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1:20 PM ET, February 14, 2011


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
At Media Companies, a Nation of Serfs  —  Some of the fizz, if not a great big bubble, seems to have returned to media, depending on how you define “media.”  —  There have been reports in The New York Times and elsewhere that Facebook is now valued at $50 billion, and The Wall Street Journal reported …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Huffpo Editor: Facebook Doesn't Pay You, So Why Should We?  —  Nico Pitney.  Image by Center for American Progress Action Fund via Flickr  —  Media companies provide their audiences with information; social networks give their users ways to disseminate their own information and keep track of each other's activities.
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter and Soup
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Arianna's Nearly Silent Partner
Discussion: New York Observer
Daniel D'Addario / New York Observer:   Come Work for Me, Darling!:  Arianna Huffington Sings Siren Song to Journo-Kids
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Traffic Bubble  —  The new high tech-bubble might not be the one you're thinking of.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Gutenberg of Arabia  —  At the critical climax of the Egyptian revolution, one of its sparks, Google's Wael Ghonim, told his followers on Twitter that he would not speak to them through media but instead through the Facebook page he created, the page he'd used to gather momentum for the protest …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Ayman Mohyeldin: Al Jazeera's Breakout Star
Discussion: On Media's Blog
New York Times:
Inside the Muslim (Journalist's) Mind  —  The Pakistani public, long skeptical of American goals in Afghanistan and the Muslim world, is now outraged over Washington's insistence that the authorities release a former United States Special Forces soldier charged with killing two Pakistani men last month.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CBS, Couric Talks Draw Near  —  Katie Couric may end up doing something seen as unlikely just a few years ago: stay on as anchor of “CBS Evening News.”  —  Both CBS Corp. and Ms. Couric appear open to a new deal that would keep her at the network's news division beyond her current five-year deal …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Wired and The New Yorker for Android Coming This Spring  —  Android versions of Wired and The New Yorker will be available in the spring, Condé Nast announced Monday.  The two publications have been available for the iPad for months, but only now are tablets running Google's competing …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan Plans New-Media Fund  —  J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., riding the wave of investor interest in fast-growing, privately held technology firms such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., plans to start a fund that would invest in Internet and digital-media companies, people familiar with the matter said.
John Reinan / MinnPost:
RIP, USA Today  —  One of the great media innovations of our lifetime is dying.  —  USA Today launched in 1982 as the first truly national newspaper.  With its colorful design and a heavy emphasis on light news, it was often mocked as a shallow “McPaper,” but I've never been among the mockers.
Discussion: Poynter
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: Finds Record Video Views with Newly Integrated Site and Blog Pages  —  WASHINGTON — has reported that January was the biggest month for online video with 162 million views.  —  While big news stories including the Tuscon shootings, floods in Australia and the unrest in Egypt …
New York Times:
Myanmar Arrests a Newspaper Editor  —  BANGKOK — The Australian editor of an English-language newspaper that publishes in Myanmar has been arrested and jailed in what an associate said Saturday was part of a business dispute.  —  The editor, Ross Dunkley, founded the newspaper …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Conglomerate's Tack to Quash a Parody Site  —  Satire, George S. Kaufman once said, is what closes on Saturday night.  And if that doesn't happen, some corporations may try to close it down in court.  —  In December, a fake news release was sent out by a group claiming to be Koch Industries …
Discussion: Gawker
David Gelles / Financial Times:
US newspapers look online for lost dollars  —  The Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune are two of America's most venerable newspapers but, like many newspapers, both have seen circulation and advertising dollars drop in recent years.  Now, in an effort to recapture some lost local advertising dollars …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Hey Grammys, you can't tape-delay social media  —  While viewers in most of the U.S. were wrapping up the live broadcast of The Grammy Awards, viewers on the West Coast were just getting started with the tape-delayed version, airing at 8 p.m. PT. As is customary for many viewers now …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Content Recommendation Engine Outbrain Nabs $11M in New Funding  —  Expands Reach into Reuters U.K., Possibly Huffington Post  —  NEW YORK ( — Internet startup Outbrain just grabbed $11 million in a third round of funding, bringing the company's total financing to $29 million.
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