Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Makes Acquisition to Move Beyond Home Videos — SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, formally announced on Monday that it had acquired Next New Networks, a Web video production company, in its biggest effort yet to move beyond short, quirky home videos to professionally produced content.
Discussion: YouTube Blog, Next New Networks, VentureBeat, Pulse2, Online Video News, The Wire, Mashable!, Fast Company and SAI, more at Techmeme »
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Officially Acquires Next New Networks
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News: YouTube acquires Next New Networks
Dan Frommer / The Wire: Google Really, Officially, Finally Is A Media Company
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!: YouTube Takes Another Step Toward Legitimacy With New Acquisition
Austin Carr / Fast Company: Google Shifts Toward Content Creation With Purchase of Next New Networks
William Wei / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: From Obama Girl To Antoine Dodson: Here Are The Most Popular Videos From Next New Networks
Alex Pham / Company Town:
Google's YouTube buys Next New Networks — Hoping to “supercharge” the next generation of online video stars, Google Inc.'s online video site YouTube on Monday announced it has purchased Next New Networks for an undisclosed sum. — As reported in Company Town in December …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Beet.TV, MediaMemo and @pkafka, more at Techmeme »
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: YouTube Acquires Next New Networks, Introduces ‘YouTube Next’ Training Squad
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: YouTube Buys Next New Networks
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: YouTube Nabs Next New Networks
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: YouTube finally closes on Next New Networks deal. No price announced yet, though I'm not expecting a big one. More in a bit
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
BUSINESS INSIDER SECRETS REVEALED: An Inside Look At Our Readership And Financial Performance — Most private companies zealously protect details about financial and operating performance, refusing to release so much as a revenue number. — The logic for this secrecy varies.
Discussion: Poynter, VatorNews, mediabistro.com, TechCrunch and @mathewi
Faith Merino / VatorNews: Did Business Insider put itself up for sale?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Business Insider Turns A $2,127 Profit On $4.8 Million In Revenue
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today-More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under Arianna — AOL will officially close its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post today, according to several sources close to the situation. — The culmination of the deal-which has already …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Poynter, Poynter, BW: GUEST HOME, Newsweek, VatorNews, MediaPost, Black Web 2.0, GMSV, paidContent, Softpedia News, New York Post, The Wire, CNET News, Mixed Media, DealBook and Fortune
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Six named to Huffington Post Media Group reporting team
Richard Prince / Poynter: On the Internet, does anyone know whether you're black or Latino?
Phyllis Fine / MediaPost: AOL-HuffPo Closes Deal, Poaches And Loses Talent
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: The shopping news: Western Digital buys Hitachi unit; AOL-HuffPo deal closes
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: It's Official: AOL Now Owns The Huffington Post; Announces New Hires
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: The Daily's D.C. Bureau Chief Is Already Jumping Ship For Arianna's Aol-Huffington Post
Don Reisinger / CNET News: AOL closes Huffington Post acquisition
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: Huffington Post Hires Before It Fires
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook: AOL Closes Huffington Post Deal | AOL announced on Monday …
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Does Arianna Huffington Have Enough Magic Touch Left to Save AOL?
Does Arianna Huffington Have Enough Magic Touch Left to Save AOL?
Discussion: Mixed Media and WebProNews
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: Wall Street Punishes AOL as Huffpo Deal Closes
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Sheen On Ustream: A Wasted Opportunity — “The future of television is happening right now,” tweeted someone sitting pretty in the medium's present, Survivor host Jeff Probst. But from the looks of the video to which he linked, a live stream of the ubiquitous Charlie Sheen, the future is going to have to wait.
Discussion: Company Town and VatorNews
New York Times:
Sheen Is Surrounded by a Coterie of Enablers
Sheen Is Surrounded by a Coterie of Enablers
Discussion: Media Decoder, TMZ.com, TMZ.com, Wall Street Journal, @weareyourfek, The Big Picture, Politics Daily, Company Town, Deadspin and ESPN
Bill Carter / Media Decoder: Charlie Sheen Fired From ‘Two and a Half Men’
Charlie Sheen / TMZ.com: Warner Bros. to Charlie Sheen: You're Fired!
