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1:30 PM ET, January 18, 2011

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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Under Pay Model, Little Effect Seen on Papers' Web Traffic  —  While newspapers around the world are anxiously asking themselves what would happen if they started charging readers to view articles online, a few answers have started to emerge.  —  Steven Brill's Journalism Online experiment …
Tom Junod / Esquire:
Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?  —  An exclusive and unbiased investigation into the highly paid operative of a foreign-born tycoon, a man who reengineered political and media culture and fomented a revolt that threatens the very stability of our country  —  Today, here at Esquire …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Facebook Books $1.86B in Advertising; Muscles In on Google Turf  —  New Estimate From eMarketer Shows Majority of Social Network's Ad Revenue Comes From Small Businesses  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It turns out Facebook is a lot like Google after all.  —  As the social network steams past …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's 3rd Biggest Advertiser is a Bing Affiliate Scam  —  Matt Cutts is the head of Google's anti-webspam team and tonight he came across what looks like a huge trove of scammy, spammy spam - on Facebook.  And it involves Microsoft.  Advertising publication AdAge reported tonight …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
H.P. Updates TV's Old Product Demos  —  A mainstay of early television — live commercials demonstrating products like Polaroid cameras and Timex watches — is making a comeback, updated for a new century by migrating to new media.  —  Hewlett-Packard is teaming up with the YouTube …
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Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:   HP Launches Live Improv Comedy Show on YouTube
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Nielsen view of new TV just doesn't rate  —  While more viewers are getting up from the TV set and watching shows on the go, ratings giant Nielsen is stuck on the couch.  —  Video viewing on Apple's iPad and other mobile devices is exploding.  Just last week, Google's YouTube …
The Huffington Post:
Regis: It's Over  —  Regis Philbin says he's leaving the show that bears his name.  —  “This will be my last year on this show,” the 79-year-old host said Tuesday morning on “Live! with Regis and Kelly.”  “It's been a long time, it's been 28 years since I've been here.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Cheezburger Network Gets $30M for More LOLcats and Failpics  —  Cheezburger — the blog network that brought you I Can Has Cheezburger, the Fail blog, Engrish Funny and many other similar humor-oriented sites — today announced that it has closed a $30-million round of funding from a group …
Sam Petulla / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New Yorker web editor: The site is “guided by what's on paper”  —  In a 2006 post at Design Observer, Michael Bierut praised what he termed the “slow design” of The New Yorker: “the patient, cautious, deliberate evolution of a nearly unchanging editorial format over decades.”  —  It's an apt description.
Mark Sweney / paidContent:
Pearson Buys Controlling Stake In TutorVista For $127 Million  —  Pearson (NYSE: PSO), owner of the Financial Times and book publisher Penguin, has increased its presence in India, buying a controlling stake in education firm TutorVista for $127m (£79m).
Discussion: MediaNama
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Exclusive: Roku Lands Its First Cable Channel  —  Roku is expected to announce Tuesday an unlikely addition to its programming lineup: WealthTV.  This will mark the first time a cable channel has joined the streaming device, which begs an obvious question: How is this even possible?
Mercy Farm:
A Push-Button Network is Great, Until It's Not.  Ask Sarah Palin  —  Given the state-of-play in media, it comes as no surprise that we are ending the week after the tragedy in Tucson chattering about a YouTube video.  But the web video that turned heads wasn't the inchoate rantings produced …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Digital Marketing Company (And Lycos Owner) Ybrant Digital Raises $48 Million  —  Looks like investors are increasingly looking at India for financing fast-growing Internet companies.  Helion, Accel Partners and Tiger Global just pumped $6 million into ecommerce site LetsBuy.com …
Discussion: paidContent:UK and MediaNama
Kim Wilson / Journalistics:
A Sure Sign News Teases Don't Work in Social Media  —  If you're a Virgo, like me, you are probably still reeling from the identity crisis you experienced upon hearing you may in fact not be a Virgo after all.  The news that the zodiac calendar has shifted spread faster than the speed …
James Robinson / Guardian:
NoW ‘rogue reporter’ line unravels  —  Glenn Mulcaire tells high court that News of the World's head of news asked him to hack voicemail messages  —  News Corporation's defence that phone hacking at the News of the World was the work of a single “rogue reporter” was on the verge of collapse tonight …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CNN's Piers Morgan puts Twitter to work for TV debut  —  With a taped interview with Oprah as the premiere episode of “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN on Monday night, the show's host and staff gathered in the Presidential Suite of Mandarin Hotel in New York to watch the show's debut.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Waviimania Continues As Investors Flock To Parade  —  This is how to milk a stealth startup for all it's worth.  —  We first covered Seattle startup Wavii back in July.  The company has raised somewhere around $2 million in angel funding from thirty or so angel investors - only a few of which are publicly known.
Market Wire:
Digital Publisher Vook Closes $5.25 Million Financing  —  Established Leader in Publishing Content for Tablets, Smartphones and E-Readers Builds on Its Momentum for 2011  —  Vook, the leading digital publisher of mixed-media reading, announced it closed $5.25 million in Series A financing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Vook Blog
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
First Kickstarter-Funded Film Headed to Sundance  —  In mere days, Matthew Lessner's utopian, tongue-in-cheek film The Woods will be heading to Sundance — a noteworthy occurrence to be sure.  But add to that the fact that The Woods is the first Sundance-bound film to be partially funded by Kickstarter …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Atlantic Pretties Up With Photos
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
Take Two for a Brooklyn Film and TV Studio
Miles Socha / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: Nina Ricci Unveils Advertising... Michael Crotty Joins Nordstrom...
Clint Hendler / CJR:
Shielding Reality
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Rolls Out a Highlights Show-"The Morning After"
Discussion: Hulu Blog
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Populis, the “European Associated Content”, acquires blog network Blogo for €6m
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Thomas Umstead / Multichannel:
Discovery Health Lives On, Combining With FitTV
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
What would a Twitter correction function look like?
Adam Wagner / Guardian:
Inaccurate human rights reporting will not help either side of the debate |
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Updated: MTV ‘Skins’ Strategy: Aim For Social Hit First, TV Hit After
Discussion: Mediaweek and Lost Remote
Joel Meares / CJR:
“Everyone has a past.”  —  New Yorker's brutal Issa profile and, yes, Howard Kurtz
Discussion: On Media's Blog
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Where News Is Power, Aides Fight to Be Well-Armed
Discussion: CJR