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11:10 AM ET, February 1, 2011


 Top News: 
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
How Journalists Are Using Social Media to Report on the Egyptian Demonstrations  —  With the Internet still inaccessible for the majority of people in Egypt, much of the international community is relying on journalists with satellite phones for real-time updates on the violent protests calling …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Through Egypt, Al Jazeera English has an American moment  —  The English-language channel, dogged by its Arabic counterpart's image, has had little luck in securing U.S. cable contracts in its four years on the air, but the crisis in Egypt has brought American viewers flocking to its online live stream.
Amy Gahran / Knight Digital Media Center All-Site Feed:
How Al Jazeera is putting audio updates from Egypt online fast
Julie Moos / Poynter:
How Obama, Clinton legitimized Twitter & Facebook as tools of democracy in Egypt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Steps Up to Shine Light on Egypt
Discussion: YouTube Blog and WebNewser
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
So Much For The Digital Newsstand? Apple Rejects Sony Reader App
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Discussion: Poynter and TeleRead
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: Trailing Tina Brown... Speaking of the Web...  TRAILING TINA: After 19 years at The New Yorker, Peter Boyer is going to work for Tina Brown again.  He worked for her at Vanity Fair and, in 1992, followed her to The New Yorker.  “Tina brought me into magazine journalism,” he said.
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
PR Newswire:
Newsweek and The Daily Beast Merge  —  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.  The combined company will now be known as The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blekko Bans Content Farms Like Demand Media's eHow From Its Search Results  —  Blekko, the perky little search engine startup that lets you customize your search results, is taking the fight against web spam to a new level.  It already allows searchers to mark results as spam and keeps …
Eric Enge / Search Engine Land:   The Rise And Fall Of Content Farms
David Card / GigaOM:
Demand Media: Search Spam or the Future of Content?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Hey iTunes, here comes Google Music, Spotify  —  Google is getting closer to debuting a music service, according to multiple music industry sources who spoke to CNET on condition of anonymity.  —  Google Music could launch as soon as next month, wrote Brad Stone of BusinessWeek in a story last week.
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Music industry struggles to make digital leap of faith
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, hypebot and Telegraph
Lionel Barber's Hugh Cudlipp lecture: the full text  —  Speech by the Financial Times editor at London College of Communication  —  The Business of Journalism: a View from the Frontline  —  Thank you Lady Cudlipp, trustees, and students of the London College of Communication for inviting me here tonight ...
Felix Salmon:
Paywalls and cannibalization
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's next big media move: Comments  —  Facebook is planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the new product.  This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Doubter Mark Cuban Invests in Web Video Studio Revision3  —  Mark Cuban, Web video skeptic?  Meet Mark Cuban, Web video investor.  —  The voluble entrepreneur and investor, who made his fortune off of Web video during the first Internet boom, is dabbling in it again …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared:
Gabriel Snyder to The Atlantic Wire: On Growing Up an Aggregator  —  ​Gabriel Snyder, who was fired by Nick Denton as the editor-in-chief of Gawker in February 2010, will be joining The Atlantic as the editor of the magazine's Atlantic Wire aggregation website, according to an Observer report today.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Hearst Leaps to New Level With Deal for Lagardère Magazine Portfolio  —  Gets Rights to Elle and Outright Ownership of Titles Including Woman's Day, Car and Driver in 15 Countries  —  NEW YORK ( — Hearst has reached a deal to buy 102 magazines and the right to publish Elle in 15 countries …
Tram Whitehurst /
The Patch Effect: What AOL's new venture could mean for hyperlocal news  —  What is Patch?  —  All the attention is understandable.  There's the $50 million investment, the hundreds of sites that seemingly sprouted up overnight, and the big name behind it.  These facts are hard to ignore.
The AP's Success on YouTube: It's All About the Breaking News  —  WASHINGTON, DC — The Associated Press has found considerable traction on YouTube, with some 650 million video views registered since the channel launched in 2006.  —  According to Kevin Roach, who heads broadcast news operations …
Discussion: WebNewser and The Huffington Post
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post ombudsman departs (The Cutline)  —  Andy Alexander, who recently wrote his last column as the Washington Post's ombudsman, thanked staff Monday as he wrapped up a two-year term in the position of reader's representative.  —  “When I was being recruited for the job several years ago …
Discussion: On Media's Blog and @romenesko
Kat Aaron / PBS:
News Organizations Should Stop Being Neutral on Net Neutrality  —  Many news organizations have a love-hate relationship with the Internet.  While the abundance of free, online news has helped wreak havoc on the industry, the Internet itself has created incredible possibilities for news outlets …
The GW Hatchet / Newsroom:
New York Times editors talk Fox News, Murdoch on Kalb Report  —  Kalb Report host Marvin Kalb interviews Bill Keller and Dean Baquet of the New York Times.  Marie McGrory |  Hatchet Staff Photographer  —  This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rob Reeve
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Rendell, Bissinger added as Philly Daily News columnists  —  The owners of Philly's dailies announced today:  —  * The Inquirer's A section will have more local and original content;  —  * Buzz Bissinger will serve as Daily News editorial advisor and occasional guest columnist;
Discussion: PR Newswire
Business Wire:
AOL Elects Alberto Ibargüen to Board of Directors  —  Media and Internet Executive Brings Over 30 Years Experience to AOL  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) today announced that Alberto Ibargüen has been elected to its Board of Directors.
Discussion: SAI and @romenesko
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Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
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Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser and Free Press
John Herrman / Splitsider:
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Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
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 Earlier Picks: 
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY, The Wire and Cision
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Another reverse for the fake sheikh as victim's conviction is quashed
Douglas Quenqua / Media Decoder:
A Phish Fan's Secret Smile
Discussion: @myersnews
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Pay Walls Crumble
Discussion: Noted