Foster Kamer / @weareyourfek: What so many TV news reporters are thinking but can't say: There's VERY LITTLE doubt that TMZ is paying for those Sheen interviews. F**kers!
Marion Maneker / The Big Picture: Charlie Sheen Lost His Job but Won the Week
Bonnie Goldstein / Politics Daily: After a week of Charlie Sheen madly ranting and raving to anyone …
Joe Flint / Company Town: The Morning Fix: ‘Rango’ does well but box-office slump continues! Glenn Beck on the ropes at Fox News?
Emma Carmichael / Deadspin: Wade And LeBron Pretend They're Invisible After Another Crushing Loss
Tim MacMahon / ESPN: Mark Cuban, Charlie Sheen in talks
Paywall, ho! — It's official- the Dallas Morning News paywall goes live tomorrow. We've had about a month to preview the new site and to get used to more rigorous registration requirements. Now, it's game on. After the jump, Jim Moroney's email to the troops and my thoughts: #
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and WebNewser
Jim Rendon / Mother Jones:
Dan Rather: Inside Mark Cuban's Gilded Cage — At 79, the former CBS anchorman is still kicking ass and winning Emmys. But with his exposés sandwiched between pro wrestling and Girls Gone Wild, is anybody watching? — Post Comment — DAN RATHER IS EBULLIENT, more so than usual …
Discussion: Poynter, The Big Picture and TVNewser
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Does great reporting matter if nobody sees it?
Deena Higgs Nenad / EditorandPublisher.com:
Former AP Reporter Nears Profit After Starting a Paper From Scratch — Former Associated Press reporter Dan Robrish learned many valuable lessons when he started a newspaper from scratch in a small south central Pennsylvania borough one year ago. The most critical: Wrap up personal stuff …
Alexandra Bosanac / J-Source: Elizabethtown, Pa hadn't had a newspaper since 2009. Former AP reporter Dan Robrish changed that.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Look out, TMZ!: Reuters to distribute ‘paparazzi-type footage’ — Romenesko Misc. — Reuters says distributing Hollywood TV's footage of celebrities serves “a crucial role for entertainment programming needs” and complements the celebrity and entertainment coverage currently offered by Reuters.
Jonathan S. Paul / tenones.tumblr.com:
To the Reader, Thank you for reading 111-111-1111 — To the Reader, Thank you for reading 111-111-1111 — Ten Ones — my real-time edit of NYTimes.com visual matter. At the urging of The New York Times legal department, I have suspended postings and removed the archive.
Discussion: Felix Salmon, Techdirt and Soup
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Who owns newspaper companies? The banks, funds, and investors and their (big) slices of the industry — Who owns America's newspapers? — In January, I detailed how a hedge fund named Alden Global Capital, which played a role in the shakeup at MediaNews Group, also had significant holdings …
John Cook / Gawker:
Talk Radio Is Fake Now — Premiere Radio Networks, the radio syndicator that brings you Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, knows better than anyone that its audience consists almost exclusively of mouth-breathing illiterates. That can make talk radio, which theoretically relies on the ability …
Discussion: Mediaite, rbr.com, The Huffington Post, The Wire and FOK News Channel
Jon Bershad / Mediaite: Rush Limbaugh Livid Over Allegations That Some Radio Show Callers Are Actors
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post: Limbaugh Denies Paying Actors To Pose As Radio Callers
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: RUSH LIMBAUGH: I Do Not Pay My Callers To Call Me
Kolbermann / FOK News Channel: Racketeer Rabbit Republicans
My Favorite Mistake: Harvey Weinstein — Harvey Weinstein on smoking with Kate Moss—and his failed social network. — There are two things that come very easily to me: rooting for New York sports teams and making mistakes. One of my all-time classics happened when I took a plane …
Choire Sicha / The Awl: The New ‘Newsweek’ — It's here! It's Tina Brown's Newsweek!
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Newsbeast! Tina Brown's New Newsweek Hits Newsstands
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Welcome to GeekWire, from John Cook and Todd Bishop — For years we've covered the adventures of entrepreneurs large and small, successful and not-so-much — living vicariously through their attempts to build meaningful technology products and businesses. We've learned a lot along the way.
