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6:40 PM ET, January 15, 2014

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Michael Wolff / Slate:
The new Roger Ailes biography isn't just poorly written.  It's telling the wrong story.  —  Gabriel Sherman is part of a group of young media reporters—many starting out at the New York Observer under the tutelage of then-Editor Peter Kaplan, an avowed media nostalgist—who have seen their subject …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   Q&A with author of book on Fox's Roger Ailes
Tim Wu / The New Yorker Blog:
FCC's Wheeler can preserve net neutrality by taking back its authority over broadband  —  Closing Time for the Open Internet  —  Since 1970 or so, carriers like A. T. & T. and Verizon have been barred from blocking or degrading whatever is transported over their lines.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AOL hands over control of Patch to investment fund Hale Global, keeps small stake  —  AOL Finds a Home — Off Its Books — For Patch  —  Patch isn't dead, and AOL isn't officially done with it.  But Tim Armstrong's big bet on local news has come to an end: The AOL CEO is handing over Patch …
The Wrap:
TheWrap Beats Deadline Hollywood and Variety's Web Traffic in December  —  TheWrap is pleased to announce that it has achieved its highest traffic month in the history of the site, surpassing both industry trades Variety and Deadline.  —  According to comScore, TheWrap scored 3.4 million unique visitors …
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Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:   Scintillating TheWrap Stats Also Remind: comScore Counts It Differently [Updated]
Alex Leo / Newsweek:
The New New Newsweek.com  —  I know the past couple years have been confusing—it seems like every time you turn around there's a new Newsweek.com.  When IBT Media purchased Newsweek last year, it inherited a beautiful site designed by Huge that was launched less than a year ago.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone-hacking trial: judge admonishes police expert witness  —  Forensic engineer admits making mistakes in interpretation of data on mobile phone movements near Rebekah Brooks's home  —  The judge in the phone-hacking trial has admonished a police witness after he admitted to making three mistakes …
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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, Mayer's No. 2, to depart after failing to move lagging ad business  —  “Dead Man Walking” Walks: COO Henrique De Castro Out at Yahoo  —  As has long been rumored, Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro is departing Yahoo.  —  I had reported last week that he was in big trouble …
Mark Stone / Sky News:
China Defends Blocking Some Western Websites  —  Video: Chinese Ambassador: ‘China Is Open’  —  China's ambassador to the UK has defended his country's long-standing decision to block some Western media companies, in an interview with Sky News.  —  Speaking to Sky's Jeff Randall …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Ira Teinowitz / The Wrap:
Rep. Waxman on Tribune Meeting: ‘My Concern About the Fate of the Los Angeles Times Was Not Alleviated’  —  Rep. Henry Waxman said Wednesday that his staff had a “helpful meeting” with the general counsel and the chief financial officer of the Tribune Co., but his concerns remain …
Discussion: Politico
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Vanity Fair launches Hollywood vertical  —  Last year, Vanity Fair hired Mike Hogan from The Huffington Post as digital director, and charged him with a familiar task at many legacy magazine publishers these days.  —  “The idea was to grow VanityFair.com over the course of the next year …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Jim Rutenberg joins Times Magazine  —  Jim Rutenberg has been named chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, filling the spot created when Matt Bai jumped to Yahoo News in November.  —  He leaves the newspaper-side role of national political correspondent.
Discussion: Capital New York and FishbowlNY
Jason Deans / Guardian:
James Harding offers the BBC reasons to be cheerful in the digital age  —  In his debut public speech for the BBC, its news chief seemed on top of his brief - and was remarkably upbeat about the future  —  “I am, in fact, extremely optimistic about the future of journalism,” …
Discussion: Poynter, bbc.co.uk and BBC
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
After 97 years in NYC, Forbes heads to New Jersey  —  Forbes Media surprised staffers Tuesday with the news that the “capitalist tool” is moving to New Jersey — vacating the Greenwich Village HQ it has occupied for 49 years.  —  CEO Mike Perlis gave the word but said the company is looking for …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google brings Play Movies and TV to iOS  —  Google has been bringing more and more of its services to iOS over the years, and a new one just launched today: users can now play back movies and TV shows they've purchased from Google Play on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Viddy, the “Instagram for Video” That Wasn't, Acquired by Web Video Startup Fullscreen  —  Remember Viddy?  —  Back in 2012, the video-sharing app was growing like a weed, and lots of smart money bet that it would become an “Instagram for video.”  Then Facebook, which had been fueling Viddy's rise …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and The Verge
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Journalism graduate laments the industry's shift to digital  —  The reality of digital newsrooms: ‘copy thrown online with a photo’ … It isn't just the old school, such as Brian MacArthur and Phil Moger, who lament the passing of the roar of the presses after the transition to the new digital world.
Discussion: @emilybell and @josephstash
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Jana Winter Voices Support for Bill Seeking to Strengthen Colorado Shield Laws  —  FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter has submitted a written statement of support to the Colorado Senate Judiciary committee for a bill that would strengthen the state's media shield laws.
Discussion: Fox News and Poynter
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Start small, plan big: How two nonprofit education sites came together to build a network  —  What started out as two independent nonprofit news sites is now a network of four — with aims to grow larger.  —  Chalkbeat, the nonprofit education reporting partnership that grew out of GothamSchools …
Leila Haddou / Guardian:
Blogger broke news of alleged UK role in 1984 Amritsar attack  —  Independent researcher and journalist uncovered government papers in the National Archives released under the 30-year rule  —  The revelation of alleged SAS involvement in the planning of the 1984 expulsion of militants …
Discussion: New York Times and BBC
 
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
MSNBC president defends network, hits Fox News and CNN
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