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1:15 PM ET, February 22, 2011


 Top News: 
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Rothenberg Returning To IAB Following Griffin's Ouster  —  Despite a concerted effort by Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), Randall Rothenberg is leaving his new job as chief digital officer to return to his job heading the Interactive Advertising Bureau, paidContent has leanred.
Discussion: AdAge, @srabil and @koblin
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Next Question: What's A Publishing App? … There's been so much confusion in the wake of Apple's new subscription billing policy for apps that Steve Jobs felt the need to issue the proclamation above via his preferred method, a personal email.  (It's his version of the burning bush).
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Steve Jobs: Only publishers are bound by new in-app subscription rules
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techland and paidContent
Rachel McAthy /
Al Jazeera English in talks with US cable providers  —  Al Anstey, managing director of Al Jazeera English, is holding talks with US cable providers about carrying the network in the US for the first time.  —  According to a release from Al Jazeera, the first meeting is scheduled for today in New York with Comcast.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Syrian blogger jailed as social media helps protestors in Middle East  —  A veteran blogger in Syria was jailed Sunday — yet another example of just how important to demonstrators, and threatening to government regimes, the Internet can be.  —  The blogger, Ahmad Abu Khair …
Wall Street Journal:
No More Mr. (Or Ms.) Nice Guy  —  As The Journal Drops ‘Courtesy Titles’ From the Sports Pages, It's Modernity Over Gentility  —  Joe Torre (left) and Derek Jeter after a 2001 playoff game.  —  Athletes get called many things, fairly and not.  Great ones are often described as “amazing …
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Telegraph plans some digital content charges from September  —  Payment system described as ‘very light touch’, with a ‘very generous allowance’ before users forced to pay  —  Telegraph Media Group is understood to be planning to introduce charging for some of its digital content from September.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Blockbuster to be sold; opening bid set at $290 million  —  Home video chain Blockbuster Inc., in bankruptcy, has opted to put itself up for sale after creditors were unable to agree on a recapitalization plan.  —  The Dallas-based company said Monday that it has submitted a plan …
Mschuler / Marx Layne:
If blogging is dead, then it's living a healthy afterlife  —  As long as people enjoy writing more than a few sentences at a time, blogging will never die.  —  I'd contend that if blogging is dead, as this New York Times article suggests, then it's living a healthy afterlife.
Matt Mullenweg:
Blogging Drift  —  The New York Times has a pretty prominent …
Dirk Johnson / New York Times:
Book Lovers Fear Dim Future for Notes in the Margins  —  CHICAGO — Locked in a climate-controlled vault at the Newberry Library here, a volume titled “The Pen and the Book” can be studied only under the watch of security cameras.  —  The book, about making a profit in publishing, scarcely qualifies as a literary masterpiece.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why The Big Music Labels Won't Burn All Of Spotify's New Money (Right Away)  —  Spotify is set to cash a very big check.  What it's going to do with that money?  —  The streaming music service is going to raise something like $100 million, at a valuation of $1 billion or more, very shortly …
Stefan Meeuws / The Next Web:
When will Google put the ‘You’ back in YouTube?  —  YouTube is one of the biggest websites in the world, according to Alexa.  Every hour, another 35 hours are added to the website.  This is common knowledge, but you wouldn't guess it from YouTube's homepage.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver adjusts to New York Times as a blogger, 6 months after joining the newsroom  —  Until six months ago, Nate Silver had never worked in a newsroom.  Now he's at The New York Times, building his brand, strengthening his writing skills and developing new audiences for his FiveThirtyEight blog.
Long Island University:
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2010 GEORGE POLK AWARDS IN JOURNALISM  —  Rolling Stone honored for its history-making dispatch on the war in Afghanistan;  —  Associated Press wins for its extraordinary coverage of the Gulf oil spill  —  Long Island University has announced …
Judy Battista / New York Times:
N.F.L. Labor Dispute Plays Out on Twitter  —  A few hours after N.F.L. owners filed a complaint against the players union last week alleging that it was not bargaining in good faith, Houston Texans right tackle Eric Winston took to his keyboard to react.  —  “The NFL has reached that point …
Megan Carpentier / Guardian:
Why women hit the media glass ceiling  —  Anne Hays's complaint to the New Yorker about the lack of female bylines has brought to the fore a wider media debate  —  The writer and editor Anne Hays recently penned an open letter to the New Yorker on Facebook, demanding her money back for the most recent issue.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Philo: Star power is the key to social TV  —  Social TV startup Philo tells me user numbers are “through the roof” right now, thanks in large part to copying a strategy from traditional TV — bring in the stars.  —  What kind of stars?  Well, basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, for one.
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Discussion: Editors Weblog and Poynter
Jack Shenker / Guardian:
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Discussion: BBC