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11:55 PM ET, January 23, 2011


 Top News: 
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
New York Times Readies Pay Wall  —  Paper Will Charge for Bundled Digital Service, Allow Some Free Access  —  The New York Times is preparing to introduce multiple subscription packages for access to the paper's website and other digital content, kicking off the biggest test to date …
Discussion: @zseward and @lavrusik
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NY Times will build its digital empire on (metered) quality journalism  —  The New York Times is moving forward this quarter with its plan to put paid metering on its stories on the internet.  And it believes it can do so because of its emphasis on quality journalism, says Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
AOL Is In Talks To Acquire Outside.In, Save It From Near Certain Death  —  AOL is talking to local news aggregator about a possible acquisition, we've heard from multiple sources.  —  One source close to the deal told us that it would be “premature” to report that AOL has acquired …
The story behind the Palestine papers  —  How 1,600 confidential Palestinian records of negotiations with Israel from 1999 to 2010 came to be leaked to al-Jazeera  —  The revelations from the heart of the Israel-Palestine peace process are the product of the biggest documentary leak …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Despite Distinctions, Los Angeles Times Loses Standing at Home  —  LOS ANGELES — Big city newspapers all across the country have suffered one indignity after another in the last few years.  But few of them have been as hard hit — or gotten as much grief for it — as The Los Angeles Times.
Roger Ebert / Wall Street Journal:
Film Criticism Is Dying?  Not Online  —  Thanks to the Internet, there is more and better writing about movies than ever before, says Roger Ebert  —  Buster Keaton, left, in ‘Speak Easily,’ 1932.  Today's critics hail from Seoul, Cairo, Mumbai and Manila.
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
Does 80 percent of AOL's revenue come from subscribers?  New Yorker discrepancy leads to confusion  —  Ken Auletta's latest article in the New Yorker — a long feature about the new AOL — set off a lot of online chatter.  One statistic in particular was highlighted by the Consumerist and Business Insider.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Can The Post regain its legacy of excellence?  —  My fourth-floor office looks out over the main entrance to The Post.  I often glance across 15th Street and see tourists taking photos of the newspaper's iconic nameplate.  For so many, The Post has a reputation for journalistic excellence.
Marc Berman / Adweek:
Interview: CNN's Anderson Cooper Gets Talking  —  AdweekMedia TV critic interviews popular host  —  The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) conference begins this week in Miami, and the standout new entry, in terms of clearances, is Anderson Cooper.
Scripting News:
Educating the journo-programmer  —  There's an idea, emanating from New York, that if we somehow combine the talents of programmers and journalists, we'll figure out how to make news work in the age of the Internet.  I haven't been sure what to call this, but I agree that there's a lot of power in the combination.
Discussion: @macloo
Joshua L. Weinstein / The Wrap:
Did Keith Olbermann Bolt MSNBC to Create Media Empire?  —  It was Keith Olbermann's decision to leave MSNBC, TheWrap has learned.  —  The outspoken host first told the network last April that he wanted to leave and began negotiating his exit then, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.
Amanda Andrews / Telegraph:
Virgin Media's Neil Berkett: It's all about ‘connectivity’ and broadband speed  —  Neil Berkett has an announcement to make: Virgin Media's battle with Sky for the pay-TV market is over.  —  “This is not a zero-sum game any more,” says the New Zealand-born media executive.
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