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3:30 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.
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 …
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
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and SAI
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Steps Up to Shine Light on Egypt
Discussion: YouTube Blog and WebNewser
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
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.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:   Spotify wouldn't offer as much free music here
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 …
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.
PR Newswire:
Newsweek and The Daily Beast Merge
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 Web video during the first Internet boom, is dabbling in it again …
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.
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
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: Company Town and @pkafka
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
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
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
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
William Shatner and Amanda Tapping to Co-Star in Web Drama … TORONTO - What happens at Comic-Con apparently goes online: William Shatner and Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Stargate SG-1) are teaming up in The Zenoids, an animated series to launch on Shatner's social website
Discussion: Underwire
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Discussion: AOL News, Thanks:wilhelmus
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
GREAT NEWS: We're Launching A New “Politics” …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post ombudsman departs (The Cutline)
Discussion: On Media's Blog and @romenesko
Kat Aaron / PBS:
News Organizations Should Stop Being Neutral on Net Neutrality
Discussion: Editors Weblog
 Earlier Picks: 
Business Wire:
AOL Elects Alberto Ibargüen to Board of Directors
Discussion: SAI and @romenesko
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
AOL, Burnett To Produce CliffsNotes Shorts
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's next big media move: Comments
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Rendell, Bissinger added as Philly Daily News columnists
Discussion: PR Newswire
Explain yourself: George Lakoff, cognitive linguist