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11:40 AM ET, January 25, 2011


 Top News: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD11: James Murdoch On The Daily, Paywalls, Google And Apple  —  James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and currently Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, was interviewed on stage at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany.  —  Murdoch touched on everything …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Rupert Murdoch's Family Reunion  —  The mogul is working to bring daughter Elisabeth back to News Corp. with a deal to purchase her production company, Shine Group.  Peter Lauria looks at Rupert's “master plan” for keeping the media empire in the family.  —  Rupert Murdoch may soon be reunited …
Discussion: Company Town
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NY Times considers creating an ‘EZ Pass lane for leakers’  —  The New York Times is considering options to create an in-house submission system that could make it easier for would-be leakers to provide large files to the paper.  —  Executive editor Bill Keller told The Cutline …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Ongo: Aggregation So Good, You'll Pay for It.  (Maybe.)  —  Say “aggregation” to most newspaper publishers and what they hear is “content stealing.”  But a new aggregator launching today promises to put some money back in the pockets of publishers by catering exclusively to news junkies who will pay for a better reading experience.
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
New York Times, Washington Post Join to Sell Content to Subscribers Online  —  Ongo Inc., a startup funded by New York Times Co., Washington Post Co. and Gannett Co., began offering an Internet service that aggregates news and information from multiple publications for a monthly fee.
Discussion: Noted
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Craziest Startup Idea Ever? …
Discussion: The Wall Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire fflick For $10 Million  —  Back in August we wrote about a neat service called fflick that looked to harness Twitter to power a movie sentiment and recommendation engine, with an added dash of colorful style.  Now the service is getting two big thumbs up from Google …
Mike Fleming /
Sundance: Participant Media, Magnolia Team For New York Times Docu ‘Page One’  —  Participant Media and Magnolia are partnering on the U.S. distribution rights to Andrew Rossi's Page One.  Deal was mid-six figures and a commitment for a strong theatrical release.
Discussion: Soup
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Roll Camera!  Jason Calacanis Makes a Video Push at Mahalo, and Wants You to Know About It  —  Jason Calacanis has overhauled his Mahalo start-up yet again.  Just ask him.  —  Actually, no need to: The not-at-all bashful entrepreneur has been working hard to make sure we're all aware of what he's calling …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost: Sued For Copyright Infringement  —  In a move reminiscent of Viacom's attempt to sue YouTube for copyright infringement, Zuffa's Ultimate Fighting Championship has sued for allegedly not taking enough proactive steps to prevent users from uploading pirated streams.
Andrea Spiegel /
Launch Day at Forbes: What (and how) we're building  —  I sometimes think of our effort to reshape Forbes as Extreme Makeover: Media Edition.  It's daunting to take on a media entity with a 93-year legacy and a huge sitemap.  It's not like tearing down a vacant building and re-imagining from scratch.
Ben Parr / Mashable:
Facebook Turns Friend Activity Into New Ad Format  —  Facebook is rolling out Sponsored Stories, a new ad format that turns your friends' actions into promoted content.  —  Sponsored Stories is “a way for marketers to sponsor activities that happen throughout the News Feed,” Facebook Product Marketing Lead Jim Squires told Mashable.
Michael Zimbalist / AdAge:
Out of Digital Chaos, a New Stability for Media  —  An Ecosystem With Many Different Species of Devices, All Competing for the Scarcest Resource: Our Attention  —  Somewhere over the Rockies during my flight home from CES, I took a stroll through the cabin to help alleviate the misfortune of having been assigned a middle seat.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Why so much fuss about Demand Media's IPO?  —  When Demand Media holds its initial public offering tomorrow, it'll be the first venture-backed IPO of 2011 and, though relatively small by Wall Street's standards, the most talked-about technology IPO in quite some time.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Orange Bets Big On Video, Buys 49Pct Of ‘French YouTube’ Dailymotion  —  Orange, the French telecoms operator, has entered into exclusive negotiations to take a 49 percent stake in the online video company Dailymotion, for €58.8 million ($80 million), giving the company a full valuation of $160 million.
Lindsay Powers / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: Subway Won't Advertise on Second Episode of MTV's Skins … Another major sponsor has pulled out of advertising on MTV's controversial show, Skins.  —  A rep for Subway tells The Hollywood Reporter that the sandwich chain “will not be advertising on [Monday's] episode.”
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Mark Bittman ends NYT ‘Minimalist’ column after 13 years; heads to opinion section, magazine  —  Mark Bittman has long considered himself an advocate for eating well.  For more than 13 years, Bittman says he's expressed his views “largely through recipes” in the weekly New York Times column, “The Minimalist.”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Upscale Nerd Newsletter GeekChicDaily Raises $2 Million  —  Yep, you can still raise money for e-mail newsletters in 2011.  GeekChicDaily, aimed at the fanboy contingent that spends heavily on movies, action figures and the like, has raised $2 million in a round led by Hollywood producer Joe Roth and Microsoft veteran Mike Slade.
New York Post:
Condé to 1 WTC: ‘Matter of time’  —  Five months after Condé Nast and the Port Authority signed a non-binding “letter of intent,” a completed lease for the glam-magazine factory to move to 1 World Trade Center is inevitable, sources predicted.  —  The only disagreement is over timing.
MediaShift Idea Lab: Retracts Vaccination Story, But Shouldn't Delete It  —  Last week, a publication I helped edit for many years, officially retracted “Deadly Immunity,” a 2005 story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that had promoted scientific research (never very persuasive and now widely discredited) …
Discussion: Poynter and Kempton
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Tribune Creditors May Be Seeking Too Many Documents, Bankruptcy Judge Says  —  Tribune Co. creditors may be seeking too many documents related to confidential settlement talks in the newspaper publisher's bankruptcy, the judge overseeing the case said.  —  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey …
Corbin Hiar / PBS:
NYU's Studio 20 Creates Innovative, Collaborative Hothouse  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by the USC Annenberg nine-month M.A. in Specialized Journalism.  USC's highly customized degree programs are tailored to the experienced journalist and gifted amateur.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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Ethan Bauley / Data Central:
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Discussion: WebNewser and FishbowlDC, Thanks:hpnews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and NetworkEffect
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
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Discussion: /Film
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Forget apps, OnSwipe is the future of publishing.
A breakthrough year for MinnPost
Discussion: Poynter and KnightBlog
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
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James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Advice columnist Dan Savage lands MTV pilot — EXCLUSIVE
Discussion: GalleyCat, Advocate, and Gawker
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Fortune, TeleRead and GigaOM
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Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
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