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, Fortune, Engadget, Techie Buzz, Erictric, memeburn, Pulse2, VentureBeat, Online Video News, Mashable!, The Wire, Fast Company and SAI, more at Techmeme »
JP Mangalindan / Fortune: Today in Tech: Facebook email rolling out, NokSoft's $1 billion deal
Tim Stevens / Engadget: Next New Networks purchased by yesterday's old YouTube, more custom content on the way
Tehseen Baweja / Techie Buzz: YouTube Acquires Next New Network For Under $100 Million
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: YouTube Acquires Next New Networks
Michelle Atagana / memeburn: ‘YouTube Next’ — Google's next adventure in online video content
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Officially Acquires Next New Networks
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News: YouTube acquires Next New Networks
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!: YouTube Takes Another Step Toward Legitimacy With New Acquisition
Dan Frommer / The Wire: Google Really, Officially, Finally Is A Media Company
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, Beet.TV and @pkafka, more at Techmeme »
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: YouTube Acquires Next New Networks, Introduces ‘YouTube Next’ Training Squad
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: Dancing on the Conference Table, Next New Networks COO Celebrates YouTube Acquisition
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: YouTube Nabs Next New Networks
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: YouTube Buys 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
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. to Rent Movies Digitally on Facebook, Starting With ‘Dark Knight’ … Warner Bros. is turning to Facebook, where it hopes to find an electronic audience interested in digitally renting The Dark Knight. — Warners said Monday that it is the first Hollywood studio to offer movies directly on Facebook.
Discussion: The Next Web, Fast Company, The Atlantic Online, Bloggasm and Gizmodo, more at Techmeme »
Francis Tan / The Next Web: Warner Bros brings movie rentals on Facebook
Kit Eaton / Fast Company: iFive: Microsoft Pays Nokia $1B, Facebook Movie Rentals, Adobe Morphs Flash, Nokia's Music Phone …
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online: Facebook Moves Into the Movie Rental Business
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. bankruptcy nearing finish line — Questions, answers as lawyers for media firm, creditors head to confirmation hearings in Delaware — After 27 months of legal wrangling, Tribune Co. and its creditors are finally headed into what could be the deciding chapter of the company's tangled bankruptcy saga.
Discussion: Poynter and Media Buyer Planner
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Is Not the Cure For Bad Comments — There's been a lot of discussion recently about Facebook-powered comments, which have been implemented at a number of major blogs and other publishers (including here at GigaOM) over the past couple of weeks.
Discussion: Scobleizer, steve's blog, Stowe Boyd, Howard Lindzon, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Huffington Post, Technologizer and Adam Sherk, more at Techmeme »
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: The Real “Authenticity Killer” (and an aside about how bad the Yahoo brand has gotten)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: The Facebook Bureau — This past weekend, I saw the film The Adjustment Bureau.
Larry Magid / The Huffington Post: Should Facebook be the Web's Comment Police?
Jared Newman / Technologizer: Facebook Comments Expose a Flaw in Zuckerberg's Vision
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: Newsonomics, paidContent:UK, @jayrosen_nyu and WebNewser
Roy Greenslade / paidContent:UK: Advertisers Benefit From The Times' Reader Fees, News International Claims
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: Dallas Morning News publisher thinks $35 million in revenue cannot sustain a metro daily. @mikeorren says, “oh really?” http://jr.ly/92wb
David Cohen / WebNewser: The Dallas Morning News Paywall to Take Effect Tuesday
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Awl, MinOnline, Grids, The Wrap, WWD Media Headlines, Scocca, Wall Street Journal, FishbowlNY, Runnin' Scared, CJR and Guardian
Choire Sicha / The Awl: The New ‘Newsweek’ — It's here! It's Tina Brown's Newsweek!
