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1:05 AM ET, January 26, 2014

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Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
When ‘Long-Form’ Is Bad Form  —  LAST week, the sports and pop culture website Grantland published a story called “Dr. V's Magical Putter” — a piece of “long-form,” as we now call multi-thousand-word, narrative-driven reported articles — about a woman named Essay Anne Vanderbilt …
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Ben Smith / Medium:
What The Longform Backlash Is All About  —  Taking the best of the magazine craft online.  And leaving the rest on paper.  —  BuzzFeed executive editor Doree Shafrir and I started talking about hiring a “longform” editor in the spring of 2012, at the urging of our most experienced writer, Michael Hastings.
Megan Finnerty / Arizona Republic:
Friend of Dr. V blames Grantland story for timing of suicide, but not for the suicide itself  —  Friend blames timing of Gilbert inventor's suicide on fear of impending article  —  It was just after noon Oct. 18 when Gerri Jordan walked into the bedroom of her Gilbert home and found …
Discussion: @danreilly11 and @dangillmor
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Why China Needs to Rethink the Way It Treats the Foreign Press  —  An unusual collaborative investigation by journalists in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, and elsewhere has refocussed attention on one of the Chinese government's most neuralgic issues: the private wealth of top leaders and their families.
Al Jazeera English:
Peter Greste's letter from Egyptian jail  —  Al Jazeera reporter tells the ordeals of his two colleagues, held in a draconian “Scorpion prison”.  —  Writing from Tora Prison, Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste has outlined the fate of his fellow journalists, detained for two weeks without charge in Egypt.
Discussion: @hamishnews and Guardian
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Al Jazeera English:
McCain condemns detention of Al Jazeera staff
Discussion: Guardian and Poynter
Benedict Evans:
As tech, media, and telecom collide, ignorance of any one sector leads to failures like Joost  —  Ignorance  —  “However vast any person's basic reading may be, there still remain an enormous number of fundamental works that he has not read.”  - Italo Calvino
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The ‘Hoax Economy’ gives way to a new breed of fact checking.  —  The ‘Hoax Economy’ gives way to a new breed of fact checking.  —  There's a new genre of headline taking over the internet.  It's got a simple message: don't believe that headline.  —  If you've been watching Twitter …
Discussion: @jwherrman
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
In the latest battle to profit from control of the internet, the consumer is stuck in the middle  —  On a message board under a thread titled, “Is Comcast blocking Netflix,” customers of the nation's largest ISP are complaining about the poor quality of Netflix streaming during evening hours and wondering what's going on.
Discussion: Bright Side Of News* and The Verge
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Get Rid of ‘Viral’ Headlines With This One Weird Browser Extension  —  From “incredible” to “painfully ordinary”  —  The Upworthy headlines will find you.  In tweets, in emails, in wall posts from well-meaning family: Viral Headline English, with its blithe incredulity, will hunt you down …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
As part of Time Warner Cable deal, Charter CEO tentatively offers up NY systems to Comcast  —  Charter CEO Signals Openness in Push For A Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Cable Operator Willing To Give Up New York-Area Systems to Rival Comcast, Sources Say  —  Charter Communications Inc. might …
Discussion: @angryarb and @shaliniwsj
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Reuters:   Charter hires firm to ready Time Warner Cable proxy fight-sources
Tamara Baluja / J-Source:
How well are Canadian newspapers doing with paywalls, tablets?  —  Are paywalls the gamble that will save the newspaper industry?  Is a free tablet app the way to go?  It's too early to know what works as an online strategy, but we did get a glimpse into how some newspapers have been faring …
Discussion: @dailynewshack and @byjameskeller
Howard Stutz / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
New weekly newspaper planned for Las Vegas  —  The much-rumored launch of a free weekly publication that eventually could replace the Las Vegas Sun was announced Thursday by Greenspun Media Group.  —  The Sunday will be distributed at 1,500 locations around Las Vegas starting Feb. 9.
 
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CBS News Productions Unit Shuttered
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