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10:15 AM ET, January 20, 2014

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David Carr / New York Times:
Print focus at OC Register fails to stem bleeding as publisher Aaron Kushner tries to scale  —  Publisher Stumbles in Wild Chase for Growth  —  Timing matters when it comes to news.  I had been reading about Aaron Kushner's audacious strategy to invest in journalism ever since he bought …
Josh Levin / Slate:
Digging Too Deep  —  Every journalist has worked on a story that started out being about one thing and ended up as something else entirely.  That's what happened to Caleb Hannan, who got curious about a weird-looking golf club he found on YouTube and started quizzing the inventor about her far-out scientific theories.
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Hazel Cills / Gawker:
Twitter Explodes After Trans Subject of Golf Article Kills Herself  —  On Friday, journalist Caleb Hannan tweeted a link to a recent Grantland story he did, writing, “Not sure what to say other than this is the strangest story I've ever worked on.”  —  The piece, entitled “Dr. V's Magical Putter …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
After Mulling Sale, Business Insider Raising a New Round of Funding  —  Business Insider — which rejected an informal acquisition offer of around $100 million floated by AOL last year and has discussed other sale efforts — is likely to be raising a new round from its existing investors, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
In France, value of legacy media companies plummets  —  Those media assets that are worth nothing  —  The valuation gap between high tech and media companies has never been wider.  The erosion of their revenue model might be the main culprit, but management teams, unions and boards …
Fergus Pitt / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
Which News Organizations Influence Wikipedia?  —  The New York Times leads the Wikipedia record of 2013's biggest news stories, according to a very simple (and perhaps simplistic) analysis of the online encyclopedia's citations.  The analysis and process are quite basic …
Discussion: @raju, @fergle and @towcenter
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News International security chief said he ‘burned stuff’, colleague tells court  —  Mark Hanna made comment to security guard after they discussed News of the World closure, phone-hacking trial hears  —  The News International director of security told one of his team he had dug a hole in his garden to …
Discussion: @guardian
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
Ex-Politico reporter sells blog to U.S. News & World Report  —  Goodbye tank tops in December.  Hello lucrative job in Washington in early February.  —  Political reporter Dave Cantanese left Politico in January, 2013 under a swirl of controversy.  In a New Years Eve resignation note …
Discussion: @betsyscribeindc and The Run 2016
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
International editors warn UK Government sending ‘negative message’ to world on press freedom  —  The World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) two-day press freedom mission to the UK concluded with a warning that changes to press regulation and Government “intimidation” of The Guardian were sending a …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
After the Times Redesign, Complaints and Changes  —  I've seldom had as much response to any post as to one last week - from the first day of the redesign of The Times's website: about 1,000 comments on this blog, in addition to hundreds of emails to my office.
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
For Movie Producers, a Golden Age Fades  —  As Hollywood slashes spending, nobody has felt the brunt as much as movie producers … LOS ANGELES—They still sit on the northern edge of the Universal Pictures lot—symbols of an era when producers were the kings of Hollywood.
Discussion: @benfritz
 
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Magazine industry ad decline slowing, but 4th quarter not good
Discussion: @poynter and @rickedmonds
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Q&A: John Yemma on managing the Christian Science Monitor's leap from print to digital
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Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
‘This used to be a newsroom’ — the scene at the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Discussion: @newswhip
Lauren Kirchner / Columbia Journalism Review:
FOIA fight for NSA documents continues
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
How Beats' New Music Service Plans to Crush Spotify
Discussion: The Next Web
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
End of film: Paramount first studio to stop distributing celluloid
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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
After Leaving Office, Bloomberg Is More Hands-On at Old Company
 

 
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Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung VP: two new smartphones coming within six months, one with a “large screen”, the other with “new materials”

Ina Fried / Re/code:
T-Mobile Adds 1.5 Million More Customers, Swings to Profit on Spectrum Sale

Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App

 
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