps to US  —  Spotify, the popular European music service, is finally crossing the pond, The Post has learned.  —  After trying to crack the US market for more than a year, Spotify is close to a deal with one major music company in the US and has gained the support of at least one other …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Which Is The Most Capital Efficient Online Video Startup Of Them All?  (Hint: Rocketboom)  —  Success in online video is relative to how much time, effort, and money you put into it.  Andrew Baron of Rocketboom offers the (albeit self-serving) chart at right in a post updating the State …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: New York Observer
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.
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Publishing staffs adjust to address mobile workflow
Discussion: Poynter
Vadim Lavrusik:
Emily Bell on Protecting Sources in a Networked Journalism Environment
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
The Imperfect Journalist  —  Author Tom Rachman on how news …
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Waiting for the Web  —  The Chicago News Cooperative launched …
The Wire:
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Discussion: FishbowlDC
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Lucky's Brandon Holley: Dressing for a Revolution
Mark Glaser / PBS:
Social Media Grows at NY Times, But Home Page Remains King

From Techmeme:

Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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