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10:15 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 …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
How Obama, Clinton legitimized Twitter & Facebook as tools of democracy in Egypt  —  As the American people and U.S. government struggle to understand the uprising in Egypt and how it may transform the Middle East, President Barack Obama and his administration have explicitly requested protections for certain media.
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.
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
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.
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Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared:
Gabriel Snyder to The Atlantic Wire: On Growing Up an Aggregator
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tribune's New Tech Columnist: Julia Allison.  (Yes, That Julia Allison.)
Discussion: The Wire and Cision
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?
Evan Rudowski / paidContent:UK:
A News Corp. Digital History Lesson For The Daily  —  Evan Rudowski is co-founder of SubHub, a paid content platform.  He was previously an online manager at Newsday and business development director at News Corp.'s iGuide.  —  As I watch the coverage of Rupert Murdoch's upcoming iPad publication …
Discussion: TeleRead
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:   Why The Daily will succeed - or not
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
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Hearst Leaps to New Level With Deal for Lagardère Magazine Portfolio  —  Gets Rights to Elle and Outright Ownership of Titles Including Woman's Day, Car and Driver in 15 Countries  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hearst has reached a deal to buy 102 magazines and the right to publish Elle in 15 countries …
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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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Felix Salmon:
Paywalls and cannibalization  —  I'm surprised, but pleased, to see this coming from FT editor Lionel Barber, in his Hugh Cudlipp lecture today: … This is the first time that I've seen an advocate of online paywalls admit that they don't boost offline subscriptions, and that newspapers …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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 …
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
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 …
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: NetNewsCheck Latest and Noted
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
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: GigaOM and paidContent:UK
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
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.
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.
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) …
Business Wire:
AOL Elects Alberto Ibargüen to Board of Directors  —  Media and Internet Executive Brings Over 30 Years Experience to AOL  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) today announced that Alberto Ibargüen has been elected to its Board of Directors.
Discussion: SAI
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
 
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