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6:55 AM ET, February 11, 2011


 Top News: 
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
How The Huffington Post Works (In Case You Were Wondering)  —  Hi!  In the wake of the AOL acquisition, I've been reading a lot about The Huffington Post from a lot of people who, as outsiders, don't really have any idea about what we do here.  They nevertheless have all sorts of opinions.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Web Words That Lure the Readers  —  The Huffington Post has hired veteran journalists to beef up its news coverage.  But a significant chunk of its readers come instead for articles like one published this week: “Chelsy Davy & Prince Harry: So Happy Together?”
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers Weigh AOL, Politics
Discussion: Fast Company
Phoebe Connelly / The Atlantic Online:
Curating the Revolution: Building a Real-Time News Feed About Egypt  —  Andy Carvin is a senior strategist at NPR working on digital media.  He's known for putting together comprehensive and innovative packages around breaking news stories, and for the past three weeks …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
The Daily Publishes its Nikki Finke Photo, But Is It Really Her?  —  There it is.  The Daily's alleged photo of Nikki Finke, the elusive Hollywood blogger, published in Thursday's edition of the iPad newspaper.  —  But after legal threats and a week-long standoff with Deadline's founder, the paper has failed to deliver the goods.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Yahoo! News and Gawker
Jonathan Van Meter /
Lady Gaga: Our Lady of Pop  —  How appropriate—how accurate!—her name is.  It is more of a title, really, one she bestowed upon herself mere moments before she became so insanely famous.  The Gaga half makes immediate, intuitive sense, an utterance that sounds like an infant's first word but is …
Peter S. Goodman / The Huffington Post:
Beyond Left, Right And Center: It's About Reality  —  In the wake of the news that The Huffington Post is joining up with AOL, much speculation has ensued about what this means for the future of our journalism.  Given the spirit of engagement the HuffPost has fostered in just a few years …
Discussion: Poynter and Etaoin Shrdlu
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
New York's Sherman writing Roger Ailes bio  —  New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman has signed on with Random House to write a biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes.  —  The book will be titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room: an inside account of the rise of Fox News,” according to a Random House spokeswoman.
Kcaldwell /
Egypt Takes Center Stage on Blogs  —  Bloggers were consumed with the upheaval in Egypt last week, using the platform to relay news updates, provide context to the crisis and debate the implications of the situation.  —  From January 31-February 4, fully 57% of the news links on blogs …
Lance Knobel / Nieman Journalism Lab:
For hyperlocal news, we local players will have the edge  —  Editor's Note: In the increasingly competitive world of journalism, it's easy to start declaring winners and losers.  The reality will likely be somewhere in between; just as television didn't kill radio, there'll be room for lots …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Many U.S. Newspapers Retrenching from Online Video Efforts, the AP Finds  —  WASHINGTON - Touted just three or four years ago as a promising editorial and business opportunity for newspapers to compete with local television stations and to grab new visitors and revenue streams …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Groupon Pulls Those Super Bowl Ads, CEO Feels “Terrible That We Made You Feel Bad”  —  Groupon will stop running the ads that it ran during the Super Bowl — which inadvertently offended a bunch of people — and will run something “less polarizing” instead, CEO Andrew Mason wrote today on the company's blog.
Joel Meares / CJR:
Meet the Iowa Press  —  Local reporters in demand at caucus time  —  A New York political reporter once asked me during an interview: “Who's that guy who gets his ring kissed by everybody every four years because he's it for Iowa?”  She was explaining her decision not to move to Washington …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
‘The Daily’ Updates Its Glitchy App—And Shows It Can Keep Up With News  —  If The Daily launched last Wednesday with breaking news sensibilities and an app that worked It would still have detractors who think it's too expensive to develop, not “internet” enough, and doesn't break ground on the iPad.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Yahoo Unveils ‘Livestand’ Tablet Newsstand And ‘Personalized News’ Focus  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) revealed details of its mobile “personalization” initiative that were hinted at earlier this week.  In a conference call led by Blake Irving, the company's chief product officer, Yahoo's The platform …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Former Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild lands at Nomad Editions  —  It's been about five months since Conde Nast announced that longtime Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild would leave the magazine as it prepared to move its editorial headquarters from Los Angeles to New York.
B5MEDIA NAMES MEGHAN KEANE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR  — Editor-in-Chief Lilit Marcus to Lead  —  B5Media Inc., the publisher of lifestyle sites,, and, announced today that Meghan Keane has been named Editorial Director of B5Media.
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Howard Stern Struggles with Satire, Too  —  The satirical website that snookered Rachel Maddow after she took it seriously last week has claimed another scalp.  On his Thursday morning show, Howard Stern went on air astonished that a Christian website had labeled him “the most vile and inhuman person in the universe.”
Discussion: The Wire and Mediaite
Scripting News:
Techmeme moves toward Twitter  —  Techmeme added an interesting feature a few days ago.  It wasn't announced publicly, so I'm not exactly sure how it works, but I'll take some guesses and hope that they get corrected by people in the know.  —  Here's a screen shot of the current Techmeme site …
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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Post's Trove to Allow Readers to Build Custom Views of Online News
The Fix:
Mr. Bigger: Dishing with Gawker's Nick Denton
Discussion: Media Decoder
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of overnight customers
Kim Mai Cutler / The Quora Review:
On Quora, Journalism and Disintermediation
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
5 Things The Daily should learn from Flipboard, Angry Birds …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
More Subscriptions for Time Inc: Sports Illustrated/Google Deal Coming
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Michael Bush / AdAge:
Virgin America on Why Twitter, Facebook Are More Important to Airline Than TV
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Despite Pushback From Pubs, Apple Will Make iTunes Subscription Billing Mandatory
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Can cable block the Google TV revolution?
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Magic set to help Vibe mag get its groove back
Scott Rosenberg / MediaShift Idea Lab:
See an Error at the Washington Post? Now You Can Easily Report It
Adam Westbrook:
10 free and totally legal programs every multimedia journalist should have
Discussion: eMedia Vitals