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2:00 AM ET, January 29, 2015


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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Andrew Sullivan to give up blogging; future of The Dish unclear  —  A Note To My Readers  —  One of the things I've always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers.  This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Andrew Sullivan fueled a blog ecosystem that rose from troublemaking to fatal respectability  —  My Life In The Blogosphere  —  One of the first, and last, great bloggers pulled the plug today.  —  John Gara/BuzzFeed  —  I first really understood the secret power of the early 2000s political blogosphere …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Mashable raises $17M led by Time Warner, Business Insider raises $25M led by Axel Springer  —  Mashable and Business Insider close large new financing rounds  —  Mashable announced late Wednesday night that it has closed a new round of financing worth $17 million, led by Time Warner Investments …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Snapchat's new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news  —  You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn't1, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that puts news into the ephemeral chat app so popular among American teens and young adults:
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
“SnapperHero” Snapchat Scripted Series to Debut with YouTube Stars
James Harding / BBC:
BBC News director James Harding's multimedia look at the past, present, and future of news  —  Future of News … The disruption … The future of BBC News?
Discussion: Press Gazette and Washington Post
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
BBC releases report looking at its plans to cover news as it prepares for 2017 charter renewal  —  Here's how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future  —  As the United Kingdom's national broadcaster, the BBC operates under a royal charter …
John Plunkett / Guardian:   World Service cuts will reduce UK's global ‘soft power’, BBC report warns
Tara Conlan / Guardian:   Sky News to merge digital and TV staff in newsroom shakeup
Washington Post:
Google says it fought gag orders in WikiLeaks investigation  —  Google has fought all gag orders preventing it from telling customers that their e-mails and other data were sought by the U.S. government in a long-running investigation of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S  —  Tangerine, a breakout hit from this year's Sundance Film Festival, is full of surprises.  There's the subject matter: transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood.  And there are the characters: flinty, funny, nobody's victim.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More  —  Starting today, Tumblr is rolling out a series of updates to its online blogging platform designed to make the service more attractive and useful for content creators, and specifically for those writing long-form content.
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US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat  —  6 hrs ago  —  Beijing (AFP) - Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party.
AOL Gets In With Agencies; Facebook Wants To Get Real-Time  —  Here's today's news round-up... Want it by email?  Sign-up here.  Agencies On Board With Armstrong Though Google hasn't been keen on making music with agencies, AOL seems to be hitting the right notes.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tesco Inks Deal For Rakuten's Kobo To Take On Blinkbox Books' Customers, Other Assets  —  Some closure in the ongoing story of retail giant Tesco offloading its digital content effort blinkbox.  Assets from blinkbox Books — specifically customer accounts and existing e-book libraries …
Henry Tricks / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Kenji Goto's reporting is voice of humanity in times of atrocity  —  Kenji Goto, the 47-year-old television journalist held captive by the Islamic State (IS), is not a typical reporter, nor is he typically Japanese.  But his courage and commitment to broadcasting humane stories …
Wolfgang Blau / Guardian:
The Guardian launches its new responsive website worldwide  —  Welcome to the new Guardian website  —  After more than 18 months of development, the Guardian has unveiled a new site for its readers in the UK and around the world  —  The Guardian has a history stretching back almost 200 years of creating world-class journalism.
Seb Joseph / The Drum:   Guardian overhauls site in anticipation of publishers selling ads based on time
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Search Marketing Expo News:
Want To Speak @ SMX London?  Here's How  —  The agenda is live, and we're now accepting submissions to speak at Search Marketing Expo - SMX London 2015.  To increase the odds of being selected, be sure to have read the agenda.
AOL Gets In With Agencies; Facebook Wants To Get Real-Time  —  Here's today's news round-up... Want it by email?  Sign-up here.  Agencies On Board With Armstrong Though Google hasn't been keen …
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Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Two month old digital news channel CBSN finds 52% of its streams are on connected TVs
Discussion: TVNewser
Adam Flomenbaum / LostRemote:
Twitter TV Ratings Come to France
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:
Rolling Stone archive comes to Google Play Newsstand on Friday; 3-4 stories per issue available free
Discussion: The Verge, ABC News and The Wrap
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Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits, & Pixels:
Nielsen shows Kindle Unlimited subscribers in US and UK spend more on books than non-subscribers
Discussion: SlashGear and TechCrunch
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Unlike the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, the New York Times Company has no reason to sell anytime soon
CBC News:
Canada's electronic spy agency tracks millions of online movie, photo, music, and other downloads worldwide
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Gawker Media Generated $45 Million In Net Revenue Last Year And It's Raising A $15 Million Round Of Debt
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
News aggregator Anews raises $2.7M for further international expansion
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL Likely to Shutter Gaming Site Joystiq in Larger Content Cleanup
Discussion: Adweek, Joystiq and AdExchanger