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8:40 PM ET, January 25, 2011

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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 …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
New York Times, Al-Jazeera Do An End-Run Around WikiLeaks  —  The New York Times is considering creating an electronic tip line so that leakers of classified documents can go direct instead of having to use a middleman like WikiLeaks, according to executive editor Bill Keller.
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.
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Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
New York Times, Washington Post Join to Sell Content to Subscribers Online
Discussion: Noted
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers Try to Reimpose Scarcity on News With Ongo
Discussion: Lost Remote, Thanks:mathewi
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Craziest Startup Idea Ever? …
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 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp.'s Daily iPad Newspaper Launching “In the Next Few Weeks”  —  The “Daily,” the iPad news app News Corp. was supposed to launch last week, should hit the market “in the next few weeks,” according to James Murdoch.  That's not technically news, since it confirms what I had heard last week …
Discussion: Guardian and New York Observer
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 …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Times to Staff: We Built You Some Rooms So You Can Sleep Off Your Hangovers  —  This is the image from the Times internal newsletter.  The filename on the photo is “recoverycouch.jpg.”  —  An amused Timesian just sent us this note from an internal newsletter sent to staffers today:
Greg T. Spielberg / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Sam Spratt is finding a niche for illustrations in the text-heavy world of digital journalism  —  Sam Spratt is a freelance artist, but thanks to journalists, not a starving one.  Since graduating from college in July, the illustrator has done hundreds pieces for Gawker Media …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The iPad newsstand that works  —  Zinio's digital revenues have grown 350% since last April.  Will Apple put a stop to that?  —  When we wrote a few weeks ago about the signal failure of Apple's iPad to halt the magazine industry's downward spiral (See Why digital newsstands stink), we had forgotten about Zinio.
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 …
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Meredith Rides Ad Recovery Wave, As It Relies More On Integrated Marketing  —  Women's magazine publisher Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP) posted strong results last quarter, signaling that the magazines and local broadcast were continuing to reap the benefits of the wider advertising recovery.
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
The Most Tech-Enhanced SOTU Yet  —  More reasons to ditch your TV and watch online  —  Don't have a TV to watch tonight's State of the Union address?  Or do you just get bored with all the standing-applause breaks without constant visual and informational input?  You are in luck.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
ASME Unveils New Guidelines for Magazine Web Sites  —  Group tries to lay down law on advertising, editorial distinction  —  With Web sites increasingly permissive about the kinds of ads they'll accept, the American Society of Magazine Editors is trying to push back.
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
WPP's Sorrell Calls For Pay Model For Content  —  WPP Group CEO Martin Sorrell said Monday he believes it is imperative that a pay model for content should dominate, since media companies need more than ad dollars to afford continued production of top-tier content.
Discussion: Noted
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix: Why Time Warner slams us  —  Time Warner's very public bashing of Netflix in recent weeks is a result of the media conglomerate's frustration over having to bid against the video service for Warner Bros. films and TV shows.  —  Time Warner will have an easier time acquiring Warner Bros. content …
Mike Orren:
A modest proposal for paywall purveyors  —  This morning, I was helping a friend whose company got featured in the Dallas Morning News.  The story is behind the registration (soon-to-be-pay) wall.  It's the sort of story that a company wants to show off to prospects and investors as a sign of traction and credibility.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
LATer to NYT: I pray you're never run by ex-radio hatchet men  —  Los Angeles Times environmental reporter Geoff Mohan writes to the New York Times (and cc's his letter to Romenesko): “I was shocked today (1/24/11) to find there are people who gripe about the good old days in Los Angeles …
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: rbr.com and Editors Weblog
 
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Mike Fleming / Deadline.com:
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