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5:55 PM ET, January 31, 2011

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Aljazeera:
Al Jazeera camera equipment seized  —  Camera equipment remains seized after release of six Al Jazeera jounralist who were briefly detained in Cairo.  —  Six Al Jazeera English journalists, who were briefly detained in Egypt, have been released, however; their camera equipment remains confiscated by the military.
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Nick Kristof turns to Facebook to report from Egypt  —  Yesterday afternoon, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof added an update to his Facebook page: … Five hours ago, he added another update: … He's since added two more updates to the page, describing the “giddy” mood at Tahrir Square …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English *now*
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Newsweek and Daily Beast Hire Two More  —  Tina Brown's Newsweek-Daily Beast hybrid continues to add to its roster of writers as it prepares to start a completely reconfigured magazine this year.  —  Wayne Barrett, a former Village Voice investigative reporter, and Peter J. Boyer …
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Center for Public Integrity, NewsBeast sign content deal  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Under the agreement, Newsweek/Daily Beast will pay the Center for Public Integrity for exclusive stories.  It's the Center's first pay-for-content deal in more than two decades, says a release.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @mathewi
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NewsBeast and CPI: A mutualization made in heaven  —  Newsweek/The Daily Beast — the entity most of us know as NewsBeast — announced earlier today that it's struck a deal with the Center for Public Integrity: It's paying CPI for exclusive investigative stories.
Discussion: WebNewser
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Why The Daily will succeed - or not  —  The Daily, which is set to launch this week, could be a capitvating hit, a spectacular miss or something in between.  But one thing is sure:  —  Rupert Murdoch, the last swashbuckling publisher of our time, will shake up the media world on Wednesday …
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Evan Rudowski / paidContent:UK:   A News Corp. Digital History Lesson For The Daily
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's next big media move: Comments  —  Facebook is planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the new product.  This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs …
Eric Enge / Search Engine Land:
The Rise And Fall Of Content Farms  —  With Demand Media having gone public last week, it is worth taking some time to discuss the future of content farms.  Clearly, lots of people are seeing value in the business model, as shown by the street's willingness to accept the IPO, and the acquistion of Associated Content by Yahoo! last May.
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David Card / GigaOM:   Demand Media: Search Spam or the Future of Content?
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Ex-Gawker Guy Snyder to Head Atlantic Wire, New Manhattan Staff  —  Former Gawker editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder has been tapped to run The Atlantic Wire and build up a news aggregation staff in New York, as the 154-year-old magazine continues to carve out a home on the web.
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
The Geek-Kings of Smut  —  After once being the best thing that ever happened to porn, the Internet is now wreaking havoc: destroying some fortunes, making bigger ones, and serving as a stimulus plan, in more ways than one.  —  For one brief moment here at the 2011 Adult Video Awards in Las Vegas …
Discussion: SAI and @iwantmedia
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I was wrong about Quora as a blogging service ...  I must apologize to Dave Winer.  He warned me about supporting services that aren't the open web and I wasn't willing to listen to him a month ago, because I was infatuated with a cool new service that lots of insiders were supporting.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Independent's i ‘has hit 170,000 sales’  —  Publisher says circulation of cut-price daily is ‘continuing to climb’ as multimillion-pound campaign kicks in  —  Circulation of the Independent's 20p spin-off i hit an average of more than 170,000 a day last week, according to the first sales figures revealed by the publisher.
CBS News:
Julian Assange, The Man Behind WikiLeaks  —  Talks To Steve Kroft About The U.S. Attempt To Indict Him And The Criticism Aimed At Him For Publishing Classified Documents  —  (CBS) Just a few months ago, most people had never heard of a Web site called WikiLeaks, or of its mysterious and eccentric founder, Julian Assange.
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Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
WikiLeaks: The Guardian's role in the biggest leak in the history of the world
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Rendell, Bissinger added as Philly Daily News columnists  —  The owners of Philly's dailies announced today:  —  * The Inquirer's A section will have more local and original content;  —  * Buzz Bissinger will serve as Daily News editorial advisor and occasional guest columnist;
Discussion: PR Newswire
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: KIT digital Acquires KickApps, Kewego AND Kyte For $77.2 Million  —  TechCrunch exclusive - If you'd never heard about KIT digital before, you will after today.  —  The provider of cloud-based video asset management solutions has acquired not one, not two but three social software and video companies.
