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9:55 AM ET, February 11, 2011


 Top News: 
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?”
Discussion: Poynter and On Media's Blog
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huffington Post Unique Visitors Surge To 28 Million In January
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 …
Discussion: @aymanm and Future of Journalism
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Fox Follows ABC Into iPad Sync Space With ‘Bones’ App  —  Make sure to keep your iPad on when watching TV because there may be a trend developing in primetime programs that have companion content synchronized on that second screen in your lap.  Fox announced the launch today of a free app tied …
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
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.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
The state of play for paid content, 2011  —  The late but not necessarily lamented 2010 was supposed to be the Year of the Pay Wall for newspapers.  —  But consumers overwhelmingly repudiated the efforts of the few publishers who dared to demand payment for access to the news …
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
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
As Many U.S. Newspapers Retrench from Online Video, New Opportunities Should Not Be Missed, The AP's Kevin Roach  —  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 …
Katya Wachtel / The Wire:
My Night With Piers Morgan  —  Last night I managed to score a seat at the live taping of Piers Morgan's interview with the Donald.  —  Admittedly I hadn't yet watched Piers' show in full — probably a good thing journalistically, as I was heading into the event with an “open mind.”
Discussion: The Wrap, Piers Morgan and Dealbreaker
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Post's Trove to Allow Readers to Build Custom Views of Online News  —  The Washington Post Co. is preparing to launch a free news-aggregation website, part of a growing push among publishers to personalize the news-reading experience.  —  The service, called Trove …
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.
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