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2:20 PM ET, February 3, 2011

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jon Stewart's Hulu Price Tag: At Least $40 Million  —  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were two of Hulu's biggest draws until they left the video site last March.  And it will cost Hulu at least $40 million to get them back.  —  That's according to people familiar with the new deal …
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Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Stewart, Colbert, and Hulu's thoughts about the future of TV  —  We are extremely happy to announce a broad content agreement between Viacom and Hulu that brings The Daily Show and The Colbert Report back to Hulu and now also to Hulu Plus, beginning this morning.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Viacom Ad Gains Canceled Out By Lower Home Video Sales  —  Viacom's cable properties benefitted from the advertising recovery of the past year, but lower DVD sales erased any of its gains in the last quarter.  The poor earnings performance comes a day after its MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) …
Hollywood Reporter:   Hulu, Viacom Announce Content Partnership
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Serendipity and surprise”: How will engagement work for The Daily?  —  All of us here at the Lab watched the unveiling of The Daily (even those of us who are on a beach sipping umbrella drinks).  —  But there was something that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said that seems significant now that the genie is out of the bottle.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Daily economics  —  I have not seen News Corp's Daily …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Quarterly Income Fell 26% for The New York Times Co.  —  Reflecting a slow advertising recovery across the newspaper industry, The New York Times Company reported on Thursday a 26.2 percent drop in net income in the fourth quarter from the period a year before.
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New York Times will release paywall details in ‘near future’  —  Since last summer, New York Times Co. executives have repeatedly said they would announce details about the paper's online metered pay model “soon” or “closer to launch” of the revamped nytimes.com site.
Discussion: Poynter
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists under physical assault in Egypt  —  Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak have begun violently attacking journalists reporting on the streets of Cairo today, a shift in tactics from recent media censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple, Campbell's Say iAds Twice as Effective as TV  —  A Nielsen Study Shows iPhone Users Are Paying Attention, While TV Viewers Not so Much  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's been seven months since the first iAds — Apple's bid to reinvent mobile advertising — started popping up on iPhones and iPods …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Fortune
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
MTV UK Tries Charging For Online Catch-Up TV  —  If you thought that pay-per-view online catch-up TV had been replaced by the free, ad-supported model, think again - MTV has launched a dedicated UK VOD portal, MTV OD, costing £1 ($1.61) a day or £2 ($3.24) a week.
Discussion: The Next Web and Pocket-lint
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Storify Gets Funding From Khosla Ventures to Reinvent Media Online  —  Storify, a San Francisco-based startup that launched a social-media aggregation service for journalists last fall, announced today that it has closed a $2-million Series A round of funding from Khosla Ventures …
Joe Grimm / Poynter:
Ongo.com CEO: Centralized subscription removes ‘high frustration walls’ between readers & news  —  Some early observers of Ongo.com may be missing the point.  —  The subscription site, which launched Jan. 25, is intent on being a great “personal news experience.”
Discussion: paidContent
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Medill and McCormick launch a news innovation lab with $4.2 million in Knight funding  —  In 2009, while announcing that year's Knight News Challenge winners at a conference at MIT, Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen mentioned the foundation's desire to launch “test kitchens” …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp sees profits rise  —  News Corp chief refuses to talk about issue at press launch for the Daily, and misses quarterly reports Q&A  —  Rupert Murdoch dodged questions about the widening phone-hacking scandal yesterday.  The chairman and chief executive of News Corp …
AdAge:
Groupon Snags Last-Minute Super Bowl Ad Time  —  Social-Shopping Phenom Had Been Relegated to Pre- and Post-game Spots  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Groupon's got game time.  —  Less than a month ago, the online company was shut out of the Super Bowl and was planning on only pre-game and post-game commercials.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Appeals Court: free Internet porn isn't unfair competition to pay sites  —  One day in March of 2009, the proprietors of Redtube.com were minding their own business, streaming free pornographic videos to the public, when they received notice of a lawsuit against them in the mail.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
It's An App World — Cable Companies Just Live In It  —  Two significant announcements from cable companies served to highlight the shift in power that is occurring between consumer electronics manufacturers and traditional distributors of TV content.  During this past January's CES …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
U.S. defended Egyptian activist's YouTube videos  —  U.S. State Department officials successfully pressured Google to restore a YouTube video showing torture and murder by Egypt's state police, a WikiLeaks cable reveals.  —  The Cairo embassy and the State Department's bureau of democracy …
New York Post:
Now, the real work begins at Brown's NewsBeast  —  The NewsBeast is ALIVE!  —  But it has problems aplenty, not the least of which is surviving Tina Brown's star system — great if you're enjoying most-favored reporter status and hell if you are not.  —  The inevitable result is staff discord …
Discussion: New York Observer
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek veteran Marc Peyser leaves magazine over ‘fallout’ from Beast deal
Discussion: FishbowlNY
 
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Rdio: Funded To The Tune Of $17.5 Million; Warner Records' Cavallo On Board
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of apps and HTML5
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Reddit Surpasses 1 Billion Monthly Pageviews
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Apple's In-App Rules: ‘Betrayed’ European Publishers Convene A Summit
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Joe Frank gets personal
Discussion: LA Observed and The Big Picture
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Search begins for new head of NPR News
Discussion: Gawker
David Kaplan / paidContent:
FM's Deanna Brown Promoted To CEO; Battelle Now ‘Executive Chair’
Discussion: MediaPost
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Begins E-Book Price Probe
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
Big Newspaper Just Dying on the Internet
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Free Music Can Pay As Well As Paid Music, Says YouTube