Douglas Quenqua / Media Decoder:
A Phish Fan's Secret Smile  —  CNBC may not have known it, but last week, the financial news network ran one of the greatest Phish shows in recent memory.  —  The band itself was nowhere to be seen.  But Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak & Company and an occasional commentator …
Discussion: @myersnews
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Director: NYT film has A- average rating from critics  —  Some critics at Sundance complained about “Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” lacking focus, but director Andrew Rossi tells Romenesko that others have raved about the documentary.  “The movie now has an ‘A-’ average rating based …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
IntoNow Can Hear What You're Watching On TV.  The Media Check-In Game Just Changed.  —  “The problem was that no one wanted to type in the bar they were at,” Adam Cahan told us when we met with him last week to see his latest venture, IntoNow.  He wasn't talking about his startup.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Egypt in Crisis, Anchors Head to Cairo  —  As the uprising in Egypt approaches the one-week mark, television networks based in the United States continue to send reporters to the region.  Now it appears some of the big network anchors are arriving there, as well.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
John Herrman / Splitsider:
Why Nielsen Ratings Are Inaccurate, and Why They'll Stay That Way  —  It's easy to understand why people are ambivalent, or even hostile, toward ratings.  The thinking goes something like this:  —  1. People love the shows that they love, a lot  —  2. Some of these shows get canceled “too soon”
Discussion: @brianstelter
Niel / Explainer.Net:
Explain yourself: George Lakoff, cognitive linguist  —  As part of our research on explanatory journalism, we're interviewing experts in fields outside journalism about their approaches to explaining complex systems to non-specialtists.  —  Our first expert is cognitive linguist George Lakoff …
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Music industry struggles to make digital leap of faith  —  Major labels embraced streaming at Midem in Cannes last week, but some claim their moves are too little, too late  —  In the louche Martinez hotel bar in Cannes, a sharply dressed young man launched into a tirade against the music industry convention he was attending.
Discussion: Telegraph, 9 to 5 Mac and hypebot
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Political Blogs Are Ready to Flood Campaign Trail  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who is flirting with a bid for president, has none of the usual campaign accoutrements.  No tour bus, campaign manager or yard signs.  Few Americans, in fact, even know his name.
Discussion: CJR, FishbowlDC, Cision and Crikey
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
PBS Show's Future in Doubt  —  When the PBS newsmagazine “Need to Know” started last May it had big shoes to fill, replacing “Bill Moyers Journal” and “Now on PBS.”  But even as angry e-mails from disappointed viewers have subsided, the producers acknowledge that the show remains a work in progress …
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser and Free Press
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
AOL, Burnett To Produce CliffsNotes Shorts  —  We'll try to keep this short.  AOL and TV producer Mark Burnett have entered into a production agreement to co-develop a series of comedic video shorts based on CliffsNotes Literature Guides.  —  Together with Coalition Films …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
We are the medium  —  I know many others have made this point, but I think it's worth saying again: We are the medium.  —  I don't mean this in the sense that we are the new news media, as when Dan Gillmor talks about “We the Media.”  I cherish Dan's work (read his latest: Mediactive) …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tribune's New Tech Columnist: Julia Allison.  (Yes, That Julia Allison.)  —  Syndicated tech columnist and blogodisiac Julia Allison  —  If you know the name Julia Allison, chances are good it's because you're a reader of the gossip blogs where she was a regular fixture two or three years ago.
Discussion: The Wire and Cision
Eric Pfanner / DealBook:
Hearst to Buy Lagardere's Magazine Unit for $889 Million  —  Lagardère, the French media conglomerate, said on Monday that it had agreed to sell its international magazine business, including titles like Car and Driver and non-French editions of Elle, to the American publishing company Hearst for 651 million euros.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Pay Walls Crumble  —  The New York Times is ignoring the deep flaws in its online business model, say industry observers, blowing a chance to transform online publishing by instead opting to earn a few quick bucks.  —  Based on the details that have emerged, the Time's meek metered approach …
Discussion: Noted
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt searches for book deal  —  New York publishers are bidding on the wonkish, soon-to-be-former chief executive's first book, Empire of the Mind: The Dawn of the Techno-Political Age.  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, who will be stepping down from the top job in April …
Discussion: TechCrunch and GalleyCat
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
News of the World: a year of Andy Coulson's editorship in data.  Visualised |  Alan Rusbridger  —  Andy Coulson's editorship of the News of the World examined in a year of celebrity stories.  By Alan Rusbridger  —  • Get the data  —  A mole has sent in this data …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
AOL Europe Acquires Branded Video Network goviral For $96.7 Million  —  AOL Europe has lead an acquision of video distribution network Goviral today, to the tune of $96.7 million.  Goviral distributes branded video content for mainstream brands, as well as content producers and advertising agencies.
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Another reverse for the fake sheikh as victim's conviction is quashed  —  The News of the World phone-hacking scandal has been something of a boon for the paper's investigations editor Mazher Mahmood.  It has diverted press attention from his fake sheikh activities.
 
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