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12:35 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
AOL ♥ HuffPo.  The loser?  Journalism  —  To grasp the Huffington Post's business model, picture a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates.  —  Whatever the ultimate impact of AOL's $315-million acquisition of the Huffington Post on the new-media landscape …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo's Calacanis: Time To End The Content Farm Arms Race  —  No stranger to controversy, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis threw down a gauntlet at his “content farm” competitors, arguing they're polluting the web and angering Google, to the detriment of searchers and their own companies.
Discussion: Adam Sherk and SAI, more at Techmeme »
New York Post:
AOL stock sheds $315M — HuffPo price tag  —  You pay for what you get.  —  Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer, co-founders of the Huffington Post, are said to be walking away with a combined $80 million to $100 million from an original $2 million per person investment — but so far AOL stockholders aren't seeing that kind of return.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL-HuffPo: A Lot Of Scale—But Will Advertisers Care?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Demand Media & Being “The Best Click” On Google
Laura Kusisto / New York Observer:
HuffPo Bloggers to Invade Dial-Up Daddy's ‘Funhouse’
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
CBS Wants Contract Extension for Katie Couric  —  The network, which is shaking up its management, has asked anchor Katie Couric to stay on through the 2012 elections—for significantly less money than her original $15 million deal, a source tells Howard Kurtz.
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Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
New CBS News Chair: 'I Don't Know Whether' Couric Wants To Stay  —  Jeff Fager says splitting news and sports jobs represents a recommitment to news by the network  —  On the day his new position as Chairman of CBS News was announced, Jeff Fager says he doesn't know yet whether Katie Couric wants …
Media Decoder:
For Current TV, Adding Olbermann Is Way to Gain an Identity  —  The small cable channel Current TV hopes that Keith Olbermann can do for it what he did for MSNBC: give it a clear identity.  —  The channel, co-founded by Al Gore five years ago, said Tuesday that Mr. Olbermann would start producing …
Associated Press:
Newspaper stocks jump on content hopes  —  Newspaper stocks jump after AOL deal shows content still matters  —  Related Quotes … NEW YORK (AP) — Newspaper stocks jumped Monday after AOL agreed to buy online news site Huffington Post for $315 million, the latest in a string of deals …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp closes in on daughter's Shine Television  —  Key meetings due in coming days to consider takeover of Elisabeth Murdoch's London-based company  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is closing in on the takeover of his daughter's Shine Television …
Daniel Danker / BBC:
BBC iPlayer apps, coming soon to Android and iPad  —  There's been a lot of speculation over the last 24 hours about BBC iPlayer apps for mobile, so I wanted to clarify our plans.  —  BBC iPlayer app on an iPad  —  As Erik Huggers announced at Mobile World Congress last year …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Search engine optimization won't work forever.  —  Are you wondering, “will AOL's acquisition of the Huffington Post be successful?”  I bet you are, as that's been a common search engine query since the announcement earlier this week that AOL will buy the Huffington Post.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Why has Gawker disappeared from Google News?  [Updated]  —  Updates at the foot of the post.  —  Sites belonging to Nick Denton's Gawker Media network have gradually received major facelifts over the past couple of days, introducing a new style that ensures popular articles are never buried by the constant addition of fresh content.
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Latoya Peterson / Poynter:
How Gawker's redesign subverts the scannable culture of the Internet …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Charlotte Observer shows how news orgs should mix journalism and business  —  Editors at the Charlotte Observer have taken some heat for using the North Carolina public records law to seek the e-mail addresses of about 23,000 people who signed up for alerts related to city services.
The Wrap:
The Nikki Finke Photo: The Daily vs. Deadline  —  Since last Thursday, the little-seen blogger Nikki Finke has been hunkered down in a war of attrition with News Corporation over the thing that she apparently fears more than anything on earth: a current photograph.
Discussion: The Wire and @iwantmedia
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Porn studio could teach Apple, Google about cloud  —  Home-video innovations always seem to go back to porn.  —  The fingerprints of the adult-film industry can be found on the development of VHS and Blu-ray discs.  Soon, the sector may teach us about the cloud.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Cleeng launches a simple, social alternative to paywalls  —  Cleeng, a WordPress plugin that lets anyone from casual bloggers to professional publishers charge for whole articles, parts of articles or indeed any element of a page, is now out of private beta and taking sign-ups from the public.
Discussion: New York Observer
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Future Says Online Growth Now Off-Setting Print Shrinkage  —  October-to-January digital ad revenue at magazine publisher Future was 25 percent up from the same period a year earlier.  —  Future says that “more than compensated for a 10 percent decline in print advertising revenue …
 
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