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11:20 AM ET, February 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Media Decoder:
Olbermann Said to Be Going to Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people on Monday familiarwith his plans pointed to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
Keith Olbermann to Host Major New Nightly Primetime News and Commentary Show on Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann, the acclaimed broadcaster and writer whose verbal pyrotechnics and moral passion have outraged, informed, and dazzled viewers of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” for the past eight years …
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
AOL-HuffPo: Acquisition of means of production without being revolutionary at all  —  It's not a marriage, this purchase of The Huffington Post by AOL.  It's more like Arianna Huffington and Tim Armstrong have decided to bunk up so they can move to nicer real estate at lower prices.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
AriannaOL  —  They laughed when Arianna sat down to the keyboard.  They were wrong.  I was wrong, too.  I hadn't imagined that Huffington Post would become the force in media and politics that it became.  —  Tim Armstrong and Aol are smart to acquire Huffington Post as a media property and Arianna Huffington as the head of content.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Huffington is to AOL as AOL was to Time Warner  —  A late Sunday night in winter and the surprise announcement of a big merger, with Kara Swisher one of the key people breaking the news: No wonder the Huffington Post/AOL announcement last night gave veteran tech and media-biz reporters …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The New HuffPo-AOL Combo: The Free, Anti-Murdoch Alternative?  —  Today, it seems like the only people willing to stake out boldly the future of American digital news media aren't, by birth, American.  There's Rupert Murdoch, of course, who now heads the world's largest news company, and is the face of The Daily.
Discussion: SAI, The Wire and Salon
Jason Pollock / The Huffington Post:   HuffPo AOL Deal is A Gigantic Step Forward for Social Media
Bill Kirtz / Poynter:
Zucker: NBC tried to buy Huffington Post for 18 months, couldn't agree on price
Discussion: New York Observer and The Wrap
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore: Hulu Is Watched Twice As Much As The 5 Major TV Networks Online Combined  —  In a new report on digital trends in 2010  —  When it comes to premium video on the Web, Hulu still rules.  In the fourth quarter, the U.S. online audience watched 19.4 billin minutes of video on Hulu …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Washington Post's Chris Cillizza Advice to Journos: Serve a Bounty of Content, Like a Late Night Las Vegas Buffet  —  WASHINGTON — The days of newspapers serving up just “meat and potatoes” are over and it is essential for journalists to serve a “buffet” of content, says Chris Cillizza …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Here's Why the AP Declined White House Video Feed and Passed …
Discussion: WebNewser
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why Conde Nast Digital Chief Sarah Chubb Is Leaving  —  Veteran of Glossy Publisher's Online Efforts Talks to Ad Age About Her Departure  —  NEW YORK ( — Sarah Chubb, a 20 year veteran of Conde Nast and head of its digital efforts for 15 years, is leaving to “explore other opportunities,” the company said today.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Sarah Chubb Is Leaving Condé Nast After 20 Years
Discussion: MediaMemo and AdAge
Phillip Smith:
Journalism's Peanut Butter Cup Moment  —  I'm dreaming big here.  It's aspirational, but here it is: … Today marks a big step forward toward making this vision come to life for Mozilla, Mozillians, and the three-hundred million four-hundred million people that make up the global Mozilla community.
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Can This Journalist Be Replaced by Software and Mechanical Turk?  —  If you think your current boss is a drag, imagine being directed by a piece of software.  —  An experiment being conducted by an alliance of journalists and computer scientists aims to combine the distributed human brainpower …
Ben Popper / New York Observer:
The Pied Piper of Social Media  —  At this point in his career, Toby Daniels' biggest challenge is keeping up with his own creation.  Two years ago, the fast-talking Brit launched Social Media Week as a small New York conference featuring forty events.  He was the founder, CEO and sole employee.
Top Industry Journalist Brian Morrissey Joins DIGIDAY  —  Brian Morrissey is taking over as the new editor-in-chief of DM2 Media, charged with leading content for all DIGIDAY publications.  —  “We're thrilled to have Brian lead us into the next phase of DIGIDAY,” said Nick Friese, CEO of DM2 Media |
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Meebo Acquires Psychographic Ad Targeter Mindset  —  Social content sharing and IM platform Meebo is putting last fall's $25 million funding round to work: the company is buying online ad measurement and targeting firm Mindset Media.  As an online branding specialist that has a particular focus …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Looking for fresh content from The Daily during the day?  You'll have to hunt for it  —  I have been reading The Daily regularly since it launched on Wednesday, and almost every time I open the app, I've been confused to see a message telling me that “a new issue” is being delivered.
Discussion: Fortune
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
I Want My AJZ  —  As Egypt turns upside down, Al Jazeera has found its moment.  It's the right network in the right place at the right time; the Qatar-based news organization has unique access and a unique audience.  From the Middle East to the White House, all eyes are on Al Jazeera.
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Nick Denton Makes A Cash Bet Gawker Media Won't Lose Pageviews With New Format  —  Gawker Media boss Nick Denton just made a small side bet on the success of his redesign for Gawker's sites.  —  He's wagering ~$1,000 with New York tech scenester Rex Sorgatz that Gawker's pageviews …
Discussion: Digits, Fimoculous and Gawker
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“It just feels inevitable”: Nick Denton on Gawker Media sites' long …
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Daniel Frankel / The Wrap:
Paul Haggis Denounces Scientology in New Yorker Opus
Brad Wellen / FishbowlNY:
Fashion Director Michael Carl Bounces From Allure To Vanity Fair
Discussion: The Fix and New York Observer
Pasha Malla / Nieman Journalism Lab:
YouTube and basketball memories: FreeDarko's Pasha Malla on fandom …
 Earlier Picks: 
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Place as Paid Content Once Again Erodes
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
If Hulu loses CEO, who would want that gig?
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks
Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
Corporate Flip-Flop: Big Media's Flacks Keep Swapping Jobs
Discussion: Company Town