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3:50 PM ET, February 4, 2011

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New York Observer:
Elizabeth Spiers Taking Over As Editor In Chief of The New York Observer  —  Elizabeth Spiers is taking over as Editor-in-Chief of The Observer today, overseeing both the print and digital content.  —  “I am very excited to be working with Elizabeth to further build on the great progress we have made over the past few years.
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Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The meaning of Elizabeth Spiers at The New York Observer  —  So what does everyone think of the news that just broke, that Elizabeth Spiers is to be the editor of The New York Observer?  —  In some ways there is an inevitability here.  From the mists of time, Nick Denton's original manifesto for Gawker:
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: New York Observer Editor Out After ‘Tension’ With Top Brass  —  The New York Observer's editor, Kyle Pope, is stepping down after clashing with his bosses over the direction of the paper, the Huffington Post has learned.  —  The paper announced Pope's exit on Friday.
World News:
We've compiled a list of all the journalist who have been in some way threatened, attacked or detained while reporting in Egypt.  When you put it all into one list, it is a rather large number in such a short period of time.  (UPDATED as of 2/4 - send us more stories if you get them)
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Network Anchors Leave Egypt Amid Crackdown  —  Two of the most prominent television news anchors covering the protests in Egypt this week, Brian Williams and Katie Couric, have exited the country.  —  The anchors' departures came on a day of increasing violence and intimidation directed at journalists in Egypt.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Egyptian VP criticizes ‘unfriendly TV stations’
Discussion: Poynter, Swampland and MediaShift
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Deborah Solomon Out at New York Times Magazine  —  Deborah Solomon will no longer interview, transcribe, condense and edit the “Questions For” page of The New York Times Magazine in its Hugo Lindgren incarnation.  She wrote to The Observer:
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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
‘Ethicist’ Randy Cohen Out at New York Times Magazine  —  The housecleaning continues: On the heels of the news that new Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren sent “Questions For” columnist Deborah Solomon packing, we also hear that “Ethicist” columnist Randy Cohen will be leaving.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Media Dealmakers Summit: “The Web Is Dead”  —  Panelists say torch has passed to the “app Internet.”  —  New York—There was a question during the morning session today at the DeSilva + Phillips Media Dealmakers Summit that crystallized what a lot of people are thinking about the future.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Murdoch's Daily: post-Web innovation or CD-ROM flashback?  —  A decade ago, if you were a “digital” person — if you were interested in how computer technology was changing our culture and economy — then you were a Web person.  The Web, built on top of the Internet and ultimately eclipsing its source …
Discussion: AdAge and Poynter
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Race Between Digital and Print Magazines  —  This morning I decide to try a little experiment: I opened up my iPad, clicked on the little Wired icon and purchased the magazine's latest digital issue.  After I agreed to fork over $4, it began downloading.  For the next phase of the experiment …
Wall Street Journal:
Billboards Get Wired  —  Billboards and posters are one of world's oldest forms of advertising.  Now, some marketers and start-ups say wireless technology could revamp outdoor advertising by bringing interactivity and pay-for-performance models.  —  Super Bowl Fans Sing Same Song
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Debating Wikileaks and the Law  —  New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger — partners in crime, perhaps, with Julian Assange — sat together on a panel at Columbia University's Low Library last night.  Former assistant attorney general Jack Goldsmith joined …
Discussion: The Wire and NetNewsCheck Latest
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Newsstand Struggles Continue, but Not Without Bright Spots  —  An Average of 27,000 iPad Edition Sales Helped Wired Improve ‘Newsstand’ 28%  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Rolling Stone increased newsstand sales nearly 19% in the second half of last year as its story on Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Discussion: New York Observer and Poynter
Kevin Anderson / Journalism.co.uk:
Newsroom integration: the past taking over the future?  —  Are print executives still running the show when it comes to integrating with the digital side?  The New York Times newsroom, 1942.  Image: US Library of Congress  —  Last October, I was at the Online News Association conference …
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Tremor Media Acquires Mobile Video Ad Platform Transpera  —  Tremor Media is making another acquisition today—mobile ad platform Transpera.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Transpera's ad platform enables the distribution and monetization of web videos on mobile phones.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Too Lazy Or Busy To Read?  Topicmarks Summarizes Long Texts For You  —  Ever come across a lengthy Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker essay that all your unemployed friends will probably be talking about later, but you simply don't have time in between working to read?
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
‘The Daily’ Really Is the “New York Post Goes to College”  —  As you know if you have been near the Internet, everyone is discussing The Daily, the Rupert Murdoch iPad publication that launched yesterday.  You can meet the man who runs it, much-beloved of the Murdochs!  The reviews are... all over the place.
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Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The Daily, a tablet newspaper for ‘everybody,’ is as much Apple as News Corp.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
 
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