Steve Smith / MinOnline: ‘New’ Newsweek Is More of Same on iPad
Josh Klenert / Grids: First Look: The Newsweek Redesign
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Newsbeast! Tina Brown's New Newsweek Hits Newsstands
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines: The Inside Line on Newsweek's Redesign
Tom Scocca / Scocca: Buzz Sheet Snubs Madge! No Room for Madonna in Tina Brown's List of World's Important Ladies
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal: Tina Brown's Newsweek Relaunch Hits Newsstands Monday
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Looking at Tina Brown's First Newsweek
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared: New Newsweek Discussion Same as the Old Newsweek Discussion: Lots of Dentist Jokes!
Lauren Kirchner / CJR: The New Newsweek, She Has Arrived
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
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: B&C, Company Town and VatorNews
Paige Albiniak / B&C: Is Sheen replaceable? — Should we be surprised that this whole rant …
Joe Flint / Company Town: With Charlie Sheen gone, CBS and Warner Bros. need to decide fate of ‘Two and a Half Men’
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: Ustream packs all your live video in one app
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: Guardian, VatorNews, Poynter, mediabistro.com, TechCrunch and @mathewi
Josh Halliday / Guardian: The Technology Newsbucket: Ars reviews Motorola Xoom, Nokia says ‘Sayonara, Qt!’, and more
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
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?
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
WSJ Europe deputy editor departs — Iain Martin has quietly departed from the deputy editorship of the Wall Street Journal Europe. It follows the arrival of a new editor at the WSJE, Tracy Corrigan. — A spokeswoman confirmed that Martin had left, but did not comment further.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette: Exit for Iain Martin as deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Toots Its Own Horn: One Million Paying Subscribers — Nope, Spotify still isn't in the U.S. yet. But the European streaming music service does have something to announce. It has a million paying subscribers, CEO Daniel Ek writes in a blog post. — Truth in blog posts about blog posts: The number isn't news.
Discussion: Spotify, paidContent:UK, Music Ally, Guardian, GigaOM, louisgray.com and SAI, more at Techmeme »
Daniel Ek / Spotify: Spotify reaches one million subscribers
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK: Spotify's 1 Million Milestone. Is A U.S. Launch Finally Around The Corner?
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Spotify has 1m paying subscribers - 15% of its active users
Josh Halliday / Guardian: Beyond Oblivion secures $77m extra funding
Om Malik / GigaOM: For Spotify, a Cool Million Paying Subscribers
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Spotify Gets 15% Of Active Users To Pay For Online Music
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car — The next frontier for digital music is not a tablet or a smartphone, but two items that have been part of everyday life for decades: the car and the television set. — For years, digital music has been confined mostly to traditional computers and phones.
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.
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Adweek
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk: Mediabistro: The best/worst selling magazine covers of 2010
Dylan Byers / Adweek: Baby Fever Rules at Newsstands
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Universal First Studio to Make All Movie Clips Available Online … Hoping to earn money from every snippet of a film, Universal has licensed rights to a vast portion of its library to AnyClip, a company that chops up films digitally and makes every moment searchable.
Graeme McMillan / Techland: AnyClip Licenses Universal Movies, Makes Them Smaller and Searchable
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: Talking Biz News
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 …
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Does Arianna Huffington Have Enough Magic Touch Left to Save AOL? — In this photo provided by Earl Gibson III, Arianna Huffington appears as a panelist for Tavis Smiley's America's Next Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Earl Gibson III)
Discussion: Mixed Media
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: Wall Street Punishes AOL as Huffpo Deal Closes
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today-More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under Arianna
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today-More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under Arianna
Discussion: TechCrunch, Poynter, Poynter, BW: GUEST HOME, VatorNews, MediaPost, Black Web 2.0, GMSV, Softpedia News, New York Post, CNET News, The Wire, Mixed Media, DealBook, Fortune, paidContent and Newsweek
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
Don Reisinger / CNET News: AOL closes Huffington Post acquisition
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: The Daily's D.C. Bureau Chief Is Already Jumping Ship For Arianna's Aol-Huffington Post
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: Huffington Post Hires Before It Fires
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook: AOL Closes Huffington Post Deal | AOL announced on Monday …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: It's Official: AOL Now Owns The Huffington Post; Announces New Hires