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6:55 AM ET, February 9, 2011

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Felix Salmon:
Why the NYT will lose to HuffPo  —  Tom McGeveran asks an important question, in his analysis of the AOL-HuffPo deal: … The answer to this question, I think, is also a key part of the reason why the NYT paywall is a bad idea.  —  It's worth using a specific example here …
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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.
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 …
Keith Richman / AdAge:
Now That AOL Has Huffpo, Where's the Video?  —  AOL's Leaked Planning Document Says Video Is the Game, but Huffington Post Won't Help Them Get There  —  As everyone now knows, AOL agreed yesterday to acquire The Huffington Post.  There has been a lot of solid analysis as to the rationale of the deal …
Discussion: The Wire, GigaOM and LA Observed
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Biz Stone: Twitter Drives “Let's Watch It When It's On” Viewing  —  Twitter doesn't claim to have caused the biggest Super Bowl viewing audience in history, but maybe it helped, says Twitter cofounder Biz Stone.  Stone sees Twitter as helping drive live viewing by creating a shared experience.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL-HuffPo: A Lot Of Scale—But Will Advertisers Care?
Elisa Lipsky-Karasz / Harper's BAZAAR:
ARIANNA VS. TINA?
Laura Kusisto / New York Observer:
HuffPo Bloggers to Invade Dial-Up Daddy's ‘Funhouse’
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging: Aol's Tim Armstrong & Arianna Huffington At Signal LA
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poynter
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
AOL-HuffPo: Acquisition of means of production without being revolutionary at all
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 …
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current.com:
Keith Olbermann to Host Major New Nightly Primetime News and Commentary Show on Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann, the acclaimed broadcaster and writer whose verbal pyrotechnics and moral passion have outraged, informed, and dazzled viewers of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” for the past eight years …
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 …
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 …
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Media Decoder:
Jeff Fager to Be Named Chairman of CBS News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Techmeme Opens the Door to Twitter Commentary by Select People  —  Technology news aggregator Techmeme sent an email today to a select group of readers it has put on a whitelist of Twitter users whose short commentary about news of the day will appear automatically on the site.
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.
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Egypt's uprising is helping redefine the idea of a “media event”  —  In the fall of 1989, television screens in Wenceslas Square in Prague broadcast the massive rallies of the Velvet Revolution to the protesting public.  It was a media event where television served as an intermediary, unveiling change as it took place.
Discussion: BBC and Future of Journalism
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Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Twitter promoted tweets - the AdWords for live news?
Josh Kalven / CJR:
Stock, Flow, and My Entrepreneurial Origin Story  —  The founder of newsbound.tv steps off the hamster wheel … I know, I know.  I wrote last week that I'd devote my second Launch Pad column to the story of how I came to form Newsbound as a for-profit company.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mashable, tackling info overload, launches a Follow function keyed to user networks and interests  —  Mashable currently boasts 12 million unique visitors per month — making the social media-focused news site the largest independent tech news site on the web.  It churns out huge quantities of stories, every day.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:lavrusik
Daniel D'Addario / New York Observer:
Gladwell Book Generator Reaches the Tipping Point  —  The Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator, a website which launched yesterday, is catching on faster than those trendy shoes from The Tipping Point.  The site allows readers to refresh and see a new, pastel-on-white cover of a book on scientific ideas.
 
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David Cohen / mediabistro.com:
Social Media Week: The Internet and Uprisings in the Arab World …
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Chris Morris / Gamasutra:
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Stephen Coles / Fonts In Use:
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BBC:
Newspaper publishers warn Apple over iTunes sales
DIGIDAY:DAILY:
Top Industry Journalist Brian Morrissey Joins DIGIDAY
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Washington Post's Chris Cillizza Advice to Journos: Serve a Bounty …
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