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7:15 AM ET, January 26, 2012


 Top News: 
Next The Biggest Newspaper In The World Is ... The Daily Mail!?  —  The Daily Mail, an omniverous middle-market British tabloid, has quietly unseated the New York Times to become the newspaper with the biggest online reach in the world, according to figures from the online tracking service comScore.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Latest numbers indicate New York Times traffic is flat since paywall  —  BuzzFeed reports that the U.K.'s Daily Mail has passed The New York Times as the largest online newspaper property in the world.  A spokeswoman for the Times says this doesn't mean that the Daily Mail …
Erik Wemple:   How to generate Web traffic: Don't link
Paul Harris / @paulxharris:   What is remarkable about Daily Mail as biggest paper online is having no links. Ever. Goes against advice of all new media experts
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Bounces Back With a Q4 Beat, but Says Amazon Is Coming  —  First look at Netflix Q4 earnings: Earnings of $0.73 per share and revenue of $876 million.  Wall Street was expecting around $0.54 a share and $857 million.  —  But at least as important are the company's subscriber numbers and guidance …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New Facebook data: Be topical, ask questions, and tell jokes to win audience  —  Write about current affairs.  Add in a little commentary (or a question).  And, for the love of all that is holy, include a link.  —  Those are three of the takeaways from some new data that Facebook just released …
Jim Rainey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Is Facebook ‘Subscribe’ for real?  Booming new traffic explained  —  As their Facebook “subscriber” lists have spiraled upward — into the thousands and tens of thousands in recent weeks — many journalists have looked on in awe and wonder.  —  Executives at the social media behemoth say the …
Getting the News - Zach Seward  —  This week we reached out to Zach Seward, editor of outreach and social media for the Wall Street Journal.  In addition to his writing and editing at the Journal, Zach teaches a class on digital media at NYU.  He's working at the intersection of social media and news every day.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Occupy Wall Street Journalist Arrests Cost U.S. Dearly In Latest Press Freedom Index  —  The targeting of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement has caused the United States to drop precipitously in a leading survey of press freedom.  Reporters Without Borders' latest Press Freedom Index …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
How fair is RSF's Press Freedom Index?
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Meet Deep Dive, the New York Times' experimental context engine and story explorer  —  Thinking about the sheer volume of information — stories, images, videos, data — available from The New York Times can evoke a simultaneous glee and terror.  Skimming Times Wire gives you an idea …
Discussion: Poynter and
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / WatchMojo:
Is YouTube Spending $100 Million or North of $200 Million on Video Content?  —  Recently I moderated a panel at Streaming Media West.  Panelists included Michael Schwalb (Tremor Media), Mark Suster (VC at GRP), Eric Anderson, (VP, Content and Product Solutions, Samsung Electronics America) and AJ McGowan (CTO at Unicorn Media).
Discussion: Future of Journalism and @msuster
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
The Future of BuzzFeed Looks Like a Newsier Facebook News Feed  —  BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti doesn't mind if people are a little bit confused about the site's mix of LOL-friendly content and, more recently, political scooplets.  As a content operation that caters to social networks …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Future's Newsstand Transformation: 75,000 New Subscribers  —  UK magazine publisher Future made $1 million in new tablet magazine revenue within a month of debuting 65 of its titles on iTunes' Newsstand.  —  104 days after Future debuted the titles with Newsstand's September 12 launch …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NAA Foundation to merge with American Press Institute  —  The boards of directors for the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and the American Press Institute have agreed to “merge to create a dynamic new organization focused on meeting newspapers' crucial multimedia training and development needs.”
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
House members demand ‘Obama memos’ from White House  —  Four members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce have written a letter to the White House demanding that the administration provide them with internal documents that were leaked to New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza.
Ivan G. Goldman / CJR:
The Ring is Counted Out  —  Boxing's duplicity devours an honest magazine  —  Let's get two things straight.  One, last September I was fired from The Ring, the venerable boxing magazine, along with editor in chief Nigel Collins and most of the editorial staff.  Two, I had it coming.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Michael Hastings, the ‘Rolling Stone’ guy who ruined McChrystal, tries to sell the public on a new book about Afghanistan  —  On a recent Friday afternoon, the journalist Michael Hastings arrived in a black town car at the foot of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
Print, Radio Revs Braced For 2012 Declines  —  2012 doesn't hold much hope for some of the main traditional media categories, including newspapers, magazines and radio, judging by the latest advertising forecast from MagnaGlobal, which sees revenue losses for all three media.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
State of the Union: FNC #1, MSNBC #2, CNN #3  —  Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news channel during Pres. Obama's third State of the Union address last night, in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers.  FNC average 3.8 million viewers during the speech.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
JNSQ, An Independent Style Mag For iPad, Makes Its Public Debut  —  JNSQ, the first independent style magazine for the iPad, is making its public debut today.  The app, created by former marketing manager Melissa Middleton and angel investor and stealth startup founder Fritz Lanman …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
iBooks 2 Is ‘A Huge Missed Opportunity’, Publisher's Developer Says  —  Apple's new big play for the education textbook market is a big letdown, according to a developer for one of the leading interactive kids' education books publishers.  —  “iBooks 2 looks very interesting from a commercial point of view.
BBC sexism allegations: Ed Vaizey to broker meeting with director general  —  Broadcasting minister to set up meeting with Mark Thompson to discuss under-representation of women both on and off air  —  The broadcasting minister, Ed Vaizey, has undertaken to set up a meeting between Nadine Dorries …
Discussion: Company Town and Guardian
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Lord Patten's BBC director general ‘succession plan’ is a curious move
Press Association:   MP slams BBC ‘culture of sexism’
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer: Gets Their First eBook, and With It, Their First eBook Review
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Gizmodo Bans its Own Editor for Insulting Commenters
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
What The Pundits Are Missing In The Megaupload Case
Discussion: Alison Frankel and Ars Technica
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Columbia Journalism School Has a Database of Alumni Startups
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Murdoch-backed music startup bankrupt before launch
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Ex-Yahoo Chief Terry Semel Invests in Digital Movie Distributor SnagFilms
Shani Hilton / City Desk:
Where Are The Women And Non-White Media Critics?
 Earlier Picks: 
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Public Insight Network, now swimming in data, launches its own reporting unit
Discussion: American Public Media
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Foundation could ‘re-open the question’ of buying Baltimore Sun
Discussion: BaltTech
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Bill Mardo, Writer Who Pushed Baseball to Integrate, Dies at 88
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Wenner Again Quits MPA, Magazines' Industry Association
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MinOnline
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
The Times faces Leveson scrutiny over NightJack
Arkansas Paper Refuses To Print Gay Couple's Commitment Ceremony Announcment
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
NewsHour crowdsources translations of President Obama's ‘State of the Union’
Discussion: GigaOM and Online NewsHour