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10:50 AM ET, February 4, 2011


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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 - send us more stories if you get them)
New York Times:
Gangs Hunt Journalists and Rights Workers  —  CAIRO — Security forces and gangs chanting in favor of the Egyptian government hunted down journalists at their offices and in the hotels where many had taken refuge on Thursday in a widespread and overt campaign of intimidation aimed at suppressing reports from the capital.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Egyptian VP criticizes ‘unfriendly TV stations’
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Murdoch's Daily: post-Web innovation or CD-ROM flashback?  —  A decade ago, if you were a “digital” person — if you were interested in how computer technology was changing our culture and economy — then you were a Web person.  The Web, built on top of the Internet and ultimately eclipsing its source …
The Daily: Indexed  —  Anybody else think it's weird that The Daily, News Corp's new iPad-only magazine, posts almost every article to their official website... but with no index of the articles to be found?  They spent $30M on it, but apparently forgot a homepage!  —  So I went ahead and made one for them!
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The Daily, a tablet newspaper for ‘everybody,’ is as much Apple as News Corp.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Fake, unofficial Daily Tumblrs terrorize Murdoch's iPad pub
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.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Network Anchors Leave Egypt Amid Crackdown  —  Two of the most prominent television news anchors covering the protests in Egypt this week, Brian Williams and Katie Couric, have exited the country.  —  The anchors' departures came on a day of increasing violence and intimidation directed at journalists in Egypt.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Newsstand Struggles Continue, but Not Without Bright Spots  —  An Average of 27,000 iPad Edition Sales Helped Wired Improve ‘Newsstand’ 28%  —  NEW YORK ( — Rolling Stone increased newsstand sales nearly 19% in the second half of last year as its story on Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Discussion: New York Observer and Poynter
Oliver Luft / Press Gazette:
Supreme Court allows reporters to use Twitter  —  Tweeting is allowed from hearings in the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, it was announced yesterday.  —  Supreme Court justices are “content” for journalists, members of the public and legal teams to use “live text based communications” …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Yap.TV Preps Product That Synchs Tablet and TV Ads  —  Yap.TV, a startup behind a fast-growing iPad application designed to make TV viewing more social, is close to launching an ad product that will be able to synch up tablet ads with live TV ads.  —  The Los Altos, Calif.-based company rolled …
Joshua David Stein / New York Times:
Benjamin Millepied Leaps Into the Spotlight  —  IT was the laugh heard around the Web.  Natalie Portman, glowing in a pink Viktor & Rolf gown, bounded onstage at the Golden Globes last month to accept the award for best actress for her role in the psychological thriller “Black Swan.”
Discussion: Styleite and New York Observer
Sam Gustin / Threat Level:
Times Editor Alarmed By Prospect of WikiLeaks Prosecution  —  NEW YORK — New York Times executive editor Bill Keller may not regard Julian Assange as a journalistic peer, but he made clear Thursday that he doesn't think the WikiLeaks founder should face criminal prosecution in the United States.
John Vidal / Guardian:
Amazon's uncontacted tribe: how media coverage can trigger action |  John Vidal  —  Huge exposure of photographs of Amazonian natives has finally made the Peruvian government take action to protect them  —  I am always amazed when certain stories go “viral” and whiz around the world, having an instant effect on governments or people.
Discussion: Green
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Jason Kilar Trying to Get Fired?  —  Is Hulu's CEO trying to get pushed out the door?  —  That's the question of the day for the TV and Web video world, prompted by a blog post Jason Kilar published last night.  —  It's a lengthy read about the TV business and where it's headed …
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Infuriates TV Bosses/Partners With Unapproved …
Discussion: MediaPost, SAI, Hulu Blog and GigaOM
Andrew Gauthier /
KPRC Anchor Owen Conflenti Flips the Bird On-Air  —  With the advent of HD broadcasting and the increasing popularity of widescreen TVs, the TV news industry has had to make adjustments.  Stations have erected new, HD-optimized studios, photographers have had to learn new equipment, and anchors have had to change their makeup.
Peg Brickley / Bankruptcy Beat:
News That's Not Fit to Print in Tribune's Chapter 11 Case  —  Whatever you do, don't call Tribune Co.'s Don Liebentritt “Sam's guy.”  —  That's apparently a touchy subject for Tribune co-president Liebentritt, according to the flurry of activity on the docket of the media giant's bankruptcy case.
Discussion: Poynter
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Cramer steps down as chair of  —  Jim Cramer, a co-founder of and host of “Mad Money” on CNBC, has stepped down as chairman of the board of the financial news site's parent company.  —  Cramer will remain on the board, but he's being replaced as chair by Christopher “Woody” Marshall.
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