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5:55 AM ET, February 5, 2011


 Top News: 
New York Times:
2 Detained Reporters Saw Secret Police's Methods Firsthand  —  CAIRO — We had been detained by Egyptian authorities, handed over to the country's dreaded Mukhabarat, the secret police, and interrogated.  They left us all night in a cold room, on hard orange plastic stools, under fluorescent lights.
Discussion: Guardian and Boing Boing
Sheila Carapico / Foreign Policy:
What Al Jazeera shows and doesn't show  —  The wide-angle aerial view from television cameras trained down on Tahrir Square in central Cairo is unprecedented in the history of world revolutions.  We all have a ring-side seat.  The satellite feed has become part of the story; the video frame is itself a site of contestation.
Discussion: Jillian C. York
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.
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared:
Elizabeth Spiers to Replace Kyle Pope as Editor-in-Chief of New York Observer  —  ​Founding Gawker editor Elizabeth Spiers will replace Kyle Pope as editor-in-chief of the New York Observer, the paper announced today on their website.  Pope, formerly of Portfolio …
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:   The meaning of Elizabeth Spiers at The New York Observer
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:   EXCLUSIVE: New York Observer Editor Out After ‘Tension’ With Top Brass
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NBC Fires Guy Who Posted The Bryant Gumbel/Katie Couric ‘What Is Internet’ Video  —  Like a bunch of sites, we posted about the amusing video that had been posted to YouTube, that showed Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel, back in 1994, very confused about the internet.  The video itself went viral pretty quickly.
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:
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Al Jazeera Aims to Harness Twitter Momentum
Kevin Anderson /
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
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Why Did Hearst Let Go of the Magazine Industry's Only Winner?  —  Town & Country was the magazine industry's newsstand standout for 2010, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations numbers, which makes the magazine's the recent shakeup even stranger.
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Newsstand Struggles Continue, but Not Without Bright Spots
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Storyful, YouTube: The value of the impermanent team-up  —  The turmoil in Egypt has shown, yet again, the key role that curation plays in a networked news environment.  But as valuable as all the text-based aggregators are — which is to say, hugely valuable — the constantly shifting events …
Discussion: Mashable!
Dana Oshiro / NetShelter Technology Media:
The 4 Day Work Week: Staffing for Breaking News  —  There's an old saying that the “news never sleeps” but in the tech world it seems like it takes a three day weekend.  After looking at the top news posts by engagement across our network for the last 90 days, only ten percent …
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire: Boss John Kosner On Yahoo: “I'm More Concerned With The Guy In The Garage”  —  Men aged 18 to 34 spend more time on properties each month than they do anywhere on the Internet except Google, Facebook, all of Yahoo's sites combined, and all of Microsoft's sites combined.
Emily Bell / Guardian:
The Daily, and the AOL way  —  News Corp's glossy iPad launch represents the world of ‘spectacle’ media, while the web giant focuses on the ugly data  —  There were two faces of digital media abroad in New York this week.  One was its most impressively flat shiny square face …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Apple's iPad boosts FT online subscriptions  —  (Reuters) - Financial Times Chief Executive John Ridding said that Apple Inc's iPad and other mobile devices are driving 20 percent of the newspaper's new online subscriptions.  —  Ridding, who was speaking at an investor conference in New York on Thursday …
Discussion: IR Web Report
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Publishers have tough choices ahead with Apple's new subscription program  —  With the unveiling of The Daily, we got our first look at Apple's new iTunes-based periodical subscription service.  The feature has been long awaited by publishers, but its implementation is likely to leave many unsatisfied.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and TPMDC
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