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11:00 AM ET, February 15, 2011

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Trudy Muller / Apple:
Apple Launches Subscriptions on the App Store  —  Apple® today announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store℠, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc.  This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple Launches Subscriptions For Content-Publishers On The App Store  —  As we heard at the Daily's launch a few weeks ago, Apple was planning to launch a new subscriptions model for content-publishers on the App Store.  And today, Apple is officially announcing the new service for magazines …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Tablet options proliferate for publishers, but Apple maintains control
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Content Farming: Is Online Media Just a Digital Sweatshop?  —  The recent sale of Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million has focused a lot of attention on the economics of online media.  Many seem concerned that the sale of Arianna Huffington's creation — along with other recent developments …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
72 Hours: Inside Arianna's Mission To Change AOL  —  Late Monday afternoon, Arianna Huffington tweeted a picture from AOL (NYSE: AOL) headquarters with the note “Valentine's Day transition meeting with ice cream sundaes afterward.”  She's already sent one from the AOL gym.
Discussion: New York Times and FiveThirtyEight
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
First AOL Q1 Luge Update Since HuffPo Acquisition: We've Got Work To Do (No Kidding)  —  It's rare that we get access to insider information as AOL employees here at TechCrunch HQ, so we have to rely on our mad reporting skills and the strength of our inboxes in order to figure out the goings on over in Dulles and at 770 Broadway.
Discussion: SAI, Guardian and LA Observed
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
AOL's HuffPo Premium Doesn't Mean Much For the NYT  —  Frederic Filloux has some harsh criticism of The Huffington Post's business model, calling it “a digital sandcastle.”  —  But what caught my eye was this at the bottom of his piece: … If only this were true.  —  Alas, his numbers are off there.
ETHAN BAULEY / Data Central:
HP research shows mainstream media drive Twitter ‘trends’ to a surprising degree  —  Who gets to determine the big topics of conversation on social media?  And how do they do it?  Looking to find out, HP researchers recently examined how popular subjects get to be listed among the top ‘trending’ topics on Twitter.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Eight trends for journalism in 2011: A Nieman Lab talk in Toronto  —  A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being asked to speak at the Canadian Journalism Foundation's speaker series at the University of Toronto.  (I also had the pleasure of being introduced by Nora Young, host of the CBC's excellent program/podcast/site Spark.)
Discussion: Media Nation
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
How the AP Vetted a Citizen Video of a Death in Cairo.....and the Arduous Task of Verifying UGC  —  WASHINGTON — During the unrest in Egypt, CNN iReporters uploaded 1600 videos and photos,of which 44 were vetted for use on CNN.  —  While there is value having citizen reporting out on the streets …
Wall Street Journal:
Online, Small Voices Become Sparks of Revolution  —  For most of the last century, the world operated on the big-man theory of politics: Towering personalities were required to drive big changes.  —  We now seem to have moved into the small-person era of history, in which seemingly insignificant people …
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Weasel words and journalism: It's either true or it isn't  —  The problems with the use of anonymous sources in the UK media - GrabMore  —  The CBS journalist Serene Branson has become world-famous, but not in the way she would have liked.  —  The twice-Emmy nominee was presenting from LA …
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Web-Video Viewing Jumps  —  Internet-video viewing data for January show Netflix Inc. building substantial momentum with its paid streaming video service, which has become a disruptive force in the TV and film industry as consumers migrate online.  —  Netflix was No. 1 by a wide margin …
Ian Hunter / BBC:
BBC Online and ‘deleting’ websites  —  There's been a lively discussion on the issues around archiving websites this week that kicked off with an initial post from Adactio blogger Jeremy Keith.  He suggested that the BBC's plans to halve its top level directories were cultural vandalism.
Discussion: currybetdotnet
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Condé Nast Newsstand Tries Convergence of Technologies  —  LONDON — A newsstand set to open here next week will sell more than a dozen international editions of Vogue magazine, in languages including English, Russian and Chinese.  More than 100 other titles from around the world …
Discussion: MediaPost and Noted
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Wired and The New Yorker for Android Coming This Spring
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Reuters staffers unhappy with union letter likening contract dispute to Egypt uprising  —  Did the Newspaper Guild of New York go too far in likening a Thomson Reuters contract dispute to the recent social uprising that toppled Egypt's authoritarian government?
Discussion: Poynter
 
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Alex Moore / Death and Taxes:
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Time Out Chicago:
Can the News Licensing Group save journalism?  An interview with AP CEO Tom Curley
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Martin Langeveld / News after Newspapers:
Tackable aims to become the social network for user-generated news
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Google to Users: Tell Us Which Content Farms You Hate
MediaShift:
Egyptian ‘Sandmonkey’ Blogger Unmasks Himself in Cairo
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Beast
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
ABC News bumps up David Muir
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Free Access to ‘The Daily’ Extended to February 28th as Wait for iOS 4.3 Continues
Discussion: The Next Web, eBookNewser and AppAdvice
 Earlier Picks: 
Andy Jordan / Digits:
Tech Diary: Blog To Book: Is the Formula Still Working?
New York Observer:
Local Politics Guru Azi Paybarah Returns to The Observer
Discussion: The Wire and FishbowlNY
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
War for the Observer: Management Battles With Legacy
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
App-Happy Brands Bypassing Facebook to Build Content on It
John Reinan / MinnPost:
RIP, USA Today
Discussion: Poynter and @lavrusik
David Gelles / Financial Times:
US newspapers look online for lost dollars
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Content Recommendation Engine Outbrain Nabs $11M in New Funding
Discussion: Market Wire and paidContent, Thanks:nitwitty