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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 …
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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:
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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
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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.
AdExchanger:
AOL Gets In With Agencies; Facebook Wants To Get Real-Time  —  Here's today's AdExchanger.com 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.
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Seb Joseph / The Drum:   Guardian overhauls site in anticipation of publishers selling ads based on time
 
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AOL Gets In With Agencies; Facebook Wants To Get Real-Time  —  Here's today's AdExchanger.com 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