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6:20 AM ET, January 16, 2014

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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 …
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.
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Josh Stearns / Free Press Blog:
Net Neutrality and the Future of Journalism  —  Tuesday's court decision, which struck down the FCC's Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom.  —  According to the Pew Research Center …
Discussion: Gigaom and Consumerist
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Will Beats Music trump Spotify with its artist charm offensive?  —  Dr Dre and Trent Reznor are launching a US streaming service - but artists are likely to lose out again due to labels' royalty deals  —  The music streaming market is becoming a crowded place, but that hasn't stopped Beats Music getting in on the game.
Discussion: Pocket-lint
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Spotify introduces unlimited free music on the web just days before Beats Music launch  —  The nice thing about raising $250 million is that it lets you offer your customers services that few competitors can match.  Spotify, which is riding high after completing a massive fundraising round in November …
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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:   THE END OF AN ERROR: AOL Just Disposed Of Controlling Interest In Patch
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Capital New York to Introduce Monthly Print Magazine  —  Capital New York, the Politico sibling that covers politics and media in New York, is rolling out a small monthly print magazine starting this month, according to parent company Allbritton Communications.
Discussion: @joepompeo
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Top editors at Washington Post, Politico talk after Wemple scrutinizes Mike Allen's Playbook  —  Washington Post and Politico Talk About a Rift  —  Top editors at The Washington Post and Politico tried on Wednesday to mend a rift between the two news organizations.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Independent seeks new buyer  —  The Independent is up for sale.  The paper's founder, and current chairman of its publishing company, Andreas Whittam Smith, has been authorised to seek out a buyer.  —  The owners, Alexander Lebedev and his son, Evgeny, have been indicating …
Susan Currie Sivek / Mediashift:
Digital Technology Remodels Women's Magazines  —  Women's magazines are full of fashion, beauty and relationship tips.  However, studying them has also taught one researcher a lot about their future, and about the future of the magazine industry as a whole.
Tim Goodman / Hollywood Reporter:
How Kevin Reilly Is Changing Up Fox's Game, and What That May Mean for the TV Industry  —  As the broadcast net moves away from pilot season, its decisions are really and truly about quality.  —  Fox's Kevin Reilly  —  Whenever change comes to the resistant television industry, it comes slow.
Discussion: Forbes
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times' R&D Lab is building a quantified-self, semantic-analysis tool to track web browsing  —  Let's say you work in a modern digital newsroom.  Your colleagues are looking at interesting stuff online all day long — reading stimulating news stories, searching down rabbit holes you've never thought of.
Discussion: Co.Labs
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How a free email newsletter turned a computer programmer into a Newsweek columnist  —  Being on Twitter can sometimes feel a little like being in a high school cafeteria.  —  There's chatter all around you, and there's always a joke you're not in on.  On Twitter, everyone's always mad about something …
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 and LA Observed
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, Poynter and Politico
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
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 …
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Why isn't the media allowed to talk to Guantanamo detainees?  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — It's now been more than 12 years since the first terror suspects arrived at what was then a makeshift, open-air military prison at Guantanamo Bay.  Since then, thousands of journalists …
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]
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
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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Hadas Gold / Politico:
MSNBC president defends network, hits Fox News and CNN
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Alex Leo / Newsweek:
The New New Newsweek.com  —  I know the past couple years …
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
After 97 years in NYC, Forbes heads to New Jersey
Jason Deans / Guardian:
James Harding offers the BBC reasons to be cheerful in the digital age
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Michael Wolff / Slate:
The new Roger Ailes biography isn't just poorly written. It's telling the wrong story.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Smart TV: Sky officially launches targeted adverts to the UK public
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US ‘disappointed’ as Russia refuses journalist visa
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