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10:55 AM ET, February 5, 2013


 Top News: 
Mat Honan / Wired:
Why Vine's Going to Grow Into Something Huge  —  The very best things we make are the things that allow us to make even better things: tools that create connections and empower creativity.  The latest of these is Vine, Twitter's remarkable new video sharing app.  —  Vine lets people shoot and share six-second looped videos.
Discussion: CNET
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Turner Broadcasting Names Giorgio Stock President of EMEA Region  —  The former Walt Disney consumer products, publishing and retail executive says he sees opportunity to expand brands and franchises across platforms.  —  Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting said Tuesday that it has hired …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
iTunes launches Breakout Books section to highlight self-published titles  —  Amazon intensely promotes self-published Kindle books, and now Apple is taking steps toward doing the same thing.  The company has launched a new section of the iBookstore, “Breakout Books,” a …
Discussion: Media Decoder
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
The Economics of Netflix's $100 Million New Show  —  With Netflix's foray into original, high quality programming today, the streaming TV network wants to turn into the HBO of Internet TV, but can the network afford it?  Putting together a big production with famous actors like House …
Discussion: /Film
Tim Wu / New Yorker:
“House of Cards” and the Decline of Cable
Discussion: Betabeat and Pocket-lint
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Sunday Times Refuses Photographs From Syria  —  The Sunday Times has asked freelancers to stop sending photographs and copy from Syria, the Press Gazette reported on Tuesday.  —  According to photojournalist Rick Findler, the Sunday Times's foreign desk reportedly thanked him for his work …
Discussion: Press Gazette, @cathjam and @cengizyar
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Digital First Media is working on paywalls, even though it really doesn't want to  —  Plenty of newspapers have been jumping headlong into the paywall business recently, and many of them claim that the introduction of subscription plans has been the best thing that ever happened to them.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
OC Register, investing heavily in print, also readies paywall  —  The Orange County Register is preparing to launch a metered paywall this year, News & Tech reports.  New Register owner Aaron Kushner has made no secret of his plans to charge for online access to the paper …
Discussion: News & Tech
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Twitter Makes Big Acquisition, Buys Social TV Analytics Company Bluefin Labs  —  Twitter has acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company that was founded in 2008, sources say.  —  Although we don't know the exact acquisition price, we were told this is Twitter's biggest acquisition to date.
Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:
What's The Real Story Behind The New York Times Buyouts?  —  No one outside the building really knows — but maybe because no one really cares anymore.  —  Late Friday afternoon, inside The New York Times building at 40th Street and 8th Avenue, around 100 staffers gathered on the second floor …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A goodbye to teary newsroom scenes? Why Friday's wake at the ‘Times’ was undercovered
Discussion: Poynter and @poniewozik
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
AOL In Talks To Buy Gdgt, The Consumer Electronics Review Site Started By Former Engadget Founders  —  I'm hearing that gdgt (pronounced 'gadget'), the consumer electronics review site founded by Engadget co-founder Peter Rojas and former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block, is in late-stage acquisition talks with AOL.
Discussion: Fast Company
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Signs Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit to Film Distribution Deal (Exclusive)  —  The multiyear agreement, which begins in spring 2013, will give the streaming service first look at titles from her production company.  —  Netflix has struck a multiyear licensing deal with Flavor Unit Entertainment …
Discussion: BWW Geeks Stories
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Malone eyes Virgin Media in challenge to Murdoch  —  (Reuters) - John Malone's Liberty Global has opened talks with Britain's Virgin Media over a takeover that would increase the U.S. cable group's dominance in Europe and step up a challenge to media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Can Jeff Zucker turn CNN's saccharine output into the sweet smell of success?  —  CNN's new president is shaking up the network, but to win the ratings he needs, he'll have to find a cable news sensibility  —  The obvious problem with CNN, depressing its ratings for the better part of a decade …
Discussion: Capital New York
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Drive-in theaters get help for digital conversion  —  “Gangster Squad” is seen playing at the Rubidoux Drive-In Theater in Riverside last month.  Hollywood will stop producing 35-mm prints sometime this year, and drive-in theaters must switch to digital projection systems or risk going dark.
Discussion: DCinemaToday and The Verge
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The Verge and The Huffington Post attempt the impossible: making comments smarter  —  At the start of December, a reader of The Verge from Stamford, Connecticut, did something kind of dorky but also kind of awesome.  Inspired by Nilay Patel's video interview with Senator Al Franken, the reader …
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
Washington Post Names Kevin Merida Managing Editor (Updated)  —  The Washington Post has named Kevin Merida its managing editor in charge of news and features, effective immediately.  —  He joins managing editor John Temple, who oversees digital and newsroom operations.
Darryl Fears / @bydarrylfears:   Kevin Merida is now the Washington Post's managing editor, breaking a barrier as the first African American to hold the job. @meridak
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Discussion: Fast Company
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