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4:43 PM ET, January 8, 2014

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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
NYT redesign: an end to page breaks in articles and a focus on tablets and subscribers  —  ‘New York Times’ Website Redesign Goes Back to the Future  —  The New York Times has rolled out its largest website redesign in seven years, but readers familiar with the newspaper might feel like it's a step back in time
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Brian Stelter / CNN Money:
New York Times redesign points to future of online publishing  —  The last time The New York Times embarked on a wholesale redesign of its Web site, in 2006, the iPhone wasn't on the market.  Tablets like the iPad were still years away.  —  So the new design that The Times is unveiling Wednesday …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Times Designers Are Monitoring Reaction to the Redesign, With Adjustments Possible  —  It's a big day for digital change at The Times, on both journalistic and business fronts, as the company unveiled a redesign that has been many months in the making, along with its first foray into native advertising.
New York Times:
New bio of Fox News Chief Roger Ailes details power struggles, desire for political influence  —  Biography Casts Critical Light on Fox News Chief  —  Roger Ailes was so eager to influence national politics that in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, he told fellow Fox News executives point-blank …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Roger Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman strikes back: The book is fact-checked  —  Gabriel Sherman, the author of a highly anticipated biography of Roger Ailes, is hitting back at the Fox News chief's assertion that Sherman and his publisher did not fact-check the book prior to its publication.
Discussion: Mediaite and @joehagansays
Joe Strupp / Media Matters:
Exclusive: Washington Post Reader Representative Departs, Replacement Unclear  —  Less than a year after taking the newly created post of reader representative at The Washington Post, Doug Feaver has left the paper, Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt confirmed Wednesday.
Discussion: Poynter and @dangillmor
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post Seeking Ezra Klein's Replacement  —  The Washington Post has approached The Atlantic's Derek Thompson to be the next editor of Wonkblog, according to a source familiar with the matter.  —  Thompson has not yet accepted the job, but The Post's recruitment of a replacement suggests …
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Sales of Online Movies Jumps; DVDs Continue to Decline  —  Delaying Availability of DVDs, Rentals Nudged Consumers … After years of trying to convince consumers to buy movies online, Hollywood found a solution in 2013: Make it the only option.  —  Digital movie purchases surged 47% …
Discussion: @benfritz
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
AMA: How a Weird Internet Thing Became a Mainstream Delight  —  Reddit's question-and-answer format imports the aspirational norms of honesty and authenticity from pseudonymous Internet forums into mainstream interviews.  —  Barack Obama, Jerry Seinfeld, a line cook at Applebee's, and a guy with two penises walk into a bar.
Beth Healy / The Boston Globe:
John Henry vows to make Globe ‘aggressively relevant’  —  Boston Globe owner John Henry pledged to help make the newspaper and its websites “aggressively relevant” and successful in the coming years during a speech to a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday.
Discussion: @mviser and @romenesko
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Gabriel Snyder leaves The Wire, Andrew Golis takes over  —  Gabriel Synder is leaving his job as editor-in-chief of The Wire, and will be replaced by Andrew Golis in the new role of “general manager” of the high-octane aggregation website published by Atlantic Media.
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Two-Year-Old Observer Story About Soccer Mom Madam Incorrectly Named Post Editor  —  On March 29, 2012, the Observer ran a story that suggested the New York Post's editor in chief, Col Allan, was among the “powerful men found in transcripts of the surveillance audio from the five-year-long investigation” of Ms. Gristina.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bob Costas Says NBC's Olympics Broadcast Won't Ignore Russia's Anti-Gay Laws  —  NEW YORK — Bob Costas, the face of NBC's primetime Sochi Olympics coverage, recently made headlines by telling the Associated Press that he was more interested in interviewing President Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: Mediaite
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sony Doesn't Have the Deals It Needs for Web TV — But That's Not Its Real Problem  —  Last year, Intel said it was going to deliver pay TV over the Web by the end of 2013.  That didn't work out.  —  Now Sony says it will deliver pay TV over the Web sometime in 2014.  Can it deliver?  —  Maybe!
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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Kaz Hirai on Why Sony's Pay TV Bid Can Succeed Where Intel and Others Stumbled
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, CNET, The Verge and Variety
Deutsche Welle:
Taiwan journalists strive for more independence  —  A new group in Taiwan wants to address the threats independent reporting in the country faces on multiple fronts.  New advertising models and a series of buyouts by Chinese companies are changing Taiwan's media landscape.
David Kenner / Foreign Policy:
The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer  —  Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera.  Seven months later he was dead.
Discussion: @coreypein and Corey Pein
 
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U-T San Diego Lays Off Video Personnel
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