Discussion: eMoney and Talking Biz News
Tricia Duryee / eMoney: Gone in a Flash: Seattle Tech Bloggers Abruptly Leave Business Journal for All-New GeekWire
Chris O'Shea / mediabistro.com:
The Best/Worst Selling Magazine Covers of 2010 — In the latest issue of min, the best and worst selling magazines of 2010 are listed. This New York cover from April of last year was the magazine's best seller, while its worst was actually a pretty interesting one: The Curse of Spider-Man from November.
Dylan Byers / Adweek: Baby Fever Rules at Newsstands
Eric Schmidt: What I Read — How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all? Do they have some secret? Perhaps. We are asking various people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets. This is from a conversation with Google CEO Eric Schmidt …
Discussion: @erickschonfeld, Editors Weblog and The Atlantic Online
Erick Schonfeld / @erickschonfeld: First, TechCrunch. THEN the NYT and WSJ. RT: Eric Schmidt: What I Read - The Atlantic Wire http://t.co/JdVbMPZ #doingitright
Federica Cherubini / Editors Weblog: Media links of the day — According to FT.com managing …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online: What Google's Eric Schmidt Reads
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Familiar Bylines Grace Tina Brown's Newsweek — Harvey Weinstein. Leslie H. Gelb. Kathleen Parker. — Tina Brown reached for some of the more well-worn cards in her Rolodex to write articles for the debut issue of her newly redesigned Newsweek, which hit newsstands today.
Discussion: The Wire, Publishing Executive News, Yahoo! News, CJR and Editors Weblog
Lauren Kirchner / CJR: The New Newsweek, She Has Arrived
Meghan Hartsell / Editors Weblog: Newsweek's new design to focus on women?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Grabs Another Hollywood Guy: Paramount's Alex Carloss — YouTube is still trying to figure out how to link up with Hollywood. Maybe Alex Carloss will help. — Until last week, Carloss was head of digital distribution at Viacom's Paramount. Now he's a Google employee, working on YouTube's content acquisition team.
Discussion: paidContent, Between the Lines Blog and WebProNews
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent: Google Poaches From Paramount Again, But Why?
John Hazard / Between the Lines Blog: Why is Google hiring Hollywood executives?
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: YouTube Hires Paramount EVP/GM
Matt Thompson / Poynter:
A 5-minute framework for fostering better conversations in comments sections — Last week, my news organization announced we were evolving our online commenting practices a bit to improve the quality of discourse on NPR.org. — Our comment threads drew some attention recently when a comment thread …
Discussion: @amichel, Ars Technica and @jayrosen_nyu
Amanda Michel / @amichel: @mthomps seeding is also useful. we ask people who've shared stories to provide feedback & updates in comment section on related stories
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica: Public radio decides it's time to chase trolls away
Jeremy Peters / Media Decoder:
Glamour's iPad Series to Let Viewers Buy Clothes From Gap — The ability to buy products strategically placed on television programs — a handbag clutched by the actress Blake Lively on “Gossip Girl” or a suit worn by the actor Jon Hamm on “Mad Men” — with the click of a button has always …
Discussion: NYConvergence.com, FishbowlNY and MediaPost
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Glamour iPad App Allows Instant Shopping Experience
Phyllis Fine / MediaPost: ‘Glamour’ Bridges Gap Between Mags And Mobile
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
Q & A with Al Jazeera Online Producer Bilal Randeree — By Robert Hernandez: Without a doubt, the leading news organization covering the historic Middle East unrest is Al Jazeera. Available in limited markets here, their website has been the home for its impressive coverage.
Discussion: memeburn, The Huffington Post, Future of Journalism and Epicenter
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post: Al Jazeera English vs. The Charlie Sheen Channel
Steffen Konrath / Future of Journalism: Al Jazeera's Libya live blog - Interview with Bilal Randeree, online producer
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter: Al Jazeera English Plans Show Centered on Social Networking
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Sites Like Twitter Absent From Free Speech Pact — SAN FRANCISCO — When Google, Yahoo and Microsoft signed a code of conduct intended to protect online free speech and privacy in restrictive countries, the debate over censorship by China was raging, and Internet companies operating …
Discussion: GMSV, Switched and Free Press
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: On Twitter, Facebook and free speech: no time for kumbaya?