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11:00 PM ET, February 4, 2011


 Top News: 
New York Times:
2 Detained Reporters Saw Secret Police's Methods Firsthand  —  CAIRO — We had been detained by Egyptian authorities, handed over to the country's dreaded Mukhabarat, the secret police, and interrogated.  They left us all night in a cold room, on hard orange plastic stools, under fluorescent lights.
Discussion: Guardian and Boing Boing
Sheila Carapico / Foreign Policy:
What Al Jazeera shows and doesn't show  —  The wide-angle aerial view from television cameras trained down on Tahrir Square in central Cairo is unprecedented in the history of world revolutions.  We all have a ring-side seat.  The satellite feed has become part of the story; the video frame is itself a site of contestation.
Discussion: Jillian C. York
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Cairo attacks continue; reporter dies from earlier shooting  —  Journalists in Cairo faced assaults, detentions, and threats again today as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak continued their efforts to obstruct news coverage of protests demanding the Egyptian leader's ouster.
World News:
We've compiled a list of all the journalist who have been in some way threatened, attacked or detained while reporting in Egypt.  When you put it all into one list, it is a rather large number in such a short period of time.  (UPDATED as of 2/4 - send us more stories if you get them)
Alex Weprin /
Christiane Amanpour On Her Interview With Egyptian President Mubarak …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Network Anchors Leave Egypt Amid Crackdown
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Egyptian VP criticizes ‘unfriendly TV stations’
Discussion: Swampland, The Daily Dish and AOL News
New York Observer:
Elizabeth Spiers Taking Over As Editor In Chief of The New York Observer  —  Elizabeth Spiers is taking over as Editor-in-Chief of The Observer today, overseeing both the print and digital content.  —  “I am very excited to be working with Elizabeth to further build on the great progress we have made over the past few years.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The meaning of Elizabeth Spiers at The New York Observer  —  So what does everyone think of the news that just broke, that Elizabeth Spiers is to be the editor of The New York Observer?  —  In some ways there is an inevitability here.  From the mists of time, Nick Denton's original manifesto for Gawker:
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared:   Elizabeth Spiers to Replace Kyle Pope as Editor-in-Chief of New York Observer
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:   EXCLUSIVE: New York Observer Editor Out After ‘Tension’ With Top Brass
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NBC Fires Guy Who Posted The Bryant Gumbel/Katie Couric ‘What Is Internet’ Video  —  Like a bunch of sites, we posted about the amusing video that had been posted to YouTube, that showed Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel, back in 1994, very confused about the internet.  The video itself went viral pretty quickly.
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Deborah Solomon Out at New York Times Magazine  —  Deborah Solomon will no longer interview, transcribe, condense and edit the “Questions For” page of The New York Times Magazine in its Hugo Lindgren incarnation.  She wrote to The Observer:
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
DemandAlJazeera: How Al Jazeera is using social media to cover Egypt—and distribute its content in the US  —  Mark noted in today's This Week in Review that “the organization that has shined the brightest over the past 10 days is unquestionably Al Jazeera.”
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Al Jazeera Aims to Harness Twitter Momentum
Kevin Anderson /
Newsroom integration: the past taking over the future?  —  Are print executives still running the show when it comes to integrating with the digital side?  The New York Times newsroom, 1942.  Image: US Library of Congress  —  Last October, I was at the Online News Association conference …
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Why Did Hearst Let Go of the Magazine Industry's Only Winner?  —  Town & Country was the magazine industry's newsstand standout for 2010, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations numbers, which makes the magazine's the recent shakeup even stranger.
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Newsstand Struggles Continue, but Not Without Bright Spots
Discussion: Poynter
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Race Between Digital and Print Magazines  —  This morning I decide to try a little experiment: I opened up my iPad, clicked on the little Wired icon and purchased the magazine's latest digital issue.  After I agreed to fork over $4, it began downloading.  For the next phase of the experiment …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Tremor Media Acquires Mobile Video Ad Platform Transpera  —  Tremor Media is making another acquisition today—mobile ad platform Transpera.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Transpera's ad platform enables the distribution and monetization of web videos on mobile phones.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Media Dealmakers Summit: “The Web Is Dead”  —  Panelists say torch has passed to the “app Internet.”  —  New York—There was a question during the morning session today at the DeSilva + Phillips Media Dealmakers Summit that crystallized what a lot of people are thinking about the future.
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Publishers have tough choices ahead with Apple's new subscription program  —  With the unveiling of The Daily, we got our first look at Apple's new iTunes-based periodical subscription service.  The feature has been long awaited by publishers, but its implementation is likely to leave many unsatisfied.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, TPMDC and Computerworld
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Apple's iPad boosts FT online subscriptions  —  (Reuters) - Financial Times Chief Executive John Ridding said that Apple Inc's iPad and other mobile devices are driving 20 percent of the newspaper's new online subscriptions.  —  Ridding, who was speaking at an investor conference in New York on Thursday …
Discussion: IR Web Report
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Debating Wikileaks and the Law  —  New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger — partners in crime, perhaps, with Julian Assange — sat together on a panel at Columbia University's Low Library last night.  Former assistant attorney general Jack Goldsmith joined …
Discussion: The Wire
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TMZ names new general manager, forgets to mention what happened …
Discussion: The Wrap
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Discussion: Techland
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Discussion: AdAge and Poynter