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1:25 PM ET, January 6, 2014


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Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
The New York Times Embraces ‘Organic’ Ad Strategy  —  This week, The New York Times takes the wraps off its first Web redesign in five years.  Along with the new look, the paper is rethinking its ad strategy, embracing the current trend toward weaving ads more closely with editorial content.
David Carr / New York Times:
Print Starts to Settle Into Its Niches  —  Kevin Kelly is not a dumb guy — far from it actually.  As the founding executive editor of Wired and one of the people who helped build The Well, among the earliest online communities, he has done a good job of seeing what is coming next for decades.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Entrepreneurs dominate Forbes 30 Under 30 Media list  —  30 Under 30: These People Are Building The Media Companies Of Tomorrow  —  It used to be easy to find the most promising young talent in the media business.  All you had to do was search among the interns at The New Yorker …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Preparations begin for “blowback” against Gabriel Sherman's new Ailes book, out Jan. 21st  —  Big roll-out begins for Ailes book  —  Random House is preparing for a “s**tstorm,” to borrow the phrase Matt Drudge used in a tweet four months ago, that will surely ensue …
Malone's Liberty Global Said Approaching Ziggo Agreement  —  Liberty Global Plc (LBTYA) is putting the final touches on an acquisition of Dutch broadband provider Ziggo NV (ZIGGO) as the cable company expands its European operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: Gigaom and Reuters
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:
John Malone's Next Chess Move to Take Control of Time Warner Cable
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Yahoo News hires Daniel Klaidman as deputy editor, adds Atlantic's Franke-Ruta  —  The Yahoo News expansion continues: On Monday, the site announced that it had hired Daniel Klaidman, the Daily Beast correspondent and former Newsweek managing editor, to serve as Deputy Editor.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
CES 2014: Internet streaming device maker unveils the Roku TV  —  The maker of popular Internet streaming devices unveiled the new Roku TV, a smart TV to be manufactured by TCL and Hisense.  —  Roku, the consumer electronics company best known for its devices that deliver Internet video to televisions …
PR Newswire:
Advertising Age Cuts Frequency to 25 Issues a Year As Digital Readership Hits New Highs  —  NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Advertising Age, the leading source of news, intelligence and conversation for the global marketing and media community, said today it will reduce its frequency …
Discussion: @sfiegerman
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Pakistani TV reporter, Shan Daher, first journalist to be murdered in 2014  —  Pakistani TV reporter murdered  —  Pakistani TV reporter Shan Daher (aka Dayer or Odhor) was shot on his way home from his work at the Abb Takk news channel in the Larkana district of Sindh province.
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
In a rare move, China unblocks Chinese versions of Reuters and WSJ sites  —  China's Great Firewall blocks a number of big-name sites every year.  Last year, news sites were under fire for their reporting on China's leaders and their wealth, and so Bloomberg, The New York Times …
Discussion: Poynter
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Al Jazeera faces criticism in Egypt over its coverage of Muslim Brotherhood  —  Ever since the military's ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in July, Al Jazeera, the pioneering Arab-language news broadcaster, hasn't shrunk from calling his removal something the American government won't: a coup.
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Rachel Maddow influencing MSNBC's editorial decisions, leading to falling ratings, say sources  —  Rachel's Show  —  MSNBC, the left-leaning cable-news network, has settled on one solution to its recent problems.  It now has an executive reviewing scripts before they go on the air.
Discussion: Mediaite, TVNewser and
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Photographer kidnapped in Syria is released
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