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7:40 PM ET, January 25, 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
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?
Discussion: The Politico
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: @msuster
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 …
Rachel McAthy /
‘Fake sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood: Bribe allegation ‘completely untrue’  —  Former News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood tells the Leveson inquiry allegations he attempted to bribe staff to alter copy when he previously worked for the Sunday Times are ‘completely untrue’
Discussion: Guardian
Press Gazette:
Jefferies calls for inquiry over ‘police leaks’ to reporters
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   The Times faces Leveson scrutiny over NightJack
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Mahmood: 'I've had splashes from crack addicts'
Discussion: Guardian
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
Press Association:   MP slams BBC ‘culture of sexism’
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Lord Patten's BBC director general ‘succession plan’ is a curious move
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 …
Miriam Elder / paidContent:
New Partner For Wikileaks' Assange: Russia's State-Run TV  —  It's the television channel that has given voice to a thousand anti-western conspiracy theories, while avoiding criticism of the hand that feeds it.  Now state-run Russia Today, the Kremlin's English-language propaganda arm …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Murdoch-backed music startup bankrupt before launch  —  (Reuters) - Beyond Oblivion, a digital music startup backed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and investment bank Allen & Co Director Stanley Shuman has filed for bankruptcy protection after spending millions of dollars building a service that never saw the light of day.
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.”
Shani Hilton / City Desk:
Where Are The Women And Non-White Media Critics?  —  A hearty congratulations to City Paper alum Andrew Beaujon on accepting a gig at Poynter as the site's “new Romenesko.”  There, he'll be writing a media blog edited by Julie Moos that will replace the work of Jim Romenesko, who left Poynter last year and launched his own blog.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Public Insight Network, now swimming in data, launches its own reporting unit  —  American Public Media's nine-year-old Public Insight Network now claims more than 130,000 sources — that is, ordinary folks across America (and as of November, South Africa) who contribute their personal experiences to PIN's massive database.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Wenner Again Quits MPA, Magazines' Industry Association  —  ‘Power of Print’ Collaboration Is Largely Concluded  —  After a couple of years back in the fold, Wenner Media is withdrawing from the MPA for a second time.  —  The MPA is magazines' main industry trade association …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MinOnline
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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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
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Ex-Yahoo Chief Terry Semel Invests in Digital Movie Distributor SnagFilms
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Foundation could ‘re-open the question’ of buying Baltimore Sun
Discussion: BaltTech
 Earlier Picks: 
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Bill Mardo, Writer Who Pushed Baseball to Integrate, Dies at 88
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
Alysia Santo / CJR:
Teaching Cyber-Security  —  Confidentiality promises often require technical skill
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Singles: 'Journalism's Extraordinary Challenges In An Entirely New Place'
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Yahoo: Media Giant, Tech Company, or Both?
Discussion: Media Week, Forbes, TechCrunch and MediaNama
David Carr / New York Times:
How Esquire Survived Publishing's Dark Days