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10:50 AM 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
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?  —  My post from yesterday on the staggering dumbness of so much of the how-to content produced by Demand Media generated a lot of response, much of it positive, but some from readers who thought I was unfair.
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.
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
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.
Adam Sorensen / The Page:
O, Mark Salter!!  —  McCain wordsmith revealed as “anonymous” author of “O” the novel.  —  Confirmed by sources, but there were lots of in-plain-sight clues that led to Salter's Maine door.  —  (Flashback: Page Six touted Salter.)  —  Read them here.  »  —  Tweet  — FAN - FOLLOW - FEED
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
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
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.
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
Nick Summers / @nicksumm:   Rupert's The Daily now set to launch at the Guggenheim in NYC next Wednesday. Steve Jobs looking like a no-show.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
No Dead Ends: Creating the Modern Web Site  —  How InternetRetailer.com improved performance by double digits.  —  While magazine Web sites are starting to take a back seat to other channels that reach readers on a daily basis (such as Facebook and Twitter) they remain the centerpiece for many publishers' digital strategies.
 
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Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
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Tom Junod / Esquire:
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Joe Coscarelli:
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Discussion: Mediaite
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
Atavists, indeed! Print natives bet on long-form for the Ipad
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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The Maynard Institute:
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY and @iwantmedia
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Mail Online tops 3m daily users
Discussion: Media Week and Press Gazette
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