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8:10 AM ET, February 6, 2014

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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Gannett's print-focused paywalls flounder  —  The quality imperative and charging for news online  —  Gannett's fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable.  —  Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter from last year …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Poynter
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Eric J. Smith / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Gannett: USA Today Inserts To Hit 35 Markets  —  Gannett today said it will continue to roll out USA Today inserts in its local papers during the first quarter of 2014 and plans to implement the plan across its top 35 markets by the first week of April.  The company saw publishing revenue …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Marc Andreessen talks about the evolution of the news business and why he is optimistic  —  Everyone seems to have an opinion about what's wrong with the news business — whether it's the best of times or the worst of times for journalism, whether paywalls are the answer, and so on …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Marc Andreessen: The 'problem with local news is most people don't care'  —  Internet pioneer and investor Marc Andreessen spun out some thoughts about the news business on Twitter Wednesday.  2005 was the last year of an era that lasted since World War II, he said — one in which news …
Laura Slattery / The Irish Times:
Television journalism reshaped for the Vice generation  —  Brash outsiders are increasingly becoming insiders, if not institutions in their own right  —  An odd thing happened on Newsnight recently and it didn't involve either an interview with the Cookie Monster or Kirsty Wark doing …
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Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing.com:
Metric warfare on the advertising battlefield: What News UK's debate with the Guardian is all about  —  The mini war of words between News UK CEO Mike Darcey and the Guardian is being billed as a choice between two models of journalism, between free vs paid, between mass media vs quality media.
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Facebook aims to become digital publishing kingmaker by sending massive traffic to news sites  —  And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism  —  The graph above tells maybe the most interesting—and definitely the most surprising—story of the past year of digital media.
Michael Wolff / British GQ:
Bezosmania!  —  In August 2013, Amazon founder and CEO Jeffrey Bezos bought the Washington Post - the newspaper that revealed the Watergate scandal in 1972 - for $250m.  If business success is about control, will the man who dominates our digital life be able to influence US politics?
Discussion: @miamijournalism
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AOL Gets Its Final Patch Bill  —  Last month AOL announced a plan to rid itself of Patch, its ill-fated local news play.  But up until last Wednesday, when AOL's deal with Hale Global closed, Patch employees were still on AOL's books.  —  Which means that last week, when Patch underwent mass layoffs …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google Confirms Susan Wojcicki Is New YouTube Head  —  Susan Wojcicki is Google's new SVP of YouTube, Google confirmed today.  We wrote about the shift last night.  —  Google CEO Larry Page said in an emailed statement, “Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing.
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
CNN Shutters CNN Latino  —  CNN is shutting down CNN Latino just a year after its launch.  The eight-hour syndicated news and entertainment block will shutter later this month, Media Moves reports.  —  “CNN Latino was a bold effort to continue CNN's commitment to the U.S. Hispanic marketplace.
Christopher McKinlay / Medium:
Sorry, Guy: I Won't Come Work For Buzzfeed  —  Last week Wired magazine published a feature article on how I hacked the dating website OkCupid and met my fiancée.  I subsequently received the following job offer via email from Buzzfeed's Director of Partnership Development:
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Time Inc. to hold $1.3 billion in debt at spin off  —  When Time Inc. spins off from parent company Time Warner later this year, it will do so with $1.3 billion in debt on its books, Time Warner chief financial officer Howard Averill said Wednesday on a conference call with Wall Street analysts and shareholders.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC urged to review investments in YouView, Freeview and Freesat TV  —  BBC Trust report claims corporation may be failing in its duty to provide free programming for licence fee payers  —  A BBC Trust report has called for a “careful review” of its investments in the YouView …
CNBC:
Twitter skids 17% on user growth, but earnings beat  —  Mobile active Twitter users increase 37%  —  Twitter is reporting active monthly users at 241 million, with CNBC's Jon Fortt and Julia Boorstin; David Sowerby, Loomis Sayles & Co.Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed; and CNBC contributor Stephanie Link.
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter beats earnings expectations, but stock slides as user growth plateaus
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Times May Publish Response From Woody Allen on Dylan Farrow's Accusations  —  Woody Allen has asked for, and may get, a chance to respond — in an Op-Ed piece in The Times — to a recent column and blog by Nicholas Kristof in which the filmmaker's adopted daughter detailed her memories of his sexually abusing her.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
In Q4, Pandora posts highest profit as public company  —  Pandora Media, the operator of the Web's top radio service, reported its biggest quarter of profit since it went public, affirming expectations that investments to soup up its advertising engine would pay off.
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
An ambiguous Medium  —  An essay about an inappropriate love affair tears open the problems with the two-tiered platform  —  Last week, Medium editor Arikia Millikan published a coming-of-age essay chronicling a stilted affair she'd had with a married (and much older) journalist, whom she'd met while an intern.
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
NBC News' Richard Engel: My Computers, Cellphone Were Hacked ‘Almost Immediately’ In Sochi  —  Being a reporter at the Sochi Olympic Games just got even worse.  —  NBC News' Richard Engel said that upon arriving in Russia to cover the upcoming event, he was hacked “almost immediately” …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Digital Video Fund Luminari Is Raising $40 Million, Has Signed on BSkyB  —  Luminari Capital, a new investment fund focused on digital media and video, is raising $40 million and has already pulled in some money from BSkyB, the satellite TV giant.  —  Luminari is run by Daniel Leff, formerly a partner at Globespan Capital Partners.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone-hacking jury sees letter exposing Brooks and Coulson affair  —  Jury reads letter found by police on old computer belonging to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks  —  The full letter exposing the affair between Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson has been shown …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA and @guardian
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Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Paper Made 6,813 Phone-Hacking Calls in 2 Years
 
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