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3:45 PM ET, January 14, 2011


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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: Yahoo! News, 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.
New York Post:
Zuckerman's ax set to swing at the Daily News  —  Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is apparently unhappy with advertisers' response to the new four-color paper, and the word inside is that more editorial cutbacks will follow.  —  Decisions about the cuts are expected to be made today.
Discussion: Poynter
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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: Mashable! and FishbowlNY
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:, Guardian and Telegraph
Greg T. Spielberg / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gizmodo taps illustrators to give stories more punch, pop, pow!  —  When Gizmodo editorial director Brian Lam was planning for this week's coverage of the Verizon iPhone, he didn't think in words.  He visualized it entirely in images, daydreaming about how much more emotive pictures and sounds …
Discussion: Snarkmarket and InformationWeek
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
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.
Craig Silverman / CJR:
To Delete or Not to Delete?  —  Should news organizations and reporters delete erroneous tweets?  —  One of the long-standing accuracy debates in journalism centers around whether you should repeat the original error in a correction.  I examined this issue two years ago …
Discussion: Lost Remote and Poynter
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 …
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 …
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
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
New York Times social strategy: the numbers  —  Cory hinted at this story in the briefs below, and now we're fleshing it out a bit because it's so interesting.  The website for the The New York Times, like so many other sites, continues to see the majority of its traffic (50-60%) going directly to the front page.
Discussion: Cision, Talking Biz News and GigaOM
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 …
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 …
Media Week:
Lebedev's i to feature media page  —  Alexander Lebedev's 20p-priced newspaper i is launching a dedicated media page on Monday.  —  It will be published every week on Monday, the same day as The Guardian's media supplement is published.  It will be edited by Ian Burrell, the media editor of The Independent, the sister paper of the i.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hate Ads?  You'll Love This Site.  Love Ads?  You Too.  —  Here's perfect Friday fodder: “Things Real People Don't Say About Advertising,” a Tumblr that delivers exactly what it promises, via one-sentence jokes illustrated with stock photos.  —  The photo + caption combination seems …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Practical vs. Idealistic Scenarios for the Near-Term Future of Online Video
Sebastien Provencher / The Praized Blog:
Thoughts on Curated vs. Edited
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Amazing But True: SundaySky Will Create 1.4 Million “Videos” in January
Discussion: GigaOM
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Launch of Founder's “Save-able” Ads Pushed Back
Discussion: The Awl and New York Observer
Matt Kinsman / Folio Stories RSS: B2B:
USPS Raising Periodical Rates 1.8 Percent For 2011
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Sports Blogger Bleacher Report To Start Paying Contributors
Discussion: WebNewser
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Marion Maneker / The Big Picture:
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Discussion: Moneywood
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
As MySpace Sputters, Where Will Musicians Congregate?
Phil Rosenthal / Tower Ticker:
Time Out's Frank Sennett to do book on Groupon and CEO Andrew Mason for St. Martin's
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
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From Techmeme:

Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says the platform will make Likes private for everyone this week, meaning users will no longer be able to see who liked someone else's post

Verne Kopytoff / Fortune:
In an interview, OpenAI CTO Mira Murati responded to Elon Musk's denouncement of Apple's OpenAI deal, saying OpenAI cares deeply about user privacy and security

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo updates the software on its 672 vehicles, after one unoccupied car collided with a telephone pole in Phoenix on May 21, marking Waymo's second recall ever

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