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7:50 AM ET, February 23, 2011


 Top News: 
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Demand Media's Rosenblatt Defends His Company's Content  —  Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) CEO Richard Rosenblatt used his company's first earnings conference call as a public company in part to defend it against criticism that the content it produces is shallow and of poor quality …
Discussion: VentureBeat and eMedia Vitals
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 …
Discussion: BoomTown and Folio, more at Techmeme »
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.
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.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver adjusts to New York Times, 6 months after joining the newsroom
Discussion: The Copy Box
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Google's YouTube Says It's in Negotiations to Stream Live NBA, NHL Games  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube said it's in talks with the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League to broadcast live games, building on the popularity of cricket's Indian Premier League last year.
John Eggerton / Multichannel:
Judge Enjoins Ivi TV From Streaming Station Signals  —  Says Ivi Was ‘Extraordinarily Unlikely’ To Be Deemed A Cable System Under Copyright law  —  A U.S. District Court Judge has granted a preliminary injunction blocking Ivi TV from streaming TV station signals without consent of retrans payments.
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:   Court bars streaming of TV programming online
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.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Syrian blogger jailed as social media helps protestors in Middle East
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.
Discussion: Worldcrunch Blog
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Harper's Bizarre: How the House of Twain Became a House of Pain  —  On a bright winter morning last January, John R.  “Rick” MacArthur, publisher of Harper's Magazine, walked into editor Roger D. Hodge's office and fired him.  It was so unexpected that when Mr. Hodge told the magazine's literary editor …
Mike Hendrickson / O'Reilly Radar:
The future of the book  —  During lunch at TOC last Wednesday, we had a roundtable discussion that centered on the future of the book.  The conversation touched on many different areas, as you would expect.  From distribution and inventory, to pricing and formats, to audience ownership and engagement.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
News site tries charging with Google One Pass, and it might just work  —  If you won't pay for news, would you pay for useful articles?  That's what German news website Focus is attempting to discover.  The Guardian today reports on the site's experiments with Google's new One Pass payment system for publishers.
Discussion: Guardian and Fortune
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
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.
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” …
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
A taxing question  —  The Guardian's editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger on the challenges of practising what you preach  —  In April 1932, a small boat sailing on Lake Windermere was hit by a sudden squall and capsized.  There were two people in the boat.  One, Ted Scott, was drowned.
Discussion: Guy Fawkes' blog and Jon Slattery
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 …
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Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Re: Current TV: “I'm In Charge”
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Brad McCormick / AdAge:
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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Al-Jazeera in Talks With Comcast Over U.S. Distribution
Will the Telegraph's online charging plan work?
Nat Ives / AdAge:
‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’ Is Buying In
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story
Discussion: The Next Web
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
CNBC, Institutional Investor to swap content
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
How former liberal operative Josh Isay became the default paid-media guy to the New York establishment
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Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Yahoo! News
Stefan Meeuws / The Next Web:
When will Google put the ‘You’ back in YouTube?
Discussion: memeburn