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8:20 AM ET, February 8, 2011

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Olbermann Said to Be Going to Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
Brian Morrissey / Mediaweek:
Brown's Web Woes  —  The Daily Beast's execs are stars of the magazine world, but do they know what they're doing online?  —  The site, which merged with Newsweek last November, continues to ignite buzz with high-profile hires, most recently The New Yorker's Peter Boyer and The Village Voice's Wayne Barrett.
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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
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.
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Huffington Post and AOL: You've Got a Mess
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL + Huffington Post Won't Go to 11. But It Does Make Sense.
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.
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Jason Pollock / The Huffington Post:
HuffPo AOL Deal is A Gigantic Step Forward for Social Media  —  AOL's acquisition of the Huffington Post will obviously go down in the annals of the Internet as a major milestone for the evolution of blogging, news and websites, but it should especially be noted for their innovative use of social media.
Bill Kirtz / Poynter:
Zucker: NBC tried to buy Huffington Post for 18 months, couldn't agree on price  —  Just-ousted NBC Universal president and chief executive Jeff Zucker today praised AOL's $ 315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post.  He said NBC had tried for 18 months to buy the popular blog but “could never agree on price.”
Discussion: Scocca, New York Observer and The Wrap
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Sarah Chubb Is Leaving Condé Nast After 20 Years  —  Condé Nast Digital head Sarah Chubb is leaving, the company just announced internally.  —  No successor has been named; Condé will name one in the “coming weeks.”  —  Condé has been shuffling its digital structure …
Discussion: MediaMemo and AdAge
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why Conde Nast Digital Chief Sarah Chubb Is Leaving
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
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: Fimoculous and Digits
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“It just feels inevitable”: Nick Denton on Gawker Media sites' long …
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.
Discussion: NathanielJames.org
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 and Podcasting News
Daniel Frankel / The Wrap:
Paul Haggis Denounces Scientology in New Yorker Opus  —  Consider Paul Haggis' Operating Thetan status officially revoked.  —  Now dissonant from the Church of Scientology, to which he loyally adhered to for 37 years, Haggis serves as key source in The New Yorker's 26-page undressing of what the …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
If Hulu loses CEO, who would want that gig?  —  Toast.  —  That's what Jason Kilar's career at Hulu is supposed to be soon if all the media speculation is correct.  —  Hulu is controlled by broadcast networks, NBC, ABC, and Fox, but that didn't stop Kilar, Hulu's CEO …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
 
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Here's Why the AP Declined White House Video Feed and Passed …
Discussion: WebNewser
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 …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Place as Paid Content Once Again Erodes
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks
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Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
Corporate Flip-Flop: Big Media's Flacks Keep Swapping Jobs
Discussion: Company Town
Tim Glanfield / Guardian:
Digital economy or bust: the story of a new media startup - part five
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Works Toward Personalized Mobile Content
Discussion: New York Times, paidContent and SAI
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Tear down this PDF  —  The PDF document format is digital publishing's worst enemy.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Best (and worst) Super Bowl social media moments
David Carr / New York Times:
Ridiculed, an N.F.L. Owner Goes to Court