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7:25 PM ET, February 3, 2014

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Lauren Hockenson / Gigaom:
Facebook's Paper is Facebook for people who hate Facebook  —  For the past couple years, Facebook has trained its mobile efforts on capturing various facets of social interaction.  The social network has compartmentalized and optimized features (Messenger), mimicked the experiences …
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Facebook and the race to make content go viral — meet the new boss, same as the old boss  —  There are two charts that have been making their way around the media blogosphere recently, and they both tell aspects of the same story: namely, a story about how much power Facebook has when it comes …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
In 2013, Facebook's referral traffic to BuzzFeed and its “Network” sites blew past Google's
Discussion: Business Insider
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Super Bowl: Netflix Traffic Fell 20% in First Half, But Then Bounced Back to Normal Levels  —  Sunday's Super Bowl evidently pulled Netflix subscribers away from the streaming video service early in the game — but as the Seattle Seahawks padded their lead over the Denver Broncos …
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Rem Rieder / USA Today:
BuzzFeed's investigative unit coming together  —  BuzzFeed's investigative reporting unit is coming together.  —  The site best known for its offbeat lists and dead-on sense of the digitally viral hired Mark Schoofs away from the highly regarded investigative site ProPublica to launch its unit.
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Aereo Sets San Antonio Launch Date  —  Broadband TV/Cloud DVR Combo To Debut On February 19  —  Aereo may be tapped out of capacity in New York City, but it's gearing up to tap in to the San Antonio market.  —  Aereo announced Monday that it will launch its mix of broadband TV …
Reuters:
Ex-BBC chief Mark Thompson apologises for failed $170 mln IT project  —  U.S. media executive Mark Thompson apologised on Monday to the British public and parliamentarians for the failure of a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital project during his years of running the BBC.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch to be inducted into US television academy hall of fame  —  Next month, lest it has passed under your radar since the official announcement in December, Rupert Murdoch will be inducted into the US television academy hall of fame.  —  He is one of six people selected by the academy …
Steve Waldman / Poynter:
Why is local news innovation struggling financially while national thrives?  —  On the national level, we've seen an exciting burst of investment and innovation in digital news.  —  The New York Times crowed that “Web News Is Thriving,” the evidence being that Ezra Klein, the wonk's wonk …
Discussion: Guardian, @dicktofel and @jayrosen_nyu
Jeff Kosseff / InsideTechMedia:
Journalists Nationwide Face Surge of Subpoenas in Federal and State Courts  —  Reporters nationwide have faced a flurry of subpoenas in recent months, calling into question whether journalists can guarantee confidentiality to sources.  The repeated attempts to force journalists to reveal …
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
BBC attempts to break into a global audience by harnessing the viral power of YouTube  —  Newsnight and Radio 1 are leading the charge a new strategy by the BBC to break out of the confines of the schedule and find a new global audience via YouTube.  —  The BBC2 flagship news programme …
Press Gazette:
Sun editor David Dinsmore announces shake-up of senior team with focus on digital  —  Sun editor David Dinsmore has announced a shake-up of his senior editor to strengthen the paper's digital offering.  —  In a note to staff he said: “As you have seen from the recent press …
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Disney's Interactive-Media Unit to Lay off Several Hundred People  —  Layoffs Expected to Begin After Quarterly Results Released Wednesday  —  Walt Disney Co. 's interactive-media unit is preparing to lay off several hundred people despite a strong launch for its videogame “Infinity,” according to people close to the company.
 
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