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1:10 PM ET, February 1, 2011


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is further tightening its control of the App Store.  —  The company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Bad News For The Digital Newsstand: Apple Rejects Sony Reader App
Discussion: TechCrunch, MacRumors and The Loop
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
LEAKED: AOL's Master Plan  —  Two years into his tenure as AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong is stepping on the gas.  —  By April, he wants AOL editorial to increase its stories per day from 2,000 to 15,000.  —  He wants pageviews per story to jump from 1,500 to 7,000.
Tram Whitehurst /   The Patch Effect: What AOL's new venture could mean for hyperlocal news
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rupert Murdoch Gives Guests a Sneak Peek of Tomorrow's “Daily” Tonight.  Here's What They'll See.  —  The Daily makes its official debut tomorrow morning, at a press event at New York's Guggenheim Museum.  —  But a select crowd will get to see the iPad newspaper tonight …
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
The Daily staffers we identified came from NY Post, AP, The Atlantic, AOL News, national media companies  —  The staff of The Daily — Rupert Murdoch's new iPad newspaper that launches tomorrow — bring a wide range of print, online and broadcast experience, mostly at national media outlets …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
How Journalists Are Using Social Media to Report on the Egyptian Demonstrations  —  With the Internet still inaccessible for the majority of people in Egypt, much of the international community is relying on journalists with satellite phones for real-time updates on the violent protests calling …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Through Egypt, Al Jazeera English has an American moment  —  The English-language channel, dogged by its Arabic counterpart's image, has had little luck in securing U.S. cable contracts in its four years on the air, but the crisis in Egypt has brought American viewers flocking to its online live stream.
Amy Gahran / Knight Digital Media Center All-Site Feed:
How Al Jazeera is putting audio updates from Egypt online fast
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Steps Up to Shine Light on Egypt
Discussion: YouTube Blog and WebNewser
Julie Moos / Poynter:
How Obama, Clinton legitimized Twitter & Facebook as tools of democracy in Egypt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blekko Bans Content Farms Like Demand Media's eHow From Its Search Results  —  Blekko, the perky little search engine startup that lets you customize your search results, is taking the fight against web spam to a new level.  It already allows searchers to mark results as spam and keeps …
Eric Enge / Search Engine Land:   The Rise And Fall Of Content Farms
David Card / GigaOM:
Demand Media: Search Spam or the Future of Content?
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: Trailing Tina Brown... Speaking of the Web...  TRAILING TINA: After 19 years at The New Yorker, Peter Boyer is going to work for Tina Brown again.  He worked for her at Vanity Fair and, in 1992, followed her to The New Yorker.  “Tina brought me into magazine journalism,” he said.
PR Newswire:
Newsweek and The Daily Beast Merge
Lionel Barber's Hugh Cudlipp lecture: the full text  —  Speech by the Financial Times editor at London College of Communication  —  The Business of Journalism: a View from the Frontline  —  Thank you Lady Cudlipp, trustees, and students of the London College of Communication for inviting me here tonight ...
Felix Salmon:
Paywalls and cannibalization
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Hey iTunes, here comes Google Music, Spotify  —  Google is getting closer to debuting a music service, according to multiple music industry sources who spoke to CNET on condition of anonymity.  —  Google Music could launch as soon as next month, wrote Brad Stone of BusinessWeek in a story last week.
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Music industry struggles to make digital leap of faith
Discussion: MediaMemo, 9 to 5 Mac, hypebot and Telegraph
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Doubter Mark Cuban Invests in Web Video Studio Revision3  —  Mark Cuban, Web video skeptic?  Meet Mark Cuban, Web video investor.  —  The voluble entrepreneur and investor, who made his fortune off Web video during the first Internet boom, is dabbling in it again …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Author, Elbow Aside Middleman  —  Delivering on his promise to try a new publishing model, popular business-book author Seth Godin is releasing his first new title since leaving his long-time publishing house last summer.  —  While he's doing it without a publisher, he's not exactly going it alone.
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared:
Gabriel Snyder to The Atlantic Wire: On Growing Up an Aggregator  —  ​Gabriel Snyder, who was fired by Nick Denton as the editor-in-chief of Gawker in February 2010, will be joining The Atlantic as the editor of the magazine's Atlantic Wire aggregation website, according to an Observer report today.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
William Shatner and Amanda Tapping to Co-Star in Web Drama … TORONTO - What happens at Comic-Con apparently goes online: William Shatner and Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Stargate SG-1) are teaming up in The Zenoids, an animated series to launch on Shatner's social website
Discussion: Underwire
The GW Hatchet / Newsroom:
New York Times editors talk Fox News, Murdoch on Kalb Report  —  Kalb Report host Marvin Kalb interviews Bill Keller and Dean Baquet of the New York Times.  Marie McGrory |  Hatchet Staff Photographer  —  This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rob Reeve
The AP's Success on YouTube: It's All About the Breaking News  —  WASHINGTON, DC — The Associated Press has found considerable traction on YouTube, with some 650 million video views registered since the channel launched in 2006.  —  According to Kevin Roach, who heads broadcast news operations …
Discussion: WebNewser and The Huffington Post
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post ombudsman departs (The Cutline)
Discussion: On Media's Blog and @romenesko
Kat Aaron / PBS:
News Organizations Should Stop Being Neutral on Net Neutrality
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Business Wire:
AOL Elects Alberto Ibargüen to Board of Directors
Discussion: SAI and @romenesko
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
AOL, Burnett To Produce CliffsNotes Shorts
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Rendell, Bissinger added as Philly Daily News columnists
Discussion: PR Newswire
Explain yourself: George Lakoff, cognitive linguist
 Earlier Picks: 
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
PBS Show's Future in Doubt
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser, Free Press and Gawker
John Herrman / Splitsider:
Why Nielsen Ratings Are Inaccurate, and Why They'll Stay That Way
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
‘Modern Family’ Overexposed Online? ABC Exec Disagrees
Discussion: Twitter Media
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Independent's i ‘has hit 170,000 sales’
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Director: NYT film has A- average rating from critics
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
We are the medium
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tribune's New Tech Columnist: Julia Allison.  (Yes, That Julia Allison.)
Discussion: FishbowlNY, The Wire and Cision