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3:30 PM ET, January 30, 2013

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Matt K. Lewis / The Week:
Why I hate Twitter  —  The social sharing tool was once a vision.  Now it's a prison  —  S  —  oren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Time Inc. Said to Eliminate About 6% of Workforce  —  Time Inc. (TWX), the largest magazine publisher in the U.S., is eliminating about 500 positions, or 6 percent of its workforce, according to two executives with direct knowledge of the firings.  —  The job cuts occurred across …
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Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Cutting Staff  —  Time Inc. began a wave of staff reductions Wednesday morning that are expected to eliminate about 500 jobs, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the country's largest magazine group grapples with declines in print advertising.
Jon Bernstein / Press Gazette:
'We're not trying to beat the Huffington Post'  —  Chris Hughes, from Facebook to New Republic  —  Question: How do you reinvigorate a 98-year old US news and current affairs magazine for the digital age?  —  Answer: Hire a 29 year-old former Facebook executive.  Naturally.
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Jack Shafer:
Unsolicited advice for New Republic owner Chris Hughes
Discussion: Daily Download and @jayrosen_nyu
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Ratings Hit 12-Year Demo Lows In January Cable News Figures  —  At the end of each month, cable news ratings are released to the public.  And, like clockwork, Fox News dominates the top 13 or so programs, far outstripping its competitors.  —  January was ... a little different.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
After Scientology Debacle, The Atlantic Tightens Native Ad Guidelines  —  A little over two weeks after The Atlantic got egg on its face over a sponsored Web post by the Church of Scientology, the media brand has issued new guidelines for so-called native advertising.  They're live on the brand's site now.
Jim Romenesko:
SPJ kills print edition of conference newspaper  —  Buried in the Society of Professional Journalists president's winter meeting notes is news that SPJ will no longer produce a print version of its Working Press newspaper at SPJ's annual conference. … SPJ will still offer …
Discussion: Freedom of the Prez
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Al Jazeera America Has Received More Than 8,000 Applications  —  Lots of competition for just 160 positions.  —  Within 24 hours of posting openings for the majority of their new positions, Al Jazeera America received 5000 applications for open positions, a number that has grown to 8,063 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jim Romenesko:
Washington Post gives scholarships to computer programmers at Medill  —  The Washington Post announced today that it's giving scholarships to computer programmers studying at Medill.  The paper joins the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in supporting the Northwestern University scholarship program.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Makes Murmurs About Its Video Business  —  Netflix added a bunch of streaming video subscribers in the last quarter.  How did rival Amazon do?  —  Who knows?  Amazon is fiercely dedicated to the notion that it won't say squat about its business, and things stayed true to form during yesterday's earnings call.
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Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Bezos: With ebook sales up 70% in 2012, Amazon has hit “transition” it expected
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Kill the pageview: 29th Street Publishing looks to profit off small and good  —  Maura Johnston, founding editor of Gawker's now-defunct Idolator and more recently the music editor at the Village Voice, is now a micro-publisher.  The independent writer is four issues into her new periodical …
Discussion: magCulture.com/blog
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Guardian CEO Andrew Miller on paywalls, mobile, and going global  —  The story of the news industry at the moment is the interplay between contraction and expansion.  As publishers reduce the size of their operations, they're also looking outward to new products, new coverage areas — or new geographies.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle  —  Like plenty of music fans, Sam Broe jumped at the chance to join Spotify two summers ago, and he hasn't looked back.  —  Spotify, which began streaming music in Sweden in 2008, lets users choose from millions of songs over the Internet free …
Discussion: Fortune, Quartz and Business Insider
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Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Streaming and Micropennies: The Footnotes
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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David Holmes / PandoDaily:
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