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8:05 PM ET, February 1, 2011


 Top News: 
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
LEAKED: AOL's Master Plan  —  Two years into his tenure as AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong is stepping on the gas.  —  By April, he wants AOL editorial to increase its stories per month from 33,000 to 55,000.  —  He wants pageviews per story to jump from 1,500 to 7,000.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My Life  —  Five years ago this week I began writing for AOL's blog network Weblogs Inc. I wrote 5 technology news stories each day and was paid a mere $5 per article.  It was grueling, that was just one of 3 jobs I had at the time - and it was great.
Tram Whitehurst /   The Patch Effect: What AOL's new venture could mean for hyperlocal news
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rupert Murdoch Gives Guests a Sneak Peek of Tomorrow's “Daily” Tonight.  Here's What They'll See.  —  The Daily makes its official debut tomorrow morning, at a press event at New York's Guggenheim Museum.  —  But a select crowd will get to see the iPad newspaper tonight …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
The Daily staffers we identified came from NY Post, AP, The Atlantic, AOL News, national media companies  —  The staff of The Daily — Rupert Murdoch's new iPad newspaper that launches tomorrow — bring a wide range of print, online and broadcast experience, mostly at national media outlets …
Discussion: Fortune, @pkafka, @romenesko and MediaPost
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:   The Daily Columnists Will Include Dan Wolken, Soo Yoon, and Jessica Valenti
Dan Duray / New York Observer:
The End of Blogging … “I don't really see a blog business,” said Nick Denton over gchat.  He still wasn't sold on the idea of an interview regarding his sites' redesign, scheduled to debut tomorrow, and seemed to be attempting an escape.  “I should find you that old post …
Ben Popper / New York Observer:
Nick Denton on Gawker Redesign: Only Facebook Matters  —  Gawker went live with its redesign on two of its web sites this morning, io9 and Jalopnik.  —  Interestingly, the Gawker redesign has stripped out Twitter and Stumble Upon—which used to sit next to each article …
New York Times:
Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is further tightening its control of the App Store.  —  The company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple responds: we want a cut of Amazon, Sony e-book sales
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Bad News For The Digital Newsstand: Apple Rejects Sony Reader App
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Al Jazeera Finds New Paths In U.S.  —  New ways to watch Al Jazeera English in the United States keep popping up — but not on cable or satellite systems.  —  On Monday, YouTube started promoting a live stream of the channel, supplementing the channel's own Web stream.
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
How Journalists Are Using Social Media to Report on the Egyptian Demonstrations
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Al Jazeera now streaming on TV in U.S. via Roku
Amy Gahran / Knight Digital Media Center All-Site Feed:
How Al Jazeera is putting audio updates from Egypt online fast
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Steps Up to Shine Light on Egypt
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Spotify wouldn't offer as much free music here  —  Spotify has struck its first licensing agreement with one of the four largest record companies and is closing in on a second deal, but what is it costing the European music service to open up shop in the United States?  —  The answer is plenty.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apps Alter Reading on the Web  —  The DVR rocked the world of television by letting viewers skip commercials and build their own home viewing schedules.  Now a handful of Web services and applications are starting to do much the same thing to online publishers.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Industry Moves: News Corp. Adds John McKinley As CTO  —  On the eve of The Daily's launch, News Corp (NSDQ: NWS) is emphasizing the importance of news products and technology across the company by appointing John McKinley chief technology officer.  McKinley, the product and tech lead …
Discussion: The Wrap, @pkafka and Company Town
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Sells Content Recommender Surphace to Content Recommender Outbrain  —  Tim Armstrong has disposed of another asset that AOL bought before he showed up: The company has sold Surphace, its content recommendation engine, to Outbrain, which does the same thing.
Discussion: paidContent
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Could BiblioBouts, an online sourcing game for academia, offer lessons for media literacy?  —  Karen Markey had a fairly straightforward idea: Teach students to steer clear of unreliable sources of information through the use of a game.  —  What the University of Michigan professor wants …
Discussion: KnightBlog and TeleRead
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Author, Elbow Aside Middleman  —  Delivering on his promise to try a new publishing model, popular business-book author Seth Godin is releasing his first new title since leaving his long-time publishing house last summer.  —  While he's doing it without a publisher, he's not exactly going it alone.
Discussion: Gawker
IT News Online> Finance:
Newsweek and The Daily Beast Merge  —  Copyright 2011 PR Newswire.  All Rights Reserved  —  Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), announced today they have completed their merger which was previously announced on November 12, 2010.
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: Trailing Tina Brown... Speaking of the Web...
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Comcast, Time Warner Expand TV Everywhere  —  It's been approximately 18 months since Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) first talked up TV Everywhere, but their authentication strategy has finally come to pass: a multi-year commitment to put hundreds of hours …
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
Netflix Update  —  We're in a bit of an awkward spot at the moment.  —  The Netflix app is up and running on Boxee (we watched the intro to Full Metal Jacket earlier today), but we have not yet satisfied Netflix's security requirements.  We anticipate availability soon.
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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
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