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9:55 PM ET, February 22, 2011


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Journalists start arriving in Libya  —  With foreign journalists banned in Libya, it's been very difficult to confirm the reports emerging by phone and social media that the government is brutally cracking down on protesters demanding the ouster of the country's staongman leader Muammar Gaddafi.
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.
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:   Al-Jazeera in Talks With Comcast Over U.S. Distribution
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Syrian blogger jailed as social media helps protestors in Middle East
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Rothenberg Leaves Time Inc., Returns 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 learned.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blogging Is Dead Just Like the Web Is Dead  —  Blogging is on the decline, according to a New York Times story published this weekend — citing research from the Pew Center's Internet and American Life Project — and it is declining particularly among young people, who are using social networks such as Facebook instead.
Discussion: Wired and Twist Image
Will the Telegraph's online charging plan work?  —  The Telegraph's generous metered charging plan aims to retain casual browsers, reward the paper's print subscribers and create a club of loyal readers.  But will it create revenues?  —  Getting a fix on the Telegraph's business strategy is always tricky.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Telegraph plans some digital content charges from September
Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Building a news org in order to support good journalists  —  Editor's Note: Jeff Israely, a Time magazine foreign correspondent in Europe, is in the early stages of a news startup called Worldcrunch.  He occasionally describes and comments on his startup process here at the Lab.  Read his past installments here.
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
Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
CBS Picks Netflix Over Hulu to Stream Classic Shows  —  Netflix's dominance when it comes to streaming films is unquestioned, but in early April it'll have an edge on Hulu, its chief competitor in the TV streaming business.  That's because CBS announced that in early April “dozens” …
MediaShift Idea Lab:
Help Spot.Us Find a Path to Financial Sustainability  —  Spot.Us recently launched a new design, so this is an opportune time to write a “State of the Spot” post — something we haven't done since the website was six months old.  I hope to lay out how far we've come and what's on our plate …
Discussion: Poynter and DigiDave
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Demand Media's First Earnings Report Includes an Actual Profit  —  Here's the first quarterly report card for the first big Web IPO of the year: Demand Media, dinged in the past for claiming profitability when that wasn't technically true, can now relax.  The company earned a bona fide $1 million …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon launches Prime Instant Video, unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers  —  We heard it was coming and now here it is.  Amazon has flipped the switch on its “free” video streaming for Prime members, the service we've been hearing about for the past month or so.
Brad McCormick / AdAge:
How Brands Are Getting Lost on Facebook  —  Did the Social Network's Algorithm Turn Your ‘Sponsored Story’ Into Spam?  —  As you might have heard, Facebook recently announced the launch of sponsored stories, a new ad product that will allow marketers to insert certain user updates into paid advertisements.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Re: Current TV: “I'm In Charge”  —  Ex-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann may have lost his perch in cable news primetime, but-if quotes attributed to him are to be believed-he hasn't lost any of his, um, confidence.  The Current TV-bound Olbermann is quoted by Cindy Adams …
Discussion: Chickaboomer
Elissa Lerner / The Book Bench:
War, Boredom, and Journalism  —  The unrest in the Middle East of late has proven that the romantic notion of the intrepid reporter running off to war is alive and well.  Even in articles and newscasts that strive for nuanced approaches, we see a character we love to believe in and rarely challenge …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story  —  Social networking site unhappy with being named in story about a paedophile gang operating in Devon  —  Facebook is threatening legal action against the Daily Mail amid a dispute over the headline of a front page story that named …
Discussion: The Next Web
Nat Ives / AdAge:
‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’ Is Buying In  —  Product Placement Is Explored, Not Bashed, in Latest Morgan Spurlock Film  —  Will Morgan Spurlock's new documentary, “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” turn product placement into the greasy fast food of the marketing world?
The Atlantic Wire:
It's War of the Silicon Valley Boosters  —  The battle between Silicon Valley's two biggest boosters has flared up again, The Atlantic Wire has learned.  It's an industry that takes its conferences very seriously: the conferences are where much of the business of launching, financing and selling new companies take place.
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
CNBC, Institutional Investor to swap content
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Court bars streaming of TV programming online
Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
How former liberal operative Josh Isay became the default paid-media guy to the New York establishment
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Why feds should not fund public broadcasting
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Why journalists should learn to love data
Megan Carpentier / Guardian:
Why women hit the media glass ceiling
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Stefan Meeuws / The Next Web:
When will Google put the ‘You’ back in YouTube?
Discussion: memeburn
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why The Big Music Labels Won't Burn All Of Spotify's New Money (Right Away)
Discussion: Kleinman, Guardian and Post Tech
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Books Beyond Borders
Discussion: Washington Post
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Philo: Star power is the key to social TV
Judy Battista / New York Times:
N.F.L. Labor Dispute Plays Out on Twitter