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7:05 PM ET, January 28, 2014

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Elise Hu / NPR:
Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You … Viewership is declining.  Washington seems increasingly dysfunctional and irrelevant to the daily lives of Americans.  The presidency isn't the bully pulpit it used to be.  —  In an age of social media and divided audiences …
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
YouTube, news sites will livestream the State of the Union  —  YouTube will livestream President Obama's State of the Union address at 9 p.m. eastern, according to a press release from YouTube, “followed by the Republican response by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Speaker Boehner's channel.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Social media enable the crowd to influence conventional wisdom during the State of the Union  —  A Night No Longer Just the President's Pulpit  —  WASHINGTON — Twitter has fast become the conventional wisdom clearinghouse and real-time echo chamber for major political events …
Discussion: @davidplouffe and @mikeisaac
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Lance Ulanoff Out As Editor Of Mashable  —  Lance Ulanoff, former editor-in-chief of PCMag.com, has been moved to an editor-at-large and chief correspondent position at Mashable, effectively removing him from the EIC position at that title.  —  A source close to the move said Jim Roberts …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Mashable expands into climate reporting  —  Andrew Freedman, most recently a senior science writer for Climate Central, will be Mashable's first climate, weather and environment reporter, the site said Tuesday.  —  Mashable chief content officer and executive editor Jim Roberts told Capital …
Discussion: @mashable
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Medium, Evan Williams's Post-Twitter Media Startup, Raises $25 Million Round  —  Medium is about to become large.  —  The collaborative publishing startup has just closed a $25 million round of financing, the company confirmed, marking its first major funding raise since it launched a little more than a year ago.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nate Silver has hired 15 journalists for FiveThirtyEight and plans relaunch “early this year”  —  Status Update: Building FiveThirtyEight  —  We're continuing to build our team of journalists at FiveThirtyEight as we prepare for re-launch with our partners at ESPN and ABC News early this year.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ezra Klein vs. Nate Silver: The Wonk Super Bowl
Discussion: @chanders and @anamariecox
Jack Shafer:
The limits of Ezra Klein's star power
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
Jason Calacanis Shoots for Human Moments in News Feeds  —  This must be the fastest-moving month in the history of new media.  The latest entrant features yet one more familiar face.  —  On Tuesday, Jason Calacanis, who was involved in Web publishing early in its dot-com days, started Inside.com …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Inside's News Is Longer Than Twitter, Shorter Than Business Insider and Jason Calacanis Says You'll Love It
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
More Layoffs to Hit Time Inc.  —  TIME TO GO?:  Time Inc. staffers are bracing for layoffs, which could come as early as next week, WWD has learned.  —  Word of the job cuts came last month, when Time Inc. chief executive officer Joe Ripp told employees during a quarterly corporate meeting …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sue Douglas leaves Trinity Mirror as People.co.uk closes  —  Company says Sunday People's first dedicated seven-day digital version did not hit expected traffic targets  —  Sue Douglas, hired seven months ago to take charge of Trinity Mirror's Sunday People, is leaving the company …
Discussion: @buzzfeedben, @marksweney and @flashboy
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Comcast Earnings: Profits Up 28 Percent Thanks to Broadcasting, Theme Parks  —  Comcast's profits spiked 28.6 percent during the cable giant's fourth quarter thanks to its resurgent primetime broadcast line-up and higher attendance at its Universal Studios theme parks.
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast CEO: NBC Turnaround Is Happening ‘Faster’ Than Anticipated
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Guardian:
Mark Thompson to face MPs again over failed £99m Digital Media Initiative  —  Maragret Hodges, MP who chairs public accounts committee, calls saga ‘catalogue of how not to run a major programme’  —  Mark Thompson is to face more questioning by MPs about his time in charge of the BBC next week …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
First Look Media Rethinking Newsroom Structure Ahead Of Launch  —  NEW YORK — After a couple months on the job, Eric Bates doesn't yet have a title at First Look Media.  —  “We're all working very collaboratively now,” Bates said in an interview with The Huffington Post.  “We're not worried about titles or positions.
Discussion: Mediawire Daily, Politico and Poynter
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Business Insider investing in paid content, expanding BI Intelligence unit  —  Business Insider Has Ambitious Paid Content Plans  —  Business Insider is known for its clicky mix of business and gossip content, delivered in the form of rapid-fire posts, slideshows and videos.
Discussion: Business Insider and @lmoses
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q4 2013 Earnings Slide 6% To $1.27B On EPS Of $0.46, Display Ads Down 6%  —  Yahoo today reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013, where it reported GAAP revenues of $1.27 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.46.  Excluding traffic acquisition costs, revenues were $1.2 billion.
 
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
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William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
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Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
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