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2:35 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
AOL ♥ HuffPo.  The loser?  Journalism  —  To grasp the Huffington Post's business model, picture a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates.  —  Whatever the ultimate impact of AOL's $315-million acquisition of the Huffington Post on the new-media landscape …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Didn't a Newspaper Create The Huffington Post?  —  Amid all the discussion about whether AOL overpaid for The Huffington Post, how much founder Arianna Huffington made from the deal, and whether the kind of search-engine optimization the site does is losing its relevance …
Associated Press:
Newspaper stocks jump on content hopes  —  Newspaper stocks jump after AOL deal shows content still matters  —  Related Quotes … NEW YORK (AP) — Newspaper stocks jumped Monday after AOL agreed to buy online news site Huffington Post for $315 million, the latest in a string of deals …
New York Post:
AOL stock sheds $315M — HuffPo price tag
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
CBS Wants Contract Extension for Katie Couric  —  The network, which is shaking up its management, has asked anchor Katie Couric to stay on through the 2012 elections—for significantly less money than her original $15 million deal, a source tells Howard Kurtz.
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Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
New CBS News Chair: 'I Don't Know Whether' Couric Wants To Stay  —  Jeff Fager says splitting news and sports jobs represents a recommitment to news by the network  —  On the day his new position as Chairman of CBS News was announced, Jeff Fager says he doesn't know yet whether Katie Couric wants …
Media Decoder:
For Current TV, Adding Olbermann Is Way to Gain an Identity  —  The small cable channel Current TV hopes that Keith Olbermann can do for it what he did for MSNBC: give it a clear identity.  —  The channel, co-founded by Al Gore five years ago, said Tuesday that Mr. Olbermann would start producing …
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Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Upfronts 2011: Current TV Positions Itself as ‘Real’ Reality Network
Discussion: The Wrap
Post Now:
WJLA to take over TBD.com  —  WJLA-TV station is taking over the local news Web site TBD.com, according to a source within Allbritton Communications, parent company of the two media organizations.  —  TBD.com launched Aug. 9.  It had cross-promoted its work with TBD TV, the cable news channel formerly known as NewsChannel 8.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo's Calacanis: Time To End The Content Farm Arms Race  —  No stranger to controversy, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis threw down a gauntlet at his “content farm” competitors, arguing they're polluting the web and angering Google, to the detriment of searchers and their own companies.
Discussion: Adam Sherk and SAI
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp closes in on daughter's Shine Television  —  Key meetings due in coming days to consider takeover of Elisabeth Murdoch's London-based company  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is closing in on the takeover of his daughter's Shine Television …
Jay A. Fernandez / Hollywood Reporter:
GeekDad Blog and Books to Be Adapted for Film, TV (Exclusive) … Michael J. Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films have picked up rights to the GeekDad brand, which they plan to develop into film and TV projects.  —  What began as a popular blog on the Wired website devoted …
Ronald Grover / Bloomberg:
News Corp.'s Fox Says It May Drop Stations in Dispute Over Fees  —  News Corp.'s Fox network said it may drop some affiliates if the local TV stations are unwilling to pay a program fee sought by the broadcaster.  —  Without an agreement on a new fee schedule, Fox “will have to pursue …
Discussion: Online Video News
The Wrap:
The Nikki Finke Photo: The Daily vs. Deadline  —  Since last Thursday, the little-seen blogger Nikki Finke has been hunkered down in a war of attrition with News Corporation over the thing that she apparently fears more than anything on earth: a current photograph.
Discussion: LA Observed, The Wire and @iwantmedia
Daniel Danker / BBC:
BBC iPlayer apps, coming soon to Android and iPad  —  There's been a lot of speculation over the last 24 hours about BBC iPlayer apps for mobile, so I wanted to clarify our plans.  —  BBC iPlayer app on an iPad  —  As Erik Huggers announced at Mobile World Congress last year …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. Gets the Tablet Magazine Subscriptions It Wants-With HP  —  Time Inc., which has been unable to come to terms with Apple over subscriptions for digitized magazines, has found someone it can work with: Hewlett-Packard.  —  HP has agreed to let Time Warner's publishing unit provide subscriptions …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Why has Gawker disappeared from Google News?  [Updated]  —  Updates at the foot of the post.  —  Sites belonging to Nick Denton's Gawker Media network have gradually received major facelifts over the past couple of days, introducing a new style that ensures popular articles are never buried by the constant addition of fresh content.
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Latoya Peterson / Poynter:
How Gawker's redesign subverts the scannable culture of the Internet …
 
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