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  • AOL plans to increase ‘content production’

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    AOL has been on a hiring spree over the past year, scooping up more than 900 hundred journalists. Still, the New Yorker's Ken Auletta wrote a couple weeks ago, in a profile of chief executive Tim Armstrong, that "AOL does not seem to be saving journalism, and journalism does not yet seem to be saving AOL." Some journalists who had worked for AOL questioned the company's commitment to quality journalism.

    While it remains to be seen how much emphasis AOL editorial puts on reporting,  a leaked "master plan" indicates that the company is certainly ramping up "content production" (as indicated in the above slide).

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  • egyptsocialmediaSince Egypt's civilian-led uprising exploded early last week, people within the country have turned to social media as a vital source of information--while observers across the globe have likewise made extensive use of updates on Twitter, Facebook and other outlets to track Egypt's volatile political situation.  Here's a look at how the Egyptian crisis has lent currency and legitimacy to social media on the ground in Cairo--and beyond.

    Mashable has an excellent roundup of how journalists have harnessed Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, live blogs and Tumblr as real-time reporting tools in the face of the Egyptian government's communications crack down. "In some respects, the attempt to block communication has done little to stifle reports coming out of the country," writes Vadim Lavrusik. "Though much of the citizenry isn't able to broadcast themselves, their stories are being told and amplified."

    Many journalists have been using their news organizations' satellite services to file reports and get online. But some have taken to less sophisticated methods. When all else fails for CNN's Nic Robertson, for instance, he calls his wife back home and tells her what he wants her to tweet from his account. "Simple workaround and proof that you can't stop information," writes Steve Safran on Lost Remote.

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  • Murdoch offers ‘The Daily’ preview before Wed launch

    Rupert Murdoch unveils The DailymurdochdrinkRupert Murdoch will unveil News Corp's highly anticipated iPad publication, "The Daily," in front of journalists Wednesday morning at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

    But on Tuesday night, a select few guests will get a sneak peak about 23 blocks further south on Fifth Avenue. All Things D's Peter Kafka reports that Murdoch is hosting a "low key" cocktail party at his lavish apartment to preview the publication. Kafka, like other journalists, wasn't lucky enough to score an invite.

    Kafka has heard some details, though, and describes The Daily as "a newspaper that's both old-fashioned and cutting edge." There will be some stories similar to other digital newspapers, he writes, while "others will look more like iPhone apps, featuring interactive graphics or videos, or photos you can swipe, pinch and zoom—with perhaps almost no text at all."

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are down at 1 p.m.: CSX fell $.13 or .4 percent, to $31.93. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $1.14 or 1.6 percent, to $72.04. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. fell ...

  • Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in U.S. prison
    Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in U.S. prison

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges. A Manhattan federal jury in March found the Kuwaiti-born 48-year-old guilty of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists and providing such support, after a trial that offered a rare glimpse of bin Laden in the hours following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. U.S. ...

  • Obama to address airstrikes against Islamic State: White House official
    Obama to address airstrikes against Islamic State: White House official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will make a statement on Tuesday following airstrikes for the first time against the militant group in Syria, according to the White House. Obama will speak at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) before departing the White House for New York City to attend the U.N. climate meeting, the White House said in an emailed statement. A White House official, speaking on background, said Obama will address the latest strategy to counter Islamic State in Syria. The U.S. ...

  • Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue
    Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

    BEIJING (AP) — A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said.

  • Scoffs and hopes as Khodorkovsky eyes Kremlin
    Scoffs and hopes as Khodorkovsky eyes Kremlin

    Moscow (AFP) - For a project whose end goal might be the removal from power of President Vladimir Putin, it had a very inauspicious start.

  • Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start
    Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists.

  • Frankfurt exchange's China dream turns to nightmare

    By Edward Taylor, Andreas Kröner, Christoph Steitz and John Ruwitch FRANKFURT/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When Deutsche Boerse set off eight years ago to lure Chinese companies to Germany with fast listings and low fees, it dreamed of one day landing a giant like Alibaba . In the latest and most bizarre case, Ultrasonic, a small Chinese shoemaker listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, announced last week that Wu Qingyong, the company's chief executive, and his son had disappeared, along with $60 million from the company's bank account. On Monday, Ultrasonic said Wu had contacted the group's finance chief to say he would return to the company, along with the money.

  • Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida
    Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self."

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