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7:10 PM ET, January 31, 2014

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Luke Harding / Guardian:
Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives  —  GCHQ technicians watched as journalists took angle grinders and drills to computers after weeks of tense negotiations.  New video footage has been released for the first time of the moment Guardian editors destroyed computers used …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Giving Credit: A Work in Progress at The Times  —  Curtis Tate, a reporter for McClatchy News's Washington bureau, spent a recent weekend generating spreadsheets from a data base on hazardous materials for his story on the increasing amount of crude oil spilled in rail accidents.
Erik Wemple:
Omidyar news venture: Where's the leadership?  —  In November, First Look Media, the startup general-interest news project bankrolled by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, announced it had hired former Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates.  The announcement carried some trademark features of a job memo …
Al Jazeera America:
Egypt's ‘severe clampdown’ on journalists condemned by UN … The United Nations has expressed concern about the “increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks” on journalists in Egypt, singling out three Al Jazeera reporters held for more than a month.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
How Digital First Media hopes to transform workflow, culture of ‘newspaper factories’  —  Digital First Media has unveiled plans to transform its newsrooms and put its money where its name is.  “Project Unbolt” aims to address the problem of digital efforts at the mercy of existing newspaper infrastructure.
Lauren Kirchner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporting in the post-Snowden era  —  A panel at Columbia discussed challenges and triumphs  —  In an auditorium so large that Columbia's Journalism School typically only uses it for its graduation ceremonies, hundreds attended the panel discussion “Journalism After Snowden” on Thursday evening.
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
China kills off discussion on Weibo after internet crackdown  —  Exclusive: An aggressive crackdown on Sina Weibo has seen numbers of postings on the Twitter-like microblogging site plummet according to research commissioned by the Telegraph  —  China has succeeded in neutering the country's …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Sina Weibo users set new messaging record, but is engagement on 'China's Twitter' falling?
Discussion: Telegraph
Bloomberg:
Time Inc. Said to Weigh Leaving NYC Time & Life Building  —  Time Inc., the magazine unit soon to be spun off from Time Warner Inc. (TWX), is considering leaving the Time & Life Building on New York's Avenue of the Americas and moving its offices to lower Manhattan, three people with knowledge of the company's plans said.
Discussion: Mediawire Daily
Kevin Loker / American Press Institute:
Correction strategies: 6 good questions with Regret the Error's Craig Silverman  —  Craig Silverman is the quotable, go-to source for your publication's stories on media errors.  Outside his job as director of content at Spundge, he writes the popular Regret the Error column at Poynter …
Discussion: Fast Company and The FJP
Dave McNary / Variety:
Writers Guild of America: Companies Seeking $60 Million in Rollbacks (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Negotiations starting Monday  —  Setting the stage for contentious bargaining, leaders of the Writers Guild of America have told members that production companies are proposing $60 million in rollbacks at upcoming negotiations.
Discussion: The Wrap
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Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Cable TV is likely to star in contract talks set to begin Monday between Hollywood and the Writers Guild
Discussion: Deadline.com
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
Cathy Horyn to leave New York Times  —  Cathy Horyn, The New York Times chief fashion critic, is resigning from the paper effective immediately.  —  Times executive editor Jill Abramson and Styles section editor Stuart Emmrich made the announcement in a memo to staff Friday morning.
Mark Ward / BBC:
UK government tackles wrongly-blocked websites  —  Net filters that are supposed to prevent children from inappropriate material have blocked access to educational and charity sites  —  The government is drawing up a list of sites inadvertently blocked by the filters it asked internet service providers (ISPs) to implement.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Business Insider CEO touts audience and revenue growth  —  Business Insider Is Now Bigger Than The Wall Street Journal!  —  A couple of years ago, I revealed some internal information about Business Insider.  Then, last year, I did it again.  —  Both times, I said that, if nothing horrible happened, I might continue to do it.
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Click-Fraud Costs Marketers $11B, IAB Issues Key Report  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau on Thursday announced its latest attack on click fraud, which has never been a bigger threat to the industry.  —  Led by its Traffic of Good Intent Task Force, the IAB issued the final version of its click fraud best practices today.
Discussion: @chasnote
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Forgotify: The Tool for Discovering Spotify's 4 Million Unheard Tracks  —  The idea first came to Lane Jordan when he heard an odd little fact: Around 20 percent of tracks on Spotify—some four million songs—had been played exactly zero times.  —  Four million songs!  That got Jordan thinking.
Marc Graser / Variety:
Super Bowl Ads Score Before Big Game With Massive Viewership  —  Scarlett Johansson's banned spot for SodaStream is the most viewed ad so far  —  Many of the marketers who spent $4 million for a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl have already scored with their commercials.
Bloomberg:
Disney Said to Be Close to Settling Dish Ad-Skipping Suit  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS) is close to a programming agreement that would settle litigation over Dish Network Corp. (DISH)'s ad-skipping technology, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Armed With Facebook Retargeting, Shazam Plans to Survive the Social TV Shake-Out  —  Shazam, which became one of the smartphone's first must-have apps when it was introduced in 2002 and became a dogged survivor of social-TV attrition, remains unprofitable as it invests, according to executives, in its long-term success.
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
Journalists await new drone regulations.  And wait, and wait...  Across the U.S., journalists are sitting, watching, and waiting on the sidelines while the Federal Aviation Administration develops rules for the safe operation of small drones.  —  A few journalists have experimented with drone technology …
Discussion: @trnels, @athertonkd and @poynter
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Aereo Is Out of Capacity in New York City  —  Last night I started tinkering with a new Roku 3 and Plex, a combination that's delivering a lot of surprisingly impressive (to me, anyway) functionality promised but not delivered by more expensive devices like Microsoft's Xbox One.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
President Obama pledges he ‘will continue to support’ net neutrality  —  During his latest Google+ Hangouts session today, President Obama provided his most direct response yet to the recent court ruling that dealt a major blow to net neutrality.  On the topic of net neutrality itself …
Discussion: Associated Press and Ars Technica
Conor Dillon / Deutsche Welle:
Citizen journalism: hyper-local news app Apparazzi lures young gossipers  —  A new app plans to deliver hyper-local news through geo-targeted mini-posts.  It may revolutionize citizen journalism - and neighborhood gossip.  It could also send the odd “reporter” to court.
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Facebook Steps Onto Twitter's TV Data Turf  —  What's This?  —  Twitter's firehose of data is about to meet a tsunami from Facebook.  —  After announcing its news reader app, Paper, on Thursday, Facebook has also announced that it will begin to publish anonymized data …
 
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Richard Branson by Bower - journalists have not held him to account
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times Idea Lab ‘expanding’ as director departs
Discussion: Capital New York
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Daily News touts new ranking: No. 2 U.S. newspaper site
Discussion: @tedbyoung
Kazuaki Nagata / The Japan Times:
SKY Perfect JSAT plans all-Japan channel in Indonesia
Discussion: AJW and Variety
Agence France-Presse:
China hits back at US criticism over foreign journalists
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Purdue student paper, NPPA request investigation after a photographer is detained by police
Discussion: @poynter and splc.org
Reuters:
Editor of Spain's El Mundo exits after clash with government
Discussion: GlobalPost and In English Section
Christie Chisholm / Columbia Journalism Review:
Albuquerque's next newspaper is print first
Josh Stearns / Groundswell:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bite-Sized News
Discussion: @jcstearns
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Let's face it: social TV is dead
Discussion: @jenali and @sashaboersma
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Be Careful at the Book Club, the Author Might Be There
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Circuit court rules criminal defendant may be forced to unlock phone with his fingerprint, but not his passcode

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