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2:50 PM ET, February 13, 2011


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John / THINK / Musings:
Jan25: “Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're building Egypt.”  —  Its been a remarkable few months in the middle east.  Most recently the events in Egypt have captured the world and Al Jazeera's english web site has become the place to watch many of the events unfold.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, SAI and New York Times
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Al Jazeera's Social Revolution (In Realtime)  —  While you can debate about the exact role of social media, specifically Twitter and Facebook, in Egypt's revolution, there is no question about its role as a new global media channel.  Where once people tuned into CNN to watch governments collapse …
Mandy / Zombie Journalism:
TBD's future is TBD, but then again, it always has been  —  If you didn't read about all of the drama regarding TBD this week, well allow me to catch you up.  On Wednesday, TBD six-month anniversary, our staff and the rest of the world found out TBD was going to be restructured internally …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
A Land Grab Is Under Way in Hyper-Local Media  —  With the national and international news game more or less dominated by traditional media and web giants like Google and Yahoo, much of the focus for companies that want to grow online is moving toward niches: sports, technology and other topics.
Michael H. Miller / New York Observer:
Oscar de la Renta Meets the Internet  —  Five fashion bloggers from Tumblr got out of a cab at 40th and Seventh Avenue, and it looked for a moment like a clown car.  They waited in the lobby of a big midtown building for 19 others to arrive to take a tour of Oscar de la Renta's studio.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Pandora's Music Fees Are Huge!  And Not That Bad.  —  After Pandora filed to go public Friday, some people were taken aback to learn the company was spending half of its revenues on “content acquisition"-the royalties it pays the owners of all the music the service streams.  —  They shouldn't be.
Andrew Cohen / Politics Daily:
Legal Battle Over Tucson Defendant Jared Loughner's ‘Real’ Mug Shot … We've all seen the photograph by now — those of us who wanted to, anyway.  In it, Jared Lee Loughner, the Tucson shooting suspect, stares directly into the camera, head shaved clean, eyes wide open, with a slight smirk that is, at best, unsettling.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Howard Stern and Twitter Just Made Me Watch “Private Parts” Again  —  “Private Parts” is a 1997 movie that most Howard Stern fans have a hazy fondness for and everyone else ignores.  So why is the movie's title now trending on Twitter?  —  Because Stern has spent the afternoon delivering a scene-by-scene …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post  —  When The Huffington Post announced earlier this week that it was being acquired by AOL for $315 million in cash and stock, one group felt slighted: a set of unpaid bloggers for the site, identifying by the Twitter hashtag #huffpuff …
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