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3:05 PM ET, January 28, 2013

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Christine Haughney / New York Times:
The New Republic Reimagines Its Future  —  WASHINGTON — There are not many firsts for a politically savvy, 98-year-old publication like The New Republic.  But Franklin Foer, its 38-year-old editor, experienced one recently when he passed a Hudson News store at Union Station here and saw …
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Chris Hughes / The New Republic:
Welcome to Our Redesign - A letter from The New Republic's publisher and editor-in-chief  —  This is the age of endless facts.  Every question is now seemingly answerable; just swipe your finger over the device in your pocket.  Want to know every important opinion about the question of the moment?
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:   New Republic, Old Pay Wall
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
B&N Aims To Whittle Its Stores For Years  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. expects to close as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, the bookseller's top store executive said, offering the most detailed picture yet of the company's plans for the outlets.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reading the new New Republic  —  Last week, I attended a panel in New York City on “the unexpected future of media” hosted by The New Republic.  Chris Hughes, the 29-year-old owner, publisher, and editor-in-chief of the magazine, said a few introductory words.
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Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
TNR's new owner crosses a line with Obama interview
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
HuffPo's new ‘Conversations’ will improve comments — and make money for AOL  —  I'm not a regular reader of the Huffington Post but when I go there, I'm astounded how many people leave comments on a given story.  Last week, for instance, more than 20,000 readers offered their two cents …
Stephen Cohen / Poynter:
Inside Advance's Post-Standard newspaper as it transforms this week to digital first  —  There's a small statue of a paperboy inside Stephen A. Rogers' plush corner office overlooking Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse.  In his right hand, the paperboy holds a colorful miniature newspaper …
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
The Price of Palin: $15 per Word Spoken During FOX Contract  —  Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word  —  With the three-year contract now expired between FOX News and Sarah Palin …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Start-Up Puts Streaming TV on Campus  —  At Harvard, resident students do not have to borrow their parents' HBO GO passwords to watch “Girls” and “Game of Thrones” online.  They can log in with their own college credentials, getting in the habit of having a cable subscription at an early age.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Q4: Will Marissa Mayer's “Back to Its Roots” Strategy Get Yahoo Back to the Future?  —  At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said the long-suffering Silicon Valley giant would be returning “back to its roots,” as part of an effort to finally turn it around.
Discussion: Forbes, Street Fight and MarketBeat
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Buyer interested in Advocate, which now sells about 22,000 copies a day in New Orleans  —  A private buyer is interested in buying the Baton Rouge paper, Timothy Boone reports.  Circulation at The Advocate is up since the seven-day-a-week paper made a play for readers of the New Orleans Times-Picayune …
Abe Epton / Chicago Tribune:
From Google News to the Chicago Tribune: Observations after a month in the newsroom  —  In my five years at Google News, I'd barely ever heard anyone use the phone or raise their voice.  But the newsroom at the Chicago Tribune, a 165-year-old urban stalwart, is a much more boisterous cubicle suite than anything at the Googleplex.
Yeganeh Torbati / Reuters:
Iran cracks down on media before election  —  (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have arrested more than a dozen journalists in the past two days over their links to “anti-revolutionary” media, Iranian media reported, in what appeared to be a coordinated crackdown on the press.
 
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