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12:40 PM ET, January 28, 2011

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New York Times:
Seizing a Moment, Al Jazeera Galvanizes Arab Frustration  —  By ROBERT F. WORTH and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK  —  The protests rocking the Arab world this week have one thread uniting them: Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite channel whose aggressive coverage has helped propel insurgent emotions from one capital to the next.
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NYT interviews Egyptian blogger via Skype  —  It looks like much of Egypt is without internet access at this hour, but earlier the NY Times interviewed Gigi Ibrahim (@Gsquare86), an Egyptian blogger and activist, who's been sending out a steady stream of tweets from Cairo.  And they did it via Skype:
Discussion: The Lede and NYConvergence.com
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
New York Times Fixes Paywall Glitches to Balance Free vs Paid  —  New York Times Co. has been working to fix about 200 glitches in the technology for charging online readers of its namesake newspaper, just weeks before the project is scheduled to debut, said a person familiar with the matter.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The New York Times, Demand Media Edition  —  Demand Media — widely described as a “content farm” — went public yesterday and quickly racked up a valuation higher than the New York Times.  I figured the news might cause some at the New York Times to wonder if they needed to be more Demand Media-like.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Is Demand Media Doing Enough to Prevent Plagiarism?
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Larry Page's Google 3.0  —  The company co-founder and his star deputies are trying to root out bureaucracy and rediscover the nimble moves of youth  —  Every Monday afternoon at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., more than a dozen of Google's (GOOG) top executives gather in the company's boardroom.
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
New York Times, ProPublica explain how e-books help monetize old news, grow audience  —  New e-books from The New York Times and ProPublica highlight the potential for journalists to find new audiences, and possibly new revenue, for long-form reporting.  —  The two e-books launched this week …
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Will Olbermann replace Parker-Spitzer?  —  Commentary: CNN may decide to re-recruit Olbermann  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Keith Olbermann, who on Jan. 21 exited his “Countdown” show on MSNBC without warning, needs a job.  —  And CNN needs a spark at the 8 p.m. hour.  —  So, is it a matter of supply and demand?
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC's Sarah Palin Sickness
Discussion: Mediaite
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
NBC News's Mark Whitaker to CNN  —  Another big post-Comcast shakeup at NBC News.  Mark Whitaker, the Washington bureau chief, is out.  —  Here's the memo from NBC News President Steve Capus: … UPDATE: He's been named managing editor of CNN Worldwide.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Zucker-Katie redux  —  Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker, expected to set up shop Monday on Park Avenue, is already lining up his next gig — he's talking about starting a syndicated talk show featuring CBS News anchor Katie Couric, according to three separate sources.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Display Ads In Gmail  —  Google appears to be testing display ads in Gmail.  I discovered the following image ad in my own Gmail account this morning, and Google has since confirmed a test.  —  Image ads have made their way into paid search on Google.com and various other properties on Google.
Media Week:
Thousands downloading the i app, says digital exec  —  The iPad app for the new national newspaper i is introducing new features says Zach Leonard, the digital executive overseeing the project, adding that “thousands” of customers have downloaded it since launch.  —  New features: the iPad app for the i newspaper
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Guild, Newsweek pact clears way for Daily Beast merger  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Under the agreement, non-supervisory editorial employees who produce the Daily Beast will be covered by the same contract that now covers many of Newsweek's journalists.  —  The Newspaper Guild of New York today announced …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Sharon Feder / Mashable!:
Introducing Mashable's First San Francisco Bureau Chief: Chris Taylor  —  We are thrilled to announce that Chris Taylor, formerly of FastCompany.com, will be joining Mashable as our first-ever San Francisco bureau chief.  —  As bureau chief, Taylor will manage Mashable's San Francisco team and oversee our reporting there.
Discussion: Cision
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Meet the Microsoft Earnings Leaker: Selerity  —  The biggest shocker from Microsoft's earnings this afternoon wasn't the numbers — which were ok — but the uncharacteristicly early release of the results during market trading.  —  A Microsoft statement pinned the blame on “one or more media sources” …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Gillen named New York Times Sunday Business editor  —  David Gillen joined the Times as finance editor in November 2007, and was promoted to a deputy business editor position a year ago.  “He has a magical touch with copy, even when things are flying fast and furious,” writes business editor Larry Ingrassia.
The Fix:
White House picks Jay Carney as new press secretary  —  President Obama has chosen Jay Carney to serve as his new press secretary, replacing longtime loyalist Robert Gibbs who is leaving his post in mid February, according to a senior Administration official.
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Anthony De Rosa / @antderosa:
New White House press secretary Jay Carney was one of the first mainstream journalists to take up blogging.
Discussion: NationalJournal.com and CBS News
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
News Corp.'s iPad magazine launching Feb. 2  —  News Corporation has chosen Groundhog Day for its launch of The Daily, a digital publication designed for tablet devices—and it's chosen New York, not the previously rumored San Francisco, for the Feb. 2 event.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, News Corp to hold event to launch The Daily
 
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