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11:50 AM ET, February 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
AOL Earnings: Revenue Turns Positive, But Patch Disappoints.  Bad Omen For Hyperlocal?  —  Here's the good news: AOL managed to boost its total revenues on a year-over-year basis in the fourth quarter of 2012, the first time in eight years that's happened.  And it wasn't a close-run thing, either.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Tim Marches On: AOL Turns in Solid Q4 Earnings, With First Year-Over-Year Growth in Eight Years  —  AOL said it earned 41 cents a share, or $35.7 million in net income, in the fourth quarter, which was right on target with what Wall Street analysts had expected.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
LOL no more: it's time to take AOL seriously as shares soar again  —  A year ago, AOL was a laughing stock.  The one-time internet king was surviving on dial-up dollars from yokels and its media properties were a mess.  After it sold its patent portfolio to Facebook, it seemed only a matter of time until AOL dried up altogether.
Discussion: Marketing Land
Bernard Lunn / Emergent Business Networks:   Hyperlocal Slough of Despond.  After EveryBlock, Hipster & Patch Will Authentically Local Create The Sustainable Model?
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
A Fish, Er, Storm Named Nemo  —  “We're ready for Nemo,” the Twitter account for the New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote on Thursday before listing all the tools at the city's disposal for the blizzard that is expected to form on Friday.  —  Wait — Nemo?
Caity Weaver / Gawker:
Snow Panic Has Driven Completely Insane  —  You know how sometimes the best way to deal with a ranting, screaming maniac is just to leave him alone until he exhausts himself?  It's time for us to do that with  —  Yesterday afternoon, The Weather Channel whipped itself …
Discussion:, @mathewi and Quartz
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Pirated Movies Crop Up Again on YouTube  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is facing the return of a pirated-content problem.  —  Hundreds of full-length feature films including blockbusters from Walt Disney Co. and Sony Corp.'s Columbia and Tristar studios have been illegally uploaded to the world's …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Macmillan settles with DOJ, leaving Apple last defendant standing in ebook pricing case  —  Macmillan, the last remaining publisher holdout in the Department of Justice's ebook pricing antitrust lawsuit against five publishers and Apple, has decided to settle about ten months after the lawsuit was originally filed.
Filipe Alves / Reuters:
Google must extend payments across Europe for use of content  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc must extend its offer made last week to pay French publishers for use of their content to all media companies across Europe, the head of the European Publishers Council said on Thursday.
Michael Neibauer / Washington Business Journal:
Washington Post polling users on possible paywall packages  —  The Washington Post Co. is taking a step toward paid Web content, surveying its users on potential packages.  —  The email survey, we're told by one recipient, includes standard questions about how often readers visit …
Discussion: Poynter
The EveryBlock Blog:
Farewell, neighbors  —  We're sorry to report that EveryBlock has closed its doors.  —  It's no secret that the news industry is in the midst of a massive change.  Within the world of neighborhood news there's an exciting pace of innovation yet increasing challenges to building a profitable business.
Adrian Holovaty:
RIP Everyblock  —  I'm very saddened by today's news that EveryBlock …
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
LinkedIn eyes future as professional publishing hub  —  The company seems set on making business content, not social networking, the focus of the site.  —  LinkedIn spent much of 2012 transforming itself into a place where workers could stay and play awhile — a strategy that paid off handsomely.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Valley Needs A Valleywag — Or Something  —  Here's an unpopular opinion, especially on TechCrunch: The Valley needs a new Valleywag.  —  On any given day, beneath the hype cycle of startups threatening to launch, then getting their VCs to blog/tweet about their launch threats …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
NYT & Mark Thompson's First Report: Unsteady as She Goes  —  New York Times watchers were looking forward to hearing new CEO Mark Thompson's plummy tones this morning, as he hosted the company's quarterly earnings report for the first time.  This report also included full-year, 2012.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Times’ C.E.O. Mark Thompson promises a ‘new strategy,’ details in April
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
At New York Times, 65% of digital-only subscribers are ‘entirely new’
Discussion: paidContent
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
What would a New York Times for the youngs look like?  —  The New York Times is testing some kind of “entry-level” product aimed at a younger, more Internet-y audience, new CEO Mark Thompson said in the company's earnings call Thursday.  Forbes' Jeff Bercovici followed up …
Discussion: New York Times and eMedia Vitals
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Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Amazon Wants to Get Into the Used E-Book Business — Or Bury It
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Universal Unloads European Labels Bought From EMI
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Discussion: Poynter