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4:30 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.
Daniel D'Addario / New York Observer:
Come Work for Me, Darling!:  Arianna Huffington Sings Siren Song to Journo-Kids
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Arianna's Nearly Silent Partner
Discussion: New York Observer
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, MediaPost and @lavrusik
New York Observer:
Local Politics Guru Azi Paybarah Returns to The Observer … Azi Paybarah will rejoin the staff of The New York Observer, editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers announced today.  —  “Azi Paybarah is a prolific political reporter and I look forward to the dynamism and energy he'll bring to the Observer newsroom,” she said.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Google to Users: Tell Us Which Content Farms You Hate  —  Google's Matt Cutts.  He's no Spam fan.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Google has been promising to take action against producers of low-quality, keyword-gaming content producers that spam up its search results, and now it's making …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Speakeasy, and Multichannel
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
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Twitter Feed Evolves Into a News Wire About Egypt  —  While people debated whether Web sites like Twitter were important in organizing protests in Tunisia and Egypt, Andy Carvin was organizing information about the protests in an innovative way.  —  Mr. Carvin's Twitter account was transformed …
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.
Discussion: Market Wire and paidContent, Thanks:nitwitty
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Tablet options proliferate for publishers, but Apple maintains control  —  In mostly separate announcements over the past two weeks, Google, Motorola, Time Warner, HP and Yahoo have all taken aim at Apple and its growing dominance of the digital tablet and mobile publishing markets.
Discussion: paidContent and Editors Weblog
Egyptian ‘Sandmonkey’ Blogger Unmasks Himself in Cairo  —  CAIRO, EGYPT — I have been following the Egyptian pro-democracy blog, Rantings of a Sandmonkey, for years now.  I have long wondered about the identity of its author, who describes himself as “a micro-celebrity, blogger, activist …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
App-Happy Brands Bypassing Facebook to Build Content on It  —  Marketers Rely on Third-Party Technology and ‘Preferred Developers’ Liked by the Social Network  —  NEW YORK ( — When Ron Faris was looking last year for a way to build out a Facebook page for Virgin Mobile USA …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Free Access to ‘The Daily’ Extended to February 28th as Wait for iOS 4.3 Continues  —  As noted by [Google translation], free access to the new iPad news publication The Daily has been extended beyond the original two-week trial period, pushing the free access window out to February 28th.
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Discussion: Poynter and @weareyourfek
David Gelles / Financial Times:
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From Techmeme:

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

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